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 The Academy at St. James
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.
School Games Award
The School Games Mark is a government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Participating in this process allows schools to evaluate their PE provision and assists them in developing an action plan for future progress.
Each School Games Mark application is divided into four sets of questions. They cover the following basic topics…
- Participation – how many young people at your school are being engaged in sporting activity?
- Competition – how many different sports are being played and how many competitions are being entered?
- Workforce – how many pupils are involved in leadership activities alongside taking part in competitions?
- Clubs – how many local links does your school have with clubs or establishments from the area?
At St James we are extremely proud to achieve the Silver Award.
Click here to see our award
Well Done Everyone!
Sports Hall Athletics
Sports Hall Athletics provides the ideal format to introduce young people to grassroots athletics and multi-skills competition.
We entered teams in both Key Stage 1 and 2 with the idea of:
- Introducing young people to primary school athletics competition in a fun team based format
• Encouraging mass participation with teams including up to 30 children
• Promoting local delivery through a programme of cluster and Partnership events
The children participated in standard events with just a few variations between the two Key stages. It allowed a large team to represent our school with the focus placed firmly on the achievements of the team and the importance of supporting each other.
During the last few months boys and girls from Key stage 2 have taken part in football competitions at Beckfoot Thornton Grammar School against other Primary schools. The children not only enjoyed themselves, it helped improve their skills which enabled them to progress to the next stage of the competition achieving 3rd place – just missing out on representing West Bradford.
Boccia is a sport designed for athletes with high support needs and has no Olympic equivalent. It is a target sport played indoors with soft leather balls. It is a sport of intriguing tactics, incredible skill and nail biting tension.
Once again our children thrived during whole experience and it was brilliant to see the interaction between the different schools and those with different disabilities.
What is it?
Orienteering is an exciting and challenging outdoor sport that exercises mind and body.
The aim is to navigate between control points marked on an orienteering map.
In competitive orienteering the challenge is to complete the course in the quickest time choosing your own best route.
Several children from KS2 will be competing in this event for our school and we wish them all the best.
In February some of our KS1 children went to Beckfoot Thornton to participate in an All Stars Cricket festival. They enjoyed taking part in lots of different cricket based games.
About All Stars Cricket
All Stars Cricket is the England and Wales Cricket Board’s entry level participation programme, aimed at providing children aged five to eight with a great first experience in cricket.
- For all boys and girls aged five to eight
- Delivered nationwide at over 2,000 centres
- Eight one-hour sessions, held over eight weeks
- Emphasis on fun and being active
- Focus on developing your child’s movement skills
- Safe and fully accredited
- Valuable time with your kids – mums and dads are encouraged to take part too
- Easy online registration
- Includes a bonus pack of cricket kit
Every child that registers will receive a backpack full of goodies including a cricket bat, ball, activity book, personalised shirt and cap all sent straight to your door.
If you are interested in joining, then please follow this ink or see Mr Dyson
A small group of our year 4 children participated in a swimming festival. The Festival catered for boys and girls of all abilities. The fun event included lots of different races such as running, armband, and seahorse races.
This year the turn out for the Table Tennis competition was huge success. So much so that we weren’t able to complete all the fixtures coming 7th overall. The small group who represented our school did so with good sportsmanship and integrity. Despite the rush to get there and very little practice they competed to their best and won lots of games.
Inter House Competitions
Every Monday we have an inter house competition at lunch time. At first we will be focusing on KS2 but later in the year this will change to KS1. Competitions are selected by the children and each week every house will play.
So if you have a suggestion let your Sports Captains know and they will bring it to the next selection meeting.
This year we have had a Football, bench ball and Dodgeball completion.
At St James we try to offer a range of sporting activities for all children to access. In the first and last term we tend to focus on year 6 as at other times the will have the opportunity to take part in booster sessions in preparation for SATs. The clubs are selected based on external competitions and want the children request.
So far this year we have had football, gymnastics, VX and Table Tennis Clubs.
What would you like next? (Write it down and pass it on to Mr Dyson).
The Big School Swim
This year the academy at St James joined in with the Big School Swim, by having a fun swim session and participating in a variety of competitions.
What is the Big School Swim?
The Big School Swim is an annual event that celebrates swimming in schools. It is a great opportunity for you and your pupils to celebrate the fun – and importance – of learning how to swim and learning about water safety.
This year the Big School Swim was bigger and better than ever. With 370 primary schools, plus 185 swim schools, swimming teachers and pools all getting involved, approximately 12,000 youngsters got the opportunity to participate.
In 2017, over 215 primary schools and 7,000 children across the country joined in, sharing photos and stories about their experience.
The children took part in a word search and completing a missing word worksheet based on learning to swim and water safety. In addition to this the children received a prize for the designing a T shirt that explains what the Big Swim means.
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 4 to introduce the game as part of their games sessions. The school has used some of the Sports Premium money to purchase sticks and so this has become one of the clubs offered after school.