“To be a leading village primary school where every individual is
welcomed, respected, motivated and enabled to develop their diverse abilities,
within a happy, stimulating and challenging environment.”
At Menheniot Primary School we believe that PE & Sport play an important role in making our vision statement a reality for every pupil and that it has the potential to change young people's lives for the better. We welcomed the Government's announcement in June 2013 to provide additional funding to improve the provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. We are committed to using this resource in developing high quality PE lessons and in providing greater opportunities for sporting competitions and clubs for all our young people.
"Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this." (DfE, June 2013)
At Menheniot Primary School we have split up the funding by the three key areas for consideration: Physical Education, Healthy Active Lifestyles and Competitive Sport. We are spending the Sport Premium Grant on the following:
We are working to a three year plan which specifies how we intend to use the funding each year. We are part of Arena, a Sports Partnership, based at Callington Community College, which provides staff development opportunities and competitions and leagues. Liskeard School and Community College also provides the children with opportunities for inter-school sports and competitions.
In addition to the above, we focus on a different sports coaching programme each year, using specialist coaches. In the first year, classes had six weeks of specialist coaching in Football, Dance, Cricket and in KS2 Athletics. Teachers received staff development through working with the coaches and observing. Feedback was very positive and the majority of staff felt that they had up-skilled as a result. In the second year we provided coaching in Tennis and Gymnastics. In 2015-2016 the children had specialist coaching in Hockey and Football in the Autumn Term. In the Spring Term, they had Gymnastics coaching and in the Summer Term, they received Athletics coaching. As mentioned above the teachers are working alongside this coaching and all feel that this has been very beneficial in terms of staff development and that they have a greater number of ideas for activities and an improved knowledge of the children's progression within the sports being coached. It has also given them the opportunity to observe the children in their classes and this has resulted in an improved awareness of the progress and attainment of individuals, their strengths and weaknesses. Teachers have then used this to inform their PE planning to ensure that they meet the needs of the children within their class.
In Spring 2015, we had a climbing wall constructed in our school grounds (partly funded by the Sport Premium Grant and partly funded by Menheniot School Association) with the aim of providing opportunities that many of our pupils would not have had before, increasing the range of sport on offer and of encouraging more physical activity at playtimes and lunchtimes. As a result, the children have been more active at playtimes and some have improved their co-ordination.
We hope to improve the surfacing in the area beside the Climbing Wall so that this can be used all year around and we also hope to reinstate the Long Jumping Pit in 2017-2018.
What is the impact? What have we achieved so far?
We are aiming to continue to raise pupil involvement in sport, to encourage all pupils to participate in after school sporting clubs and to continue to provide specialist coaching.
Staff knowledge and skills are continually being upgraded due to access to training opportunities and through working with the sports coaches. As a result the teaching in PE has improved and the teachers have a better bank of ideas for delivering the PE curriculum.
We hope, that through giving the children opportunities to be involved in different sports, that they will find a sport that they particularly enjoy and that they will continue to participate in once they leave Menheniot and that the enthusiasm that they have for sport and PE (evident in our November 2016 Survey) will continue. When discussing health and fitness with the children, they are able to explain all the components for a healthy lifestyle and know what they need to do in order to keep fit and healthy. We hope that they will continue to build upon this knowledge and understanding as they move into secondary education and beyond.