Dunkirk Primary School has been receiving sports premium funding since 2013, which has been spent on employing a PE and Sport Specialist for one day a week to support staff development, strengthen our curriculum provision in PE and increase our participation in out of school sports opportunities.
In addition, funding has been increased for our swimming programme so that we have been able to provide swimming lessons for our children. This funding complements the school’s long history of successful involvement and competition in PE and sport. The PE and Sport leader in school has implemented a planned approach to the teaching and learning of sports skills, as well as health and well-being.
Dunkirk also received the PE and Sports Grant for:
2014/2015 of £9,500
2015/16 of £9,500
2016/17 of £9,000
2017/18 of £19,430
2018/19 of £19,000
2019/20 of £19625 (impact affected by lockdown)
The impact of this funding for on our PE curriculum and sports provision has been vast and provided a sustained impact:
- Teachers have been able to observe a specialist PE teacher in a wide range of areas, including dance, gymnastics, indoor and outdoor games. This has happened across both campuses and all ages and improved the quality of skills teaching
- After school clubs in dodge ball, athletics and basketball has been available for KS2 during all of this period
- Lunchtime play and sports coaches ensure that physical activity takes place at all lunchtimes for football, cricket and netball
- Dunkirk has entered more competitions and tournaments since this funding has been granted. There has been huge success in different sports, currently Tag Rugby, Athletics and Hockey
- The quality of sports equipment has greatly improved with well-organised storage. This means that children have the right equipment but also learn how to take care of the equipment and treat it with respect.
- During Covid lockdown in 2020, the teaching of PE was sustained through regular online lessons, culminating in a Dunkirk virtual sports day event and medal ceremony. This demonstrated that sport was valued as an integral part of the school curriculum. The playground improvement had to be put on hold
- PE is being taught regularly in the curriculum with more enthusiasm and passion than ever before.