PE and Sports Premium
Back ground and general statement of Primary School PE and Sport Funding
The government remains determined to secure a 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, we continue to receive PE and sport premium funding.
At St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School we believe that sport plays a crucial role as it contributes to the health and well-being of our children. Sporting excellence and participation, alongside strong cultural opportunities, go hand in hand with academic standards.
Our school is a member of a local community interest company called Take Pride CIC, along with over two thirds of other schools in the District. This company was formerly known as the Gravesham School Sport Partnership, the scheme was developed by schools for schools. The idea was formed following an initial meeting in the summer term 2013 to understand the specific needs and challenges facing schools in relation to Physical Education and Sport. As a result of the meetings Take Pride CIC was established, offering a tailored package aimed to help schools individually focus on improving the quality and breadth of PE and Sport in their school now and long past the funding. This has also given us the opportunity to collaborate with other schools to share practice and ideas.
As a Take Pride member, our school is benefitting from:
- Being able to access over 75 organised sporting opportunities (competitions and festivals) in a range of sports with other schools in the area across the school year
- Subject leader support for the School PE Coordinator – there are six termly networking meetings for our subject lead to attend which provide ongoing professional development; opportunities for sharing current practice; resources and ideas and support with issues and or challenges in PE and school sport
- Receiving national insight on PE, sport, health, education and policy matters as well as a wide range of opportunities from funding partners
- The opportunity to collaborate with other schools on working towards awards such as YST Quality Mark and the School Games Kitemark which help our school review our provision as well as celebrate our achievements in PE and sport
- Receiving up to date information regarding school sport
- An end of year report outlining the sporting opportunities we have provided each year
- Whole School professional development opportunities in different areas of Physical Education
We have used the Sport Funding to purchase membership of Take Pride (formerly School Sports Partnership), which alongside our own school actions has enabled us to strengthen and improve our provision in the following ways:
- To pay for professional development opportunities for teachers in PE and sport
- To invite specialist PE teachers and qualified sports coaches to work alongside our primary teachers when teaching PE
- To provide cover to release teachers for professional development in PE and sport
- To attend sport competitions and increase pupils’ participation in school games
- To buy quality assured professional development modules /materials for PE and sport
- To buy quality assured equipment to enrich Physical Education lessons and after school clubs
- To provide places for pupils at after school sports clubs
A wide range of activities are delivered in school with the aim of engaging and inspiring all children. We are also committed to ensuring 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, dance and gymnastics lessons. Opportunities are also planned for swimming in Years 3 and 4 and Outdoor and Adventurous activities in Years 5/6, through our residential trip to Hayling Island.
Please refer to the curriculum/year group pages of the website for more details of PE lessons taught each term.
The Wider Curriculum
PE and sport has a high profile in our school and permeates many aspects of school life.
During our residential visits, children are given the opportunity to participate in many different activities which include orienteering, assault courses, archery, climbing, abseiling, shelter building, confidence building and problem solving.
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. Children battle in teams against each other, taking part in a range of different sporting activities and collecting points, not only for their sporting ability, but also for excellent teamwork and good sportsmanship.
Beyond the School Day
At St Joseph’s we are keen to provide a wide range of extra-curricular clubs for children throughout the year. These are organised by our teaching staff and sports coaches.
Children enjoy the opportunity to work with different teachers and have the chance to try many sports such as High5, Street Dance, Basketball, Football, Rugby, Cricket, Tennis, Karate, Speed Stacking, Hockey, Cricket and Athletics.
We try to cater for all our children’s needs therefore we monitor participation and check uptake against gender and free school meals so that we can act upon this information, where needed.
We enter a wide range of competitions throughout the year including Football, Basketball, Netball, High – 5, Gymnastics and Athletics.
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.