Physical Education in Primary
Physical education is an integral part of the curriculum at HLC Primary which is supported by HLC receiving the Gold school games mark status. We pride ourselves in offering a variety of opportunities for all children to participate in sport and are extremely fortunate that we have access to fantastic facilities, including an indoor swimming pool, which children from year 1 through to year 6 have access too. Each child receives a minimum of two hours of physical education a week which is delivered by our PE specialist teacher or qualified teaching staff. Please feel free to look at the curriculum maps to see what the children will be covering this term.
Alongside activities during the school day there are a number of lunchtime and after school sports clubs aiming to further promote participation for all students ensuring they are physically active and learn skills for life. This offer changes each term and we aim to provide at least one physical activity club every day!
HLC Sports Cluster
Mrs S. Thomas
Secondary PE Specialist
We also keen to ensure the children develop resilience and experience regular competition through our intra school or interschool competitions. We work closely with our cluster schools to ensure children regularly take part in other activities which is led by a secondary trained PE specialist.
We are now in our six year of our Sports Cluster and it continues to grow from strength to strength. Since we first started in 2012 we have engaged over a thousand primary school children in sporting activities, ranging from football, archery, golf, trampolining, tag rugby, the list is endless! We are delighted and proud of the fact that 4 out of 5 children in KS2 take part in at least one HLC Sports Cluster activity a year. This year we are hoping that every KS2 pupil will have the opportunity to participate in a sporting activity they have never tried before.
Secondary school students are always heavily involved with our Sports Cluster. Not only have they completed in numerous events, but over 300 Sports’ Leaders have used their skills to coach primary students with great success. They frequently organise their own primary clubs, encouraging young students to become involved with sport and to put them on the path to becoming leaders of the future. We are delighted that over 40% of our Year 11 leavers continue with a sporting activity once they have retired from the HLC Sports Cluster. We have great pride when hearing of their sporting prowess, knowing that the seeds were planted at HLC.
The government continues to provide additional funding each year to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding – provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport – will be allocated to primary school headteachers.
This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.
Purpose of Funding
Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.
Possible uses for the funding might include:
• Hiring or specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work with primary teachers when teaching PE
• Supporting and engaging the least active children through new or additional Change4Life clubs
• Paying for professional development opportunities for teachers in PE and sport
• Providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE and sport
• Running sport competitions, or increasing pupils’ participation in the School Games
• Buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PEand sport
• Providing places for pupils on after school sports clubs and holiday clubs
• Pooling the additional funding with that of other local schools.
Schools are held to account over how they spend their additional, ring-fenced funding.
Schools are required to include details of their provision of PE and sport on their website, so that parents can compare sports provision between schools, both within and beyond the school day.