Bridge Farm School has long recognised the contribution of PE to the health and wellbeing of its children. We also acknowledge that a broad, balanced, high quality curriculum and extra-curricular activities have a positive impact on concentration, attitude and achievement. We are proud of our extensive after school club provision as Teachers and TA's provide a wide range of after school sports clubs and have the opportunity to compete against other schools.
At Bridge Farm Primary, we know that P.E. is an integral part of our curriculum. We believe that the subject inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in physically-demanding activities and helps them to become confident in a way which supports their health and fitness throughout their lives. Therefore, we believe that our children should be physically active every day, whether through Daily Physical Activity, P.E. lessons, lunchtimes or extra-curricular activities. We also believe that children should have the opportunity to compete in sport and other activities that build character and help to embed values such as team-work, fairness and respect.
In Key Stage 1 the children will develop their fundamental skills which will give them the building blocks to become competent and confident in a range of physical activities. The children will develop these skills in three main areas: locomotion (moving in a range of ways that include: walking, running, jumping and dodging), stability (balancing) and object control (sending, receiving and controlling an object). They will use these building blocks to help them participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending. In addition to this, they will learn and perform dances using simple movement patterns.
In Key Stage 2 the children will continue to apply and develop their fundamental skills linking them together to make actions and sequences of movement. They will use this to help them play a range of competitive games* applying basic principles of attacking and defending. In addition to this they will develop their flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance and will performing dances that use a range of movement. In P.E. lessons children will communicate, collaborate and compete with each other and they will be given the opportunity to evaluate their performances, recognising how they can improve their performance and celebrating their own success.
In Year 3 and Year 4, the children will be given swimming lessons by qualified instructors. During their lessons, they will be taught to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres using a range of strokes effectively such as front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke. On top of this, children who are able to swim 25m will perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations. The children who do not meet the 25m expectation will be given additional swimming lessons in Year 6. In Year 4 & 6, children participate in a range of Outdoor and Adventurous Activities which promotes collaboration, problem-solving and a positive attitude to physical activity.
*Competitive games such as; basketball, netball, football, hockey, tag rugby, tennis, and cricket. These will be modified games where appropriate.
What is the Sports Premium?
The government is spending over £450 million on improving physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. The funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. Each school will receive £8,000 plus an extra £5 per pupil each year for the next two years - here at Bridge Farm that will mean around £10,000 a year. The money can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.Possible uses of the funding include:
Hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work alongside primary teachers when teaching PE New or additional Change4Life sport clubs
Paying for professional development opportunities in PE/sport
Providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE/sport
Running sport competitions, or increasing participation in the school games
Buying quality assured professional development modules or material for PE/sport.How will we spend the funding
We aim to use the funding to improve the provision of PE and sport within the curriculum and to provide additional opportunities to all. After carrying out Teacher and pupil audits, we identified the need for a new scheme of work to support our pupils in a range of physical skills and opportunities for staff training, mentoring and team teaching allowing Teachers to become more confident and able to deliver high quality lessons. We have introduced a new curriculum, Create Development, which focuses on the fundamental movement skills essential to a child's development. All Teachers took part in an inspirational INSET day to understand the new method of teaching PE and sport. We aim to develop sustainable improvement in teacher confidence and ability and will provide regular training opportunities for teachers and TA's to keep them abreast of new initiatives. A sports coach has been employed to facilitate organised games at lunchtimes twice a week and assist with sports clubs and competitions. Throughout the rest of the year we will use the funding to support and mentor teachers in delivering the new curriculum with the support from a coaching company, Action First Foundation. Taster sessions, giving sporting opportunities to all pupils will also be provided during term 6 and throughout the coming year.