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
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21st July 2017
We are delighted to have achieved a GOLD award for the second year running in the national School Games awards.
The criteria for gold were far more challenging this year but our dedicated team have worked tirelessly to ensure that we would meet them.
We aim to get our children as active as possible. We provide a minimum of 2 hours PE/Games during curriculum time and offer a range of extra-curricular clubs at lunchtimes and after school. Much of our curriculum has an active ...approach - you rarely find children sitting still for long!
57% of the children in Key Stage 2 have participated in extra-curricular sporting activities over the course of this year. This year we encouraged children who have not participated in extra-curricular activities to join by inviting them and widening the types of activities on offer. We were delighted that 36 children in Key Stage 2 took up these opportunities for the first time.
We have entered teams in competitions in football, netball, tennis, rugby, athletics, gymnastics, cricket, and cross-country running this year. We are proud that this included A, B and C teams in both rugby and cross-country, a great achievement for a small primary school.
We are delighted with our achievements in football (Eastern region winners in the Danone World Cup, winners of the Walter's Cup 10 and under competition and Dickenson Cup 11 and under competition), gymnastics (B team winners in the Hunts Sports Partnership competition), Cricket (runners up in the county final of the Kwik cricket competition). Again - for a small primary school these are fantastic achievements.
We are proud that 40 children in Key Stage 2 have helped to lead sporting activities, notably children in Year 5 who led our Sports Afternoons during the summer term and the Sports Science Day recently. Also to our Year 5/6 Sports Crew who have led a number of sporting activities across the year.
Well done to our Year 5 children who have been trialling 30 minutes activity a day - including dedicating one of their playtimes to participating in active games.
Huge thanks to all the parents and carers who have encouraged their children and helped them to take part in extra-curricular clubs and activities, transported children to matches, competitions and tournaments and stood on touchlines, supporting our school teams. Special thanks to those parents and grandparents who have got involved in helping to coach children, particularly to Marina Hilton for supporting the running and athletics clubs and to Nick Dean who has helped to run our school football club - giving their time and energy every week.
And finally, a massive thank you to Tina Culpin, Amanda Read, Jo Taggart, John Johnson, Alex Lemons and Marlene Taylor for their dedication to sport at our school. They have made the difference for our children.
19th July 2017
Another fantastic football achievement... Our 10 and under team won the Walter's Cup today, winning 3-0 at home against Brampton Primary School. This was another tournament where the team have played in many round matches against many schools over the whole year. We were proud, once again, of our children who played together so well as a team and represented the school brilliantly. Thanks to John Henson, teacher from Crosshall Junior School, who organised the whole tournament, refereed the match and presented the trophy and medals. We are grateful to people like John who give their time and energy to make these events happen. Huge thanks, as always, to our coaches Jo Taggart, John Johnson and Nick Dean. Thank you also to parents and carers (and some former pupils) for coming along to support the team.
18th July 2017
We are the very proud winners of the 11 and under Dickenson Cup! We won 2-1 in extra time against Priory Junior School in St Neots after school today. This final is the culmination of many round matches which we played through the year. We are so proud of the team who were fantastic representatives of the school.
10th July 2017
We are very proud of our team who played in the Hunts Cricket Board Kwik Cricket County boys final at Peterborough today. They played and won their matches against Fourfields Primary, Little Paxton Primary and Westfield Junior School.
This took them into the county final where they came runners up to Crosshall Junior School.
Huge thanks to Mrs Taggart and Mrs Culpin for organising our team's participation and to parents/carers for their support in transport and cheering the team on.
7th July 2017
We held our Sports Day this morning. Robin's and Wren's classes competed together in a range of sporting activities demonstrating their mastery of many great skills. Kingfishers, Owls, Kestrels, Eagles and Hawks classes competed in their houses in lots of sporting events including rugby pass, netball shoot, goal shoot, drainpipe challenge, running races, long jump, etc. They demonstrated great skill and talent as well fantastic teamwork. House points were gained for demonstrating the values; Determination, Teamwork, Respect, Passion, Honesty and Self Belief.
5th July 2017
Our girls' cricket team at the Kwik Cricket Tournament this afternoon.
13th June 2017
Two teams of great athletes from our school took part in the Hunts Schools Sports Partnership Athletics competition this afternoon. Mrs Read said: "They were a lovely group to take, great team spirit, really encouraging and supporting each other. They all shone at something, some great performances and determination, an enjoyable afternoon for all. As one child said they were proud of everyone and themselves. They certainly should be!" Huge thanks to Mrs Read for running our after school athletics club with support from Mrs Hilton and to Mrs Lemons for supporting this afternoon.
11th June 2017
A team made up of 5 children from our school together with a player from Wyton on the Hill Primary School took part in a Junior League Bowls Match this weekend. Houghton and Wyton Bowls Club representative, Carole Hickey, commented; "Well done team, unbowed throughout and really supporting each other. Lovely to see you in team shirts. You each had some really good shots which you should remember and be proud of, you saw more experienced juniors and hopefully learned from them. Alan, the U25 County manager, gave you all advice while playing and again will be at next Tuesday's After School Club. All you have to do is practice by playing."
7th - 9th June 2017
Year 6 enjoyed 3 days of Outdoor and Adventurous activities at Hilltop in Norfolk this week.
7th June 2017
The children enjoyed a great day participating in Sports Science activities. Year 5 children were trained to lead the activities by Hunts Sports Partnership and then led the day with the children and then with parents and siblings after school.
26th May 2017
We are delighted to have re-established our link with Houghton and Wyton Bowls Club this term. The club are running coaching sessions for our children after school on Tuesdays 3.30pm - 4.30pm. The children are enjoying developing their skills and the club are pleased to have joined the local Junior League. Well done to Freddie and Aiden in Year 5 who played in their first league match for the club recently.
24th May 2017
Following our lunchtime tennis club we were able to send 2 teams to the Hunts Schools Sports Partnership's Year 3/4 Tennis Tournament. This was the first competition for every child on each team and we were so proud of their participation. Every child won at least one game.
23rd May 2017
Our Year 4 team who participated in the local Kwik Cricket Tournament this afternoon.
19th May 2017
We are so proud of our girls' football team. They played their socks off in a cup match against Westfield Junior School this afternoon. The final score was 4-0 to Westifeld, but our girls did so well against the team from the much larger school in St Ives.
5th May 2017
We are broadening the sports offered at Houghton Primary School and are delighted that our children in Years 5 and 6 are having the opportunity to learn the skills of archery this term.
3rd May 2017
Our girls and boys football teams enjoyed participating in a tournament at Cambridge Utd Stadium this afternoon. The boys got through to the quarter finals and the girls reached the semi-finals.
25th April 2017
Well done to our netball teams who played in the Hunts Schools Sports Partnership Netball Tournament today. They lost some, drew some and won some matches, gaining in confidence over the course of the tournament.
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.