Physical Education, School Sport & Physical Activity (PESSPA)
At St Chad’s RCVA Primary School we understand and believe that the roles of Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity (PESSPA) have a vital part to play in promoting a long term healthy lifestyle, social inclusion and self confidence in our children. Our vision for all pupils at St Chad’s is for them to become confident and physically literate in a way which supports their wellbeing as well as develop motivation, physical competence and knowledge and understanding. We want all children to enjoy sporting activities and continue to engage with these throughout their lives. At St Chad’s, we offer many different opportunities to the children with a focus on the importance and delivery of PESSPA to contribute to a whole child’s development.
The government provides Sport Premium funding to improve PE provision and sport in all primary schools and this supports our commitment and delivery of PESSPA.
The aim of Sport Premium funding are supported and structured around the following 5 key indicators:
- The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – kick-starting healthy active lifestyles.
- The profile of PE and sport being raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement.
- Increase confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport.
- Provide a broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils.
- To increase participation in competitive sport.
Sports Premium Allocations
School Sport is the learning that takes place beyond the curriculum, such as after-school clubs and tournaments. We aim to provide and maintain the different opportunities for children to participate in sports events and after school clubs as well as increasing participation in physical activities. In addition to this, we aim to maintain opportunities for children to participate and compete in intra and inter competitions and festivals which build resilience and embed values such as team work, fairness and respect.
A range of extra-curricular clubs are offered throughout the year:
- Table Tennis
Across the year, there are many opportunities for our pupils to participate and compete in intra and inter competitions and festivals. Every half term pupils can participate in intra-school competitions- this year children took part in Basketball, Dance, Cricket, Rounders and Athletics competitions. Children are also given the opportunity to participate in inter-school festivals and competitions and a high percentage of our pupils attend these and demonstrate their key skills. This year we have participated in Tag rugby, Cross Country, Swimming, Sports Hall Athletics, Quad Kids, Rounders, Multi-Skills and Football.
Our pupils are also encouraged to apply their skills during playtimes and have access to equipment to enable them to do so. We also have a trained group of pupils (known as Sports Leaders) who provide and lead exciting sporting activities for children to participate in during break and lunch times. As a whole school, we take part in the Daily Mile to increase our activity levels during the school day. All children participate in ‘Fit Friday’ in which each class spend 30 mins outside participating in lots of different high-intensity sporting activities. The aim is to improve upon their physical fundamental skills and get our pupils actively moving and taking part in moderate/vigorous activity every week.
Physical Activity encompasses all physical movement, including active lessons in other areas of the curriculum. At St Chad’s, we aim for all children in school to participate in 30 minutes of vigorous physical activity every day ensuring we embed this into other areas of the curriculum. Through sports and physical activities, we aim to develop a greater awareness in pupils of health dangers as well as maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Sainsbury School Games
At St Chad’s we take part in Sainsbury’s School Games which is a competitive school sports programme which seeks to motivate and inspire millions of young people across England to take part in sport. This year we are aiming to retain our Silver Kitemark Award. Our Games coordinator is James Oldfield and attached below are his website and twitter accounts that will feature all the events and competitions that we participate in as well as the results for the competitions; they will also enable you to keep up to date with local sporting events.
The school games are made up of four levels of activity:
- Personal Challenge:- Children are competing against themselves to improve upon their own results.
- Intra-school Competition (Level 1):- Children compete through family groups competitions or in PE lessons.
- Inter-school Competition (Level 2):- Children are selected to represent their school at a competitive level playing in local leagues, tournaments and events.
- School Games Festival (Level3):- School teams that succeed at Level 2 win the opportunity to compete at County Festivals.
We are delighted to announce that we have retained the School Games Silver Mark Award for another academic year (2018-19). The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.
Our sporting achievements this year include:
- Inter House tournaments
- Basketball/Dance and Athletics Competitions
- Swimming, Cross Country and Quad Kids Competitions.
- Basketball, Cricket, Karate, Dance and Table Tennis After School Clubs
With a total of 54 young people competing in local inter-school competitions this year, we are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible.
As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year.
Here’s to another successful sporting year!
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