P.E funding, report, competitions
PE and Sport
|In October 2016 St Ambrose Primary School was awarded the Sainsbury’s School Games Gold Kitemark, in recognition of the school’s commitment to PE and sport. This is the highest award available and is something that as a school, we should be extremely proud of.
Our school is fortunate to have a good size hall, but also two tennis courts as well as a basketball court on which to enjoy our PE and sport, which is a strength of the school, both as part of the curriculum and in extended learning opportunities. The children have many opportunities to learn new physical skills and games and to take part in sports festivals and also competitive sports. DPS are very active members of the LSSP, who collaborate with our local schools and enjoy many opportunities to enjoy learning and tournaments together. The school competes regularly in many events including: athletics, football, cricket, gymnastics, basketball, dodgeball, tennis, hockey plus many more.
The Government Premium £9K in 2016-2017 is being spent on a wide range of extras:
The Government is determined to secure a significant and lasting legacy from the very successful 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games that were held in London. In order to achieve this and improve the provision of PE and Sport in primary schools, additional funding of £150 million per annum has been made available. This funding (provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport) is being allocated to primary school headteachers. This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.
At St Ambrose Catholic Primary School we believe that sport plays an important part as it contributes to the health and well-being of our children. Sporting excellence and participation, alongside strong cultural opportunities, go hand in hand with academic standards.
We constantly strive to continue to improve PE provision and raise achievement for all pupils in sport. Our priorities mean that the funding for 2016-17 will:
At St Ambrose, we have always been committed to providing children with excellent sporting provision, as demonstrated by the recent awards of Gold Kitemark. With the added funding, we aim to build on this further, ensuring that each child experiences the benefits.
How much did we get?
St. Ambrose has received £9200 this academic year.
Our children are able to take part in many different sporting events each year. Many of these are organised by the LSSP, as many of these competitions form part of the Sainsbury’s School Games programme. Below are some of the events that St Ambrose Catholic Primary school aim to take part in or have taken part in this school year.
Indoor Athletics – Year 5/6
Gymnastics – Year 2 and Year 4
Basketball – Year 5/6
Quicksticks (Hockey) – Year 3/4
Everton Football Competition – Year 5/6
New Age Curling – KS2
Dodgeball – Year 5/6
Tri-Golf – KS2
Y6 Quick Cricket
Table tennis Year 5/6
Each year St Ambrose Catholic Primary organise an Intra-School competition between the children of Year 3 and Year 6. The children are put into mixed ability teams with the view to finding The KS2 St Ambrose Catholic Primary School champions. We are also looking to start a yearly Football competition that involves all Year 1 and 2 children. This will again be organised in the same manner and will help us to find our KS1 5 a side Football Champions, as well as giving the Year 6 children a chance to assist in the organisation and running of the competition. Within year groups, children are also regularly split into small teams to play competitive games as a culmination of units of work.
Primary school experiences are pivotal to the children’s future perception of physical activity and we believe that children leave our school equipped to enjoy sport for all its health and social benefits. For those who relish the competitive element, they gain the skills, confidence and relevant experience to succeed at their chosen level and discipline.
A report on St Ambrose Primary School involvement in sport/competitions 2015-2016
We have completed a lot of quality PE both during the school day and after school this year, ensuring that each child from Y1-Y6 takes part in at least two hours of timetabled PE every week. We have also, again taken part in many competitions throughout the year involving various year groups. This will enable us for the first time to apply to gain the Gold Kite Mark due to our fantastic commitment to PE, something I am confident we will be able to achieve on a consistent basis each year in the future. The competitions that we have participated in are as follows: Y2 Gymnastics, Year 4 Gymnastics, Year 5/6 Dodgeball, Y3/4 Hockey, Y6 Basketball, Y5/6 Indoor Athletics, KS2 Tri-Golf, New Age Curling, Y3/4 Mini Tennis, Year 6 Quick cricket, as well as competing in The Liverpool Primary Catholic Schools Athletics Competition.
These competitions have given many of the children the opportunity to take part in well organised, competitive games, which all of the children have enjoyed and also been quite successful. We took part in the Y5/6 Dodgeball and although we didn’t manage to reach the City final this year, the children all tried really hard and we even had a couple of our Year 4 boys in the team which identifies how well we have developed as a school throughout both KS1 and KS2 at this sport.
Another sport in which we have excelled is Basketball which saw the Y6 children take part in. We played with great determination, although we did work well and competed as a well organised team until the end of each and every game we were unfortunate not to progress to the City Finals on this occasion.
The Y3/4 Tennis was another competition in which we saw fantastic performances from all of the children, in particular Harlee Barton and Kole Edwards from year 4, who now, along with Callum Jacob and Alfie Smith from Year 5, we have gained links with David Simms, an established Tennis coach who has agreed to provide one of his coaches one night a week on a weekly basis to continue to improve their tennis skills.
We have made great use of the specialist coach, who has been provided as part of our package with the LSSP. They have not only taught a well planned/structured set of Gymnastics, Dance and multi skills lessons to the children from Year 1 to Year 6, giving the staff the opportunity to develop their skills and ideas in these sports, but have also led after school gymnastics clubs which the children from Year 2 and Year 4 have benefitted, leading onto taking part in both of the LSSP competitions for each year group, as well as Year 5 who are currently taking part in a Cricket club in anticipation of next year`s Quick cricket competition.
We have also again, given all of the children in KS2 the chance to take part in weekly swimming lessons, developing their confidence, understanding of water danger, as well as most importantly, the aim for every child to swim at least 25m by the end of Y6, something which has already been achieved by many of our children, some as young as Year 4.
Our involvement in PE has been highly productive, not only in terms of the hope of achieving the Gold Kite Award for the first time, but also for the overall development of all of the children that take part. Due to this, we are looking to develop our approach to PE further still, by continuing to provide even more opportunities in the form of dinner time/after school clubs, for even more children to access in the next school year. The clubs which will continue include: Y5/6 Badminton, Y5/6/ Girls football, Y4/5/6 Boys Football, KS2 Tri-Golf, New Age Curling, Cross Country, Athletics, Dance, Gymnastics, Netball, Y5/6 Basketball, Tennis, Hockey, as well as chess, cricket and KS1 running club. These clubs will continue to be linked to our behaviour/reward policy, giving more individuals the opportunity to take part in and hopefully excel like other pupils in our school, for example Tony Pile from Year 6, or Ella Louise from Year 3, who both recently won their individual competition at the Liverpool Primary Catholic Schools Athletics. We hope that this can achieved further, due to determination and participation from the children, but also from the staff, are quite sure that by working as a team, this will continue to be improved.
We will be continuing many clubs both during dinner times and after school for all of the children in KS2 at St Ambrose to take part in. These clubs are as follows:
New age curling, basketball, tennis, golf, boys and girls football, dodgeball, badmington and cross country.
We have entered a few competitions so far this year, with pictures for you to enjoy being available below. We have also included pictures from the clubs that your children have been paerticipating in so far this year.
Year 4 Quicksticks Hockey Competition (Oct 2016)
Year 5/6 Indoor Athletics Conpetition (Nov 2016)
Year 5/6 Table Tennis Finals