The Primary PE and Sport Premium helps more children access high quality PE lessons and sporting opportunities, supporting both their physical and mental wellbeing. But did you know that you can use your sport premium to subscribe to Lyfta to enrich your school curriculum in PE and beyond through our immersive human stories?
Trailer to storyworld series Values Through Sport
Primary PE and Sport Premium
On On the 8th March 2023 the Government announced a2 year extensionto the PE and Sport Premium funding and gave the announcement that schools will be required to deliver a minimum of 2 hours PE per week The package includes over £600 million across the next two academic years (2023-24 & 2024-25) for the continuation of the Primary PE and Sport Premium.
Yu and her teammates in the Kids' Cup storyworld series
The DfE funding allows primary schools to target their greatest challenges in relation to ensuring that all young people have the opportunity to live healthy and active lives. Allocations to schools are determined by a formula based on pupil numbers, with the average one form entry primary school receiving roughly £18,000 for the academic year 2022-23.
Although we might often think of sport and physical activity as the domain of the sports hall, it also provides a topical and relatable framework for learning about positive values, relevant to PE and across the curriculum.
The National Curriculum states that PE provision should "build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect." We know that engaging with the stories and experiences of others is a powerful tool for this wider PE provision and gives a safe space for learners to understand their own values, emotions and experiences better.
The Enduring Captain from storyworld series Kids' Cup
The Lyfta platform offers a range of immersive storyworlds which focus on real human stories with a mental health and wellbeing, sport and physical activity lens. These interactive spaces and short films can be used as a powerful tool to nurture and explore positive values in the classroom. Read more about our sports themed storyworlds at the end of this blog.
While an EdTech resource might not be the first thing that springs to mind for use of the sports premium, Lyfta in fact provides an innovative and highly effective tool to enhance your PE and sports offering and covers several key indicators in the guidance on spending the premium.
"We are really proud to have partnered with Lyfta to offer training to PE teachers and sports curriculum leads to explore the role that interactive technology can play in teaching young people key life lessons through sport.
"Our research shows that a growing proportion of young people agree that they would like to use more technology as part of PE lessons, with 45% agreeing compared to 37% in 2014. It's great to see the launch of the findings from this piece of work and we are looking forward to supporting more schools to embrace Lyfta's immersive learning platform."
HEAD OF SPORTS – TARGETED INTERVENTIONS AT THE YOUTH SPORT TRUST
Engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity
The profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement
Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
Broader experience of a range of sports and physical activities offered to all pupils
Increased participation in competitive sport
Indicator 2 centres on aligning PE and sport with whole-school priorities, embedding the subject to influence culture and ethos and ensure sustainable impact, and indicator 3 covers training and resources to help practitioners teach PE and sport more effectively. Lyfta offers a great tool for both!
You can download the full templates from YST for indicator 2 here and indicator 3 here.
We have been delighted to work in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust over the last couple of years and it has been incredible to see the impact that the use of our storyworlds has had for PE and sports practitioners and the students they teach. Read more about our work with Youth Sport Trust here.
"It made me stop and think about how much time we spend with some of the softer skills like resilience and respect as the main focus of the lesson. It's made me more conscious of using different experiences within PE, beyond the more traditional activities… I have learned a lot about how my students respond to different cues, outside of what I usually offer them. I wouldn't have held a PE lesson in the classroom previously, but I've learned that this can be a really useful tool when trying to embed certain skills."
PE LEAD AT DOROTHY GOODMAN SCHOOL
Find below a list of sport-related storyworlds with links to the PE and Sport curriculum for primary and secondary.
The Enduring Captain
Yu from China and her teammates in The Enduring Captain; part of the storyworld series Kids' Cup.
Meet Yu, from the Chengdu region of China. Discover how Yu leads and supports her teammates when the going gets tough as they compete at the Kids' Cup in Norway. See her team train and find out how playing football and studying hard is Yu's way of dealing with bereavement - and preparing for her future.
Freddie from Brazil in From the Sidelines; part of the storyworld series Kids' Cup.
Meet Freddy from Brazil. Playing for one of Brazil's best teams is expectation enough, but he also has a family legacy of footballing success. How can he live up to these expectations, and what happens when he gets benched during the tournament? Find out how Freddy learns to celebrate others' success.
Visit Karachi, the biggest city in Pakistan, and meet Ali and his friends, who have formed a cricket team who don't take themselves too seriously. We'll find more about Pakistan's cricket superstars and look at how the women's cricket game has taken off. We'll also discover ways to build resilience, look after our wellbeing and explore positive participation.
Anni's Home featuring weightlifter Anni; part of the Dinnertime 360 storworlds series.
Meet female medal-winning weightlifter Anni and her family. Go with her to the gym as she trains for competitions and discover her training regime and the value of supportive parents and a great coach. Explore the very different sporting activity her parents forced her to learn on holiday, and hear why she loves doing it now. For Anni, a life without hobbies and sport would be extremely boring.
Afnan with her teammates and coach in More Than a Game; part of the Kids' Cup storyworld series
Meet Afnan from Palestine, who has trained with her dedicated football coach and teammates all year against the odds. Join Afnan and her resilient team as they work hard, enjoy the competition and show that, for them, national pride is more important than winning.
Anna as she misses a penalty in Eyes on the Ball; part of the Kids' Cup storyworld series.
Meet Anna from Norway, the host nation of the Kids' Cup. Watch her run alongside fjords and in the shadow of mountains as she prepares for the competition, and find out what it's like when your Dad is your coach. Explore how Anna manages her emotions as the tournament progresses - and learns how coping with disappointment is all part of the game.
Deenpal practising his goalkeeping skills in Heart of an Athlete; part of the Becoming Me storyworld series
Deenpal is a football goalkeeper who dreams about being the best but is afraid of throwing himself after the ball. He has to practise, and practising will also make him a better Sikh. A Sikh has to be brave and strong like a lion and must practise hard and meditate daily to gain spiritual power.
Ballet dancer Michal in Secrets of the Opera storyworld series
Hear Michal share the struggle he went through to let go of one dream (ice hockey) and embrace another (ballet). Share Michal's happiness when he stopped being embarrassed of his talent and "suddenly started to see beauty... and be connected with the music and the movement." From this moment on, Michael never looked back.
Lukas and friends at their sports day in Heart of an Athlete; part of the Becoming Me storyworld series
Lukas wants to be able to run freely like other children, but a heart defect prevents him. Sports day is coming up, and Lukas hopes that, with God's help, he can run just as well as his classmates. Part of 'Becoming Me', a series exploring childhood, faith and identity.