Sports at St. John's
Our broad aim for all children in PE and Games is to promote healthy physical development through the acquisition of skills, co-operation and confidence. We endeavour to achieve this in an atmosphere which encourages individual and team effort.
The children take part in movement and dance, apparatus work and educational gymnastics, team games, swimming (Y3,Y4,Y5) and athletics. We consider these activities to be an important part of your child's education. Children are expected to participate unless there are special grounds for exclusion. If your child is unfit for an activity, please write us a note and we will make alternative arrangements. It is important that your child is provided with kit on the appropriate days.
We run a variety of clubs throughout the year to cater for many children and different sports. In the summer term the whole school takes part in a series of Sports Days. These include a wide range of activities which are fun and enjoyable. We take part in numerous local festivals throughout the year such as cross country, tag rugby, football, netball, tri-golf, indoor athletics and cricket.
Primary School PE Funding
At St. John’s we value the vital contribution that Physical Education makes to the health and well-being of our children. We believe that a varied and innovative curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities can have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and achievement in all areas of a young person’s life.
What is the PE and Sport Premium?
The government provides additional funding to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding, provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, is allocated to all primary schools.
The vision is for all pupils leaving primary school to be physically literate and have the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy, active lifestyle and life-long participation in physical activity and sport.
On 28th July 2017, the Department for Education (DfE) announced some changes to the Primary PE & Sport Premium.
The most significant changes were, that from September 2017:
Purpose of the Funding
The PE and Sport Premium must be used to fund additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport, for the benefit of primary-aged pupils, to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles.
At St. John's, our overall aim is to raise standards in PE and school sport, increasing the participation and opportunities offered to our children. We aim to provide higher quality lessons and improve learning for all.
How St. John's School plans to spend the funding in 2017/18
We currently employ a specialist sports coach who delivers high quality PE lessons across the school. Not only do the children receive expert tuition in a range of PE lessons, but the external coaching also provides continuing professional development for teachers. Class teachers work alongside the specialist coaches and develop their planning and delivery of PE lessons. This year we will continue to work with the specialist coach to further develop our curriculum and teacher skills. The coach will also be used to help prepare children for competitive matches and competitions to raise the profile of these events.
We will be providing training for a group of children to become Sports Leaders. Specialist training will be provided by the sports coach, and this will give our Sports Leaders the skills they need to encourage and motivate younger children to actively participate in a range of fun and healthy sports related activities. These children will be responsible for running sporting activities at lunchtime and supporting the development of sport across the school. We see this as a fantastic opportunity to nurture and challenge some of our pupils who demonstrate good leadership and attitudes within PE lessons and throughout other areas of school life.
To support the Sports Leaders and to ensure active lifestyles, we will be investing in further playground equipment. The Sports Leaders will use this equipment to develop games and activities when they lead lunchtime sessions. We will also provide more equipment for the children to use within their play during lunchtimes and will be providing CPD for Midday Supervisors.
We will also be using the funding to expand the range of sports clubs available by employing more specialist coaches. We will purchase new equipment to support the delivery of the new curriculum and clubs. To assist the school with this, we will be increasing the amount of support obtained from the Tonbridge and West Kent School Sports Partnership.
Some of the funding will also be used to develop our Forest School provision; allowing us to expand this so that all Year 2 children can attend 6 sessions over the course of the year.