Vision Statement for Physical Education at St Mary’s
At St Mary’s we believe that high quality Physical Education has an impact not only on a child’s physical development, but on their health, social, emotional and cognitive development. Through a dynamic and innovative PE curriculum, we aim to instil a life-long appreciation of the value and benefits of sport and a physically active lifestyle.
We teach our pupils the core skills necessary for a variety of different sports and physical pursuits including hand/eye coordination, agility, balance, ball skills, swimming and fitness. In addition to our PE lessons, we run a variety of sports clubs with an inclusive approach to participation. However we also acknowledge and appreciate the competitive element inherent in sport and participate in tournaments and competitions where teams are selected on ability and commitment.
St Marys has a school hall, which is equipped with portable and fixed apparatus for gymnastics and a music centre to support the teaching of dance. For the teaching of games, there is a large playground with two permanent climbing frames. We are also very fortunate being in close proximity to Putney Leisure Centre with its splash, teaching and 33m pool with diving boards. This allows the pupils to undertake swimming lessons in Years 1 and 3.
An annual audit of all physical education equipment is conducted by the PE co-ordinator in order to prioritise any necessary expenditure for the year. Resources for games, dance and outdoor activities can be found in the shed in the playground, and planning resources can be found in the PE Co-ordinator’s cupboard in the Deputy Head’s room.
The PE programme is taught by our specialist PE teacher and Years 5 and 6 have a supplementary lesson with a qualified sports coach. Swimming is taught by specialised swimming instructors across both key stages.
Break times/lunch times
We are currently fund raising to redevelop the school playground, with the children, parents and teachers all collaborating and inputting ideas.
At playtimes and lunchtimes a selection of equipment is set out for the children to access by our Play Leader. Some of these activities are supervised by staff, others by Year 6 play leaders and some for independent play. The children are responsible for monitoring their equipment, sharing equipment with their friends and collecting it in at the end of play. In addition, children are encouraged to use the big end of the playground to participate in team games.
After school clubs
We aim to encourage all pupils to take part in a range of clubs, and involve them in deciding the clubs we put on offer. Registers of clubs are kept to identify those who do not take part in (extra) regular exercise. A range of clubs offered include; dance, running clubs, netball, multi skills and football. Parents and Teachers also regularly assist with the provision of after school clubs.
Pupils take part in a range of intra-school and inter-school competitions organised through the PPSSA and Wandsworth Sports Development. These include cross country, football, netball, sports hall athletics, cricket, swimming, district sports, mini-marathon trials etc.
The school offers a number of outdoor education experiences throughout the year including visits to The Wandle Soft Play Area for EY’s and Sayers Croft Outdoor Activity Centre for Years 5 and 6.
In April 2013, the Department for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport announced new funding of £150 million to support the delivery of PE and school sport. Funding is being allocated to all state-maintained secondary, primary, middle and special schools (including non-maintained special schools), academies and pupil referral units with primary aged pupils for the period September 2013 to 31st August 2014 and from 1st September 2014 to 31st August 2015.
Our school will be receiving £8,405 in two instalments.
We are using our Sport Premium to improve the quality of PE and Sport provision in the following ways:
- Hiring a professional sports coach to teach the children different sports during curriculum time and during after school clubs
- Procuring quality assured professional training for staff to raise their confidence and competence in teaching PE and Sport through the Youth Sports Trust
- Supporting regular sports tournaments, festivals and competitions for pupils of all ages
- Entering children into different leagues and competitions organised by the Putney Primary Sports Association and Wandsworth Sports Development
- Accessing specialist coaches for taster days
- Investing in a scheme of work that motivates and inspires our children in the progression of key skills
- Purchasing new equipment for the school so that the children can develop their skills further in PE lessons.
- Purchasing new equipment to improve the variety of after-school clubs available
- Purchasing more sports equipment for use during playtimes
- Enhancing the extra- curricular provision for targeted pupils
- Supporting parents by covering additional costs to ensure ALL children have access to a wider range of sporting/PE opportunities
- To ensure access to quality PE provision for children with disabilities.
To view how we have used the Sport Premium and PE Grant please click on the link below.