School Sports Premium Funding is available in all primary schools across the country. This funding is there to enhance PE and Sport in school. As a school, each year we complete an evaluation of how the money has been spent, and in turn, has impacted positively on PE and Sport in our school. There are five key areas that we monitor to do with PE and Sport in school. After our annual review, any areas identified that we feel could be improved further are then added to our yearly action plan, outlining ways in which we intend to address this. The Sport Premium Funding is fundamental in ensuring we continue to improve our facilities in school.
Amber Valley School Sports Partnership
Riddings Infant and Nursery School is affiliated to Amber Valley School Sport Partnership who provide a range of services and opportunities to support the school’s delivery of PE, School Sport and Physical Activity.
Through our affiliation we are able to access PE planning resources for each year group themed around 6 different sports. The plans are high quality and easy to follow allowing for staff to plan lessons to suit our school’s facilities and students. Each lesson includes fun, progressive activities from an effective warm-up to a competitive activity with the chance to differentiate learning to support students who are high/low achievers.
Lessons also include technical and tactical teaching points allowing staff to challenge students in a variety of ways. The PE lesson planning we use also includes a PE assessment tracker giving staff the chance to efficiently assess students as Emerging, Expected or Exceeding from a physical, social and emotional standpoint.
Our affiliation package also includes a large number of Inter-school events & competitions in a wide variety of sports. These events are categorised to encourage as many students as possible to represent their school throughout a given year and to help our staff select appropriate students to take part. Our students love taking part in these events and are always really excited to represent their school!
Through our affiliation we are also able to access Bikeability training which gives many of our students a chance to learn a vital life skill and increase their confidence on their bike as well as work towards earning their certificate!
Riddings also accesses various activity resources to implement in school, the most useful of which is the Mini Leaders or ‘Playground Friends’ resource. This, along with CPD training and the annual student conference, helps to put in place a culture of junior leadership during lunchtime and throughout the school day. This sees students leading their peers, providing further opportunities for pupils to be active.
Through our work with Amber Valley School Sport Partnership our staff enjoy regular staff CPD and best practice sharing, support with PE assessment and data collection, assistance with running intra-school competitions and sports days and even guidance when applying for awards and accreditation giving the school chance to help our students become more active and achieve accreditation based on our good work.
Here at Riddings Infant and Nursery School we try to encourage our pupils to stay active while outside of school hours. We do this by promoting local clubs, activity hubs and leisure providers through various methods including assemblies, fliers, facility usage and extra-curricular links. To encourage pupils to stay active over the holidays we also actively promote Amber Valley SSP’s Holiday Sports Camps which take place at local leisure centres and offer low cost, high quality sports activities for all pupils. These camps can also be subsidised by the school through Sport Premium or Pupil Premium funding to allow students most in need to attend.
To support the delivery of PE, Riddings Infant and Nursery School accesses Amber Valley School Sport Partnership’s Coaching programme to bring in a PE & School Sport specialist to lead our PE. Miss Whiteman is a specialist in PE and sport holding Level 2 sports coaching qualifications and various other awards and works alongside our schools teaching staff to deliver high quality PE lessons to the whole school. This team teaching not only allows the children to have a great experience of PE but also allows our staff to learn new ideas and become more confident in teaching PE themselves improving the quality of lessons and extra-curricular provision across the school. Utilising a sports specialist also allows our school to host structured, high quality after-school and lunchtime clubs in a range of exciting sports such as Archery, Boxercise, Fencing, Dodgeball, Football and more.
In 2019/2020 our school has attended a number of sporting events and competitions giving our children the opportunity to compete with and against pupils from other schools in Amber Valley in athletics, dodge ball and handball. The children loved taking part and representing their school and even returned with a certificate each for their efforts. This would usually be much greater, but due to COVID -19, a lot of our usual events were cancelled.
The school even managed to come first in the dodge ball and athletics events, which was a fantastic achievement among so many other schools! We were incredibly proud of the team!
Although less children attended events than usual, we intend to build on this through the upcoming year by participating in as many of the virtual competitions as possible, meaning more children than even can enter competitions!
60 pupils have completed Bikeability training which helps them learn how to effectively and safely ride a bike and increases pupil confidence in doing so!
Our after-school sports clubs have been really popular this year with 2/3 of our KS1 of students and over half of our Reception children taking part in a range of different sports including martial arts and athletics and we hope to expand on this next year too!
The school performed so well in competitions and events we were awarded with the gold award in 2019 in the Amber Valley Champion Schools, an award which recognises schools which have consistently provided sporting opportunities for their pupils. We aim to work towards the Derbyshire Kitemark Award for Key Stage 1 in the upcoming academic year, this is a Regional accredited awards which require us to provide terrific opportunities for students in competition, leadership, participation and community links.
Please click the attached documents below to find out how our funding has been spent for the previous academic year, and find our action plan, outlining our plans for the current academic year.