Sport and the Sports Premium
Grange First School has a very proud sporting heritage (not least being the place where Mr. Alan Shearer first kicked a football in a playground!) We recognise the contribution of PE and sport to the wider health and wellbeing of our children. We also believe that a broad, balanced high quality curriculum and extra- curricular activities have a positive impact on concentration and academic achievement.
Our aim is to engage as many of our children as possible in the widest range of physical activities and sports. Our teachers work hard to make sure that all children get at least two hours of high quality Physical Education every week, including a daily Wake Up Shake Up planned and performed by the children. Over 80% of children took part in a festival or competition representing the school in 2017 90% of children in KS2 played for a school team! Well done Grange Sports stars!
From 2016-18 our children also had the opportunity to join in with many extra-curricular sport clubs and activities these included;
- Forest School
- Cross Country
- Dodge ball
- Playmaker training
In the last year we competed against other teams in the city and the region at swimming, football, athletics, tennis, gymnastics, dance, rounders, cricket, rugby cycling and dodge ball. Staff at Grange also organised the Gosforth Schools’ Cross country championships and the ever popular Grange North Run and Physical Week.
Over the last 5 successful years ever we won the Vive Le Velo cycling competition twice and were second in the region in the Big Pedal. Grange represented Newcastle in regional events for athletics and gymnastics were joint city champions at under 9’s girls' football and won medals at Newcastle Games 500 in cycling, dance, gymnastics, athletics and judo. For the first time we gained a number of medals in the Schools’ swimming gala. Individual children have successes out of school in Irish dance, swimming, rugby, football, karate and a number of other sports led by local clubs.
PE and Sport Premium
What is the Sports Premium?. Each school will receive £16,000 plus an extra £10 per pupil each year for the next two years - here at Grange First that will mean around £17-18000 a year. The money can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools
Possible uses of the funding include:
- Hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work alongside primary teachers when teaching PE
- Support and involve the least active children by running after-school sports clubs and holiday clubs, e.g. the Change4Life clubs
- Paying for professional development opportunities in PE/sport
- Providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE/sport
- Running sport competitions, or increasing participation in the school games
- Buying quality assured professional development modules or material for PE/sport
- Providing places for pupils on after school sport clubs and residential visits
Sporting Premium at Grange the first four years
Between 2014 and 2016 we joined together with the other 8 First schools in Gosforth to employ a sports specialist teacher who was an outstanding sports specialist who has previously worked within the Gosforth Pyramid of schools as a School Sports Coordinator. She worked alongside teachers in our schools to model lessons, plan an innovative PE curriculum, organise inter school events and through training and mentoring build up the skills of all of our staff.
We have continued to spend the funds on building up the ability of our teachers and LSAs to deliver the very best PE lessons in school, often alongside high quality bought in Sports coaches.
We have focused funds to allow classes, groups and individuals to access different sports, some for the first time, to enter competitions and to develop skills through links with specialist coaches and clubs. We will employing experts to deliver in school and out of school clubs that will introduce new sports to our school, we will pay for travel and teacher release time to allow children to take part in the widest range of events and we will ensure we have the best resources to allow every child to take part a sport they will enjoy.