At Torah Temimah, we recognise the contribution of PE and sport to the health and well-being of children. We believe that an innovative, varied PE curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of all our children.
Torah Temimah provides opportunities for children to learn and engage in a range of team, individual, competitive and non-competitive sports within the framework of the National Curriculum.
All children have at least one formal PE lesson each week. In addition, children in Year 4 have swimming lessons once a week at the local Willesden sports centre. During the summer term, children in Years 3 to 6 also have an additional weekly tennis lesson at the courts in Gladstone Park, next to the school, taught by a specialist Instructor.
For the past several years, we have worked in collaboration with Maccabi GB to ensure that every child in Key Stages 1 and 2 is taught PE by a specialist Schools PE Instructor. Our swimming lessons are taught in ability groups by specialist school swimming Instructors.
We enhance the school’s formal sports teaching through our successful “Huff and Puff” lunchtime sports club, where children in Year 6 organise competitive games for children in Years 1 to 3. A weekly after-school club for pupils in Years 1-3 is led by a specialist Sports Instructor from Maccabi GB, and helps younger pupils to develop enjoyment of sport and exercise.
We engage in competitive sports against other schools.
Primary School Sports Funding
Our Primary School Sports Funding (‘Sports Premium’) enables us to continue and extend our provision through employing additional sports professionals and training our staff to deliver in-house quality PE sessions.
Click here for the Department of Education link to the Primary School’s Sports Funding page.
What is the Sports Premium?
The government allocated funding of £150 million per annum for the academic years 2013-14 to 2016-17, and increased this allocation for 2017-18. The funding is jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and money goes directly to primary school Headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. For the years up to and including 2016-17, each school received £8,000 plus an extra £5 per pupil (in Years 1-6) each year – here at Torah Temimah Primary School that meant around £8,800 a year (2015-16: £8,792 and 2016-17: £8,784). For school year 2017-18 this amount was doubled, so Torah Temimah received around £17,500. The money can only be spent on supporting sport and PE provision in schools.
Purpose of the funding
Schools have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they have the freedom to choose how they do this.
We used this funding in the 2016-17 school year to enable:
- Employment of specialist qualified PE and sports Instructors via Maccabi GB: £1,500
- Training by Maccabi GB for school staff: £500
- Additional lunchtime club led by professional PE/sports Instructor: £750
- Staff Inset & CPD in teaching and promoting PE, sport, health and fitness: £500
- Additional staffing to assist in PE lessons to ensure greater levels of participation: £1250
- Summer term Sports Day for all children from Reception to Year 6 with additional specialist staff support from Maccabi GB: £400
- Staff CPD in assessment: £250
- Additional staffing, playground equipment and resources to promote greater levels of physical activity in a greater range of activities at break times, including the pupil-led “Huff & Puff” physical activity club and designated ‘non-football’ breaks: £600
- Maintenance and addition of high quality PE equipment: £200
- Tennis coaching in summer term for pupils in KS2: £1,360
- Sustaining provision of off-site swimming: £1,000
- Physical activities for Year 6 (post-SATs cycling proficiency, canoeing, walking tour and associated activities): £300
- Storage sheds for additional PE equipment: £175
NB: above figures are rounded approximations. Our spending plans for 2017-18 are very similar to the above, but include additional professional coaching, heavily subsidised after-school clubs, and investment in improved facilities.
Spending breakdown for financial year 2017-2018:
In the financial year 2017-2018 the school received £13,965.00.
This was spent on:
- PE and after school clubs (£4,373.58)
- Tennis coaching (£2,090)
- Sports Day (324.00)
- The balance of the funds (£7177.42) went towards improving the existing infrastructure for physical activity in the school, including works which will allow the playground to be expanded and enable additional sporting and physical activities to take place during school break times.
The outcomes and impact of the Sports Premium include:
- Rising levels of attainment in PE in all classes, with a greater range of sports and skills taught by specialist Instructors.
- Sustained provision of weekly swimming lessons at local sports centre, with specialist swimming Instructors.
- Sustained good levels of attainment & progress in swimming.
- Near-100% participation in weekly PE lessons and Sports Day.
- Near-100% participation in additional KS2 tennis lessons in the summer term.
- Increased numbers of children participating in sport, PE and a varied range of lunchtime physical activity, games and clubs.
- Positive pupil feedback in School Council (pupil) meetings and in monitoring & evaluation meetings between pupils and senior staff.
- Improved access to high quality PE and sports equipment.
- Greater staff confidence in teaching and assessing PE.
- High levels of overall school attendance compared with national averages, as a result of overall good levels of pupil health and fitness.
Pupil health, future objectives and sustainability
However, we are are aware that many factors, including a long school day as well as cultural and social norms, mean that our pupils remain at risk of developing unhealthy lifestyles.
The 2017-18 national height and weight screening check for pupils in Reception and Year 6 classes found that:
- In Reception (30 pupils), 7 pupils (23%) are ‘overweight’ and 1 pupil (3%) ‘very overweight’.
- In Year 6 (28 pupils), 2 pupils (7%) are ‘overweight’ and 10 pupils (36%) ‘very overweight’.
We aim to achieve significant reduction in the numbers of overweight and very overweight pupils over the next three years to 2020-2021. This will be achieved through:
- Annual ‘Wellbeing Week’ with learning and physical activities, including personal pledges by pupils, to improve diet and exercise.
- Work in collaboration with the Brent Children’s Weight Management Team to offer courses of 1:1 support to families of very overweight children.
- Increasing participation in after-school PE clubs.
- Tightening the school Healthy Eating policy to eliminate unhealthy snacks and drinks, encourage healthy snacks and drinks, and improve the nutritional content and healthiness of school lunches.
- Improving playground facilities to encourage greater participation in a range of vigorous outdoor play activity.
- Improving access and frequency of use of outdoor facilities in the neighbouring Gladstone Park.
- Increasing opportunities for competitive sport within school and against other schools.
- Working towards gaining Silver and Gold accreditation under the Transport for London STARS (Sustainable Travel: Active, Responsible, Safe) scheme.
The numbers who have met the national curriculum requirements for swimming are:
|Met all 3 requirements||75% (21 pupils)|
|Met 2 out of 3 requirements||11% (3 pupils)|
|Met 1 out of 3 requirements||4% (1 pupil)|
|Met 0 out of 3 requirements||11% (3 pupils)|
(percentages may not total 100% due to rounding)
The national curriculum requirements for swimming are:
- able to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
- use a range of strokes effectively
- perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations