Thorney Close Primary School

Thorney Close Primary School

“Where Learning Blossoms”

Sports Premium

What is Sports Premium Funding

The government is providing additional funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013 to 2014 and 2014 to 2015 to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding is provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport.

This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools. Funding is an £8000 lump sum with an additional £5.00 per child aged 5-11. Schools have flexibility on how they use the funding but it should be used to increase and improve physical education available to pupils. Development and training of staff to provide sustainable improvements is also a key focus.

The DfE have outlined potential uses of this funding, which include:

  • hiring 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 PE and sport

  • providing places for pupils on after school sports clubs and holiday clubs

  • pooling the additional funding with that of other local schools

What does this mean for Thorney Close Primary School?

Our aim is to use the funding to ensure that every child has regular opportunities to participate in a wide range of physical learning and sporting activities and are encouraged to achieve to the best of their potential. We believe that PE and sport play a key role in developing qualities such as teamwork, perseverance, communication and self-control as well as encouraging pupils to develop healthy lifestyles whilst also promoting a lifelong participation in regular physical activity. The funding will be used so that all children benefit regardless of their sporting ability. We will continue to place a high priority on our PE provision and, as such, have invested in resources and equipment to further enhance the PE curriculum.

Thorney Close Primary School plans to use the Sports Premium Funding and the school budget in the following ways.

 Tanya’s Tumblers

Trained gymnast Tanya will deliver high quality gymnastic lessons every Thursday. Tanya will work with small groups of children to improve their balance and co-ordination to full classes developing their core work, strength, cardio and flexibility.  Children will have the opportunity to use a range of gymnastic equipment including:

  • Tumble track

  • Vaults

  • Beams

  • Peanut gymnastic ball

Swimming Lessons

All children from Year 2 to Year 6 l have the opportunity to go swimming during the course of the academic year. Children will learn to swim/improve their existing swimming abilities by attending hour long sessions at Sandhill View School or Silksworth Community Pool.

  • The aim is for all children to achieve their 25 metres swimming badge before leaving primary school

  • Children will participate in level 3 and 4 water skills (treading water, floating, water confidence)

  • All children aware of water safety

 Extra-Curricular Activities

Thorney Close Primary School will continue to work with the Foundation of Light and Tanya’s Tumblers in providing exciting extra-curricular activities.   Activities include:

  • Bootcamp

  • Little Dribblers

  • Football

  • Gymnastics

  • Street Dance


Thorney Close Primary School is also the venue for Tanya to provide advanced gymnastic sessions to children from our school as well as other schools.

Foundation of Light Partnership

Foundation of Light (Sunderland AFC) sports coaches will deliver high quality PE throughout the year with children in Nursery and Reception.

 School Partnerships

Providing professional development for staff, to raise their confidence and competence in teaching PE and sport, through our participation in an extensive and high-quality training programme devised and led by Farringdon Community Academy

 Outdoor Adventure Activities in the Lake District

All children in Year 5 and Year 6 have the opportunity to participate in a range of outdoor adventure activities at Ghyll Head Outdoor Centre.

 Sports Premium Funding 2014-15