Brookfields School received Sport Premium funding from the government in 2022/2023 to the amount of £16,940. The aim of this money is to help make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of the PE, sport and physical activity we provide.
Further details of the Sports Premium can be found through the following link:
The fund must be spent to ‘build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now are sustainable and will benefit pupils joining the school in future years’ and to ‘develop or add to the PE, sport and physical activity that your school provides’.
Therefore, Brookfields has used the government's Sport Premium funding to continue to widen the range of activities that have been offered to primary students this year. Many pupils in Early Years have had the opportunity to participate in climbing sessions at Adventure Dolphin in Pangbourne, delivered by qualified climbing instructors. We began these sessions last year and a team member from Adventure Dolphin now runs a bespoke SEN climbing group at the weekends which lots of our pupils attend.
CH Rugby came in to school during the winter term to deliver wheelchair rugby lessons which many of the pupils enjoyed so much that they have continued to attend CH Rugby's sessions at the weekend!
More recently we have had an external instructor come in to deliver sensory dance sessions as part of a movement rotation that pupils have really enjoyed.
Through our affiliation with the West Berkshire School Sports Network we have begun attending offsite events and a group of Primary pupils attended a Panathlon as part of the West Berkshire School Games.
We have trained more staff in Rebound Therapy in the past year which has allowed us to deliver these sessions to every single pupil in the Primary part of the school, also supported by the culture within the school to share staff to ensure pupils can get all the opportunities they deserve. We have also trained more NRASTC lifeguards which has meant we haven’t needed to cancel swimming lessons, allowing us to deliver the expected provision to our primary pupils. Sport Premium funding has also been used to replace old or broken swimming resources, such as floats, toys and sensory equipment.
“5 a day TV” was purchased again this year to continue the engagement of 'dance' in Wake Up Shake Up. Many classes use the routines to prepare themselves for the day, increasing blood flow in the dance section and then using the chill section to begin to regulate reading for learning to take place. Some classes use the videos as movement breaks for individual pupils to enable them to regulate and be ready to learn.
Some basic equipment had to be replaced which was funded through sport premium. We have purchased new tennis, seated volleyball and badminton equipment and replaced old or damaged equipment in both halls to allow gymnastics and explore PE lessons to continue at their high standard.
We are required to provide details of how many pupils within our year 6 cohort are meeting the national curriculum requirement to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres, use a variety of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations. None of the pupils in the year 6 cohort have met this requirement.
We are passionate in continuing to develop the PE provision at Brookfields School in the next academic year 2023/2024.
This year, the provision this will include much of the above and also:
Water sports at Adventure Dolphin
We will be starting water sports sessions at Adventure Dolphin next year through our contacts gained through climbing. Developing water confidence is vitally important for our pupils, as is developing their independence off site and building up their tolerance in new places with new adults. These sessions will develop all of these skills as well as introducing a new activity to pupils that they may continue outside of school hours.
Climbing Wall onsite at Brookfields School
With some of last year’s Sport Premium funding we have, very excitingly, been able to purchase our own climbing wall. We are currently in the process of laying the groundwork so it can be put into place on the school field. We will be training staff so we can run our own sessions at school. This will mean all primary pupils will be able to take part in climbing sessions during the school year.
You can find out more information in the Sport Premium plan which is below.
If you require any more information in relation to the Primary Sports Premium, or its use at Brookfields please don’t hesitate to contact either Tor Parnell or Matt Rosier (PE and Motor Lead) or Patrick Mitchell (School Business Manager), who will be happy to answer any questions about additional funding.