Robert Ferguson Primary School, East Dale Street, Denton Holme, Carlisle, CA2 5LA 01228 535091
Headteacher Mr Graham Frost BEd (Hons) NPQH MA

Sports Premium

Physical Education & Sports Premium Funding

At Robert Ferguson Primary School, we aim to provide a broad and challenging PE curriculum for all children from Nursery to Year 6. We use sports premium funding to improve the quality and breadth of Physical Education and sport in our school. Over the last few years many of our lessons have been delivered by specialist PE teachers and qualified sports coaches in order to develop class teachers' confidence. This has provided excellent staff development whilst also enhancing our P.E. Lessons and providing valuable links with local sports clubs.

We have continuously evaluated the impact of the use of the Sports Premium ensuring the best specialist coaches are the ones we use in school. We are confident that our staff are now extremely competent in delivering high quality P.E. lessons throughout the school. To further enhance our high quality provision, we have used our school minibus to transport our children to various sporting venues within and outside of the local community to introduce them to sports such as squash.

Our Year 3 and 4 teachers, Miss Davis and Mr Pearson also fully qualified sports coaches and help to support the delivery of high quality P.E. throughout the school as our PE coordinators.

  • Years 5 and 6 Playground Leaders will once again receive training in the Skills for Life Support Programme. This has proved to be successful in previous years, with the school receiving certificates and resources.
  • Carlisle United Community Sports Trust Coaches are continuing to run after school clubs in football, dance and gymnastics for key stage 1 which focus on the fundamentals of movement with specific links to those sports. This is proving to have a positive effect in PE throughout Key Stage 2, with more children showing increased physical literacy and competency across a range of sports.
  • P.E. equipment and resources are regularly updated and improved. We have recently purchased a variety of playground resources to help focus children during playtimes; promote healthy activities and aid physical and mental wellbeing.
  • Children in Reception, and years 3, 4, 5 & 6 will each attend a 2 week block of swimming lessons to ensure all of our children leave school being able to swim a minimum of 25 meters and be safe in and around water. Our year 6 children are assessed against the National Curriculum expectations.
  • Year 5 attend Hawes End outdoor center in September. This enables the children to experience outdoor and adventurous activities and work collaboratively to challenge themselves physically and mentally.

Additional Sporting Activities

We have previously taken part in the Active Cumbria initiative which involved children taking part in a 100 mile challenge. This encouraged the children to remain fit and healthy by running, walking or cycling 100 miles over a period of time.

Our new daily mile track has enabled us to run similar initiatives in school. We encourage all classes where possible to get outside and use the track as it has proven to aid concentration in lessons as well as improve physical fitness.

We strive to provide children with other opportunities which we can not offer in school. This year, following the success of last year, we are providing children in years 3,4,5, and 6 with squash lessons at the local squash club. The impact of this is to increase participation in sport outside of school; improve hand eye co-ordination and physical fitness.


Since 2019 we have increased the amount of swimming instruction for Years 3, 4, 5 & 6. Each class now has a two week intensive block, the aim being to ensure every child meets the minimum national curriculum standard for swimming.

Our year 6 cohort of 2020-21 made excellent progress with swimming with 93% achieving the National Curriculum expectations.

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