The PE and Sport Premium Funding is part of a government initiative designed to help primary schools improve the quality of the PE and sport activities they offer their pupils so that they develop healthy lifestyles. Every primary school in the country has been provided with funding to support additional sports provision.
At Caldecott, we recognise the huge contribution PE and sport plays in the health and well-being of our children. We believe that a varied PE curriculum and a range of extra-curricular opportunities have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of all of our children. Furthermore, we believe that increased opportunities for competitive sport enables children to develop excellence in sport as well as leadership skills, teamwork, dedication and self esteem. After the lifting of the restrictions of Covid 19, we have been delighted to have been able to attend sporting competitions once again. We have participated in a wide range of competitions both at local, area and county level. These sports include athletics, basketball, boccia, cricket, football, hockey, netball and tennis. We have won trophies and medals in athletics, basketball, boccia, cross country, football, hockey and tennis, and have reached the Abingdon and Oxfordshire finals in several too. Moreover, we have been able to deliver our termly House competitions so that every child from KS1 to KS2 has competed for their team in a competitive but supportive environment.
We are delighted to have been awarded the Gold School Games Mark for the 2 years prior to Covid 19. This was a wonderful achievement and highlights our commitment to high quality provision for sports at Caldecott School. We will apply for this again once applications open.
The 2021-22 funding allowed Caldecott to introduce new sports and activities into the curriculum. This enabled more children to access different sports and leadership opportunities at all levels. We were extremely lucky to have had several sports coaches working at the school taking after school sports clubs in a range of sports. We introduced girls' football, basketball, netball, athletics into our existing after school curriculum. The specialist coaches also provided training to our teachers, which provides sustainability to our school in the long run. Examples of this were Y3 having archery and pararchery lessons, Y5 having a cricket day with coaches from Oxfordshire, Y6 having specialists rugby coaches for a term and Y5 attending a climbing wall for lessons. Some of the funding was used to enable all children to go on a residential trip where sports such as body boarding, abseiling, mountain biking, climbing and assault courses were accessed.
Please see the reports below detailing how we have used our sports funding and the impact it has had on the children.