Please read the information below which gives details of our PE and Sport Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding.
School Statement on use of Primary School Sport Premium Funding
The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games gave us an opportunity to inspire the nation to enjoy sport. The government is determined to secure a significant and lasting legacy from the games, and to develop children’s enjoyment of sport and physical activity from an early age.
Sport should be an important part of any school. Great schools have long known that sporting excellence and participation, alongside strong cultural opportunities, go hand in hand with high academic standards.
As a result the government initially announced additional funding over 2 years for every primary school to provide high quality PE and sport provision. However, Chancellor George Osborne announced in his Autumn Statement (December 2013) that the government will continue its £150 million per year of funding for primary PE & school sport into 2015-16.
Sports Provision at St Osburg’s
We are very proud of the PE curriculum and sporting opportunities that we have on offer at St Osburg’s Primary and Nursery School. We believe that sport not only contributes to the physical development of pupils but also makes a significant contribution to pupils' personal well-being and enjoyment of school. Our children enjoy both enjoyable and varied PE lessons in addition to a wide range of extra-curricular sporting activities and opportunities.
We have used the Primary School Sport Premium to enhance our provision by investing in resources and focusing on the use of specialist coaches to improving the quality and breadth of PE and sporting provision for all pupils in addition to providing staff development.
Since September 2013 we have been a partner school with 'Sport Development UK' where highly qualified coaches work with Years 1 – 6 every week developing skills in variety of activities including football, netball, hockey, rugby, rounders, cricket and athletics. Teachers will work alongside the team to plan, assess pupil progress and develop their own skills in teaching these sports.
In Years 1- 6 teachers deliver dance and gymnastics lessons to their own classes over the year. We also look to take part in ‘one off’ projects with such agencies as the Performing Arts Service. For example in the summer term Year 4 enjoyed 12 hours working with a choreographer to create a dance which was performed in the city centre as part of the national ‘Big Dance’ 2014.
Nursery and Reception enjoy Dance sessions through the Performing Arts Service over the course of the year. Gymnastics and Multi skills games sessions will be led by class teachers and 'Sport Development UK' coaches over the year too.
Year 4 pupils have swimming lessons at a local pool with suitably qualified staff. This is tailored to their swimming ability and they have the opportunity to gain recognized swimming awards. Every year we also aim to take part in ‘Top Up Swimming' to ensure that all pupils leaving St Osburg’s in Year 6 are at least able to swim 25metres. We are hoping that this opportunity will be on offer again in the summer term.
Through the annual Year 6 residential visit to Plas Dol-y-moch children are able to take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges such as climbing, abseiling, kayaking and orienteering.
In September 2014 we also employed a specialist PE apprentice to support the delivery of PE lessons and extra-curricular opportunities throughout the school.
Extra-Curricular and Competitive Sport
Over the course of the academic year we offer a range of sports clubs at lunchtime and after school for various year groups. For example:
Multi Skills – Key Stage 1 & 2
Tennis – Key Stage 2
Netball – The Team and development squad.
Football – The Team.
Street Dance – Years 1-3
Cross Country – Key Stage 2
Athletics – Key Stage 2
Gaelic Football – Key Stage 2
Hockey – Key Stage 2
Team fitness – Netball & Football squads
We enter teams for the Catholic Schools' netball and football leagues and related competitions including the end of year Catholic Schools rally, the Harry Shaw Cup and Catholic Cup.
Mr McHugh (PE subject Leader) is also in charge of the Catholic Schools’ Cross Country competition again this year and Saint Osburg’s will be competing in this also. It will be a series of races competed at different secondary schools before an end of year relay race at Good Shepherd Primary School. We also enter the annual Catholic Sports Athletics (track & field) where we came 2nd out of all the Catholic schools in the city last summer.
Through our network clusters of schools where we work in partnership across the curriculum we also organise sporting events such as swimming galas, athletics, tag rugby and rowing competitions in addition to taking KS1 to such things as dance and athletics festivals.
Once again we will be working in partnership with the Warwickshire Cricket Board to provide the children with high quality Physical Education. Year Four and Year Five receive specialist cricket coaching during the Spring Term before competing in a city wide festival. This allows the children to compete competitively against other children their age, with a chance to progress to the county finals, which our current Year Five class achieved last year when they played at Edgbaston Cricket Ground.
We are also fortunate to enjoy a close relationship with Bablake (a local independent senior school) who invite us to join them for annual netball and rugby tournaments in addition to allowing us use of their sports facilities if available.