The Education Funding Agency is providing additional funding to each school to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding - provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport - will be allocated to primary school head teachers. This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.
Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.
Possible uses for the funding might include:
Funding for schools is calculated by reference to the number of primary-aged pupils (between the ages of 4 and 11), as recorded in the annual schools’ census. This year, Lime Tree Primary will receive £18,230.
Our lunchtime assistants run sporting activities such as hula hoop, racket games, ball games.
Our PE teacher runs PE lessons/activities during the children's lunch break.
The school's aim is for all children, by the time they reach Year 6, to swim competently and proficiently over a distance of 25 metres, and to be able to use a range of strokes in order for them to be safe in the water.
Years 1, 3 and 5 take part in swimming lessons at Kingfisher Leisure Centre during the spring term. The sessions are for 6 weeks and last half an hour. The children are streamed dependant on ability: beginner, intermediate and advanced and assessed by the pool instructor.
The school is continuing activities that fit in our healthy body ethos with Reception to year 6 take part in a skipping workshop every half term, this activity ensure that all children are learning a new skill.
Funding will be spent on ensuring that the school has fit and proper equipment in order for the teaching of the PE curriculum and other clubs to be delivered effectively. The school will replace add and where necessary replace equipment. PE resources, including school sports competition kit for when Lime Tree enter tournaments against other schools. The school strives to improve opportunity and funding has been used to purchase equipment to introduce children to different sports, such as handball. A large amount of equipment was obtained through Sainsbury’s Active Kids scheme.
Tournaments and Kingston School Sports Partnership (KSSP)
The school ensures that children have access to inter competitions within the community. Money is spent on buying in to the Kingston School Sports Partnership (KSSP) as this provides the school with competitions in which pupils can compete against other schools within the borough. We have increased the number of competitions the school has entered and therefore increase the number of children who have accessed these events. In addition, the funding has been spent to allow staff to support children, and the cost of travelling to and from the events.
The school organises and runs two sports days within the academic year, held at Kings Meadow Kingston. The children have access to a variety of track and field events. Funding is spent on hiring the facility alongside transport to and from the facility. Sports day develops a sense of friendliness among the children and develops their team spirit. It helps children to develop mental and physical toughness.
Providing places for pupils for an after school club
Our school already offers a wide range of before and after school clubs, accessed by children throughout the school. These clubs are provided by members of our staff alongside other clubs provided by outside specialists for a small fee. The Sports Funding Grant will continue to be used to fund places for children to engage in physical activity throughout the school and promote life-long healthy attitudes. This has helped increase physical activity participation levels.
Supply cover to allow the release of PE co-ordinator
Supply cover teachers have allowed the PE co-ordinator to be released in order to plan, upskill through continued professional development courses and implement actions across the school. Whilst covering costs to release staff to accompany children to events.