PE and School Sport Funding
The government is determined to secure a significant and 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, additional funding of £150 million per annum has been made available for the academic years 2013/4 and 2014/5
In our school this amounts to £8805.00
At St Cleopas C of E Primary School we believe that sport plays an important part 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.
We have used the Sport Funding to purchase the bronze membership of the Liverpool Schools Sports Partnership, which alongside our own school actions has enabled us to strengthen and improve our provision in the following ways:
A wide range of activities are delivered in school which aim to engage and inspire all children. We are also committed to ensure 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 1/2/3/4/5/6 and Outdoor and Adventurous activities in Years 3/4/5/6. Our aim is that all children leave our school at the end of Year 6 able to swim 25 metres. In addition to this we have a daily aerobic session which increases children’s activity and fitness levels so that they are ready to learn.
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.
Throughout the year we hold theme weeks such as The Olympics or Strictly Dancing 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. We also offer extra opportunities for sporting activities such as ten pin bowling, dry slope skiing and watersports as rewards for 100% attendance and behaviour incentives.
During our residential visits, children are given opportunity to participate in many different activities which may include orienteering, assault courses and/or skiing.
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.
Other agencies are used to enhance the variety of activities available and we take full advantage when these opportunities become available. For example Everton and Liverpool football clubs run training sessions in school and Mersey Tigers often organise basketball events.
Talented children are signposted to local clubs and events to encourage them to develop their skills.
School also believes it is important for the children to meet local sporting role models. Visitors have included a Olympic Games gymnast and a Paralympic gold medal winner in swimming.
Beyond the School Day
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/or sports coaches.
Children enjoy the opportunity to work with different teachers and have the chance to try many sports such as Cheerleading, Netball, Badminton, Football, Multi-skills, Hockey, Cricket, Rounders, Athletics and Cross Country.
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.
We enter a wide range of competitions and have had many successes in 2014 including 6th and 9th in Cross Country, Joint third in DGT football league, Girls’ participation in Girls’ football league, 3rd and 4th in Swimming Gala and participation in the DGT cricket league.
Please refer to the children’s page of the website for more details of the extra curricular activities on offer.
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.