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Physical Education

The intent of our PE curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and that will maximise the development of every child’s ability and achievement in the area of PE enabling them to know more about physical activity and keeping healthy, remember more about the physical activity they participate in and learn about and understand how to use and apply this knowledge to impact upon their own physical activity, participation and healthy lifestyle.

Each class has regular periods of PE, i.e. 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 well-being and health of our children. 

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

Click here for the Department of Education link to the Primary School’s Sports Funding page.

What is the Sports Premium?

The primary PE and sport premium 2019 to 2020 (“the premium”) will be paid by the Secretary of State for Education (“Secretary of State”) to the academies and free schools as stated in section 14 of the Education Act 2002.

In accordance with Section 16 of that Act, the Secretary of State lays down the following terms and conditions on which financial assistance is given in relation to the premium payable for the academic year 2019 to 2020.

  • schools with 17 or more pupils receive £16,000 plus £10 per pupil
  • schools with 16 or fewer pupils receive £1,000 per pupil

In the case of a school which has opened or is due to open during the 2019 to 2020 academic year, the above formula will apply based on pupils recorded on the autumn 2019 school census.

Purpose of the funding

The premium must be used to fund additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport, for the benefit of primary-aged pupils, in the 2019 to 2020 academic year, to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles.

Possible uses of the funding include: 

  • Hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work alongside primary teachers when  teaching PE

  • New or additional Change4Life sport clubs

  • Paying for professional development opportunities in PE/sport

  • Providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE/sport

  • Running sport competitions, or increasing participation in the school games

  • Buying quality assured professional development modules or material for PE/sport

  • Providing places for pupils on after school sport clubs and residential visits

Impact of the PE funding

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.  

We have seen an improvement in children’s abilities in a range of sports and in terms of general health and fitness.  72% of our children in Year 1 to 6 now attend an after school sporting club.

For details of our Action Plan for our PE funding please click here