Olympic Legacy Funding
Our school receives £9,000 a year from the government. This funding is ‘ring fenced’ and is provided with the government’s aim to improve the quality of provision for sport in every state primary school in England.
Houghton Primary School subscribes to the Hunts Sports Partnership in order to access support and guidance to embed high quality PE and School Sport across our school. The partnership subscription is £4,000 per year and provides our school with:
• One to one personalised support for the teachers and teaching assistants who teach PE and run extra-curricular sporting activities for our children
• Intervention programmes and collapsed timetable events to engage all children in physical activity and school sport
• Continuous professional development – provision of courses and targeted training opportunities for our teachers and TAs across the year
• Coaching of specific sports through the year
• Additional support relating to ensuring the highest possible quality of provision within PE and Sport in school
The remaining £5,000 funding is allocated for;
• Curriculum and extra-curricular resources, including storage, to enable high quality provision
• Additional training and coaching in accordance to identified needs
• Sports promotion activities to lift the profile of sport in the school and community
• Engagement in wider opportunities to take part in or spectate at sporting events
• Employment of HLTA to plan, organise and run Sports Leadership programme for Years 5 and 6 pupils
• Employment of HLTAs to plan, organise and run extra-curricular clubs and sporting activities through year
• Release time for Sports Leaders (2 teachers) for leadership of development and improvement, training etc.
• Provision of additional coaches to run extra-curricular sporting activities
This year we are aiming to...
* Continue to keep the profile of PE and sport high across the school and using sport as a key driver for motivation and inspiration
* Further develop the PE curriculum to extend opportunities for competition throughout the year and to ensure intra-school competition reflects the curriculum
* Further increase the confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport, embedding the professional development work done over the last year.
* Increase the active participation and engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity and developing their understanding about healthy lifestyles
* Increase and broaden participation in inter-schools competition/festivals in a broader range of sports through improved curriculum provision
* Improve the uptake of extra-curricular sporting provision by ‘target’ groups
We are adding news to the top every time there is something relating to sport or PE. Please scroll down to read.
19th April 2017
We are very proud to have entered 4 teams (2 boys teams and 2 girls teams) in the County Schools Cross Country Championships today. 300 teams participated. This is our second year of participating and we are delighted that more children from our school took part than last year as a result of our extra-curricular running club.
31st March 2017
We are very proud of our Year 5 Sports Leaders who took on the organisation and leadership of our monthly Sports Afternoon today. The children did a superb job, applying their knowledge and skills to running 10 activities for the children in Key Stage 1 and 2.
19th March 2017
A huge well done to both teams of children who took part in the Year 3/4 Gymnastics Competition today at Huntingdon Olympic Gym. The teams developed their skills in our after-school Gymnastics Club with Mrs Lemons and Mrs Taggart and showed them off in the competition with a number of schools from the local area. We are proud of them all for their participation and particularly delighted that our B team won their side of the competition. This is only the second time that we have entered this competition and we are pleased with our school's progress.
17th March 2017
We spend some of our Sports Premium Funding on the provision of cycle training for children in Years 5 and 6, enabling them to be active on their bikes and to cycle safely on the road. Well done to this year's cohort who passed their Bikeability test with flying colours after a week's training with Outspoken.
17th March 2017
Well done to our netball team who played their first 'friendly' match this afternoon against Holywell. It was a tight match with the final score 8-5 to Holywell. We are very proud of how well our team played. Thank you to Mrs Culpin for running the after school Netball club and for organising the match.
16th March 2017
Well done to our football team who were named County Champions in the ESFA Danone Nations Cup this morning. They played 4 matches, drawing 2 and losing 2, only conceding 2 goals against some very tough competition which included children who attend very large primary schools (with 120 children in Year 6) and a number of children who are already on the youth squads of premier league football clubs. Mrs Taggart reported that our team were fantastic, representing the school brilliantly. We are delighted to have got to the regional finals and are so proud of our children's achievement.
Team Captain, Jake, receiving the County Pennant award for the ESFA Danone Nations Cup.
24th February 2017
Well done to our girls football team who played in their first match in the Hunts FA Girls' Football Tournament. They won 13-0 against Spaldwick. Huge thanks to coaches Mr Dean and Mrs Taggart who have worked with the girls in the after school football club.
24th February 2017
Well done to our Year 4/5 football team who won 7-1 versus Hemingford Grey in a Walter's Cup match this week.
27th January 2017
It was one of our monthly Sports Afternoons this afternoon with children in Key Stage 1 and 2 working in their House teams to develop a range of skills in some new activities including relay orienteering and team challenges.
Teamwork Challenge... can you pass the hoop round the circle without letting go of your hands?
20th January 2017
Another fantastic result for our footballers on Friday 20th January at the ESFA County Finals in Ely - they played 5 matches and won them all taking them into Regional finals which are being played in Essex.We are so proud of the team and of their wonderful coaches, Mr Johnson, Mr Taggart and Mr Dean.
12th January 2017
Our football team came 4th in the regional finals of the English Football League trophy. They played 7 teams in the finals at Trumpington... winning 2, losing 2 and drawing 3 games. We are so proud of their achievement.
9th January 2017
Sue Ager from the Hunts Schools Sports Partnership presented us with the GOLD award in the national School Games Mark. We are so proud of this achievement.
25th November 2016
We are very proud that our school was one of three schools who were finalists in the 'Primary School of the Year' category in the Living Sport Sports Awards 2016.
We were nominated in recognition of the following achievements:
'Over the past year, Houghton Primary School has introduced a year long programme to widen sports participation throughout the school, giving as many children as possible an opportunity to try new sports and to represent the school in teams. They re-imagined the curriculum, ensuring all pupils have equal access to quality PE and extra-curricular sport. They have forged strong links with local opportunities by subscribing to the Hunts Schools Sports Partnership and this relationship has led to year long teaching support from coaches and professional development for teachers and assistants which has led to an increase in extra-curricular activities. They have also encouraged student leadership by training key leaders in Years 5 and 6 to form a 'sports crew'. This past year has been one of raising aspirations for Houghton, increasing levels of participation and enjoyment in sport, and children and staff have grown in confidence and pride in their achievements, winning or losing.'
5th October 2016
Our school have been awarded the Gold Mark in the national School Games Award. We achieved this in just one year. We are so proud of the determination, commitment, time and effort of all the staff and governors who worked so hard to provide all the clubs, organise all the matches, train teams for tournaments, attend and diseminate all the training, improve and develop their PE teaching in the curriculum and encourage each other to keep going through the year. An incredible 79% of children in Key Stage 2 attended at least one extra-curricular sports club over the least year. Huge thanks to, to the Hunts Schools Sports Partnership for their support, encouragement, coaching, mentoring and training - all the highest quality benefitting both pupils and staff.
10th November 2016
Our B Team played in the Hunts District B Team football tournament at Westfield Junior School in St Ives. They played against 3 very large schools (Westfield Juniors, Wheatfields Primary and Thorndown Primary) and Bury Primary School. Our team came 2nd overall, losing on goal difference. They did not concede a goal, winning 3 matches and drawing one. We are so proud of them all.
3rd November 2016
Winners of Hunts FA medium-size Primary School Tournament
19th October 2016
We are very proud of the 3 teams from Houghton Primary School who played in the HSSP Rugby Tournament yesterday afternoon. They all represented the school brilliantly, with the A team coming 3rd out of 13 teams. We were the only school of our size to send 3 teams. We were also delighted that when all competitors were asked, our children knew the Games Values (Honesty, Respect, Passion, Determination, Self Belief, Teamwork) and demonstrated them throughout the tournament. A big thank you to Mrs Taggart and Mrs Lemons for running the Tag Rugby club and organising our entry into the tournament.
Celebrating our achievements in Sport 2015 - 2016
Following a 6 week programme of athletics in the curriculum (with specialist coaching provided by Hunts School Sports Partnership (HSSP) which provided staff development as well as lessons) and an after school club we entered the HSSP Athletics Competition, providing our children with the experience of competing with children from local schools.
We developed a link with Houghton and Wyton Bowls Club. Their members kindly coached our children after school for 12 weeks in the summer. Some of our children and their families took part in the village 'Feast Week' Bowls competition and have since joined the club.
England Cricketers, Charlotte Edwards and Lydia Greenway, visited the school as part of a book launch event. They spent the morning playing indoor cricket with our Year 5 girls. We were delighted that three former pupils who now play county and national cricket joined them for the event. Our girls were inspired with many joining the village youth cricket programme.
Following the introduction of an after school cross-country running club we took 2 teams to compete in a Cambridgeshire Cross Country event. This was our first cross-country event and we were so proud of the teams.
We used some of the Sports Funding to provide cycle training for children in Years 5 and 6. Many of our children cycle to school and we wanted to ensure that they are safe on the roads. Following this our children in these classes cycled to and from our school swimming lessons in St Ives... saving on transport costs... and increasing fitness levels.
Staff undertook training from the FA during curriculum coaching sessions for the children throughout the year and most staff became affliated members of the FA through the programme. For the first time in many years we ran an after school football club and we entered every competition going, achieving success in many matches. Our Year 4/5 football team were B team champions at the end of the season.
We took part in a football competition at Cambridge Utd stadium!
We formed our first girls' football team... who finally got the chance to play in one friendly match with another primary girls' team... we are looking for more opportunities to give the girls a chance to play.
Following a fantastic 6 week curriculum programme led by an HSSP coach for our Year 3 and 4 children (and staff) we sent out very first team to participate in a gymnastics competition at Huntingdon Gym (training place of Olympic medallist Lewis Smith).
Following half a term of curriculum Hockey we entered two teams into the HSSP Hockey Tournament. We were so proud of their determination against tough competition. Both teams improved over the course of the tournament as they became more confident in play. Here a few photos from the tournament - we are playing in white.
We gave children in Years 5 and 6 an opportunity to join a 'Sports Crew'. The group received two sessions of training from HSSP to help them to plan, organise, lead and manage sports events in school.
They worked with staff and led a Multi-Skills Festival for children in Years 1 and 2.
The Sports Crew also worked with the School Council to organise and run our Sport Relief Day which included a sponsored running a Mile event.
The Sports Crew also worked with staff to plan, organise and run a new-look Sports Day. Children took part in a range of events, applying the skills they had developed over the year within the PE curriculum.
The Sports Crew helped staff to run the EYFS/KS1 event and then took part in the KS2 with their peers.
We have a long established partnership with Huntingdon Tennis Club. One of their coaches comes into school to provide curriculum tennis skills for children in Years 1 and 2 each summer term.
We were delighted to build a link with Houghton Tennis Club this year when they allowed us to use their tennis courts and facilities in the village for curriculum and after-school tennis lessons.
We entered 2 tennis teams into the HSSP Tennis tournament for the first time this year and were delighted when one of the teams won the competition!
Recognising achievement in sports outside of school
Many of our children belong to sports clubs outside of school. We encourage them to bring in any certificates and medals they have gained so that we can share them in assemblies and post them on our 'Sporting Super Stars' display board.
We are delighted that some of our children achieve county and national success in sport outside of school.
Well done to Jakob who represented Great Britain in his age group in the World Tang Soo Do Championships in the USA in July.