At Greenfield & Pulloxhill Academy we work hard to provide our children access to a high quality physical education. The Academy receives ‘Physical Education and Sport Premium’ funding from the Government, which has supported us in our endeavour to provide self-sustaining improvements in the quality of physical education and sport in the Academy.
Key indicators of these improvements are:
- The engagement of all of our children in regular physical activity, kick-starting healthy, active lifestyles;
- The raising of the profile of physical education and sport across the Academy, which has contributed to whole school improvement;
- Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching physical education and sport;
- Offering a broader experience of a range of sports and activities to all of the children;
- Increased participation in competitive sport across the Academy.
It has been wonderful to be able to offer an ever widening range of sporting opportunities across the Academy from which the children have benefitted enormously. We have been able to purchase new equipment and provide training for staff at all levels. The linked ‘Academic Years 2013-14 and 2014-15 Physical Education and Sport Premium’ documents for Greenfield and Pulloxhill show how we allocated funds in the academic years 2013-14 and 2014-15. The linked 'Academic Year 2015-16 Physical Education and Sport Premium' documents provide a detailed breakdown of the funds received and how we spent the allocated funds during the last academic year. The ‘Academic Year 2016-17 Physical Education and Sport Premium’ linked documents (Funding, Invoices and Planned Spending) detail the funding received and how we have spent allocated funds this academic year and outline further expenditure planned during the year.
The physical education and sport premium funding has made an impact in many ways and this is detailed in the linked ‘Physical Education and Sport Impact Measurement’ document.
Staff have had the opportunity to attend training sessions and have brought the knowledge and skills learnt into the classroom. They have also had the opportunity to team-teach with staff from Premier Sport and Premier Performing Arts. Together they have delivered a variety of whole units of gymnastics, athletics, multi-skills, striking/fielding, tennis, net/wall games, tag rugby and dance; and in doing so the staff have been able to learn alongside professionals, which will enable them to transfer new knowledge and skills into their own future lessons.
We have been able to buy new equipment to enhance our provision of physical education and sport in the Academy and staff have commented how beneficial it has been for them to be able to teach the children using the appropriate equipment, which has been particularly important in preparing the children for the many festivals in which they have participated, for example tag rugby, sportshall athletics, quadkids and kwik cricket. Participation in festivals has increased the social awareness of the children and has facilitated development of their values of fairness and equality. They have developed an understanding of moral obligations and rule following. The festivals support transition to middle school with the children establishing friendships with their peers from local schools. We have purchased much needed sports kit to enable us to enter festivals with an enhanced team spirit. The funding has also enabled us to pay for transport to festivals.
We have been able to install our wall apparatus into our new halls at Greenfield and Pulloxhill. With advice and guidance from Premier Sport, we have regularly undertaken audits of our physical education and sport equipment and we have purchased new equipment to further enrich the children's learning and experiences.
Premier Sport have been employed to provide breakfast, lunchtime and after school clubs in areas in which staff are not appropriately skilled and this has resulted in children participating in activities such as fencing, kwik cricket, tag rugby and street and theatre dance. Some lunchtime clubs have been targeted at identified children with the intention of boosting their confidence and positive results have been evident. ‘Change for Life’ bags were purchased for both schools for the same reason and these have been employed in our clubs since their purchase. All clubs have focussed on further raising attainment through improving behaviour for learning, developing confidence and communication skills, and fostering attitudes for self-improvement and reflective learning.
As last year was a summer Olympics year, funding was allocated to provide our KS2 children with an Olympics enrichment program, which was facilitated by Premier Sport with our staff working alongside. The children participated in sports which they wouldn't normally access, for example handball, fencing and archery; and they loved the challenge of trying these new activities. Following the success of this program, our KS2 children will again be provided with a similar opportunity during the latter part of the 2016/17 summer term. Funding was also used to provide the children across the Academy with a sports enrichment day focussed on team building skills, which was a wonderful success in every way.
Children across the Academy had the opportunity to participate in circus skills workshops, during which they experienced the thrill of learning and putting in to practice aerial skills. They also had the opportunity to dance in carnival themed workshops, producing dazzling displays across the Academy.
The children have enjoyed coaching from professionals from Luton Town Football Club. Staff have attended the coaching sessions and, again they have brought the knowledge and skills learnt into the classroom.
In previous years, funding has been used to allow our KS2 children to attend swimming lessons at Flitwick Leisure Centre; however this no longer falls within the remit of the Government funding.
The impact of the Government funding on the Academy has been enormously beneficial. Children have benefitted from new opportunities and they have acquired new skills. Their learning has been enhanced through more innovative and engaging teaching, which keeps them motivated and encourages independent learning. Staff are now more confident about teaching high quality physical education and sport lessons given the CPD from which they have benefitted. Having better and more appropriate equipment has allowed staff to offer more variety in their lessons and to provide a better experience for the children. Clubs provided have enabled the children to continue their learning outside of curriculum time; so children who enjoy particular activities have had the opportunity to improve and extend their skills in their area of choice. The opportunity to compete against other local schools has benefitted the children in many ways but has most particularly given them an enthusiasm and love for physical education and sport which will hopefully be sustained as they grow older.