At Norbridge we received an annual grant of £9,630 through the PE and sport premium for primary schools. We use this sports grant to deliver an engaging, challenging and high quality PE curriculum to all children.
During 2016/2017, £3,630 of the grant is put towards employing a qualified full time Sports Coach to deliver PE to children from F1 to Y6. Our sports coach also runs a variety of after school clubs including boys and girls football, tag rugby, cricket and athletics. As part of these clubs he trains teams to participate in local and district tournaments, such as football leagues, the Bassetlaw Sports Hall Athletics competitions and the Nottinghamshire Schools cricket tournament.
In addition, we used £6000 from the grant towards employing two highly qualified karate teachers who work in school twice a week, teaching Y1-Y6 children Wado Ryu karate. Our karate teachers also run a group called Norbridge Ninjas, an additional lesson for children identified as gifted and talented in karate, and an extra-curricular session for children who wish to practise and build on their skills. Pupil premium funds are used to ensure this after school club is accessible to all who wish to attend.
The impact of the way we use the sports grant is that all children at Norbridge Academy benefit from high quality, timetabled provision from PE and sport experts. In addition to a PE session, a weekly karate lesson is enabling children to build confidence, self-discipline and resilience. During the third year of karate provision, there are already children who have obtained their green, blue purple and brown belts.
Having a dedicated Sports Coach means that children are learning PE through a skills-based curriculum, which means that children gain new skills each year and are taught the basics early on. Our PE and karate teachers are passionate about their subjects, so children gain enthusiasm and positivity towards physical exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This, in turn has a positive effect on self-esteem and well being of all children.