PE & Sport Premium
The government is providing additional funding of £150 million per annum, which is ring-fenced until 2020 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 – has been allocated to primary school head teachers.
This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.
Purpose of funding
Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but schools have been given the freedom to choose how they do this.
As a school we will aspire to offer the following provision –
- To improve the physical education experience for all children in our school.
- To increase physical activity opportunities for our children.
- To enable our children to enjoy a range of school sport outside of the curriculum.
- To ensure access for all children to high quality physical education lessons to develop fitness, stamina, health and well-being.
- To ensure the development of school sport is linked to wider agendas.
St Vincent de Paul Catholic Primary school has decided to use the money to:
- Employ our PE coordinator to work alongside our teachers when teaching PE in order to strengthen teaching and learning in this subject across school.
- Support and engage the least active children in physical activities.
- Pay for professional development opportunities for teachers in PE and sport.
- Increase pupils’ participation in the sports and physical activities.
- Provide places for pupils on after school sports clubs.
- Improve resources to a support the development of the subject.
- To ensure our curriculum offers opportunities for pupils to develop the knowledge and understanding of what makes a healthy lifestyle.
- To forge links with the local community to enrich the PE provision within school.
- To ensure all our children have the opportunity to take part in festivals and competitions.
- Increase number of inter-school friendly matches.
- Introduce inter-house sports competitions.
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St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Primary School adheres to the maxim that a ‘Healthy body equates to a Healthy Mind.’ Accordingly, sport plays an integral part in our curriculum.
We are committed to ensuring that all children receive at least 2 hours per week of high quality well-planned PE. A wide range of activities are delivered in school which aim to engage and inspire all children. Over the year each child will participate in games, athletics, dance and gymnastics lessons. Opportunities are also planned for swimming across the school. 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. Throughout the year we hold theme weeks such as The Olympics, Walk to School Week, World Cup or Health Week where children participate in a wide range of activities and have a ‘taster’ session of a sport or activity that otherwise they may never have tried.
As well as utilising the sports expertise of our staff we make use of the prowess of a number of external sports specialists. These include two peripatetic coaches from the Liverpool Football Club Foundation and the LSSP both of whom come into school on a weekly basis to coach our children. Additionally, children from Years 1 – 6 visit the Anfield Sports and Community Centre to receive football coaching from Foundation coaches on a cyclical basis. Football teams from both Key Stage 1 and 2 are entered into tournaments organised by both Everton and Liverpool Football Clubs
We also offer extra opportunities for sporting activities such as judo, fencing, gymnastics, dodgeball and basketball. Tag Rugby squads receive coaching from St. Helens Rugby League Youth Team and are entered into a variety of tournaments including the annual Liverpool Primary School’s competition organised by Merseyside Fire Brigade. Indoor Athletics is also provided for the children and our squad as they enter into the annual Central and South Liverpool competitions.
Our school is affiliated to Lancashire Cricket Club and participates in the “Chance to Shine Programme.” As part of this innovative scheme, Mr. Dave Goodall, a qualified cricket coach works with our children weekly. Additionally, Mr. Adam Vasco organises the involvement of our cricket squads in competitive matches on Friday evenings and Sunday mornings within the Liverpool Cricket League.
It is our proud boast that every child at St. Vincent’s from Nursery to Year 6 has the opportunity to swim. Visits are made twice weekly to the Liverpool Aquatic Centre where children receive coaching from Lifestyles swimming coaches. This is supplemented at the end of each school year by access to “Top up” swimming programme for Year 6 children.
We also run annual ‘Bike-Ability’ training where all children in Year 5 complete Level 1/2 training to equip them with the skills to ride safely. The children become more aware of road dangers and have an increased confidence when biking on roads.
We work alongside The Greenhouse Project, a local childcare agency, to provide ‘Play Leader’ training for Years 5 and 6. This teaches children how to lead play activities with KS1 children during lunchtimes. Children gain an increased sense of responsibility by organising and delivering more focused activities during KS1 playtimes.
School also believes it is important for the children to meet sporting role models. Visitors have included The Harlem Globe Trotters (to teach them about Anti-bullying) and Chris Foy (the former Premier League referee who spoke about E-safety).
Our residential programme continues apace with the following visits planned:
Key Stage 1-Barnstondale Outdoor Activity Centre, Wirral.
Key Stage 2- Manor Adventure Centre, Lockerbie, Scotland
Alpe d’Huez, Skiing.
During our residential visits, children are given opportunity to participate in many different activities which include orienteering, archery, rock climbing and abseiling, kayaking, problem solving and team work exercises. St. Vincent’s is a member school of the Liverpool Primary Schools’ Skiing Association. Each year a group of Key Stage 2 children led by Mr. Allen takes part in a residential skiing trip to Alpe d’Huez in the French Alps. The next visit is scheduled for February 2016.
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 sports coaches.
As part of our on-going enrichment programme we provide a wide ranging programme of lunchtime and after school clubs:
Lunchtime Clubs (12.30 – 1.00pm)
After – School Clubs
Board Games Club
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 and free school meals.
60% of our children have been actively engaged in competitive sporting events this year; we enter a wide range of competitions and have had many successes including:
Honours Board 2014/2015 Season
Liverpool City Champions – Year 6 Mixed Squad
New Age Curling
Liverpool North Division Area Champions City Champions
Tri – Golf
Liverpool City Finalists
Congratulations to all concerned for their magnificent sporting achievements!
Transport to all external sports activities is provided free of cost by the school’s fleet of minibuses (three in total). Furthermore, new football and cricket kits have been purchased for the new academic year.
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