Sport and PE

Sport has a high profile at Eversholt and the children perform exceptionally well

Above all, we hope to promote a healthy lifestyle and a lifelong enjoyment of physical activity. Children participate in a wide range of physical activities in their lessons including games, gymnastics, dance, orienteering, swimming and athletics. In addition to this teams also take part in a large variety of local sports competitions and festivals.

The Vision

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport produced a vision and strategy in 2015 for an active nation. The Vision is that all pupils leaving primary school will be physically literate and will leave with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.

The remit is that ‘schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport on offer’.

The PE funding we have received:

  • £8,300 in 2014-2015
  • £8,290 in 2015-2016
  • £8,270 in 2016-2017
  • £16,560 in 2017-2018
  • £16,250 in 2018-2019
  • £16,520 in 2019-2020
  • £16,450 in 2020-2021

Allocation of Funds

In 2014/15 we spent money on training lunchtime supervisors to become play leaders, CPD for teachers and the Redborne Sports Partnership.

In 2015/16 we introduced the Golden Mile initiative. We purchased new equipment for playtime, including for sports that children had not previously tried, such as archery and curling. We introduced Wake and Shake to the whole school and a Sports Star of the week. We trained children to become Playground Buddies and provided CPD for teachers, specifically in gymnastics and dance. We introduced new club experiences and hosted an intra schools Olympic event. We met and were inspired by Olympians. We introduced Intra Sports competitions and we continued to participate in the Redborne Sports Partnership.

In 2016/17 we continued to provide access to the Redborne Sports Partnership and trained all year 4 children to become Sports Ambassadors. We employed coaches to assist with competition preparation and provided opportunities for the PE leader to network with other leaders of PE by attending the county PE conference. Finally, we enabled all children to try a range of new and exciting activities and experiences. For example, visiting the MK Dons Stadium, golf with PGA coaches, rugby with professional players, Zumba led by a community instructor, a swimming competition, cricket with local cricket players, gymnastics and a dance session run by a local dance school.

In 2017/18 we continued to build upon the success of previous years. The focus was heavily on the 30:30 initiative and looked to better our play and physical equipment outside so that it will be sustainable for years to come.

In 2019/20 we completed our physical trail area. This will enable all year use for all pupils. Unfortunately, the money that we had allocated towards other outdoor activities and the introduction for swimming for all classes were put on hold due to COVID19.

PE and Sport Premium

‘PE and Sport Premium’ is a funding package as part of the Olympic legacy. Primary schools are given additional money to improve the quality of sport and PE for all their children.

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What do we do in school to help to promote this?

On our playground children have access to a range of equipment. Dinner ladies and Sports Ambassadors deliver games and activities on the playground for all children. Children also take part in the Golden Mile. This is an initiative to encourage children to run as many miles as they can. They are rewarded with stickers and certificates as well as the added health benefits. We set challenges each term to see how far we can run. So far, as a school, we have run to the south of France.

We provide activity bags that every child will take home each half term. These have different equipment inside them and children are encouraged to create their own games with the equipment and share their ideas with family and friends. Photos, drawings and videos are to be shared via the class Google Classroom.

30:30

The Government Childhood Obesity Plan has set out the ambition for all children to achieve 1 hour of physical activity every day, with schools being responsible for delivering 30 of these active minutes. This been developed to help schools reduce sedentary behaviour and increase physical activity in young people outside of timetabled curriculum PE.

Our PE lessons

At Eversholt, teachers work alongside experienced professional sports coaches from Premier Sport to deliver our PE lessons.

Children in Key Stage 1 and 2 have two hours of PE per week. One lesson is delivered by a specialist coach and the other lesson is delivered by the class teacher.

At the beginning of each half term the children have a small fitness test. They enjoy the competitive nature of this ad beating their previous score. They set themselves targets based on the unit of work they are on. These are displayed in the hall so that children can refer to these at the beginning and end of their PE lesson. We currently work alongside Mr Norman from Premier Sport who specialises in outdoor games.

School Swimming

For the last half term of summer, children in KS2 receive swimming lessons in the local outdoor pool. This is part of their National Curriculum coverage. This opportunity is a tradition that goes back many generations and has resulted in all children that leave Eversholt School having a basic level of swimming proficiency, with many of them excelling and water confident.
We are now able to offer swimming lessons to all our pupils.

Sports Day

We hold our annual Sports Day in the Summer Term. This is a competitive event where the children compete for their house. We invite parents and pre-school siblings to come and join our races too. It is a great afternoon, one that the children prepare well for.

Year Winning House
2021 Tavistock
2020 Bedford
2019 Howland
2018 Bedford
2017 Bedford
2016 Bedford

Our achievements

For the past two years, we have achieved the Gold Redborne Key Stage 1 School Sport Award for our commitment and dedication to school sport.
We have also received the national Gold School Games Mark Award in 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-2018 and 2019-2020

2019 Tag Rugby Team

We are very proud to represent our school and enjoy competing against other schools. The table below shows our results from the competitions we have taken part in over the past year.

Event Date Result
Sports Hall Athletics July 2019 2nd
Redbourne Cricket July 2019 1st

We also enjoy competing in school. Each half term the Sports Ambassadors (Year 4 children) and the PE leader deliver an afternoon of competitive sport for the children. Children compete in their houses and work together as a team. In the past, children have taken part in multi-sports, tennis, athletics, football, archery and we hold a swimming competition in July.