PE & Sports Premium
About PE and sport at The Meadows
At The Meadows, we recognise that many of our children have a love of PE and sport and we promote a healthy engagement in a wide variety of physical activities.
All pupils receive a minimum of two hours each week of high quality Physical Education (PE) and Physical Activity (PA) through a broad and balanced curriculum. This includes not only PE lessons but also through swimming lessons, outdoor gym sessions, orienteering, playtime and lunchtime physical activity opportunities and our Meadows’ Mile initiative with our newly installed Daily Mile astroturf track (October 2019) We are also developing our woodland area and some of our teachers are going to become ‘Forest School’ trained so our children can benefit from high quality, innovative outdoor learning.
PE and PA develops the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding, so that they can perform with increasing competence and confidence in a range of activities. These include dance, games, gymnastics, swimming, athletics and outdoor adventure activities.
We strive to promote high quality physical education and activity and encourage all pupils within the school to enjoy participating and being active and thus develop a positive attitude towards PE and PA. This will also enable them to make informed choices about healthy living throughout their lives.
Our pupils are consulted, listened to and fully engaged in the work of the school to promote more physical activity. Every effort is made to maintain and stimulate the pupil interest and the enjoyment in PE and PA to promote and health and fitness for current and future lifestyles.
At The Meadows we extend the experiences of our pupils by providing a variety of extra-curricular opportunities. We run before school, lunchtime and after school sports clubs for children in both Key Stages.
Some examples of these opportunities include: football, cricket, multi-skills, tri-golf, tag rugby, athletics and dance.
We compete regularly in sports fixtures with other schools as part of the KNPSFA and KNPSSA (Kings Norton Primary School Football/Sports Associations) This introduces a competitive element to team and individual sports and allows our children to put into practice the skills that they have developed in their lessons and extra-curricular clubs. These opportunities foster a sense of team spirit and co-operation amongst our children. We also compete regularly in the School Games events organised by our local Colmers partnership.
About the PE and sport premium
All young people should have the opportunity to live healthy and active lives. A positive experience of sport and physical activity at a young age can build a lifetime habit of participation, and is central to meeting the government’s ambitions for a world-class education system.
Physical activity has numerous benefits for children and young people’s physical health, as well as their mental wellbeing (increasing self-esteem and emotional wellbeing and lowering anxiety and depression), and children who are physically active are happier, more resilient and more trusting of their peers. Ensuring that pupils have access to sufficient daily activity can also have wider benefits for pupils and schools, improving behaviour as well as enhancing academic achievement.
The School Sport and Activity Action Plan set out government’s commitment to ensuring that children and young people have access to at least 60 minutes of sport and physical activity per day, with a recommendation of 30 minutes of this delivered during the school day (in line with the Chief Medical Officer guidelines which recommend an average of at least 60 minutes per day across the week).
The PE and Sport Premium can help primary schools to achieve this aim, providing primary schools with £320m of government funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of the PE, physical activity and sport offered through their core budgets. It is allocated directly to schools so they have the flexibility to use it in the way that works best for their pupils. The PE and Sport Premium survey highlighted the significant impact which PE and Sport has had in many primary schools across England.
Ofsted’s new Inspection Framework, which came into effect from September 2019, gives greater recognition to schools’ work to support the personal development of pupils, such as the opportunities they have to learn about eating healthily and maintaining an active lifestyle. Inspectors will expect to see schools delivering a broad, ambitious education, including opportunities to be active during the school day and through extra-curricular activities. Schools should consider how they use their PE and Sport Premium to support this.
More information about the PE and sport premium can be found on the government website.
Take a look at how the PE and sport premium has been used at The Meadows over the last three years.