What is PE Pupil Premium Funding?
The government is providing additional funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013 to 2014 and 2014 to 2015 to improve provision of Physical Education (PE) and Sport in Primary Schools. This funding - provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport - will be allocated to Primary School Headteachers. This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and Sport in Schools. The grant for 2013 to 2014 is paid in 2 instalments. Schools will receive the initial payment in the Autumn Term and the second payment in April 2014.
PE Pupil Premium Funding
All children should have a white t- shirt and black shorts to wear for P.E. which are available from the School Uniform Outfitters or any local Supermarkets.
All children should also have a pair of basic black pumps to wear when required.
Children in KS2 are permitted to wear trainers for outside activities for health and safety reasons, however they are responsible for them while they are in School, so they should not be expensive ones, as School is not liable for any loss or damage. Trainers should only be worn during P.E. Lessons so children must have normal school shoes with them too.
* If there is a problem with damaged school shoes, children will be required to wear their black pumps in and around School until they are replaced.
During cold / bad weather children should have a basic black tracksuit in School to wear.
Children in Y2 and Y5 will need a swimming kit for the term they go swimming. The pool regulations state this means proper swimming trunks / costume.
For health and safety reasons long hair should also be tied up and no jewellery or watches should be worn.
At St Bernadette’s we offer a range of sports both within the PE curriculum and as extra-curricular activities, for both boys and girls. These include: -
Football, Basketball, Tag Rugby, Cricket, Athletics, Fitness clubs, Fundamental skills, Gymnastics, Tennis, Netball, Swimming, Rounders, Boxercise, Yoga, Dance and Archery.
Our main focus at St Bernadette’s is tackling obesity; pupils are given the opportunity to attend extra-curricular clubs and competitions as well as high quality PE specialist teaching, with at least one unit of work a term having a health and fitness focus (e.g. Boot Camp Circuits and Boxercise). Hopefully, this will continuously show a visible improvement in fitness levels and working towards developing a healthier lifestyle as well as reducing obesity levels at St Bernadette’s.
This year, we have been given the chance to extend our curriculum by allocating funding from the Sports Premium to purchase specialist Archery equipment. There is a lot of excitement about archery and the skills being developed by children in KS2 are commendable. Later in the year, the children will have the opportunity to use live arrows, when they visit the various archery competitions.
Inclusion is an important aspect of our ethos, and this is supported throughout the teaching of PE. Staff continue to share knowledge, attend courses and INSET courses are provided to the staff in order to update our teaching of P.E.
St Bernadette’s are currently a member of the Erdington and Saltley primary schools football league, East Birmingham Football Partnership and Birmingham Junior Netball League. So far this year we have also participated in numerous football, netball, hockey and basketball matches, developing the children’s confidence on and off the field of play. We are also a part of the BCSSA and through this; we will participate in a variety of sports; Netball, Badminton, Football, Rounders, Volleyball and Cricket. The children at St Bernadette’s are extremely privileged as they are also given many opportunities to take part in a selection of competitive sports offered by outside agencies such as the Birmingham Schools Games.
Physical Education Curriculum
The football teams are extremely competitive and are always hugely popular across both key stages. Mr Markham-Jones has an extremely difficult job managing and selecting such competitive teams; both boys and girls. Predominately, year 5 & 6 children at St Bernadette’s are selected to play in the league and cup matches. These frequent matches provide regular competition for the children against different schools at various times across the year.
Basketball is a fast and energetic game which involves a high level of skill and lots of teamwork. The tournaments are run by outside agencies such as the Birmingham Central Partnership. At St Bernadette’s we believe allowing children to play competitively is fundamental in mastering sporting excellence.
Hockey is an extremely competitive game which involves a high level of skill and lots of teamwork. The tournaments are run by outside agencies such as the Birmingham Central Partnership. At St Bernadette’s we believe allowing children to play competitively is fundamental in mastering sporting excellence.
The netball team is extremely competitive and always hugely popular across upper key stage two. Miss Baker and Mrs Robinson have an extremely difficult time selecting their teams. The children are predominately year 6, but some of the talented year 5 children are selected in preparation for next. This year, the girls have been entered into the Birmingham Primary School Netball league as well as the Catholic Schools cup competition. The regular competitive matches provide an opportunity for the children to develop and apply the skills taught during training and in curriculum time.
The KS2 cross country running team is very popular across the whole of key stage two. Selecting teams, on occasions (especially the relay), can cause headaches for Mrs Heeley and Mrs McCarten as so many children are willing to represent our school. The children are selected predominately on effort and ability during the after school regardless of their age. Mass participation is importance as it is the highest four places (boys and girls are separate) who score points for the team, therefore more children who enter the race better the school has in the team competition. This year, the children have been entered into the league competition as well as the Catholic Schools cross country race usually held at The Priory School on a very challenging course. The regular competitive racing (four races in the autumn term and four races in spring term), allows the children to improve within a competitive environment and also challenge themselves to develop their aerobic endurance.
As well as the more frequent school teams listed, we have other school teams such as handball, dodgeball tennis and tag rugby. All of these teams are extremely successful and all children should be striving to represent the school sports teams.