Physical Education at St Peter’s
At St Peters we highly value the contribution of PE to the health and well being of our children.
We strongly believe that providing our children with a varied curriculum and huge range of extra-curricular activities promotes positive benefits in terms of concentration, motivation and development of self esteem. These in turn directly impact on all aspects of learning.
Many teacher and teaching assistants have a real passion and commitment to physical activity. Staff members voluntarily give up their time each week to run a huge range of after school clubs for both KS1 and KS2 including; netball, rounders, dance, football, stoolball, tag rugby, athletics, cricket and yoga.
There are also clubs run by outside agencies available for the children including; gymnastics,tennis and karate.
The PE curriculum is carefully followed to include a programme of dance, gymnastics, swimming, balls skills and athletics. The emphasis is very much on learning and developing skills. There are many opportunities for the children to experience competition in both intra-school and inter-school events. Sports Day is a very special event, involving all children and staff. Parents are invited to celebrate and join their children for a picnic lunch.
Pupils in their final year have a residential outdoor activity week on the Isle of Wight.
The School has a lovely playing field, including a cricket strip and nets. We have two netball courts and a basketball court. We also have an outdoor table tennis table. We are very lucky to have close links to nearby Henfield tennis club and in Year 5 and 6 the children experience tennis coaching on the courts at the club.
We also have a large hall which has a range of gymnastic equipment, including wall bars.
We are very proud of our sporting achievements this year. For the first time ever our netball team won the area tournament followed by the partnership games and then went on to represent our area at the K2 Southern Games winning a silver medal. This is quite an achievement for a relatively small school.
Our cricket team were also highly successful. They won the area festival and got through to County finals finishing in third place.
Our basketball team qualified for the area finals and finished a very impressive 3rd and our football team also qualified for the area finals finishing in 5th place.
We had several cross country runners who won our locality event and went on to represent the Southern area in regional finals.
We marginally lost out to gain second place in many events in our locality including swimming, rounders and athletics.
We increased the number of sporting events that we competed in this year and developed new ones such as the highly successful boys netball tournament. A priority has also been to develop greater opportunities for participation events to ensure more children get a chance to experience and enjoy competitions. We have taken children to a selection of events including; stool ball, benchball, basketball tag rugby and girls football all of which have been very enjoyable.
Within school we have run an intra house netball competition and table tennis competitions for the children.
We are very lucky to have additional funding from the government to enable us to enhance PE at St Peter’s. Please see Sports funding link below for more information.
Primary School’s Sports Funding
To view the department of Education Primary School’s Sports Funding page visit:
What is the Sports Premium?
The Government is providing funding to provide new and substantial primary school sport funding. The funding is being jointly provided by the Department for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to Primary School Headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children.
Purpose of the funding
Schools will have to spend the Sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.
Funding at St Peter’s
For the academic year 2016/17 the school was allocated £9,675
We are very proud to say that in our most recent Ofsted report it was recognised that:
‘Sports funding has been used wisely to offer a greater variety of activities in which pupils can participate, to develop teachers’ coaching skills and to increase the numbers of pupils who now take part in sports activities.’ Ofsted report, June 2016.
The funding for 2016/17 was allocated as follows:
- Hiring specialist PE coaches in: tennis, table tennis, cricket and gymnastics
- Paying for two TA’s to run clubs and to take children to events
- Paying for entrance fees to additional sporting events
- Paying for professional development opportunities in PE/Sport.
- Providing cover to release teachers to attend sporting events.
- Running Sport competitions and increasing participation in the school games.
- Buying professional development modules or material for PE/Sport.
- Buying new equipment for newly developed sports, most notably the table tennis table