At Little Mead Primary Academy each year group will have regular PE lessons using the REAL PE program, which focuses on skill acquisition and development leading into the application of these in a variety of traditional games. As a school we encourage the children to stay active and have a healthy lifestyle. Miss Rees is the PE leader and she works closely with Mr Thomas to coordinate physical education across the school. Throughout the year, there will be a variety of sports clubs provided including football, running and multisport. As a school we will enjoy taking part in annual events such as ‘Wake and Shake,’ Race for Life and Sports Day.
Throughout the year the children take part in interschool and cross city competitions. Highlights in the sporting calendar at Little Mead include Fun and Fitness week, the Sport Relief Dodgeball competition and Sports Day. We also have a house system to encourage healthy competition among the pupils and staff! The four house teams will compete throughout the year for the house trophy.
Mr Thomas is the academy’s Sports Coach and can be found in school on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. During this time he supports teachers in the teaching of PE and children in lessons. He co-ordinates sports teams with training and Level 3 competitions, as well as leading extra-curricular activities before, during and after school.
St Bede’s Catholic College Sports coaches come into school every Monday afternoon. They lead the Year 6 curriculum and an extracurricular club which is free.
All children benefit from one term of swimming lessons at Henbury Leisure Center. The lessons are led by qualified swimming instructors and is paid for using the sports premium funding. This allows every child the opportunity to learn to swim and meet the National Curriculum requirement at primary school level to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres.
We offer a range of after school clubs including football, multi-skills, netball, gymnastics and basketball. Please check the newsletters to see which clubs are running each term.
The government is providing additional funding of £150 million per annum for 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/2016 to improve the provision of physical education and sport in primary schools. This funding is part of the Olympic legacy and is being provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture. The funding is ring-fenced and can only be spent on sport provision. Schools are required to publish information about the impact of the spending.
On 6th February 2014 the Prime Minister, David Cameron committed to continue the funding for the Primary PE & Sport Premium until 2020.
In January 2016 it was confirmed schools would receive double the amount of funding from September 2017.
Sport provision across both schools within the Trust was reviewed and three main priorities were identified:
- To raise standards and participation levels in PE
- To increase sport club opportunities after school, particularly competitive games
- To improve PE resources
- A number of options were explored and the Trust decided to work with a specialist Sport Coaching provider. A contract was agreed to provide the following support in both schools, in addition to extra school-specific provision:
- A Sports Coach working alongside the Class Teachers in PE lessons for 3 days per week in each school.
- After School Club and 1 lunchtime club per week at each school.
- SEN Sports Coaching once a week.
- A recommended list of new PE resources following an audit of PE equipment.
- Input from the Sports Coach into the Annual Sports Day Events at each school.
- Support with competitive sport participation with local schools.