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Meridian Community Primary School & Nursery

Learning For Life

Welcome to Meridian Community Primary School & Nursery"We love learning at Meridian because it's fun" (Year 1)"We use learning behaviours to make us better learners" (Year 2)"Meridian is friendly and welcoming " (Year 3)"We collaborate to make colourful learning walls!" (Year 4)"We enjoy celebrating special events" (Year 5)"We go on adventures to support our learning" (Year 6)“This is a calm and purposeful school where pupils enjoy learning and are very proud of their school and how their teachers help them to learn” Ofsted November 2018

PE and Sport Premium Funding, 2017-2018

Background and Rationale

During each academic year, every primary school receives a Primary PE & Sport Premium Grant from the government.  Each school receives a different amount of money depending on the number of children it has.  The money is paid to schools in two instalments; one in the autumn term and one in the summer term.  In the 2017 - 2018 academic year, Meridian Community Primary School is receiving £11,317


The PE and sports premium is additional funding given to maintained primary schools and academies in England. It is targeted at improving the provision of physical education and sport by:

  • Up-skilling teachers to improve the quality of sports lessons
  • Investing in quality coaching
  • Providing more opportunities for pupils to take part in inter-school competitions
  • Offering more after-school clubs
  • Purchasing better equipment
  • Introducing new and unusual sports
  • Improving sports teaching for children with special educational needs
  • Delivering holiday and weekend activities
  • Boosting Change4Life clubs, helping children build a healthier lifestyle.

As well as spending the PE and Sport Premium on specific equipment, teachers and initiatives, we also promote sports and sporting activities through our newsletter, twitter and facebook feeds and collect Sainsburys Active Kids vouchers, which enables us to attain more equipment for purposeful play and PE and Games lessons.

At Meridian we believe that all children should experience regular high quality PE and sports activities, as this helps to promote self-confidence, social inclusion and a healthy lifestyle. These qualities enhance children’s learning both in and out of the classroom. We are committed to ensuring that in addition to their regular PE and sports activities, children are educated about healthy lifestyles and have opportunities to try out different sports, be coached by trained coaches and take part in competitions. 


The school provides PE or sports sessions every week, as well as offering a wide range of after school sports activities for many age groups which increase pupil participation in sporting activities.  It also offers an after school team club which concentrates on upcoming competition and tournaments and gives pupils the opportunity to practice skills and techniques together as a team and build team spirit.


The opportunities available to pupils are wide ranging and include: athletics; football, cricket; basketball, multi-skills and swimming, . After school clubs include football, girls’ football, dodgeball, gymnastics, cheerleading and karate. A high quality programme has been designed to meet the needs, abilities and interests of our children, and the opportunities provided aim to develop pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills and give them a positive attitude towards sport and physical activity.


PE and Sport Premium Funding, 2018-2019


Total amount of funding last year: £15,348

Total amount of funding for academic year 2018 – 2019: £19,720


Please see below breakdown of how the budget has been spent. Each item has been ragged for level of impact high / medium / low



Impact & Next Steps

Contribute towards the salary cost of a specialist schools sports teacher and coaching team whose work will include providing professional development in teaching PE and sports for staff: £14,372                                                                    


PE currently is PPA cover. The children respond really positively to the PE lead and the team at Rising Stars. Children are active, engaged and enjoy their fitness. He works well with the Forest School leader and this proved a super partnership for our newly formatted Sports Mornings in May. Children throughout the year have been given access to a range of traditional (football, gymnastics, multi skills) and less regular sports including; dodgeball, basketball and Forest School. 


Throughout Term 1, two of our NQTs have received extensive CPD from Rising Stars where they have observed and then team taught alongside the PE leader. This model will continue to run throughout the year.


Next steps:

·         To participate in as many local sports tournaments as possible – please note this is proving difficult due to new rules which mean parents cannot attend events for safeguarding reasons. The knock on effect is parents are unwilling to provide transport to and from events if they cannot stay to watch.

Organising whole school enrichment days (such as Healthy Living Week) to encourage health and sport across the key stages; £2,400


The school has participated in Outdoor Classroom day on 17th May and 1st November. Both occasions were really well received and a fantastic chance to showcase how far we have come with our outdoor provision. The sports mornings were extremely well received by the children and parents. It ended in a wonderful achievement assembly which recognised the outstanding performances by all the children.


Next steps

·         To continue to embed themed days

·         To use themed days as special launch pads into topics as part of the wider curriculum.

Provide opportunities for pupils to be involved in more intra-school and inter-school competitive sports activities; £1,200

During the Autumn Term, eight Year 6 children were trained to become Sports Leaders who have since supported play at lunchtimes. They will have support from the curriculum leader with intra school tournaments at lunchtime. The sports will be discussed with the school council. The curriculum leader is meeting with a representative from the Sports Award team this term and is confident that the school will be awarded a Bronze Award by the end of the year. This entitles us to an additional pot of funding to support Sports competitions both within and outside of school.


Next steps:

·         Chris is attending training in November for further information on the school obtaining a Sports mark.  

·         Curriculum Leader to ensure the school is represented at local sports events.

Provide additional lunchtime activities to ensure as many children as possible are able to have access to sport and being active within the school day; £400



Maintain the level of resources for children to continue to explore and investigate basic skills during their free time at lunch and break times by building up a wealth of equipment children can use freely £400     

The OPAL project has proved to be a huge success with the children who have relished in the new arrangements for lunchtime. Feedback on the OPAL project is a standing agenda item at governor meetings and the lead for the project (Chris Legate) has aspirations to be a platinum rated school.


Within the staff team we have designated play leaders who work in partnership with Chris to co-ordinate lunchtime play and cascade communications with those who supervise lunchtimes. Play is regularly discussed as part of whole school assemblies and there are plans to develop this further where representatives from each year group will share an enjoyable activity they are currently developing with their peers.


The PTFA have supplemented our Sports funding with an injection of money which will purchase 4 sheds in which outdoor play equipment can be securely stored in. This is due for completion by Christmas 2018.


Next steps:

·         Plans being considered for building a fixed structure to house lunchtime equipment – this continues to be an on-going project from last year.

·         Parent Open Afternoon for parents and carers to come and join the children in a lunchtime to observe and join in with the activities. They will also be encouraged to bring in additional equipment as part of the invitation.

Ensuring that the children have access to first class equipment for PE lessons, lunchtime activities and enough quality equipment for clubs to run efficiently; £475

Equipment and resources have been audited by Rising Stars and recommendations have been passed to the curriculum leader and business manager when the new budget is available for where additional resources are needed.


Provide some additional specialist teaching within the curriculum for the youngest pupils. £473

Rising Stars have had capacity to offer provision of PE to all Nursery children. These sessions have taken place across the week so that those children who only attend on certain days can still attend.


Next steps

·         To continue to explore opportunities where PE and Forest School can be part of continuous provision in the EYFS curriculum.


In addition the DfE now requires schools to report on the following regarding KS1 or KS2 (depending on when this provision is offered) swimming

Number of children in Year 3 and 4 (July 2018) who can:

  • Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of 25 metres – 60%
  • Use a range of strokes effectively – 60%
  • Perform safe self-rescue in different water based situations – 85%


Reviewed – October 2018 (Matt Doody & Chris Legate)


Next Review – October 2019