Grangetown Primary School

Grangetown Primary School

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'SportS Premium' funding

 sport Follow this link to see the GPS schedule of sport & physical activity related activities: fixtures, PE lessons timetable, Clubs and other special activities. (updated document to be added in September 2016)
 Youth Sport Trust Click here to watch Baroness Sue Campbell, of the Youth Sport Trust, as she sets out a number of practical ways that schools can use their Sports Premium funding.

PE and Sport play a very important part in the life of our school. We believe that physical education and sport contribute to the holistic development of young people and, through participation in sport and physical education, young people learn more about key values such as teamwork, fair play and respect for themselves and others.

There is significant evidence to show the positive effects of sport and exercise on children’s physical health, growth and development. Furthermore, sport also provides a healthy environment for young people to learn how to deal with competition and how to cope with both winning and losing.

In Summer 2013, the Government announced new funding (Sport Premium) which aims to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision in all schools, across the UK. The funding is based on a yearly allocation,and Grangetown has received around £8,500 annually. Update July 2016 - the Sports Premium is currently funded until the end of Autumn 2016, and we do not know if it will continue beyond that.

We are using the Sport Premium to improve the quality of PE and Sport provision in the following ways:

  • We are part of the Farringdon Sports Cluster, which provides professional development for staff as well as many opportunities for children to take part in sport, via coaching as well as through competitive events involving other local schools.
  • Providing professional development for staff, to raise their confidence and competence in teaching PE and sport, through our participation in an extensive and high-quality training programme devised and led by Biddick Academy in Washington. Two of our teachers, including our PE Coordinator, took part in this programme.
  • Providing cover staff to release teachers for professional development in PE and sport. This relates to the 2 teachers taking part in the Biddick project, but will also be linked to covering other staff who access PE and sport training.
  • We invest in high-quality visiting sports coaches to run clubs, competitions, and to increase pupils’ participation in in-school and inter-school games competitions. We currently employ a brilliant dance teacher and two excellent football coaches.
  • Our dance teacher is incredible! She has led our children in preparing for a series of magnificent performances (we're now on number 6!) in the annual Sunderland Schools Dance Festival, held annually at the Empire Theatre. She even choreographed a stunning Chinese style dance, as part of our link with our Chinese partner school, and two amazing Spanish dances as part of our annual Spanish Day.
  • Our football coach - Arj - plays for Bishop Auckland FC - he's a top-class coach, brilliant at engaging the children. He also teaches other sports within school.
  • We work with Keep Active, a local company providing high-quality coaching in a range of sports. We hope to expand this partnership.
  • We purchase an annual subscription to 5 a Day TV, an online series of lively, fun 5-minute exercise routines, which teachers use with the children every day. Everyone loves it - it even has Spanish Dance! See one of the routines here!

We already have several Sports Clubs, led on a voluntary basis by our own staff:

  • Football Club with Mr Newby - come rain or shine Mr Newby is out there on the field with our children. Football is an important part of our provision at Grangetown - Sunderland has a proud football tradition (and don't forget that a certain Mr Raich Carter was born but a stones throw away from our school!).
  • 'Big Games' Club with Miss Hunter. Great fun - a club which teaches our children a range of new sports and games.
  • Netball with Ms Crooks. A great way to encourage teamwork, as well as tactical awareness and fitness.

We have an Annual Residential Trip - Outdoor Adventure Activities in the Lakes District:

  • We have a long-established and much-loved annual residential weekend in the Lake District, at Derwent Hill, for years 4-6, superbly organised by Mrs Miller, and staffed on a voluntary basis by our ever-committed staff. Click here to see some photos.

Our children swim every week at Southmoor Academy.

  • We greatly value this, because not only does it provide us with access to high-quality swimming facilities and coaching, it also boosts the link between Southmoor and its feeder primaries, giving the children an opportunity to visit and become familiar and comfortable with the idea of eventually joining Southmoor in Year 7.

We are part of Bike-It!

  • Over the past 4 years we have taken part in the Bike-It project, ran by Sustrans. This has given all of our children many opportunities to improve their cycling skills in a fun and engaging way, including trips to Herrington Park, Bright Your Bike sessions and Stabiliser Free days! A great project, led in our school by Dr Bike. Find out more here.

We always get involved in Bikeability - Cycling Proficiency

  • This is an annual scheme run by Sunderland Council, providing our year 5 and year 6 children with a week of intensive but highly enjoyable training, focusing on safety and road awareness when cycling.

We Show Racism the Red Card!

  • Our year 5 and year 6 children have enjoyed taking part in this very special annual project, involving a day of activities which not only promote health and fitness, but also raise awareness of issues around racism, prejudice, equality and so on. See more here.

We love to Hit the Surf!

  • This is an absolutely fantastic project, run by the RNLI. Our year 5 & year 6 children get the chance to learn about water safety, and they also learn how to surf the waves at Seaburn beach! Click here to see us Hit the Surf!

We like to 'LAF'!

We have an Annual 'Stay Healthy, Stay Safe' Week

Possible future plans (we are currently discussing the options):

  • Using the funding to support regular sport tournaments, festivals and competitions for pupils of all ages. These would involve other local schools. Update - we have joined the 'Farringdon Sports Cluster' and now have access to a much wider range of sporting opportunities for our children - we took part in some of these events during Summer 2014, but we will really see the impact of this during the new school year from September 2014, when many more activities are planned.
  • Providing further after-school sport clubs, perhaps in sports that the children would not usually have access to.
  • Supporting midday supervisors to introduce playground games (perhaps some traditional games?) at breaks and lunchtimes. There are some examples here and here!
  • Before-school sport clubs (e.g. 8.15-8.45?) run by a visiting coach.
  • Establishing sustainable partnerships with local community sports clubs. We have had a link with Ryhope Cricket Club, which worked well.
  • Further developing our House system (or similar) to develop exciting inter-house sports competitions for pupils of all ages, held termly. We always use our house system' based on 4 local Saints,for annual Sports Days.
  • Outdoor adventure activities across the school, using our site - and perhaps making use of Backhouse Park too. Update - in June and July 2014 we linked up with the Friends of Backhouse Park, and every class painted designs on several birdboxes - 20 in total.  We also linked up with the Friends of Backhouse Park in July 2016, to plant bluebells.
  • Developing Young Sports Leaders in Key Stage 2. Update Sep 2015 - this is now in place!