Following the Olympic Legacy, the government has announced that all schools will receive a generous sum of money to be spent on developing P.E within schools. Each School has been allocated around £9000 over the course of the year, which will be received in 2 instalments. The funding is able to be spent in any of the following areas:
- Health and Wellbeing
- Able and Talented individuals
At Chorley St James’ C.E. Primary School, we have decided to ultilise the money to continue to develop the teaching of quality P.E lessons and further staff development of the P.E. curriculum, by using specialist coaches to work alongside the class teacher during lessons.
In addition, we have been working hard to promote and increase participation in intra-school competitions. Specialist coaches have been delivering after school clubs to enhance pupils’ skills in particular areas. We have already noticed an increase in participation and an impact of this strategy. There has also been an increase in pupil participation in competitions with other local schools.
With regards to the changes and requirements within the P.E curriculum concerning Outdoor Adventure and Activity, as a school we are currently planning to link up with a partnership of schools in the local area to promote and take forward Outdoor and Adventure activities within our P.E curriculum. Children will access other sites to enhance the children’s OAA skills. From September 2014 we are also funding a KS2 OAA day at an offsite centre as part of a national requirement by the government.
At St James’ we see the importance of continuing to improve children’s general health, including physical exercise, the importance of healthy eating and promoting a positive emotional wellbeing. Alongside weekly activities, the school has an emphasis specifically directed on health and wellbeing during a ‘Health and Fitness’ week annually. Through specific P.E, Science and P.S.E programmes, the children are able to experience a holistic approach to health and wellbeing.
Overall, the outcome for these invested areas is to continue to improve the quality of P.E at St James’, but to also improve the children’s awareness of being healthy and their general health through increased participation in physical activity. We hope to achieve this through the children being more active and their participation in external competitions. This will hopefully be carried with them into their future lives after St James’ to enable them to continue to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.
Throughout the school year, we have many opportunities planned for children to access high quality PE through links with outside agencies including Chorley School Sports Partnership. The document below lists the opportunities planned for this academic year.
In 2014/2015, we were delighted to receive Silver Award for the School Games.