This year the Government has again given all schools additional funding so that they can develop PE (Physical Education) in their schools.
At St Augustine’s, we are spending the additional funding to ensure all staff are well trained in order to deliver quality first PE to all children in our school.
We are spending some of the funding to ensure that all children are able to take part in active play when they are outdoors and as such we have invested heavily in an outdoor gym and developing the playground.
Children in Key Stage 1 are developing their fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident. They are being taught to master basic movements in running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and are being taught to apply these in a range of activities. They are being taught to participate in team games and are developing simple tactics for attacking and defending. In dance, they are performing dances using simple movement patterns.
Children in Key Stage 2 are continuing to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They are developing an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learning how to evaluate and recognise their own successes. Children are being taught to develop their skills in running, jumping, throwing and catching as well as playing competitive games such as badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis. They are developing flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance and performing dances using a range of movement patterns.
All children in Year 4 are taught Swimming and water safety
We endeavour that by the end of their primary school career, all of our children can swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres , use a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
91% of our leaving Year 6 pupils could swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25m when they left our primary school in 2017
100% of our current Year 6 pupils can swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25m. In addition, 39% can swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of 50m.
93% of our current Year 5 pupils can swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25m. In addition, 40% can swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of 50m.
As a result of effective Sports Funding spending, our children are more active than ever before. Staff are better trained to teach the children and the children are more engaged in their learning.
PE and the understanding of a healthy body and mind is promoted throughout school. Children enjoy learning about healthy choices and are taught to cook healthy meals and lead an active and healthy lifestyle.
We work closely with external agencies such as Healthy Schools, Active Lifestyles and School Health to teach our children and their families the importance of healthy living.
Through our partnership with City in the Community (CITC), we have not only improved staff knowledge and skills but we have also made our days more active for the children. Since working with CITC we have had, and are continuing to have, support with delivering;
- School Enrichment Days – where our children have accessed exciting activities such as penalty shoot-outs as well as being given free tickets to watch matches; Premier League as well as Women’s football; at the Etihad.
- Intervention Programmes – where our children with low self-esteem and behavioural issues have been targeted by the coach to support their development
- School Team Preparation & Competitions – where our children have been identified to represent school in tournaments being played at the Manchester City Football Academy
- Sports Day – where our brilliant coach has been on hand to help run an activity packed day
- Nutrition, Health & Lifestyle Workshops – where our parents have been given the chance to work with their children and learn about healthy nutritional meals. They have prepared several meals to enjoy with their families over the duration of the course.
- Disability Awareness- where our children have been taught about inclusion and have learnt about a disability should not hold you back from achieving life-long goals and a healthy body and mind.
- Team Teaching – where our coach plans, team teaches and then quality assures lessons of targeted staff to support them in their delivery of PE across the curriculum.
- Lunchtime Support – where our coach is on the playground every lunch time making sure children are more active and lunchtime staff are supported to encourage and promote play.
- After School Clubs – where our children are able to access a free after – school sports club at least once a week. They are given the chance to try out a range of activities such as hockey; dodge ball; handball; football; basketball and cricket.