As a legacy of the 2012 Olympic games, the government provides additional PE & Sport funding to sustain and improve the provision for physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they have the freedom to choose how they do this. Our statements detail how we do this.
Covid Restriction for PE extra- curricular clubs 2020
St Mary’s School over the last two years have increased the range of extra-curricular activities for all age pupils after school. This ranges from two clubs every day and includes Yoga, dance. gymnastics, football, cricket, basketball, Athletics, multi-sports, archery to a kurling range of activities. A wider variety of children were participating. Providers are all safeguarded and quality checked. The cost is kept under £2.50 to enable all children to participate.
Unfortunately, due to not being able to mix classes and some contact sports not being able to be played due to covid restrictions, after school extra-curricular activities are on hold for the time being. These were planned for the start of the Academic Year and hopefully can be run at the Start of the Spring term. Lunchtime sports following Government guidance are being provided.
The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
- are physically active for sustained periods of time
- engage in competitive sports and activities
- lead healthy, active lives
At St Mary’s Catholic Primary School,we believe that physical education, experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is a unique and vital contributor to a pupil’s physical development and well-being. Our broad and balanced physical education curriculum is intended to provide for pupils’ increasing self-confidence in their ability to manage themselves and their bodies within a variety of movement situations. Progressive learning objectives, combined with sympathetic and varied teaching approaches, endeavour to provide stimulating, enjoyable, satisfying and appropriately challenging learning experiences for all of our pupils. Through the selection of suitably differentiated and logically developed tasks, it is intended that our children, irrespective of their innate ability, will enjoy success and be motivated to further develop their individual potential.Through lesson time, specialist coaching and our broad range of sports clubs, we support pupils in developing skilful use of the body, the ability to remember, repeat and refine actions and to perform them with increasing control, co-ordination, fluency and safety. We also support pupils in developing an increasing ability to select, link and apply skills, tactics and compositional ideas.
Children are encouraged to describe and make simple judgements on their own and others work, and to use their observations and judgements to improve performance. We believe in the importance of drawing cross-curricular links, and to this end, pupils are taught about the effects of exercise on the body in science as well as PE.
At St Mary’s Primary School, we promote an understanding of safe practice, and the development of a sense of responsibility towards a child’s own and others’ safety and well-being.