From 2013 the government has provided schools with a sum of money to develop sport. At Dunchurch Infant School & Nursery we have carefully planned how we use this money.
We have received £17,148 of sports funding this year, and we aim to achieve the following:
- Up-skilling our staff
- Increase participation in sporting activities and, in particular, competitive sports
- Encourage a love of sport amongst our children
- Increase the chances of children taking part in sport beyond their time in school
This is how we spend the money, followed by the impact:
Up-skilling our staff
All teachers are working alongside a qualified coach on a weekly basis, benefiting from his specialist knowledge. All children have two sports sessions a week. These are planned by our Sports Coach who teaches alongside the class teacher for the first lesson, with the second lesson being delivered by the class teacher alone. We have had specialist coaches from Warwickshire County Cricket Club visit the school, working with staff and children. We have also accessed off-site training from a number of other providers. IMPACT: All teachers have reported benefits to working alongside a specialist sports coach.
All children have two sports sessions a week. In addition, we have a range of sports clubs after school:
|Martial Arts (Tang So Do) Fitness|
|Football Development Service (ball skills) and HIT|
|Football Development Service (ball skills)|
IMPACT: Before the sports funding was introduced we had three after-school clubs, with 43 participants. We now have five clubs with 75 participants. The two new clubs are paid for out of sports funding and are free to attend. Additional teaching assistant support has been brought in at one club to enable two children with Statements of Special Educational Needs to participate. The introduction of free sports clubs has increased the number of children who qualify for the Pupil Premium.
We believe children need to practise anything to be proficient in it. This includes winning and losing. We see it as a key part of the moral development of children to teach them how to be good losers and gracious winners. Consequently, we have a program of competitive sporting events. Being an Infant School and Nursery, opportunities for competitive sports against other schools are limited, but we have entered a football competition and played against another school. In athletics, children’s throws, jumps and sprints are measured, or timed, and children attempt to beat their best.
IMPACT: Before the sports funding was introduced we had no children competing in competitive sports. Now all children do so at least twice a year. Our girls’ football team took part in, and won, a tournament.
Inspiring children to love sport:
We want children to be enthusiastic about sport and we have found one of the best ways of doing this is to take children to see professional sportsmen and women. The following are recent examples of trips we have organised:
Organising a visit to International Indoor Athletics Grand Prix at the NIA
Arranging trips to Leicester Tigers (rugby union)
Providing free tickets to see Warwickshire play cricket
Taking children to see England play cricket
Taking some of our most talented tennis players to see a WTA event in Birmingham
- Taking children to London to see the World Para-Athletic Championships at the Olympic Stadium
All of these are offered to children at no cost, other than a voluntary contribution towards transport costs.
IMPACT: Every child leaves the school having visited a professional sports stadium at least once. 76% of children said they have never been to see professional sport before and 78% said they were more interested in the relevant sport as a result of the trip. We surveyed our children to find out about their attitude to the curriculum and 89% of children say they love sport.
Sport for life
After learning a sport, children are given information on joining a sports club outside of school with the hope that children who have become interested will then carry on participating. Each half term we focus on a sport which is established in the local area, therefore giving children the chance to carry on with the sport if they discover an interest or talent in it. For example, we have developed links with Newbold Rugby Club and Rugby and Northampton’s Athletics Club.
For the last two years we have run a competition to design a rugby ball. The winning design is then made into a ball which is used during sports lessons. At the end of the focus on rugby, the Year 2 children each get a ball to take home to keep. This means they can carry on playing with the game at home.
IMPACT: 10% of our Year 2 children went on to play Tag Rugby for Newbold Rugby Club. 7% of KS1 children have gone on to take part in athletics at Rugby and Northampton’s Athletics Club. Where we consider it appropriate, we have paid for some children to join holiday schemes in a particular sport.