At St Laurence we aim to provide children with high quality PE lessons and a wide range of opportunities to compete in competitive school sports. We also promote healthy active lifestyles through the enjoyment of PE. Through engaging and exciting lessons they will develop the determination to excel in a broad range of PE activities. Children will also be given the opportunity, through engaging in competitive activities, to develop skills, such as teamwork, independent learning and resilience, which they can transfer into other areas of their learning.
Sports Premium Funding
At St Laurence School we welcomed the Government’s announcement to provide ring fenced funding to primary schools. This sport premium funding is aimed at helping schools to improve provision of physical education, competitive school sport and healthy active lifestyles. At St Laurence we are committed to using this resource to develop staff knowledge and confidence to deliver high quality, engaging PE lessons and provide a wide range of extra-curricular sports clubs for children.
This academic year 2017 - 2018 we continue to employ Elite Sports to deliver high quality PE lessons to all year groups. The coaches are offering a wide range of extra clubs in addition to PE lessons, which gives children the opportunity to participate in different sports. We had a visit from Kidz Fit where each year group took part in a workshop aimed at developing their understanding of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. As well as learning about nutrition, muscle development and the impact of exercise on the organs of the body, the children took part in a range of fun and physical activities. We are presently reviewing our equipment to ensure we have a wide range of equipment suitable for the different sports that are delivered and have purchased new football goalposts and basketball posts. One of our staff members begins Level 3 Forest School Training in March 2018, this will benefit all the children in outdoor learning.
In the academic year 2016 - 2017 we continued to use the ‘sport premium’ money to employ specialist PE coaches from Elite Sports. The coaches worked throughout the year with the children from Robins, Owls, Bluebirds & Eagles on different areas of the PE curriculum. This, we felt, is a way in which we can sustain high quality PE lessons. Elite Sports provided a variety of extra -curricular sports clubs on Thursdays and Fridays which changed each half term. This ensured that all children in KS1 and KS2 were given the opportunity to try a variety of sports at a competitive level.
During 2013 - 2014 academic year we used some of the sports funding to train for Forest Schools and the Robins class have made full use of this during the last academic year at our local Forest Schools Site. This continues every academic year with the Foundation Stage children.