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What is the Sports Premium?

The Government is providing funding of £150 million per annum to provide new, substantial primary school sport funding’. This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children.

The sport funding can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.

Purpose of Funding

Schools will have to spend the sport 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 include:

  • Hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work alongside primary teachers when teaching PE
  • New or additional Change4Life sport clubs
  • Paying for professional development opportunities in PE/sport
  • Providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE/sport
  • Running sport competitions, or increasing participation in the school games
  • Buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE/sport providing places for pupils on after school sport clubs and holiday clubs

At Lythe CEVC Primary School, P.E. is an integral part of our curriculum. We believe that the subject inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in physically demanding activities, and helps them to become confident in a way which supports their health and fitness throughout their lives. Therefore, we believe that our children should be physically active every day, whether through Daily Physical Activity, P.E. lessons, Forest School, lunchtimes or extra-curricular activities. We also believe that children should have the opportunity to compete in sport and other activities that build character and help to embed values such as team-work, fairness and respect.

In Early years and Key Stage One the children will develop their fundamental skills which will give them the building blocks to become competent and confident in a range of physical activities. The children will develop these skills in three main areas: locomotion (moving in a range of ways that include: walking, running, jumping and dodging), stability (balancing) and object control (sending, receiving and controlling an object). They will use these building blocks to help them participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending. In addition to this, they will learn and perform dances using simple movement patterns.

In Key Stage 2 the children will continue to apply and develop their fundamental skills linking them together to make actions and sequences of movement. They will use this to help them play a range of competitive games; applying basic principles of attacking and defending. In addition to this they will develop their flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance and will performing dances that use a range of movement. In P.E. lessons children will communicate, collaborate and compete with each other and they will be given the opportunity to evaluate their performances, recognising how they can improve their performance and celebrating their own success.

At Lythe we give all children an opportunity to take part in swimming lessons throughout the year. Being a coastal town we see the importance of swimming being taught as a means of saving lives. We also aim to meet national standards for children being able to swim 25 metres in a range of strokes competently. Those children who cannot swim 25 metres are given extra support in years 5 and 6.

At Lythe we are part of the Whitby School Sports Partnership. We enter our children in a wide variety of sporting events, tournaments and festivals throughout the year giving children an opportunity to compete, be it as an individual or as a team member. We also seek further sporting opportunities that offer something different, using our school mini bus to attend events which maybe further afield or alternative.

All children at Lythe School receive opportunities to engage in outdoor learning through our Forest School Programme. Children are offered a range of activities during curriculum time all throughout the year in our local woodland areas and on along the coast. The forest School ethos promotes resilience, an appreciation of nature and each other, chances to solve problems and be creative and to look after the world around us.

Progression in P.E. will be assessed throughout each key stage through observations and where possible regular video recordings in different areas of the PE curriculum. An age-related assessment will be given to parents/carers through annual reports.