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 one formal PE lesson each week. In addition, children go swimming once a week for one term each school year 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 four 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 four 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.
Primary School’s 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, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17 to provide new and substantial primary school sport funding. 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. Each school receives £8,000 plus an extra £5 per pupil each year – here at Torah Temimah Primary School that means around £8,800 a year (2015-16: £8,792 and 2016-17: £8,784). The money can only be spent on 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 have used this funding in the past year to enable:
- Employment of specialist qualified PE and sports Instructors via Maccabi GB: £1500
- 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 2016-17 are very similar to the above.
The outcomes and impact of the Sports Premium include:
- Maccabi GB Instructors’ feedback on rising levels of attainment
- Sustained provision of weekly swimming lessons at local sports centre, with specialist swimming instructors
- School Council (pupil) positive feedback, and increased numbers of children participating in sport, PE and a varied range of lunchtime physical activity, games and clubs
- Swimming: feedback from instructors on sustained good levels of attainment & progress
- Near-100% participation in Sports Day
- Positive pupil feedback in monitoring and evaluation meetings with 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 good levels of pupil health and fitness