Welcome to PE and Physical Activity at St Francis. Here you will find out about how we continue to develop the best physical activities for our pupils.
In physical education children take part in a wide variety of activities. They learn that being active is fun and that it is important to lead an active lifestyle. At the beginning of their school life children learn and explore basic movement skills, they develop these skills throughout their time at Morley St Francis and leave as confident movers able to play a wide range of sports.
At Key Stage one, children experience dance, games, athletics and gymnastics. At Key Stage two in addition to those taught earlier, pupils also have lessons in swimming and outdoor/adventurous activities.
In gymnastics children use the large apparatus which enables them to develop their gross motor skills (climbing, jumping, balance etc). We play a wide variety of team games and during fine weather we take advantage of our playing field for outdoor activities of many kinds. Lessons involving the use of small apparatus (bats, balls, skipping ropes etc) develop the children’s fine motor skills, such as catching, throwing and hand/eye co-ordination. During the summer the children carry out athletics on the track on the school field and learn the fundamentals of running, jumping and throwing events.
Pupils in Years 4 attend weekly swimming lessons at Morley Leisure Centre, where they are taught by trained instructors. The programme includes water confidence, safety and stroke technique.
Below you will find our PE curriculum map which shows the units of work which are delivered in each year group.
At St Francis Primary, we believe that physical education, experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is a unique and vital contributor to a pupil’s physical literacy and well-being. Our children are inspired to engage in physical activity, raise their attainment, extend their potential and develop a lifelong active lifestyle.
By placing PE and sport at the heart of a broad and balanced curriculum we aim to build self-esteem, teamwork and leadership skills enabling each child to be the best they can be by:
- Improving health and well-being
- Providing high quality opportunities and outcomes
- Promoting lifelong learning, active participation and competition
- Raising achievement and supporting excellence
- Having the emotional and thinking skills to achieve in PE and sport
From 2013, the government has provided additional funding to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding is provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport and is allocated to primary school headteachers.
This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.
At St Francis Primary School
All monies spent are regularly reviewed by the PE Leader and the Head teacher. This ensures that the Sport Premium is directly impacting on the physical education provision and quality of sport, teaching and learning at St Francis Primary School. Below you will find documents which show the amount of money we receive and how this money has been spent. Below you will also find information on the impact of the funding.
The current 2018 – 2019 budget is a working document which across the school year is amended and added to when necessary.
How to use the PE and sport premium
Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer.
This means that schools should use the premium to:
- develop or add to the PE and sport activities that the school already offers
- make improvements now that will benefit pupils joining the school in future years
At St Francis, Year 4 pupils go swimming once every week for the whole year. Swimming lessons take place at Morley Leisure Centre and last 30 minutes. The children are taught by a mixture of the Leisure Centre staff and also St Francis Primary School staff.
The National Curriculum requirement for all children leaving Year 6 is to:
- 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
Below is information about our current Year 6 cohort.
New Swimming Guidelines:
For the 2017 to 2018 academic year, the national curriculum requirement is for children at the end of KS2 to be able to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres, use a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.