Lifelong love of learning

PE Sports Premium


At Dedham C of E Primary School, we believe that physical education, experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is vital and unique in its contribution to a pupil's physical and emotional development and health. The physical education curriculum aims to provide for pupils' increasing self-confidence through an ability to manage themselves successfully in a variety of situations. We want to offer experiences that are both challenging and inspiring to all of our pupils.


We also offer a range of extra curricular activities for the children. These are run both by teachers and qualified instructors. A full list of these activities can be seen on the 'Clubs' page under the heading of 'Parents'.


Recently, the government has allocated sports funding to each school. This has provided us with the opportunity to identify areas of PE in which we wish to make further progression. This development will continue to happen throughout the school year.


Below, you will find an outline of some of the schemes and programmes which have been put into place through this funding as well as the benefits that this will have for the children.


Underneath this, at the bottom of the page, you will find links to a more detailed document. These will show the spending for the relevant year. 




  • Gymnastics.

We identified gymnastics as an area that we would like to strengthen. Our aim is to increase the participation and enjoyment of the subject. We have invested in new equipment. This will allow us to be able to set up the hall in various different styles to ensure that the children have access to the equipment. It will also allow us to ensure that the skills learnt can be progressed throughout the year groups by setting up the hall in a more challenging way. All of the staff received gymnastics training in 2016. This will allow us to teach a wider range of gymnastics safely.


  • Dance

We have invested in a dance programme called imovesdance as this was an area we had identified as one that we would like to improve. This programme will allocate at least two different dance styles to each year group and aims to increase participation and enjoyment of dance. It will also support all members of staff ensuring quality teaching of dance.


  • Resources.

We have invested in resources for different sports to allow more children access to the equipment at the same time. This will increase levels of participation and engagement during lessons.


  • Squash Coaching.

Following the success of previous years, we are continuing to invest in squash lessons. Qualified coaches from The Garrison Squash Club in Colchester have been delivering a series of lessons to Year 5 and Year 6. This has allowed the children to continue to develop the skills learnt from the sessions last year. In the last few years, we have had several children join a squash club since the lessons and we hope that that number will continue to grow. We have also been involved in competitive squash tournaments against other schools. Following the success of this, Years 3 and 4 have also been given the opportunity to experience playing squash. They too have also had the opportunity to represent the school in competitions.


  • Tag Rugby

In the year 2016-17, we decided to offer tag rugby instead of squash. This meant that all of the children in the school would get the chance to experience a new sport. We have a tag rugby coach who will spend a half term with each class. This will also result in competitive events. 


  • Curriculum Time

We have arranged for a sports coach from ASM to take a class for a PE lesson for an hour a week. Each half term, the coach will work with a different year group. They will be given a sport / skill to focus on. Whilst these sessions are taking place, the teacher will be observing and taking part so that in future years, the teacher will feel confident to teach that sport / skill. We have also arranged for the sports coach to support a lesson taught by the class teacher. This will help the teacher to progress their skills and also allow for smaller group work to occur.


  • Lunch Times

We have continued to invest in a sports coach from ASM to run a lunchtime sports club. This is proving to be very popular and a high number of children take part in the competitive and active game each week. This lunchtime club occurs on a Tuesday just before the curriculum sessions (see above).


  • Sport for Girls

An area that we identified for focus was the engagement and participation of girls in sport. We have an ASM coach come into school and offer a curriculum session for all of the girls in a set class. Over the year, the girls in each class will get the opportunity to experience this session. We are also offering an after school club for girls. Each term will have a different focus - Autumn = hockey, Spring = dodgeball and Summer = cricket/rounders. We received a kind donation to help us fund this project. We have then used the sports premium money to cover any remaining cost of this club to try to encourage as many girls as possible to take part. Since starting this focus, it has become a national topic of conversation which we are ahead of!

In the academic year of 2016-17, we decided to try to get a female coach to run this club. We are hoping to have hockey and cricket/athletics in place for the Spring and Summer.


  • Swimming

It is a requirement for children in Year 6 to be able to swim 25m both forwards and backwards. Using our sports premium money, we have been able to offer swimming lessons for any pupil not able to complete this requirement. The money has gone towards; pool hire, transport to the venue and the swimming instructor.Last year, we took the children to the swimming pool at Alresford Primary School. Before this, we used Manningtree High School.

However, due to new documents and guidance, swimming will no longer be paid for out of the sports premium fund.


Academic Year 2016 - 2017


Previous Academic Years

Academic Year 2015 - 2016