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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 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 Day, 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 2018

      At Saltersgate Junior School we are utilising the Primary PE and Sport Funding to improve the quality and breadth of our PE and sport provision through improving the quality of teaching and learning in PE, encouraging our pupils to adopt healthy lifestyles and taking part and competing to a high level in a wide range of sports activities and tournaments. 

    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.

    Dance club for Y3 and 4 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 dodgeball club and cricket club. During the spring term, clubs included Indoor Athletics Club (Y3 & 4) and mat ball club (Y5/6) - all of which have had a fantastic uptake! The summer term saw children take part in cricket clubs, athletics clubs and tag rugby clubs.

    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 and cross country. Alongside these, every child in school has taken part in a multi skills tournament to test their talents against their peers, whole school cross country trials, Sports Day and Athletics Day.


     Run to Russia

    After the success of ‘Run to Rio’ in 2015/16 and last year’s ‘Pole to Pole’ initiative, I thought we, as a school, should set ourselves another epic challenge! The 2018 Football World Cup will be held in Russia through the months of June and July. Our aim was to run the equivalent distance of Doncaster to Moscow!

    First of all, we have worked out that it is 1,946 miles from Doncaster to Moscow. The initiative this year introduces some added competition- which year group could make it to Moscow first? This added rivalry ensured that children were competitive during every run and therefore increased their fitness levels more than ever. All of the children seem to be thriving on our various running challenges and really enjoying the contests. The initiative has certainly built up the children’s resilience, determination and, of course, fitness.

     Athletics Day

     In partnership with Active Fusion and Doncaster School’s Apprentice Scheme, Saltersgate Junior School took part in our very own Athletics Day at the Keepmoat Athletics track. The event took place on a glorious, sunny day and the brilliant event didn’t disappoint. Meticulous planning by Saltersgate Junior School staff and the Active Fusion apprentices meant that the whole of the school could enjoy taking part in a celebration of sports. Events such as the javelin, egg and spoon race, speed bounce, an obstacle course and track sprinting gave children the opportunity to participate in a carousel of fantastic activities at a magnificent athletics stadium. Children from years three to six wore their school sports t-shirts to represent their house colours and competed in some events they have never done before.

    The Day was a huge success and left all the children of Saltersgate Junior School inspired, motivated and with ever lasting memories.


    Sports Day

     Our annual Sports Day took place in June 2018 and was attended by hundreds of supporting parents, grandparents, brother and sisters. Music played in a party atmosphere while children competed for the coveted Sports Day trophy and the House Trophy. All children in school took part in at least one event on the day, including egg and spoon, sprint, relay, hockey, football and much more! Once again, the day was a massive success and was enjoyed by all. Congratulations to Mrs Parry for winning the Sports Day trophy for the second time in two years as well as Beckham House for winning the House Trophy!


    SJS Cross Country Team 

    Due to the children running one mile each PE session, the children at Saltersgate Junior School have improved their running ability and fitness significantly. This has meant that our cross country running team is outstanding and come close to, if not win, every tournament we enter! Victory at a local school’s cross country tournament during the spring term meant our trophy cabinet was heaving with awards. At the Doncaster Cross Country Tournament in May, our team performed exceptionally, finishing a close second to the host school. Pedometers bought via the PE Premium money have added extra competition to our competitors, who love the challenge of long distance running.


    Forest School- Outdoor Learning

     The 2017-18 academic year has seen Mr Thomas use his Level 3 Forest School practitioner qualification within the school setting. Children have taken part in team building activities as well as learnt more about the ecosystems around Saltersgate. Children have built dens, learnt how to handle nettles without being stung and learnt a variety of ways to tie knots. The outdoor learning facility on site 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.”

    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 and other documentation.

    Academic Year 2017-2018

    Sports Premium Action Plan 2017-19

    Mile by Mile 2018

    Athletics Day 2018

    Play on the Pitch Tournament 2018

    Cross Country Championships 2018

    Sports Premium Expenditure 2017-2018


    Academic Year 2016-2017

    The Impact of Sports Premium 2016-2017

    Sports Premium Expenditure 2016-2017

    Pole to Pole 2016-2017