PE and Games are high on the agenda at St Matthew's C of E School. We believe that taking part in sport, regularly, is key in helping children maintain good health - physically, socially and emotionally.
The Government is continuing to provide additional funding to improve provision of Physical Education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding provided jointly by the Department of Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport will be allocated to primary school Headteachers. This funding is ring-fenced and can, therefore, only be spent on the provision of PE and sport in schools.
This year, we will be working closely with a local secondary school, Solway Community School in Silloth to participate in competitions. We will also be teaming up with our small schools to provide additional competitions.
We also have professional coaches coming into school to work with all the children. We are purchasing a wide range of new sporting equipment and resources to enhance our PE and games sessions.
Please see our PE and School Sport Strategy, and Impact of Funding documents below for more information on the funding and how we will be using it to improve and enhance PE in our school.
We provide our children with the opportunity to be involved in intra competitions (within school) as well as inter-school (between other schools) competitions including football, netball, dance, hockey, tag rugby, tennis, cricket, athletics, tri-golf, basketball, dodgeball and rounders.
Furthermore, through our curriculum, we provide children with the opportunities to participate in wheelchair basketball, yoga, swimming, multi-skills, gymnastics and orienteering.
At the end of the academic year 2021-2022, 80% (8/10) of Y6 pupils leaving KS2 could swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25m, use a range of strokes effectively (for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke) and could perform self rescue in different water based situations.
At the end of the academic year 2022-2023, 78% (7/9) of Y6 pupils leaving KS2 could swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25m, use a range of strokes effectively (for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke) and could perform self rescue in different water based situations
We have taken on Sports Leaders to help with PE and games.
Year 1 and 2 have two Equipment Managers to help with PE and games in and out of school. They will ensure that the correct equipment is out, they will help organise PE sessions, and they will be taking photos of their class with coaches and in competitions.
Refreshments Managers will be in charge of making sure we have plenty of refreshments when we go out on competitions and for keeping everyone hydrated.
Equipment Managers will make sure all the appropriate equipment is out for PE, and that we have any necessary equipment with us when we go out on competitions. They will also be in charge of running warm ups and activities.
Photographers will be in charge of taking photos to update our website, and to report in the weekly newsletter.
Reporters will write match reports after competitions. These math reports will then go out in the weekly newsletter.
Strip Managers will make sure all strips are distributed to those taking part in competitions, and that all kit is collected in at the end for washing.
First Aiders will deal with any minor injuries, and make sure we have the first aid kit when out on competitions.
The School Games Mark is a government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Participating in this process allows schools to evaluate their PE provision and assists them in developing an action plan for future progress.
We are extremely proud that we achieved the Gold Award for six years running and in 2022, we have been awarded the Platinum award!