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Since September 2013, St Joseph's Catholic Primary School has received extra sport funding through the Sports Premium. We intend to use the money to improve the confidence amongst staff in the delivery of high quality PE lessons across school, broadening the range of activities offered to pupils and improving our resources. We feel that this is the most effective and efficient way for the funding to have a long lasting and positive effect on future learning and physical development of our children within our school. The money will be used so that all children benefit regardless of sporting ability, that children are given the opportunity to compete in sporting activities and that staff have access to training opportunities and continued professional development.
In order to use the funding effectively in our school we are committed to developing Physical Education and competitive sport. In our school we are using this funding by working with a series of professional partners including our feeder high school, St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School and Sixth Form College and Premier Sport.
Sports specialist teachers and coaches are working alongside class teachers in lessons and also with provision sports for after school clubs. In this way, our children are gaining new skills and experiences and teachers are learning new techniques and knowledge to aid their professional development in teaching sport and PE.
The long term aim is higher quality lessons and improved learning for all children.
See the PE Action Plan for how we specifically intend to use the extra monies from the sport premium.
The school has a variety of indoor and outdoor facilities for PE, sport and outdoor education. At St Joseph’s, we believe that all children can find enjoyment and satisfaction from partaking in physical activity.
We offer a good range of sports within the curriculum, with this being supplemented by the offer of after-school sporting clubs and visits by local coaches and instructors.
Our aim in teaching Physical Education at school is to:
Pupils undertake a range of physical activities throughout the year. In addition to at least two sessions of PE, pupils have opportunities to take part in after school activities to develop their skills, maintain their fitness and to enjoy sport in a social context.
In Upper Foundation Stage, pupils spend time learning basic skills involved with travelling and using equipment, and improving hand-eye co-ordination.
Within Key Stages 1 & 2, pupils move around a series of activities, changing each half term. These include games (netball, basketball, hockey, tag rugby and football), gymnastics activities, dance, athletics and bat and ball games (cricket and rounders).
PE is an integral part of the National Curriculum and all pupils must participate unless there is a medical reason why they should not. In the case of a medical reason, we need a medical certificate for permanent exclusion from P.E and a written note for a temporary reason for non-participation. Wherever possible, children who cannot take part should still be involved in the lesson. This may be via simple observations or preferably by more active means e.g. by keeping score, refereeing and officiating, answering questions etc. If a child consistently forgets their PE kits, parents will be informed via a standard PE kit letter.
Children in Year 4 and 5 take part in swimming sessions at St Wilfrid's High School.
On swimming days, pupils need to come to school equipped with a swimming costume, towel and goggles (if required).
Swimming takes place throughout the school year, with both years participating on Tuesdays.
For details on current extra curricular activities and sports clubs, please speak to the office.
See also: School Uniform.
PE kits are encouraged to remain in school Monday to Friday each week. Pupils are required to wear the school PE kit. Kits can be stored in pupil cloakrooms and children are encouraged to take increasing responsibility for it.
We take part in a wide range of inter-school sports. This includes a variety of partnership events and festivals for pupils in Years 1- 6, we have sent teams of pupils to represent the school at boys and girls football, netball, cross-country, cricket and athletics.
See also: Robinwood.
Year 5 are given the opportunity to participate in a three day (two night) residential visit to Robinwood Activity Centre. During the visit they are given the chance to sample a number of outdoor activities including caving, canoeing and climbing.
We offer a number of after school clubs, many of which have a sporting emphasis. Our Catholic Partnership encourages sporting activity and achievement across the primary years by arranging a variety of events and competitions over a wide spectrum of sports eg handball, tag rugby, multi-skills, mini-Olympics etc.
As part of our curriculum enhancement, we work closely with Northern Ballet. Each year, there is a cross curricular focus ensuring Physical Education is embedded within the wider curriculum. Over the last few years, the focus for the sessions have been Maths and English - explore number through dance as well as creating a stimulus for writing.
Through this link with Northern Ballet, one of our pupils Year 4 pupils was talent spotted and has received a short term scholarship with Northern Ballet. This has the potential to become a long term offer. We are all very proud of him!
Annually, we participate in the 'Skipping School' project for Years 2 and 4. Pupils have the fantastic opportunity to learn new skills and develop these skills as they progress through to Key Stage Two. Both year groups participate in the cluster heats in order to represent the BKCAT family of schools and the regional finals.
Working with the local council, pupils in Years 1 and Year 2 partake in an intense and thoroughly enjoyable three days of 'Balanceability'. Children begin their journey of riding a bike on balance bikes develop the posture and the core strength to remain balanced. By the end of the three days, the majority of the children have progressed from balance bikes, to riding bikes with stablisers and finally without stablisers.
In Year 6, in preparation for transition to High School, pupils work with the Bikeability coaches to develop their confidence of riding in the local area. A fantastic progression across the key stages and a wonderful way for the pupils to become, 'High School ready'.
Through our PE, Sport and Competition, we aim to teach our children to demonstrate the following sporting values:
Self-belief: You’ve got to believe to achieve. Have the self-belief and confidence to succeed and reach your personal best.
Honesty: With others and with yourself. Have the courage to do the right thing. Be truthful and promote fairness in every situation.
Passion: Giving it 100 per cent, putting your heart and soul into whatever you are doing and never giving up. Care about what you do and the people around you, and approach each opportunity with enthusiasm and positivity.
Determination: Keep going no matter what. Determination is about the journey you go on to push yourself and achieve your dreams. Have the mental strength and the self-discipline to overcome obstacles, commit to your goals and keep working every day to become the very best you can be. Don’t hold back!
Respect: Treating others politely and with understanding. Accepting life’s ‘ups and downs’ with grace. Respect every day, in everything you do and for everyone around you.
Teamwork: Treat everyone equally, support each other and work together to have fun and achieve. Celebrate each other’s success. Be a good friend and a positive team player in school, sport and life.
Our annual School Games day is one of the highlights of the school calendar. Well attended by parents, pupils compete in their Houses over a series of events.