PE Grant

The Department for Education have a revised vision and objectives from 2015-17 Primary PE and Sport Premium

Vision: All pupils leaving primary school physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.

Objective: To achieve self-sustaining improvement in the quality of PE and sport in primary schools. 

We would expect indicators of such improvement to include:

  • the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – kick-starting healthy active lifestyles

  • the profile of PE and sport being raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement

  • increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport

  • broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils

  • increased participation in competitive sport

Key Priorities to Date

  • Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport

  • To engage all pupils in regular physical activity – kick-starting healthy active lifestyles.

  • Purchase equipment and resources

  • Offer a broader experience of a range of sports and activities to all pupils

  • Increased participation in competitive sport

  • The profile of PE and sport being raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement

Key Achievements and What Worked Well

  • Some teaching staff and TA’s have attended courses on various areas of the PE curriculum.

  • 6 courses attended inc. games, gym, new curriculum, forest schools and gym trail.

  • Teachers are feeling more confident to deliver the PE curriculum.

  • Coaches have been dropped from teaching in curriculum time (all teachers now delivering PE) and are now only used for school clubs.

  • Coaches in to work alongside teachers has increased skill and confidence levels.

  • All staff consistently delivering 2 hrs of high quality PE a week.

  • A wider variety of sports and skills have been delivered to pupils incl. Ultimate Frisbee, dodgeball, netball, badminton, speed stacks.

  • Athletics assessment task was introduced to all year groups to evidence fitness levels of all pupils.

  • Staffed 2 X MDSA play leaders to run physical activities throughout lunchtimes and playtimes.

  • Children in Yr 6 class trained as play leaders and running small group activities at playtime.

  • Less behaviour incidents logged at playtimes (53 pink slips at beginning of year, 21 at the end of the year).

  • We have been able to keep our whole school playtimes across Yrs R-6 as children are active and involved in activity. 

  • Increased pupil participation in physical activity on a daily basis.

  • SEN pupils actively encouraged to join in and games designed specifically for them to engage.

  • 6 pupils targeted and paid to join in sports clubs, after school, across the year.

  • Various resources have been purchased for school for PE time – footballs, rugby balls, rugby tags, curling equipment and targets.

  • New team sports kit purchased for competitions.

  • New Cambridge scheme of work purchased to support staff in PE delivery and aid assessment. Has ensured high quality of PE teaching and high expectations of all pupils. Alongside Suffolk scheme. 

  • Damaged and wet playground resources replaced to continue physical activity – swingballs, hops, ball, catch a cups, cones etc.

  • 100% participation in every PE curriculum lesson.

  • Athlete visit by Ash Randall – freestyle footballer, inspired and engaged pupils.

  • Whole school trip to Piper’s Vale Gym centre – skills taught by specialists and allowed coaches to talent ID pupils.

  • Children have had various sporting opportunities to attend TCC and use facilities – indoor athletics, rugby, gym.

  • Allowed our pupils to access larger and more equipped sporting facilities.

  • 8 pupils linked with TCC sports trip to watch a super league netball. 

  • Lots more sports included in PE lessons to give children a taste of other sports – curling, Frisbee, golf, speed stacks.

  • Membership of GVSSP and YST has increased our competition entries from 0 in 2013 to 6 in 2016. And increased opportunities for sports clubs – increased from 1 club per week in 2013 to 3 clubs per week in 2016.

  • 8 sports clubs offered to pupils across the year (outside of school time)

  • School games – Bronze level – kite mark achieved and displayed in entrance hall of school.

  • Year 6 sports ambassadors were chosen and represented our school by meeting pro athletes of their visits, trips to TCC to use sporting facilities, photos in the press.

Swimming Achievements

The DfE now requires schools to publish outcomes for pupils' swimming achievements by the end of Year 6.

National Curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres

  • use a range of strokes effectively

  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.

At Thurston Primary Academy we teach pupils to swim in Years 4 and 5 at Stowmarket Pool using Suffolk Norse Swimming. 

By the end of Year 5 {2016-17) 90% pupils were able to swim  a distance of 25 metres or more and 77% pupils competently swim meeting Gold Swimming Challenge Awards. 

Swimming Challenge Awards – Gold

Section A

  1. Plunge dive into water of at least full reach depth* and swim 100 metres in two minutes 30 seconds or less, using two different strokes, 50 metres of each.

  2. Tread water for three minutes with one hand remaining above the head throughout. The arm raised may be changed no more than five times.

  3. Scull head first on the back for 10 metres, move into a tucked position and turn through 360 degrees keeping the head above water. Return to the starting point by sculling feet first with the feet at or near the surface throughout and the hands close to the hips.

  4. Swim 10 metres, perform a forward somersault without touching the pool bottom and continue to swim in the same direction for a further 10 metres.

Section B

  1. Swim 800 metres using three of the following strokes: front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, English backstroke or sidestroke for a minimum distance of 200 metres per stroke. A change of stroke may only occur every 100 metres. This swim to be completed in 25 minutes.

  2. Climb out at the deep end without assistance

By the end of the Autumn Term 2017, of the pupils in Year 5 93% pupils were able to swim a distance of 25 metres or more and 86% pupils have gained PSA Awards. 

Pupils who have not reach the proficiency advised by DfE will be offered funding to continue swimming tuition in Year 5/6 privately.

Changes for Next Year

  • Need to now consistently monitor and observe lessons to ensure PE provision is outstanding.

  • Pupil perception interviews to ensure pupils are enjoying all PE activities.

  • Continue to provide staff with courses, coaching and support is essential.

  • Continue with athletics assessment task this year to be able to gather, compare and analyse data – from last year.

  • Need to monitor fitness levels of pupils to evidence progress.

  • Continue to purchase equipment for pupils new interest in sports.

  • Allow school council to choose some equipment and activities for playtimes to keep them involved, inspired and participating.

  • Replace damaged playtime equipment.

  • Look into scooters on playground, rotate classes? (pupils interviews).

  • Book in another athlete visit.

  • KS1 trip to Pipers Vale.

  • Introduce wider variety of sports clubs – boxing, handball, cycling (pupil interviews)

  • Embed variety of sports into the curriculum – not just taster lessons.

  • More intra school competitions to involve more pupils especially in KS1.

  • Increase participation in intra and inter schools competitions.

  • TCC pupils to lead our KS2 sports day and activities.

  • KS2 to lead KS1 sports day.

  • TCC sports leaders to lead sports clubs after school.

  • Try for silver level school games kite mark.