At St Augustine’s we want to ensure all pupils leaving our school will be physically literate and have the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy, active lifestyle. We believed these skills, combined with a positive attitude, encourage lifelong participation in physical activity and sport which have a significant benefit on both physical and mental health.
In July 2019 the Government proposed a new action plan which, over the next 2 years, would see all schools teach a minimum of 2 hours of PE a week. At St Augustine’s we take the physical and mental health needs of our children very seriously therefore our children already receive 2 hours of curriculum PE each week and have done for the last few years.
1 hour is used to fulfil the traditional, more competitive side of the curriculum through sport specific blocks such as invasion games (like hockey and basketball) dance and gymnastics, outdoor adventurous activity and personal best challenges. Some of these lessons are delivered by class teachers but the majority are delivered by specialist coaching company ‘Onside’. We work closely with Onside to make long term plans and meet the needs of our children.
The second hour is dedicated to developing our children’s ABC’s (agility, balance and coordination). These units are mostly delivered by class teachers and are taught through our Real PE scheme. The Real PE platform allows for a less competitive and highly inclusive environment in which children (particularly those who may not enjoy the more traditional competitive side of PE) really have an opportunity to thrive. The key skills taught as part of the Real PE scheme feed develop the skills which underpin every sport and activity children take part in.
To support our aims, curriculum and overall development of physical education St Augustine’s (and all other primary schools in England) is in receipt of the School Sport Premium. The school receives 2 payments from the government throughout the academic year to spend on developing 5 key indicators:
The school receives £16,000 + £10 per child from Year 1 to Year 6. This money can only be used inline with the key indicators and should be focused on all children taking part in at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous each day.
The school PE lead is responsible for allocating the funding to areas of the school and reporting on how the premium is spent at the end of each academic year. You can find the current years spending document and the document from the previous year listed above.
More information about the School Sport Premium can be found here