Physical Education at St. Mary C of E (VA) Infant School
At St. Mary C of E (VA) Infant School, our aim is to ensure that all pupils take part in high quality PE and sport so that every child can improve and achieve in line with their potential. Through effective learning in PE we promote young people’s health, safety and well-being. We endeavour to inspire our young people to be participants in sports for life.
“A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.”
(The National Curriculum DFE 2013)
Primary PE and Sport Funding
Schools receive PE and sport premium funding based on the number of pupils in years 1 to 6. The purpose of this funding is to provide children with opportunities to develop and maintain a balanced and healthy lifestyle. The funding can be used to provide children with experiences that they may not have access to outside of school, as well as purchasing better equipment or up-skilling staff. The PE and sport funding is given to schools to provide a legacy for children; giving them opportunities to explore different sports and activities that they hopefully will carry on into their later life.
Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer.
This means that you should use the premium to:
- develop or add to the PE and sport activities that your school already offers.
- make improvements now that will benefit pupils joining the school in future years.
What are we using our funding for?
You can see exactly how we spent our PE and Sports Premium in previous years and also how we plan to spend the funding this academic year by clicking on the documents below.
Examples of physical activity happening at our school
Every child in EYFS and KS1 has two hours of physical education every week. Children are also encouraged to be active before and after school through use of the play equipment and climbing frames in the playground. To create an environment where play is positive, toys and equipment are available in the playground for the children to play with during break times and lunch times. As well as this, the Trim Trail and the new climbing frame also encourage children to be active during their breaks. Extra-curricular clubs are also provided at our school. Plymouth Argyle offer Dodgeball and Football clubs to all ages, Plymouth Albion offer a TAG rugby club to KS1 and EXIM Dance offer a street dance club to all ages. All of these clubs are currently being funded by the school using our Sports Premium. We also work closely with these clubs to signpost children to clubs outside of school.
Through the PSSP, the children have the opportunity to access some Level 2 competitions, where they compete against other schools. Coming up in this academic year are numerous Multiskills events, as well as a dance festival and a cricket tournament.
Sporting success is celebrated within school. Every Thursday, there is a Sports Achievements Assembly where we celebrate the children's success in sports and activities they have taken part in inside and outside of school. The child's achievements are celebrated and they are encouraged to tell the school about what they have been doing.
Every year, the school has a Sports Week. This is an opportunity for children to access a range of different sports throughout the week as well as learning about the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle. Sports week also incorporates our school sports day to which families are invited.
Below you can see some examples of how we have used the equipment to provide more opportunities for the children to be active during their playtimes and lunch times.
Physical Education in EYFS
Physical Education in KS1
PE Pupil Voice
The children have recently completed an online survey about the PE and sport that is provided at our school. The children answered questions like, "Do you like PE?" and, "How can PE be made better?" The parents also had a chance to comment with their views of the PE and sport that is provided. You can see a full breakdown of the responses below. The information gathered from the questionnaire will be used to improve the PE and sport that is provided at school so it can be as enjoyable as possible for the children.
Plymouth School Sports Partnership
Plympton St. Mary C of E (VA) Infant School are part of the Plymouth School Sports Partnership whose vision is…
"...to create a sustainable PE, School Sport and Physical Activity system as part of the health and well being provision for all children and young people. Our mission is to positively impact on the lives of every child and young person attending Partnership schools and their parents/carers though opportunities that we provide to help them achieve more in life and at school. We promote the Olympic and Paralympic values of friendship, respect, excellence, determination, inspiration, courage and equality."
Our PE Specialist Teachers, Claire Crowther and Sally Pulleyblank, work as part of a team for the PSSP and organise various sports events and festivals for the children in our family schools. To access a full calendar of events, please follow the hyperlink to the PSSP website. You can also read write up of recent events that we have attended on the 'news' section.
Membership of the Plymouth School Sports Partnership includes:
- Full Plymouth SSP ‘Core Offer’ including Bikeability, coaching days, access to city-wide competitions, website membership (http://www.plymouthssp.co.uk), MTA and Play Leader Training etc.
- Specialist partnership PE teachers to work alongside primary teachers
- Professional development opportunities in PE / School Sport
- ‘Family’ run sporting competitions within our locality
- Developing our clubs provisions
- Increasing participation in Level One and Level Two Competitive Games
- Supporting and engaging less active children through Change4Life clubs
- Hiring specialist sports coaches
- Buying resources and equipment to develop sports provision