Sports Premium Funding
Sports Premium Funding was first allocated to schools in 2013. This academic year, the grant has been significantly increased. The grant is to be used to enhance the provision of sports and PE, to encourage participation in sports and help pupils develop a healthy lifestyle.
The funding is ring-fenced to be used by the school to achieve self-sustaining improvement in the quality of PE and sport. It is important to emphasise that the focus of spending must lead to long lasting impact against the vision below that will live on well beyond the Primary PE and Sport Premium funding.
The national vision is for: “All pupils leaving primary school to be physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.”
We believe that the Sport Premium funding should support three key areas: physical education, healthy & active lifestyles and participation in competitions and local initiatives in the community. Our rationale at Hever Primary School is that the funding should be used in a fully inclusive manner, to benefit all pupils, not just those who excel in sports. We believe in nurturing talent and in giving opportunities to try a range of sports.
PE at Hever Primary School
Pupils at Hever Primary School are taught to develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and co-ordination, individually and with others, learning how to use their skills in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement.
Swimming is currently taught in Year 3 to 6 using the local swimming pool at Edenbridge Leisure Centre. This is with the aim that all children by the end of Year 6 are able to meet the following National Curriculum requirements for swimming:
- swim competently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
- use a range of strokes effectively
- perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations
Judo at Hever
Introducing Judo into our schools’ curriculum has been a very important step towards showcasing Judo to our students and introducing them to this sport which has become a legacy in our school!
For the Early Years class this is completely new sport and skill set that they are being introduced to and given the opportunity to continue these skills throughout their school life and in additional after school clubs. The approach to the learning processes of Judo gives the children a unique experience, because it not only takes into account the physical and mental approach to the sport itself but also relates to many aspects of everyday life as well. It really has improved our children’s life balance.
The etiquette and discipline is part of the learning process but it is also an essential part of the overall ethos of sport. It should therefore be taught as part of the process. Judo is an Education for life.
Lessons are run by Chris Bowles, a 6th Dan and qualified BJA coach. He went on to become British Open champion in 1978 and 1980, a European silver medallist and represented Britain at the Moscow Olympic Games in 1980. Chris was also GB Men’s Lead Coach in Rio 2016.
Our use of an external PE Coach ensures pupils in KS1 and KS2 will continue to be taught by a qualified and highly experienced PE teacher from an external agency. This will ensure that pupils receive the highest possible standard of teaching, ensuring development of the pupils’ skills and knowledge in all areas of the curriculum. Teachers and Teaching Assistants will also improve and develop their subject knowledge and skill set through shadowing and team teaching.