PE, Sport & Sports Premium
At Saltersgate Junior School, we believe that Physical Education and sport play a vital role in the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of children. Physical Education and sport are central in giving children the knowledge and understanding in order to make a positive impact on their own health and well-being. The physical education curriculum at Saltersgate Junior School aims to provide children with the opportunity to take part in a wide range of sports and physical activities, carried out in a safe and supportive environment, where effort and hard-work, as well as success, is celebrated.
National Curriculum aims.
- Competent pupils able to excel in a broad range of physical activities.
- Pupils have the ability to be physically active for sustained periods of time.
- Pupils to be able to engage in competitive sports and activities.
- Pupils to be supported to lead healthy and active lifestyles.
What is the Primary ‘Sport Premium’?
The new primary ‘sport premium’ funding for primary schools has been designed to help schools in a variety of ways. Some of the outcomes we hope to meet through the ‘sport premium’ funding are:
- Increased opportunities for competitive sport.
- Improved quality of teaching and learning in Primary Physical Education, including more dynamic exercise in lessons.
- Improvements in the quality and breadth of PE and sporting provision, including “increasing participation in PE and sport so that all pupils develop healthy lifestyles and reach the performances levels they are capable of.
Uses at SJS for the Sports Premium
- 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.
- Providing places for pupils on after school sport clubs.
- An increased amount of intra school competitions- Dance mats, athletics, sports days.
- Making use of our outdoor learning environment.
- The most recent Ofsted report (March 2015) stated
Leaders use the primary sport funding effectively. An initial audit of teachers’ skills was carried out to ensure that the funding was directed precisely to where it would have the most effect. New resources now support the way that physical education is taught. The school’s checks show that lessons have improved because teachers’ skills have developed as a result of the additional training they have had from specialist coaches. The range of opportunities and pupils’ uptake of activity has increased significantly. The school now participates fully in inter-school tournaments.
Sports Premium Update- Summer Term 2017
Sports Premium money continues to help Saltersgate Junior School flourish in terms of PE and sport.
Active Fusion have supplied us with a variety of courses, training days and twilight sessions to give staff the opportunity to improve their PE teaching skills further. A number of staff members have been involved in CPD courses in order to further their knowledge of various PE areas, including gymnastics, orienteering and dance. Active Fusion have set up competitions for all schools around Doncaster to compete. Furthermore, PE experts have helped to team teach and coach members of staff in school.
Multi skills club for Y5 & 6 and Circuit training club for Y3 & 4 were both huge successes in the autumn term, with over 25 children signed up for circuit training. As well as these clubs, children were offered dance club and cricket club. During the spring term, clubs included Indoor Athletics Club (Y3 & 4), circuit training (Y5 & 6), Circus Skills Club (Y3) and mat ball club (Y5) - all of which have had a fantastic uptake!
In addition to these clubs, many tournaments have taken place across the whole of Doncaster, which have involved all year groups. Just some of the tournaments involving Saltersgate Juniors include; boys and girls football, indoor athletic, cross country and cricket. Alongside these, every child in school has taken part in a multi skills tournament to test their talents against their peers.
Pole to Pole
Since our Run to Rio initiative was such a big success, I thought we, as a school, should set ourselves an even greater challenge. First of all, we worked out that it is 12,430 miles from the North Pole to the South Pole. Each PE lesson, children in all years attempted to run our cross country course. The distances of all the children’s efforts were added up and, eventually, we managed to run the equivalent distance of North to South Pole! All the children seem to be thriving on our various running challenges and really enjoying the challenges. The initiatives have certainly built up the children’s resilience, determination and, of course, fitness.
Forest School- Outdoor Learning
The 2016-17 academic year has seen Mr Thomas achieve a Level 3 Forest School practitioner qualification. This qualification opens up lots of opportunities for children at Saltersagte Junior School in terms of outdoor learning, tool use, fires as well as developing self-esteem, confidence and teamwork skills.
Forest School is a unique method of OAA that allows children to develop confidence, independence, self-esteem and awareness and knowledge of the natural environment.
This fully supports our Mission Statement:
“We believe everybody should have regular, long-term access to a woodland or natural environment which provides them with inspirational and challenging outdoor learning opportunities.”
- To provide children with experiences that encourages an appreciation, awareness and knowledge of the natural environment.
- To learn to respect and care for their own local environment.
- To abide by rules and set standards of behaviour, to work cooperatively in groups and to respect each other.
- To develop children’s self-esteem and self-confidence.
Please see below our school sports premium action plan 2017-2019