Sport plays a huge part at Byker Primary School. We offer 40 school clubs that take place before and after school. Our sporting achievements are numerous and we are currently champions at basketball, netball and football, with more competitions to come. Please take the time to visit our school twitter page, as well as looking at the amount of competitions we enter to give our pupils such valuable experiences. You can even view what your child will be learning in PE lessons on our curriculum 2016-17 page.
Physical Education and School Sport Funding at Byker Primary School
At Byker Primary School, our aim is to increase participation in high quality sport and physical activity across the school as well as developing a positive and competitive attitude towards sport. Our core values are honesty, respect and determination. We use these values throughout school and promote them within all P.E activities.
We as a school want to ensure that all children are given the opportunity to participate in high quality sporting activities, whether that is developing a skill that they already have or trying something completely new to them. Our children have huge potential and it is our mission to ensure that they realise their talents and go on to further develop these strengths.
We now employ an experienced sports teacher as an unqualified teacher within school who works full time. His role is to oversee before and after-school activities and support teachers within P.E lessons in order to ensure high quality delivery of a balanced curriculum to children of all ages. He will also look after sports teams and liaise with the P.E coordinator in order for us to access Level 1 and 2 competitions for our gifted and talented children as well as Change for Life and celebration events for those children who are interested in a sport or just want to have a go.
Aims of Physical Activity
Objectives of Physical Activity at Byker Primary School
We have a large hall and gym which provides space for P.E lessons, extra-curricular clubs, breakfast clubs, break/lunch time activities and inter-school competitions. In addition to this we have two outdoor sports pitches (MUGAs) which also provide space for P.E lessons and extra-curricular clubs. These pitches were mainly funded by a grant from Sport England (£30,000) and partly by the school in 2014 to help us ensure that children had the facilities to develop their skills and lead active healthy lifestyles both inside and outside of school hours. We also have a large playground with a variety of activities such as a ropes course and adventure activity equipment to ensure children have the opportunity to play intensively. As we do not have a field at our disposal, the part of the yard which is designated as our football pitch, has been covered with fake grass in order to allow the children to fully commit to playing games rather than holding back through fear of a painful landing on concrete.
We are also very lucky to be situated within a few minutes’ walk of Newcastle Climbing Centre, Newcastle East End Pool, a boxing gym and Ouseburn Farm. The school minibuses are also used to allow access to facilities further afield such as sports centres, Walker Activity Dome and Outdoor Activity Centres such as Ford Castle and High Borrans.
Out of hours activity
We currently offer an extensive extra-curricular sports programme that provides the opportunity for children to further develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in a range of sporting areas. These clubs are organised in relation to the competition calendar released by the Newcastle P.E and School Sport Service, P.E topics and what the children actually want to do after school through discussions with the school council. Within these sessions we also help to develop the children’s understanding of ‘a healthy active lifestyle’ by increasing their awareness of issues such as the need for exercise, healthy living, tackling obesity and healthy eating.
P.E School Sport Funding
In 2016-17, the Government’s Primary P.E and Sport funding of £9,330 will be used to:
Impact of increased participation
Participating in Sport and Physical Activity will not only benefit our children but the wider community. We will provide opportunities for all to engage in physical activity. At Byker Primary School we believe healthy staff, adults and children will have an impact on academic studies, behaviour and general wellbeing. We will achieve the following outcomes through increased participation:
Involving Staff and Parents / Carers
The understanding and engagement of our staff, parents and guardians is crucial to the continued success and increased provision of PE and Sport and ensures our vision and objections can be achieved. Governors and the SLT team will work alongside Sport Coordinator to monitor and review PE delivery, after school clubs and if planned outcomes have been achieved. The PE and Sport Policy will be fully reviewed on a termly basis unless there are new initiatives that require its review at an earlier date.