Ring fenced PE money 2014-15
In 2014-15, as with other schools across the country, St Matthew’s Church Of England Primary School received extra ring fenced funding for Physical Education. The amount that the school received was £9,705.
As with the previous academic year the money allowed us to enhance the curriculum in many ways. For example, in the Autumn term the school was visited by Paralympian Lee Whiteley who spent the morning working with the children in Year 3 and 4. Lee also delivered an assembly to the whole school where he talked about his life journey and the importance of working hard both in school and outside of school in order to achieve your goals. Lee was truly inspirational to both the pupils and staff.
In April the school held a Growth Mindset day where the guest of honour was 4 time Ironman World Champion and current Ironman world record holder Chrissie Wellington MBE. Chrissie delivered an assembly to the children in KS2 where she talked about her life and what it takes to be successful, whether it be academically or in the sporting world. The children were thoroughly inspired by Chrissie’s talk and her messages about Growth Mindset and hard work have been echoed and reiterated throughout the school. Chrissie also worked with the children in Year 6 on some “Growth Mindset Circuit Training” which provided a welcome relief from the pressures of SATs revision. She then went on to write about her day at the school in her newsletter for Parkrun UK, which can be read by clicking on the link below.
Two members of Year 4, inspired by being part of the Cross Country team this year, started their own lunchtime Running Club for Years 3 and 4. They devised an awards system, which was funded by the legacy money, to encourage participation. This initiative from the children has been incredibly successful with up to 80 children taking part each week.
The PE curriculum has also benefitted from the legacy money with the school investing in the Real PE scheme of work. This scheme was successfully trialled in Key Stage 1 (and Year 5) in 2014/15, with a whole school training day planned in January 2016. The scheme is very skill based and follows the new National Curriculum and allows the children to work on skills and techniques which can be applied to a variety of different sports.
Many other things are planned for this coming year, such as the funding and implementation of further clubs to encourage our children to develop a lifelong love of sport and physical activity.
Impact on whole school data
The Olympic Legacy money has also had a positive impact on the academic performance of the children across the school. The data below comes from children who were involved in after school sport from September who were then tracked until July.
In Year 1 the girls averaged 6.67 points progress in Reading, with Summer born children in the same year averaging 6.125 and 5.625 points progress in Writing and Numeracy respectively. The Year 2 average points progress for writing was also 5.75.
In Year 5 the Summer born children averaged 4 points progress in Numeracy, and in Year 6 the Autumn born children averaged 4.2 points progress in Reading and the boys in the same year group averaged 4.1 points in Numeracy.
Participation rates* across school
The Olympic Legacy Funding allowed the school to provide a wide variety of after school and curriculum time opportunities for the children at St Matthew's in 2014-15, including Netball and the aforementioned Lunchtime Running Club. This meant that participation rates* for the year were higher than in previous years.
The participation rates* for each year group were as follows:
Year 1 - 63%
Year 2 - 51%
Year 3 - 75%
Year 4 - 70%
Year 5 - 62%
Year 6 - 64%
Although these figures are still someway off our ultimate target of 100% for each year they represent excellent progress for St Matthew's compared with previous years.
* Calculated by dividing the numbers of children involved in school sport by the number of children in the year group and then multiplying by 100.