Sports Premium Funding

PE at St Mary’s

All children and young people should experience regular and varied high quality Physical Education (PE). At St Mary’s, we provide a varied and balanced programme of physical education which is enjoyable, vigorous and purposeful whilst promoting healthy lifestyle through behavioural change. We encourage a lifelong interest in physical activity and aim to instil a love of physical activity though the range we provide such as gymnastics, dance, tennis, hockey, football, swimming, athletics, cricket, rounders and basketball.

To support our PE curriculum we also offer a variety of sport based clubs after school. Our PE curriculum promotes understanding of children’s thinking, creativity, health, physical and social skills. We promote sportsmanship and a healthy sense of competition as well as leadership through our PE leaders who help lead warm ups, organise and set up equipment and support out cluster competitions.

Sport Premium

In the academic year 2017/2018 St Mary’s received £17,730.

We already provide two hours of PE for every class across the school taught by a qualified coach. These PE lessons allow the children have the opportunity to hone skills AND take part in a competitive game during a lesson. Children in Key Stage 2 come to school in their PE kit on these days in order to minimise ‘getting changed’ time and maximise active time in lessons. Children in Year 5 attend weekly swimming lessons for the whole year in order to ensure all children make at least good progress in swimming.

The sport premium grant is being used on top of these lessons to improve the quality of PE and sport provision and raise standards across the school.


Parent Participation

As a direct result of participation in most forms of physical education you and your child can experience many benefits, both physically and mentally, leading to lasting engagement in physical activity and the rewards they bring. Parents can do much to help their child gain the greatest benefit from physical education by taking an interest, offering encouragement, and if possible joining in. By taking an interest, offering encouragement and joining in where possible, families can help their children experience the greatest benefits of physical education. Always be ready to encourage your child whenever they experience difficulty, try, try again and never give up! Always give praise for dedication, progression and effort, not just results. Where possible, volunteer to accompany your child to their sport competitions to show your support, you might be surprised by how much you get involved! Think of ways the whole family can get into physical activity, which is a great way to spend quality time together. Try brisk walks, kicking a ball in the park, swimming at the local pool or even playing Frisbee.