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 are, 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. Not only have the children received expert tuition in a range of PE lessons, but the external coaching has also provided continuing professional development for teachers. Class teachers have worked alongside the specialist coaches and have developed their planning and delivery of PE lessons. With the additional funding, we will be extending the time the sports coach spends with us each week. This will expand the CPD opportunities for staff, as every teacher will now have the opportunity to observe lessons and feedback to their year group partners. It will also increase the number of children who will benefit from attending the high quality lessons each week.
We will also 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 break and lunchtimes.
To ensure all children are able to participate in weekly physical activity, each class will be provided with a spare PE kit. This will further ensure high participation levels.
In 2017, Year 6 developed "The Mile Run" as part of their Geography and PE learning. This has now been extended to children in Years 3 and 4 through the introduction of an early morning club. This year, we will also develop "The Golden Mile" around the school grounds, providing signs, posts and pedometers to engage more children in this activity.
To provide a wider range of sporting activities for our children, we have invested in a new PE curriculum. This will allow us to introduce children to sports they might not have tried before, and will allow children to develop their skills in different areas. To support the development of the new curriculum and sporting activities, we will expand the range of sports clubs available by employing more specialist coaches. We will also purchase new equipment and storage to support the delivery of the new curriculum and clubs.