Bringing Out The Best In Every Child
At Littleborough Community Primary School we believe it is important for all children to be given the opportunity to participate in competitive sport, through both intra and inter sports competitions. The school aims to introduce children to a range of sporting activities and to encourage them to appreciate how such interests can “enrich” their lives.
We believe that Physical Education and sport play a vital role in the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of children. Physical Education and sport are central in giving children the knowledge and understanding in order to make a positive impact on their own health and well-being. The physical education curriculum at Littleborough Primary School aims to provide children with the opportunity to take part in a wide range of sports and physical activities, carried out in a safe and supportive environment, where effort and hard-work, as well as success, is celebrated.
The government has committed to funding the primary school Sports Premium up until 2020 – an investment worth £750 million.
The pledge, which is dependent on the outcome of the next General Election, would see the existing £150 million a year initiative continued for the duration of the next Parliament.
The Sports Premium is a key part of the government’s Olympic Games legacy work and is ring-fenced funding for primary schools.
Whilst Prime Minister, Mr Cameron said: “Sport is so important because it encourages children to be active, lead a healthy lifestyle, make friends and, of course, have fun. But quality school sport has benefits that spread right across the curriculum and beyond – it develops confidence and a sense of achievement, it teaches young people how to rise to a challenge, and nurtures the character and skills that will help them get on and succeed in life. It's an important part of our long-term plan to deliver the best schools and skills for young people. That is why I am committing to guarantee the primary school sports funding until 2020.”
Schools have so far spent the Premium on a variety of projects, including CPD for teachers, expert coaching for pupils, inter-school competitions, after-school clubs and to buy better equipment.
This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision for PE and sport in schools. We will be held accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support pupils progress and participation in PE and school sport. We are required to publish on-line information about how we have used the additional funding, including details about our sporting provision alongside curriculum details. This will ensure that parents/carers and others are made fully aware of the PE and sporting provision at Littleborough Primary School.
Schools with 17 or more eligible pupils receive £8,000 and an additional payment of £5 per pupil.
For the academic year 2016-17 we received an amount of £9,619.
Impact of Sport Premium at Littleborough Primary School 2016 -17
At Littleborough we believe it is important for all children to be given the opportunity to participate in competitive sport, through both intra and inter sports competitions. The school aims to introduce children to a range of sporting activities and to encourage them to appreciate how such interests can “enrich” their lives and help them to develop healthy lifestyles.
The sports premium funding has enabled us to continue to offer a wide range of sporting clubs which pupils are able to attend either free of charge, or at a greatly reduced rate e.g football, netball, cricket, athletics, dodgeball and multi-sports. Teachers will be able to observe coaches, during fun, fitness and finance week, in order to develop their understanding of how to teach the specific sports effectively (dodge ball, multi-sports, mini-archery and cricket).
As with the previous year we also spent some of the funding on extending our swimming provision. We continue to provide weekly swimming lessons starting in Year 3 (Spring and Summer Term). We believe every child should leave primary school being able to swim at least 25 metres, or more, surpassing National Curriculum expectations. Teachers have commented positively on how much the children have improved their swimming ability as a consequence of this action.
In order to extend our provision, we used some of the money to buy in inspirational coaches to offer a range of interesting activities and clubs: e.g. cricket, multi-sports, dodge ball.
We have become a member of the Rochdale Borough School Games Partnership (R.B.S.G.P) This has been fantastic and has opened up a huge range of sporting competitions for the children. For example: swimming, netball, football (girls and boys), dodgeball, tag rugby and athletics.
A number of these activities will also be on offer for the children as part of fun, fitness and finance week.
During the year 2016-17 our children have continued to access more competitions than in previous years. There has been an increase in the number of our children who have represented the school in competitive sports which have included football, netball, swimming and athletics. Our success at these competitions is also improving as our children are developing their fitness and skills base.
We have had many successes during the year 2016-17. In the summer term athletics competition year five were the overall winners (under 10s) at the Springhill Athletics event. The over 10’s were runners up. The football team won the Rochdale Schools cup competition and were runners up in the league. Our B team won their league, remaining unbeaten throughout the year. In March 2017 we entered out first girls’ football team in the R.B.S.G.P. competition and won!