The role of sport is very important in St. Andrew’s CE Primary School in developing self-confidence, team skills, and the general health and well-being of our children. The government is determined to secure a significant and lasting legacy from the very successful 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games that were held in London. In order to achieve this and improve the provision of PE and sport in primary schools, additional funding of £150 million per annum has been available for the academic years 2013/2014 and 2015/2015.
In our school this amounts to £9000.
At St. Andrew’s CE Primary school we believe that sporting excellence and participation, alongside strong cultural opportunities, go hand in hand with academic standards.
We have used the Sport Funding to employ a specialist PE teacher. This teacher delivers high quality PE to Reception, Year 1, Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5. This is planned and delivered to ensure good progression across each age range. This teacher also delivers CPD through working alongside class teachers to enhance their own skills.
We also have used the sport funding to purchase membership of the WASSP which alongside our own school actions has enabled us to strengthen and improve our provision in the following ways: · To support and engage the least active children through new/additional Change4Life clubs · To pay for professional development opportunities for teachers in PE and sport · To attend sport competitions and increase pupils’ participation in school games ·To bring in quality assured coaches to run after school clubs/activities · To provide places for pupils on after school sports clubs and holiday clubs
Our school has acted as the Lead for 7 local Primary Schools in forming a competition network. This will create competitive opportunities for Year 6 all the way down to Year 1.
We used the remaining budget to fund additional specialist Judo lessons in curriculum time, and to book an additional block of swimming time (summer term 2014) for Year 6 to boost the number of children who can swim 25 meters on their front and back, before they move onto High School. Our aim is that all children leave our school at the end of year 6 able to swim 25 metres.
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 at least 2 hours per week of high quality well planned PE. Over the year each child will participate in games, athletics, and dance and gymnastics lesson. Swimming is organised for Years 3 and 4 and Outdoor and Adventurous activities in Years 3/4/5/6.
The Wider Curriculum
PE and sport has a high profile in our school and permeates many aspects of school life.
Throughout the year we hold themed events such as Intra-school competition, The OI or Strictly Dancing where children participate in a wide range of activities and have a ‘taster’ session of sport or an activity that otherwise they may have never tried. We also offer extra opportunities for sporting activities such as ten pin bowling, and activity centres as a reward for excellent attendance.
During residential visits, children are given the opportunity to participate in many different outdoor activities.
In the summer term we also hold our annual sports day in which we encourage participation of all children and organise competitive races for our more sporting youngsters.
Other agencies are used to enhance the variety of activities available and we take full advantage when these opportunities become available. For example Manchester United coaches run training /competition sessions at a local venue where children from Years 3-6 are able to take part and represent school. Talented children are sign posted to local clubs and events to encourage them to develop their skills.
School also believe it is important for the children to meet local sporting role models. Visitors have included female Olympic boxer.
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 Dance, Gymnastics, Tennis, Football, Multi-skills, Hockey, Cricket, Rounders, Athletics, and Cross Country.
We try to cater for all our children’s needs and so ask the children which clubs they would like to see included during the year; we also monitor participation and check uptake against gender (as detailed in our Equality Action Plan 2012-2013) and free school meals.
We enter a wide range of competitions and have had many successes including being Warrington Girls Football Champions, 3rd in Cheshire and Merseyside (2013), as well as being local Athletics champions in 2012 and 2nd 2013.
Primary school experiences are pivotal to the children’s future perception of physical activity and we believe that children leave our school equipped to enjoy sport for all its health and social benefits. For those who relish the competitive element, they gain the skills, confidence and relevant experience to succeed at their chosen level and discipline