At St Thomas of Canterbury the children have lots of opportunities to take part in a wide range of sporting events. In addition to the children’s allotted two hours of timetabled Physical Education, the Mertons School Sport Partnership arrange extra curricular sporting activities for all Year Groups.
A Sports Day takes place each year where the children take part in a range of competitive sporting events. Last year’s Sports Day took place on Commonside East: it was a great day for all of the children as well as parents and teachers. These are great occasions to come and celebrate participation and success with the children.
Furthermore, children in Upper Key Stage 2 take part in many inter-school sporting competitions arranged by the partnership which include football, tag rugby, cricket, netball and rounders.
PE and Sports Premuim for Primary Schools
In 2013 the government introduced the new PE and Sport Premium which was designed to help primary schools improve the quality of the PE and sport activities they offer their pupils. The additional funding has been used in the following ways to support the children:
- hire specialist PE teachers
- hire qualified sports coaches to work with teachers
- provide existing staff with teaching resources to help them teach PE and sport, such as specialist training and coaching
- support and involve the least active children by running or extending school sports clubs
- run sports activities and competitions with other schools.
PE & Sports Premium
Evidencing, Impact and Accountability of the Primary PE and Sports Funding
What is the PE and sport premium for primary schools?
Since 2013, the Government has spent millions on improving physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools by providing Sports Premium funding to schools. We must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of physical education (PE), physical activity and sport that we offer for the benefit of our pupils, to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles.
There are 5 key indicators we use to secure improvements:
1. The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – the Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that all children and young people aged 5 to 18 engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, of which 30 minutes should be in school
2. The profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement
3. Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
4. Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
5. Increased participation in competitive sport
|Key Achievements to date||Areas for improvement|
✓ Engagement of pupils in 30 minutes activity per day through well-being breaks
✓ Improved play areas on the KS1 and KS2 playgrounds to encourage active play
✓ More variety of play equipment for break and lunch times for each class
✓ Broader range of sport experiences and competitions for children.
✓Purchase of new equipment has led to broadening children’s current sporting coverage and opportunities for practicing of skills to include basketball / netball/ tennis and on sports days
✓ Successful sports day with new equipment and year 6 sports leaders – increase in positive attitudes
✓ Subject knowledge and confidence of teaching staff. Support in place to increase subject knowledge and confidence teaching PE with a qualified PE teacher supporting the planning and delivery of PE lessons across the school.
✓ PE leader developing subject knowledge and leadership through CPD
✓ PE schemes of work purchased to support teaching progression of skills in lessons
✓Online PE sessions delivered during online learning due to Covid 19
✓Took part in virtual competitions for PE
✓Girls football team created for KS2
✓Surrey Cricket club came to coach Years 5 and 6 to enhance PE curriculum
✓8 sports captains selected to lead each house in sport (red, blue, green, yellow)
✓Continued links with Wimbledon FC – free football shirts given to every child in year 4
✓Created Sports Role Model of the Month