We are proud of the current physical education (PE) curriculum provision and the sporting achievements we have made over recent years. Children have 1-hour PE lessons twice a week as a core part of the curriculum. All children from Reception to Year 6 go swimming for one academic term during the year and we run cycling proficiency for our Year 5 children.
We hold an annual summer sports day which consists of a House competition and competitive races and we always enjoy the event being well attended by parents and governors. We run other sporting events throughout the year e.g. house activity days, skipping workshops, Sport Relief Mile. In addition to regular curriculum activities we also provide a variety of extra-curricular clubs including football, netball, street dance, tennis, cheerleading, and chess.
We were delighted that The Bonner Cup is open to small schools and awarded to those winning the most points over all sports throughout the year, recognising the smaller pool of athletic talent they have to draw on. Impressively in June 2016 we also came third in The Woodward Cup, open to all Harpenden schools regardless of size. It was a well-deserved award and demonstrates the impact of our targeted sports funding in each competitive sport and of increased specialist coaching.
We attend the Harpenden District Sports events and tournaments throughout the year which include cross-country, tag rugby, football, netball, chess, rounders, Kwik cricket festival and our District Athletics event, and we’ve been delighted by our recent success in this event.
Achievements in 2016-17
We receive national PE and Sport Premium funding which is designed to help all primary schools improve the quality of the PE and sport activities they offer their pupils. The Government is investing £150 million on this funding each year until 2020, with the vision that ‘all pupils leave primary school physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport’. This money is ring-fenced, to be spent only on provision of PE and sport in schools.
Since the Sports Premium funding began, we have provided the children with a range of different sporting opportunities, enhanced the PE curriculum and trained our school staff to deliver high quality sports lessons.
The continuation of the Sports Premium funding will enable us to sustain the impact of high quality sports provision in the following areas, as defined by the Department for Education:
The Sport Premium for the 2017-18 financial year has been increased to £17,310 and we have a PE and Sport Premium strategy in place to ensure this money is well spent and achieves the best impact on our children’s physical education. The strategy is planned around the five objectives set out by the Department for Education, noted above.
Examples of how we plan to spend this money during 2017-18 include:
In the 2016-17 financial year £8,690 was received and the school has spent £8,064 on providing good quality specialist PE coaching across the school. Class teachers have been observing PE lessons in order to share practice. The school has also provided a multi-sport afterschool club to encourage pupils to take part in a range of sports, at a cost of £1,836, with the aim to provide pupils with opportunities to view sports as part of a healthy lifestyle. During our Health and Physical Day, the children undertake a fitness workshop to highlight the benefits of being active and encourage greater participation in different sports.
In 2015-2016, in addition to the sports premium funding, the school received a grant of £30,000 from Sport England which, alongside additional contributions from the PTA, has been used to develop the playground. The new playground was formally opened by the Town Mayor in July 2016.
Swimming and Water Safety
• Winner Cross Country Small Schools (2nd place overall)
• Runners up Girls Football (beaten in final on penalties)
• Runners up Year 6 Football league
• 3rd place Year 6 Football tournament
• Runners up in the Saracens Tag Rugby Tournament
• 3rd place (out of 14) in the Harpenden Tag Rugby Tournament
• 5th place Hertfordshire Schools County Rugby finals
• 6th place Rounders
St. Nicholas participated in the Harpenden District Cross Country Tournament in November 2013 and came third out of eight in the Small Schools Tournament, as evidence of the impact of extra provision.