Principles for the Funding From September 2013, all primary schools across England have received a share of the Governments £150m pa Primary Physical Education and Sports Premium. The funding is ring-fenced and must be spent on improving the provision and quality of PE and sport in primary schools so that pupils develop healthy lifestyles.
PE at St Mary's Physical Education (PE) is an integral part of the curriculum at St Mary’s. As well as providing high quality excise, we believe PE boosts confidence in children and breaks down barriers, creates long lasting memories, builds teamwork and helps to bring the children together which creates a real sense of community.
Aims To promote a healthy and active lifestyle. To deliver two hours of quality PE each week to every pupil. To offer children the opportunity to learn a range of skills across a variety of sports. To increase children's participation and engagement in sports and PE. To provide children the opportunity to take part in competitive sports within school, externally between local schools and at county level.
Special Events Throughout the year, we hold several PE focused days where we raise the profile of the subject. Last year each child had the opportunity to take part in a Commando Joe's (CoJo's) day where they worked as part of a team in their class. The children were able to develop their team building as well as their physical skills through a series of physical and mental challenges.
We also ran events in aid of sport relief where children in the older years are supported in setting up their own sport activities for the rest of the school during lunchtime. The total raised last year was just under £100. Towards the end of the year, we hold our annual sports day which includes all children in the school winning points for their houses. It is always a very inclusive event that show cases the strong community feel we have at St Mary’s with a focus given to our values as well as succeeding in the various events.
Matches and games At various times throughout the year, different children from across the school are chosen to participate in matches or games with children from other schools in Banbury. We aim to ensure that children have the opportunity to represent the school at a minimum of one event by the end of their key stage. These events are always very popular and children enjoy attending them and participating in healthy competition.
Sports Captains As part of our house system, one child from each house in year 4 are elected as sports captains for the academic year. Their role in the school is to promote an active lifestyle by encouraging fun and energetic games on the playground, supporting out Active 10 sessions and ensuring the smooth running of PE events. It allows them to develop a sense of responsibility as well as putting even more emphasis on the importance of an active lifestyle in our school.