Sports Funding 2020-2021
PE and Sports
PE and Sports are an important aspect of life for all the children at Park Lane Primary School.
All children have at least two sessions of high quality PE a week with opportunities to play sport competitively both in and outside of school. Membership of the Reading Schools Partnership allows the children to compete in a range of activities and sports against other schools from across the Borough.
The high level of participation and quality teaching saw the school awarded the Sainsbury’s Silver Game Mark in successive years in 2018 and 2019. It was suspended in 2020 and 2021 because of the Covid crisis.
For an overview of the activities which your children will be doing please click below:
PE and Sport at Park Lane
After school clubs, run by outside agencies, are well established at the Juniors and Infants.
The pre-school Fencing Club on Thursday mornings and the after-school Football Club on Tuesday afternoon and Street Dance on a Wednesday afternoon are extremely popular with children from all age groups. In addition, at the infants an outdoor games club is run each term, teaching a range of different team games and ball skills.
The infants also partake in ‘run a mile’ where each week the children join with their classmates, to run laps of the playground, accumulating their mileage to see what distance they could cover across the country.
National Sports Week is an integral part of the academic year at Park Lane and allows all children to participate in a different physical activity each day, delivered by local community specialists.
During sports week we will offer a range of different sporting opportunities, before then ending the week with our annual Sports Day. In previous years the children have enjoyed lacrosse, ultimate Frisbee and handball in addition to other more ‘traditional’ sports.
A healthy and active lifestyle is also promoted through other avenues such as science topics, sports relief and fundraising for charities.
During Arts week at the infants, children are also given opportunities to learn and perform choreographed dances, taught by outside instructors.
All the children at the juniors benefit from a weekly 30-minute gymnastics sessions from a qualified gym instructor and she also offers a pre-school Gymnastics Club on Wednesday mornings.
The PE and Sport Premium provides ring fenced money to primary school head teachers to improve the quality of the PE and sport activities they offer their pupils.
The PE and Sport Premium provides primary schools with £320m of government funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of the PE, physical activity and sport offered through their core budgets. It is allocated directly to schools so they have the flexibility to use it in the way that works best for their pupils. The PE and Sport Premium survey highlighted the significant impact which PE and Sport has had in many primary schools across England.
Park Lane infants use the funding to employ specialist sports coaches and yoga coaches to teach all children in FS, Y1 and Y2 twice a week to enhance their confidence and skills in PE. The teachers are also able to gain valuable knowledge and ideas from the PE specialists enabling them to develop their own practice.
The Juniors use the funding to employ a gymnastics coach to provide weekly sessions as outlined above.
Funding is also used to provide weekly swimming lessons for all Year 4 pupils at Meadway Sports Centre. The children receive a 30 minute lesson on a Monday afternoon from September up until Easter.
Those children who need extra support to achieve their national standard of a 25metre swim then continue with more focussed 45-minute lessons after Easter, while those who have achieved the standard remain in school to undertake other sporting challenges.
The PE Hub
Part of the sports budget has been used to sign up for the PE Hub Resource which allows teachers from FS to Y6 to access high-quality lesson plans, videos, games and other resources in a range of sports. The lessons build a progression of skills throughout the year groups and builds on previous learning and understanding.
The funding is also used for the following:
- PE resources are continually replaced when necessary.
- Playground equipment to promote active play.
- Specialist coaches brought in to provide one-off or shorter blocks of coaching.
Feedback from children, staff and parents has been positive and we have seen confidence and sporting skills improve.
Towards the end of the school year, the children visit an outdoor education facility where they will have the opportunity to participate in exciting adventures. Although, cancelled in 2020, in previous years these were:
Year 3: Adventure Dolphin Centre in Pangbourne.
Year 4: Dinton Pastures Sailing Centre.
Year 5: John Nike Ski/Snow Centre
Year 6: A week long residential stay at Avon Tyrrell in the New Forest.
In 2021 Park Lane hope to continue to build on the positives from last year by using funding in the same way but also plan to develop more intra-school competition as well as continuing to enter a range of inter-school tournaments.
There is scheduled to be an inter-school event involving several different local schools in the summer.
As part of the school ethos to expose children to a range of different sports, the Y6 pupils got the chance to experience handball during sports week.
All the children in school receive high-quality gymnastics teaching every week courtesy of a 30 minute session with our gym coach Ms White.
The Year 4 football team which competed at the Crosfields Tournament against schools from across Reading.
The document below shows how the school has spent this money.