What it is
The government has chosen to invest in Primary School Physical Education and School Sport for 2013-2015. They have done this by offering each primary school £8000 plus £5 per pupil to be spent in any way the school thinks best to improve the teaching and learning of PE and School Sport in their individual school.
How we are using it at St James Church Primary
We have used the funding, at St James’s, to ensure that children have the most qualified teachers and instructors during their P.E. lessons. This has included buying in training and support for teachers through our local sports partnership and local companies. Some of the funding has been used to increase the range of extra-curricular activities and subsidised or funded a number of these clubs. In addition, we have used the money to promote a healthy and active lifestyle through a targeted lunchtime club.
For more concise information and how we spend the funding please click here to see the policy.
Please follow this link to see information about current clubs and competitions.
Take a look at some of the activities on offer at St James’ Church Primary School.
In gymnastics the children have had the opportunity to create their own sequence. They then taught their sequence to a partner. They practiced, refined, performed and evaluated their routine. In addition they adapted their sequence to use gymnastics equipment. Throughout this topic they also have learnt how to warm up and stretch correctly.
In dance the children have had the opportunity to create their own motif and dance phrases to match their topic. They performed and evaluated these phrases before selecting the best ones to create a class dance. They taught their sequence to a partner. They practiced, refined, performed and evaluated their routine. Throughout this topic they also have learnt about the effects exercise has on the body.
Children in years three and four have been working with a Bradford Bulls coach. The children have practiced and played games that developed their rugby skills. The children have really enjoyed the sessions and so have the teaching staff, as well as developing their teaching skills which can be transferred to their own lessons.
Year 4 are currently learning the basic swimming strokes and techniques. In addition they are been taught water safety skills. The children are preparing for their next certificates.
We have started to train some of the year 6 children to be sports leaders across the school. These selected children will learn how to be a leader and organise sports and games for their peers. The benefits for both the children participating and those organising it are great. However the most important aspect is to have fun and enjoy it!
VX, originally Rock-It-Ball, is a ball sport from the UK. It evolved in North Yorkshire (Great Britain) and was launched in February 2006 under a different guise. The sport was continually developed by the International Federation and in 2012 the Federation approved a move by the worldwide membership to rename the sport VX to cater for its international development.
VX has continued to be popular in schools in the UK and is now being adopted by universities, colleges, youth organisations Street Games, the military and Primary Care Trusts. It now has a foothold in 25 countries of which 15 have National Governing Bodies (NGBs).
VX is a totally gender-neutral sport. Males and females play on a totally equal footing in all disciplines and at all levels. It is also accessible to players of all abilities. It is not an adaptation of any single sport however there are elements of several sports including dodgeball, lacrosse, basque pelota and hockey.
Paul Hildreth one of the founders and the National Coach of team GB came in and worked with year 5 to introduce the game. The school has managed to borrow some VX sticks and so this has become the focus of the games sessions for the spring term.
5 a side competition
Since the beginning of January an open 5 a side football competition has been taking place for KS2.