Physical Education forms a fundamental part of our curriculum at St Silas Primary School both during lesson time and extra-curricular activities.
PE is taught from Foundation Stage right through to year 6, teaching two different units per half term. Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 have at least 1 hour per week and Key Stage 2 have at least 2 hours of PE each week. We offer the children opportunities to experience dance, gymnastics, and a variety of games, athletics, outdoor and adventure and swimming. We are very fortunate that the children in Year 3 get the chance to learn how to swim and how to stay safe in and around water. They visit Blackburn Leisure Centre and have qualified swimming instructors guiding them in swimming and water safety. Not only is this a fantastic opportunity for the children but they love going! We also have professional sports coach and a gymnastics coach who come into school to support teachers delivering PE lessons.
Our school offers a range of lunch time and after school clubs, run by staff and professional coaches that allow the children to experience sports for both fun and for competition. Clubs range from running, hockey, multi-sports and football. We encourage competitive sports during a range of competitions both within school and with other schools within our cluster.
Number of pupils
swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
use a range of strokes effectively
perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations
The ‘School PE and Sports Premium’ at St Silas CE Primary School
In 2012, following the success of lottery funded sport at the London Olympics, the Government committed to spending more than Â£450 million to improve Physical Education (P.E.) and Sport in primary schools, over the following three academic years (2013-2016). This funding pledge was then extended ensuring funding for schools until 2020.
This funding – provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport – is allocated directly to primary school, and is ‘ring-fenced’, meaning it can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.
As of September 2013, St Silas CE Primary School is accountable to OFSTED for the decisions it makes with regard to the use of this funding.
As a school, we strongly believe that:
The main impact of this funding should be felt by all pupils across the school, particularly with respect to the quality of teaching and learning within PE lessons, opportunities to participate in a variety of fun and active after-school sports clubs and in pupil attitudes towards health and physical activity.
Any expenditure should (where possible) have a sustainable impact for pupils and staff at St Silas CE Primary School beyond the end of the funding window in 2020, which specifically seeks to meet the aims above.
An (MS Excel) summary of the main and projected expenditure (through 2017-18) is provided and will be updated termly throughout this academic year in line with PE and Sport spending.
However, a summary of the main and project points is listed below.
School Games Organiser – Service Level Agreement
(Competition & Support Package)
St Silas has bought into a Borough-wide Service Level Agreement (payable annually), which is run by the BwD School Games Organiser and provides access to an extensive BwD Competitive Sporting Calendar for the academic year (Football, Netball, Cross-Country, Outdoor and Sports Hall Athletics, Cricket amongst others) as well as other ‘friendly’ festivals, including the Celebration of Dance. These opportunities for competitive sport and participation are a vital aspect of the school’s commitment to creating an ‘join-in’, active environment.
The SLA also provides St Silas with a support network with ongoing ad-hoc CPD & training opportunities, access to SEN-Specific Sporting events (such as the Boccia Leagues and Paralympic Festivals, both of which St Silas has already accessed), training and resources for a new pupil-led playground leader scheme (which began in November 2017). The SLA includes in class support for teachers and this will also be accessed.
Part of the funding is being used to help develop and embed a calendar of competitive sporting events, in support of our House System at St Silas CE Primary School. Â This will ensure that our pupils will have the opportunity to participate in, and in the case of our House Captains and Sports Leaders, take a leadership role in assisting to arrange a series of Key Stage 2 Sporting competitions throughout the academic year. In 2017/18, this will include netball, tag-rugby, football, basketball, handball, speed-stacking, dodgeball and rounders events. Â There will also be opportunities for individual competitions such as table tennis and skipping.
Staff Training and Development (High Quality P.E.)
The school has used part of the funding to enable all members of the teaching staff to access specialist P.E. training, to help address specifically identified teaching needs, and help improve the school’s overall quality-first teaching in the subject. Staff members have received specialist PE training in both Key Stages.
Playtime Equipment Funding
In 2017, as part of our effort to enhance play time physical activity a program of purchases is being made to increase the number of items available at lunchtime for structured sporting games. A new equipment trolley, which has items designed to improve hand-eye coordination and ball skills, will be available for dry-day playtimes, which some of our older children (sports leaders) will oversee the management of.
When children reach Year 6, they will have the opportunity to become a Sports Leader.
Sports Leaders will run lunch time games and activities in the playground for Years 1, 2, 3 and 4 children. The Sport Leader initiative is designed to:
Involve children in group games
Increase the sporting and physical ability of the children
Teach children how to play games like table-tennis, basketball, ball-tig, skipping
Ensure playtimes are fun and enjoyable
Develop skills in responsibility and leadership
St Silas CE Primary School will have an opening for 20 Sports Leaders (four per day).
In order to become a Sports Leader, children will write a letter of application and then attend a small number of training sessions with Mr Hadwin, later on they will have the opportunity to share their expertise with other schools in Blackburn with Darwen.
Each Sports Leader will then be allocated one lunch time per week in which they will be responsible for running physical activities of their choice.
The Sports Leaders will meet once a week with Mr Hadwin bringing along their log book (in which they will have recorded the names of children who have taken part in their activities), along with any concerns, issues or questions that may need to be discussed. Each year, the current Sports Leaders will be involved in passing on their skills to train Year 5 children who have applied to be Sports Leaders in the following year.
If you enjoy sports and would like to be a Sports Leader and pass on your skills to other (younger) children, who you think could learn from your expertise and coaching, then please write a letter of application to Mr Hadwin explaining why you believe you would make a great Sports Leader.