In the government policy paper of 2010 to 2015 it states that ‘Playing sport helps to keep people healthy and is good for communities. Playing sport at school or in a local club is also the first step to competition at the highest level, which helps improve our reputation as a sporting nation and contributes to economic growth’.
The government want more people playing sport from a young age and to keep them playing throughout their life. This helps to fulfil sporting potential and promotes a healthy life style. To make sure as many people as possible are playing sport, the government is spending over £450 million on improving PE and sport in primary schools.
At St Sebastian’s we recognise the contribution of PE to health, fitness and well-being of all our children. We believe that a varied PE curriculum and extra-curricular activities have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of all our pupils.
Part of our grant is used to fund the provision of qualified coaches from Salford Schools Sports Development. They maintain an up to date PE curriculum offering a wide variety of sports including lacrosse, dance and gymnastics. They also provide two after school multi sports clubs for KS1 and KS2.
In the Summer Term, there is a Dance Club for Key Stage Two. They perform in school and also enter a dance competition with other Salford schools at the Lowry Arts Centre. The KS1 club continues offering the pupils an opportunity to take part in playing physical games after school. Thirty places are offered at each club and both are well attended.
To support our links with All Hallow’s RC High School, we buy into a package where we receive extra PE tuition. This also gives us the opportunity to run a PE group from 8am once a week so that pupils from Year 6 can take part in cluster wide sports competitions.
All Year 4 children have a one hour swimming lesson each week to ensure that the majority of the class can swim at least 25 yards.
In our current Year Six, twenty-six pupils have reached the National Curriculum requirement to swim at least 25m competently, confidently and proficiently.
St Sebastian's funding allocations:
Sports Premium 2015-16 £8796
Sports Premium 2016-17 £8835