In order to support the delivery of PE and sport in primary schools, Government continue to provide the ‘Sports Premium’ funding allocated directly to primary schools across England. During academic year 2018/19 this funding was increased in order to support the obesity strategy and ensure that all pupils receive 60mins physical activity each day. Funding will be allocated through a lump sum for each school and a per-pupil top-up mechanism. The formula will reference the number of primary-aged pupils (i.e. children between the ages of 5 and 11). All schools with seventeen or more primary-aged pupils will receive a lump sum of £16,000 plus a premium of £10 per pupil.
At St. Mary’s we believe that the Premium sports funding should help the children gain experiences in a wide range of sports and be able to take part in both competitive and non-competitive sport. This is why we are looking at developing links the School Sports Partnership to sign post exit routes for children of all ages and abilities to access sports both in and out of school hours and to have ‘taster’ days for the pupils to try new sports. We are endeavouring to provide high quality continued professional development training opportunities to up skill our staff and ensure that we raise standards of teaching and learning. We are also looking to use the funding to help raise the pupil’s and parents healthy lifestyles.
A wide range of activities are delivered in school which aim to engage and inspire all children. We are also committed to ensure that all children receive high quality well-planned PE lessons and opportunities. Over the year each child will participate in games, athletics, dance and gymnastics lessons as well as competitions outside of school. Opportunities are also planned for swimming from Year 1 – Year 6. Our aim is that all children leave our school at the end of Year 6 able to swim 25 metres.
The Wider Curriculum
PE and sport has a high profile in our school and permeates many aspects of school life. We aim wherever applicable, to incorporate and talk about significant global events into our timetable such as the World Cup, The Ashes, Wimbledon, The Women’s Euros and The Olympics.
Other agencies are used to enhance the variety of activities available and we take full advantage when these opportunities become available. For example: Discovery Sports run regular sport and skills sessions in school. Talented children are signposted to local clubs and events to encourage them to develop their skills (e.g. several children were signposted towards table tennis clubs after our tournament).
Beyond the School Day
The school is keen to provide a wide range of extra-curricular clubs for children throughout the year which are organised by our teaching staff and/or sports coaches. Children enjoy the opportunity to work with different teachers and have the chance to try many sports such as Football, Badminton, Hockey, Gymnastics, Netball and Rounder’s. We try to cater for all our children’s needs. We also monitor participation and check uptake against gender and Pupil Premium. We enter a wide range of competitions including Table Tennis, Football and Netball. We regularly celebrate the success of our sporting achievements in and outside of school through our weekly newsletter and in our Shining Lights assemblies.
St. Marys’s is committed to providing an increasing range of opportunities for children to participate in high quality sports games and PE activities