Physical Education (PE) & Sport Funding

Children at Ripon Holy Trinity Infant school are encouraged to lead healthy lives and be active wherever possible. During playtimes and at lunchtime they have access to a wide range of sports equipment to master basic movements and skills and they are able to access play equipment which encourages balance and agility. 

In order to increase children’s participation in sports activities we have specialist sports coaches who come into the school to run after school clubs, focusing on multi-skills and gymnastics and to run a lunchtime club during which different activities and games are set-up for children to join in with. These activities are then repeated and supported on other days by our Midday Supervisors,

Physical education is taught by the class teachers and activities are rotated each half term so that all children have the chance to participate in and develop a range of core skills in dance, gymnastics, athletics and games. In addition to this, our children are given the opportunity to compete against each other in inter-school competitions which are led by our PE Coordinator.  We are also able to compete against children from other local schools in a range of different events including gymnastics, cross-country and multi-skills,

The government has provided additional funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17 to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding - provided jointly by the Department for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport - will be allocated to primary schools. 

At Holy Trinity CE Infant School we believe that this additional funding provides us with a brilliant opportunity to improve our provision for PE and sport.

What we did with the funding in 2016-2017

  • In the year 2016-2017 we are used the sports funding to improve the quality of PE teaching throughout school. We enlisted the support of a Local Authority PE Lead teacher to develop our practice and provision to support the physical development of our Early Years children.
  • We enlisted the support from another PE specialist to develop the quality of dance teaching for Year 2 pupils.
  • We used the funding to provide all our Year 2 children with the opportunity to participate in outdoor adventurous activities at Bewerley Park.
  • We ran ‘Bikeability’ sessions for reception and nursery children with the support of a specialised coach and then bought our own balance bikes to enable children to continue to practice their skills. At the end of the academic year in 2017, all our reception children could ride a two-wheeled bike without the need for stabilisers.
  • Our PE Lead teacher organised Year group competitions for all our pupils.
  • Our school ran and led an inter-school Cross Country Competition for KS1 pupils for four of our local Primary Schools.

What we are doing with the funding in 2017-2018

  • Enable all our Year 2 children to have the opportunity to engage in outdoor, adventurous, physical activity at Bewerley Park.
  • Enable all our Year 1 children to have the opportunity to engage in outdoor, adventurous, physical activity through Forest School sessions.
  • Enable all our Reception children to learn to ride a two-wheeled bike without stabilisers through ‘Bikeability’ sessions.
  • Enable all children to have the opportunity to participate and enjoy games and sports activities at playtime.
  • Enable all children to have the opportunity to participate in inter-school competitive events.
  • Enable all children to participate in after-school PE clubs (on a rota basis).
  • Enable all children to have the opportunity to participate in competitive events with other schools.
  • Ensure that all PE equipment and resources are of the highest quality to support effective teaching and learning.

 To ensure that we continue to improve our teaching and learning in PE and Sport:

Our PE Lead Teacher  will:

  • Work alongside all staff sharing best practice within PE and sport sessions
  • Ensure skills, techniques and rules for activities are accurately and correctly taught
  • Deliver specific professional development sessions
  • Sharpen approaches to the planning of PE and sport
  • Provide inter and intra school competitions
  • Create a positive and inclusive climate for PE and sport
  • Encourage children and staff to challenge themselves
  • Make PE fun for all
  • All staff will:

    • Treat each session as a professional development opportunity focusing especially on skills, techniques and rules for activities and how these are accurately and correctly taught
    • Take an active part in the session
    • Ensure the excellent learning behaviour and high expectations already established in school are also embedded in PE and sports lessons.
    • Share planning with Mrs Fenn, annotating with pointers / learning and  ideas
    • Be mindful of the parts within and progression of the lesson/s sequence
    • Practise warm ups / warm downs
    • Demonstrate and be involved in demonstrations
    • Observe children’s responses
    • Prepare to deliver follow up sessions
    • Look at differentiation within lessons and within activities
    • Look at the use of space
    • Have a go and have fun