Physical Education

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.

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.