This essential part of the curriculum aims to help pupils to perform with increasing skill in all athletic, dance, games, swimming and outdoor and adventurous activities undertaken. We are an active member of the Redcar and Eston School Sports Partnership so children regularly have the opportunity to represent the school in a variety of sports and earn points for the school in the competition league.
The government is providing funding of £150 million per annum to provide new and substantial primary school sport funding. The funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school Head Teachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. At Wheatlands this will mean £19,410 for the 2020/2021 year. Please see the action plans below for how this funding will be spent.
All schools have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but there is freedom to choose how we do it. At Wheatlands Primary School we recognise the contribution of PE to the health and well-being of the children. In addition, we believe that an innovative and varied PE curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of all children.
Prior to restrictions placed upon us by Covid-19, Wheatlands Primary School, strived to provide all our children with as many sporting activities, and opportunities to be as physically active as possible. In the course of a normal year, we would ensure and commit to all children having two hours of timetabled PE, during which we would focus upon delivering a high quality teaching of core skills, culminating in more sports focused teaching in Years 5 and 6. During lessons, we would provide opportunities for intra-class or House competitions while encouraging children to display good sportsmanship.
In the future, we hope to resume after school clubs and to re-establish links with as many local sports clubs as possible. The School Sports Partnership is also ready to resume off-site competitions and developments days as soon as it is safe to do so.