The Government has given every primary school in England extra funding for sports coaching and physical education. The aim of this funding is to improve sports provision in schools and to create a lasting legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This can be achieved by inspiring the sporting stars of the future and encouraging all children to enjoy an active and healthy lifestyle.
It is up to individual schools to decide how the money is used, and we would like to inform parents how we have spent or intend to spend our share of the funding.
Funding for 2016 to 2017 is £5183.
The breakdown of our expenditure is as follows:
Employment of coaches:
Our multi-skills club is attended by Years 1 and 2 and is run by Mrs Gawne and Miss Johnston. It is funded through Sports Premium.
A whole school circus skills workshop was held in February 2017.
In the summer term, we will be sending several Year 6 pupils (who are not yet confident swimmers) to Dalton Leisure Centre for 'top-up' lessons, with a swimming coach concentrating on this small group.
Outdoor adventure days are planned for the entire school:
We employed Miss Johnston (a teaching assistant and dance coach) for dance sessions for Reception to Year 6. These were held in curriculum time, with the class teachers learning and joining in! The whole school displayed their dances to the rest of the school in special 'Dance Assemblies'.
Year 6 performed their 'A Night at the Movies' routine as part of Ulverston Victoria High School's Dance Platform, which parents could watch. Year 3 performed their 'Around the World' dance at the Forum as part of the U-Dance Festival run by Dare Dance.
Three teaching assistants, Miss Johnston, Miss Kaighan and Mrs Brough, were paid to run and assist before school gymnastics clubs for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. These children successfully competed in a local competition.
Thirty two new netballs have been purchased to be used for training purposes.
There will hopefully be other activities, coaching opportunities, etc. throughout the next term. The children of Dane Ghyll have greatly benefitted from the Sports Premium. There is now a much wider variety of pre and after school clubs for them to attend. The percentage of children attending clubs has risen and many children attend every or most of the available clubs appropriate for their year group. A clubs attendance survey will be taken during late March or early April.
Thanks to the expert coaching the children receive, they are attaining higher levels in sport and are more aware of the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Many of our children who were previously not engaged in out of school clubs are now involved in community sport due to the encouragement of coaches, teaching assistants, teachers and parents.
We believe that each child will succeed through experiencing quality in: