PE & Sports Grant for Parents
Our total PE & Sports Grant for the 2016 – 2017 academic year was £8420, with most of this budget now spent to date.
Over the past couple of years, we have made purchasing of equipment for lessons one of our main priorities to aid staff in delivering high quality teaching and learning. Therefore, this year, we have decided to focus on active playtimes and have purchased a range of equipment that the children can use outside. The equipment includes items such as: a range of different balls, skipping ropes, throwing and catching games, a 3-way-shooter installed on the school field etc. We have also purchased some competition leotards for our annual gymnastics competition.
Shap School have joined the Eden Valley Sports Partnership. This helps to ensure that all children have the opportunities to attend relevant and appropriate workshops/competitions. It also gives staff access to courses to continue with their professional development and ensure a high level of good quality teaching across the school.
In April our Year 3/4 children took part in the U-Dance Festival at the Sands Centre, Carlisle. We used some of the funding to pay for the training of staff, coaching sessions with a dance specialist, transport and costumes.
We have employed a specialist cricket coach through the Chance to Shine Schools Cricket Campaign. This involves the coach working with the Year 1/2, Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 children to widen their skills and build up their knowledge of the sport and tactics to play the game competitively.
Other specialist coaches we have used within school have delivered dance and drama sessions to KS2 children and lacrosse to the Year 5/6 children. The relevant teaching staff support during these sessions and build up a bank of activities/teaching skills that they could then use to continue the process.
We continue to use some of the funding to pay for transport to enable Shap School to participate in a wide range of activities held at venues within Eden and across England. As there is no public transport, we rely heavily on using local bus companies.
Pool hire has again played a big part in our spending. All children (from Y1-Y6) swim during the Summer Term, with the aim of all children being able to: swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25m, use a range of stokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations. We also organise a triathlon for children in Years 5 and 6, which means extra hours in the pool.
Engraving of trophies and the purchase of Safe Practice: in PE, School Sport and Physical Activity handbook has also used some of our funding.
In response to a pupil questionnaire earlier in the year, we decided to take the KS2 children to Energi Trampoline Park in Carlisle. A large percentage of the children expressed an interest in visiting the new park which promotes an active lifestyle with numerous benefits. Since our visit, many children have continued to attend the park regularly with friends and family members.
Over the next year, we hope to:
continue hiring Shap Swimming Pool;
continue to hire transport for Eden events and national events;
organise sporting events/games with our cluster of schools;
provide further opportunities for our G & T children;
create an all-weather surface around the edge of the school field to enable children sufficient space to play all year round, and take part in activities such as running and biking.