Each class has regular periods of PE, ie Games, Dance/Movement and Gymnastics to give them progressive development of the necessary skills which will provide the basis for developing good co-ordination, control, good health habits, a healthy competitive spirit and a willingness to partake in team games/activities. PE is taught by specialist PE coaches who teach the subject in accordance with the National Curriculum. The school employs a specialist teacher to deliver the Dance Curriculum.
Children participate in a range of small games, progressing to some experience of Football, Netball, Cricket and Rounders and other team games. In KS2 children also take part in Athletics in the Summer Term. In addition, Year 3 and Year 6 have the opportunity to take part in swimming lessons at Vale Farm in the Summer term. Year 6 and Year 3, through a visit to the Gordon Brown centre in the Autumn Term, also have experience of Orienteering. At St Margaret's school, we understand the importance of staying healthy and the positive effect exercise has in the wellbeing and health of our children. We employ a full time trained chef who povides cookery classes for all year groups, from Nursery to Year 6 on a weekly basis.
Children also benefit from football coaching during lunchtime as well as several after school football, Tag Rugby, Kung Fu, Athletics, Dance, Irish Dancing and Gymnastics clubs.
At St Margaret Clitherow Primary School, we recognise the contribution of PE to the health and well-being of the children. We believe that an innovative, varied PE curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of all our children.
Our Primary School Sport’s Funding will enable us to continue and extend our provision through employing additional sports' professionals, entering into more competitive sport's competitions and training our staff to deliver in-house quality PE sessions.
Primary School Sport's Funding
The government is providing funding of £150 million per annum for the academic year 2015/2016 to provide new and substantial primary school sport's funding. The funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children.
Each school will receive £8,000 plus an extra £5 per pupil each year - here at St Margaret Clitherow Primary School that will mean around £9,000 a year. The money can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.
The impact of our PE funding can be seen in terms of increased levels of participation in quality PE by all children across the school and also in terms of the outcomes for the children. Our recent questionnaire shows that the vast majority of pupils enjoy PE and 84% think having a sports coach is a good idea. 73% think they have got better at PE as a result.