The Government is providing funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013/14 and 2014/15 to provide new, substantial primary school sport funding. This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary schools to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children.
The sport funding can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.
In our school this amounts to £10,280.00.
At St Margaret Mary’s Catholic Junior School we believe that sport plays an important part as it contributes to the health and wellbeing of our children. At this school there is a high reputation and tradition for sporting excellence and participation in cultural, team and extra-curricular activities.
The school is seen as a focal point for the local community and is used extensively by school, parish and groups as an extended school provision. The school is open until 9.00pm Monday to Friday to cater for those who wish to use the facilities.
We have used the additional PE and School Sport Funding to further support and enhance provision at the school.
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. Swimming lessons are also provided for each class throughout the year.
The provision of quality 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 Health and Well Being 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, such as fencing.
During our residential visits, children are given the opportunity to participate in many different activates which may include, orienteering, assault courses and abseiling.
In the summer term we also hold our annual Sports Days in which we encourage participation of all children and organise competitive races.
Other agencies are used to enhance the variety of activities available and we take full advantage when these opportunities become available. For example, local football and rugby teams have run training sessions in school and at the clubs.
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 successful ex-pupils who play nationally and internationally.
The school provides a wide range of extra-curricular clubs for the children which are organised by school staff, sports coaches or outside providers.
Children enjoy the opportunity to work with different teachers and instructors and have the opportunity to try many sports such as netball, dance, cross country, football, rugby, cricket, multi-skills rounders, swimming and athletics
We try to cater for all our children’s needs and monitor participation and check uptake against gender and free school meals. The school is an active member of the Children’s University Scheme that recognises and rewards those children who commit and participate in at least 30 hours of extra school activities in a year. In 2013 there were 130 of our pupils who graduated through the Children’s University Scheme at a special ceremony at the local Hope University Campus.
As a school we enjoy an excellent sporting reputation and encourage our children to participate in a wide range of team sports and competitions. Please see our impressive list of Sporting Achievements for 2013.
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 of discipline.
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