Elm Park Primary School Sports Funding
The Government is providing funding of £150 million per year for primary school sport funding. This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sports and money goes directly to primary school headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sports and PE for all their children.
The sport funding can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.
Here at Elm Park Primary School recognise the contribution of P.E. to the health and well-being of our children. In addition, it is considered that an outstanding P.E. curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of our children, as well as teaching children to be resilient, disciplined, respectful and determined, both in the sports field and the classroom.
The headteacher and P.E. Leader are committed to ensure that all pupils receive at least 2 hours of high quality well-planned P.E. per week, delivered by confident and well trained teachers and sports coaches. The successful delivery of the curriculum supports all aspects of health education within the school. Regular staff training is provided to teachers and LSAs to keep them abreast of new initiatives, ensuring that P.E. is a high profile subject.
Monitoring of lessons ensures they are planned and delivered to a high quality, guaranteeing both pupil achievement and enjoyment. The school holds sports weeks, during which children take part in a variety of events they may not have tried before. There is an annual sports day with a picnic for parents and pupils and a mixture of team and individual competitive races.
Pupils also have the opportunity to try other sports such as kayaking and surfing when they attend residential trips to outdoor pursuits centres in Years 5 and 6.
All teachers are encouraged to offer a sport as an extra- curricular activity. Other external providers are also sources, who provide a wide range of sports as extra-curricular activities; such as football, cheer leading . Parent support is also invaluable during extra-curricular activities and their skills and expertise are much appreciated. Their help in clubs, such as netball, rounders and football for example, enables a greater number of children to take part.
Partnerships are strong. The local secondary school provides our children with opportunities to access swimming and sports hall facilities. Through the Havering Schools Sports Collective, the school takes part in partnership competitions which include, cross country, rugby, athletics, cricket. Other agencies are used to enhance the variety of extra-curricular activities available, for example run a football club and a local cheerleader organises a cheerleading club. Talented children are signposted to local clubs and events to encourage them to develop their skills.
Our school believes learning should have a purpose and a focus. As a result, P.E. teaching focuses around the Inter-Schools Sports Competition calendar, so that children work on a particular sport and the relevant skills and training , as a build- up to in school competitions, that lead on to picking a team of pupils to represent the school at Inter-School Sports competitions. This gives the children a focus and drive to push themselves, especially if they want to make the team. Other sporting events, such as the World Cup have been and will be used as a stimulus for the children because the school believes that real life experiences make the curriculum relevant and accessible. External agencies help support P.E. lessons and teaching, wherever appropriate, for example Year 2 work on football skills with coaches from Westham Utd. football club.
The school believes it is important for children to meet local sporting role models. The children have had the opportunity to face time and meet athletes, such as Ben Hunt Davis who won a gold medal in rowing in the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and a para-olympian who took part in the Summer 2012 Olympics. This helped pupils to understand the great amount of practice, dedication and repeated failures that athletes have to go through to be the very best in their field.
Primary school experiences are pivotal to the children’s future perception of physical activity and their enthusiasm and enjoyment of the pupils at Elm Park Primary School is testament to the passion and dedication of all staff. Pupils leave the school equipped to enjoy sport for all its health and social benefits. For those who relish the competitive element, they gain the skills, confidence and relevant experience to succeed at their chosen level and discipline.