Sport and PE Funding 2020/21/22
What is the Sports Premium?
The government has provided funding of £150 million per annum since 2015 to provide substantial primary school sport funding. 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 head teachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and Physical Activity (PA) for all their children. The money can only be spent on sport and PA provision in schools. In 2020/21 Yealand received £20,296, and in 2021/22 the school received £16,453.
Purpose of the funding
Schools will have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PA and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.
At Yealand C of E Primary School we recognise the contribution of Physical Activity to the health and well-being of the children. In addition, it is considered that an innovative and varied PA curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of all children.
The governors agree that the money must be used so that all children benefit regardless of their sporting ability. It’s important that we use this money wisely to promote sport and Physical Activity.
During 2020/21, despite school closure and restricted use of certain facilities due to the COVID pandemic, the school was able to provide a number of exciting activities and learning experiences for all. This included a series of Dance workshops, some of which were delivered on Zoom. Little Owls (Nursery) & Robin Class (Reception & KS1) continued their weekly Forest School lessons and extended beyond the Yealand site to include some work with Leighton Hall Forest School. Swallow Class (KS2) had a funded day at Borwick Hall which included canoeing and some orienteering with qualified County staff. The class also visited Tower Wood in Windermere for a 3-day, 2-0day residential, were the group took part in lots of outdoor activities including ghyll scrambling, climbing, paddle boarding and kayaking. Not only did this give all KS2 children an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, try some new activities but it also provided them with some much needed bonding time after the disruption that they had experienced over the past 2 years.
All pupils at the school from Reception to Year 6 swim weekly.
Within the Year 6 cohort (2020-21) all pupils; 100% met the national curriculum requirement to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres. They can use a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations. During the past 2 academic years, access to swimming facilities has been severely disrupted and therefore the school could not provide the level of tuition or opportunities to practise as in previous years. However, records indicate as previously reported that the level of proficiency was at a level in line or above the expectation by the end of Key Stage, this judgement was made from previous records held by the school, when coverage was at it norm.
Swimming will resume in Spring 2022, with a focus on the pupils in Swallow Class, Key Stage 2.