According to the Department for Education: "The School Sport and Activity Action Plan set out government’s commitment to ensuring that children and young people have access to at least 60 minutes of sport and physical activity per day, with a recommendation of 30 minutes of this delivered during the school day (in line with the Chief Medical Officer guidelines which recommend an average of at least 60 minutes per day across the week).
The PE and Sport Premium can help primary schools to achieve this aim, providing primary schools with £320m of government funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of the PE, physical activity and sport offered through their core budgets. It is allocated directly to schools, so they have the flexibility to use it in the way that works best for their pupils. The PE and Sport Premium survey highlighted the significant impact which PE and Sport has had in many primary schools across England."
Purpose of the funding
Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer. The funding should ensure:
- The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity - kick-starting healthy active lifestyle.
- The profile of PE and sport being raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement
- Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
- Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
- Increased participation in competitive sport
At St Peter’s we have always seen PE as a hugely important part of the curriculum, and we pride ourselves on offering children many opportunities to get involved in sport and developing active lifestyles both during and outside the school day. This has been recognised externally by being awarded the Active Mark since 2003; being one of the first schools in the town to be awarded the School Games Silver Kitemark and since 2015-16 being awarded the School Games Gold award for the past 8 years. This year is no different with another School Games Gold award for 2022-23.
Aims of the Sports Premium Grant at St Peter's CEP School
1. Curriculum Provision
Through a focus on ensuring high quality physical education at primary school we provide young people with access to physical activity for life as well as build the foundation for future participation and performance in sport.
Since 2006 our Year 1- 6 children have benefitted from 2 hours of high quality PE each week provided by fully-trained sports coaches. Over the year each child will participate in games, athletics, dance and gymnastics. In addition to this, Year 3 to Year 6, participate in 10 weeks of swimming each school year.
2. Healthy active lifestyles
Ensure activities across the day and throughout the school year which are designed to promote healthy, active lifestyles in all pupils including the least active.
We currently offer a wide range of extra-curricular active clubs through the course of the year, including football for KS1 and KS2; netball, dance, cricket, hockey, gymnastics, and judo.
3. Competitive School Sport
Increasing pupils’ participation in both the inter and intra-school competitive sports activities including School Games as we believe that a child who learns to be resilient, disciplined, respectful and determined in the sports field will apply the same skills within the classroom.
From an early age competitive sport is nurtured and encouraged, with KS1 pupils taking part in local multi-skills festivals moving through to KS2 pupils taking part in numerous different inter-school competitions, with staff identifying the pupils with specific talents in, for example, football, netball, hockey, basketball or cross-country running. Skills are taught through P.E. lessons and through a wide variety of sports provision offered before and after school. The children’s achievements, for participation or success, are celebrated every time in assembly through certificates.
In the summer term we also hold our annual Sports Day which we encourage participation of all children and organise competitive races for our more sporting youngsters.