Following the 2012 Olympics, schools receive extra funding in the form of the Sports Premium, in order to maintain the Olympic Legacy by delivering high quality opportunities for PE within the curriculum.
Primary schools receive an extra £8000 plus £5 per child in order to ensure the delivery of a wide range of PE and sports activities. We have spent this funding in a range of ways to make an impact on levels of fitness and activity amongst children in our school. we also believe that improving levels of health and fitness has a knock on effect in improving levels of well-being, self-esteem and academic attainment.
Our Sports Offer in 2017-18
At St Francis of Assisi, we provide high quality PE lessons within the curriculum, as well as many opportunities to participate in PE in competition with other schools. We also provide a wide range of PE activities outside curriculum time.
West Lancashire School Sports Partnership
We work closely with expert coaches from West Lancashire Schools Sports Partnership, who deliver PE for two days per week of PE activities to all children in all KS1 and 2 classes, as well as offering related extra-curricular opportunities on these days.
Activities have included:
WLLSP also provide a comprehensive range of opportunities for children who need challenge and support to access PE and sports opportunities. These include:
Jamie Carragher Soccer School
Coaches from the Jamie Carragher Soccer School, deliver weekly football training sessions to children in all KS2 classes (each class at KS2 has a block of six lessons, usually throughout one half-term during each school year). Children in Y6 also visit their football academy for a full on training session. JCSS coaches also establish very good working relationships with children and encourage them to show self discipline and aim to excel not just in football, but in all their endeavours.
Wayne Lomax, a British Fencing registered instructor, provides extra-curricular fencing lessons for children in Y5&6 outside the curriculum and provides sessions for children at KS1 within curriculum time. Wayne is a real character and his sessions are great fun. Children learn basic fencing skills, as well as developing coordination and balance.
Children in Upper KS2, TAs and welfare staff have undergone training in skipping, enabling children to take on the role of play leaders at playtime, facilitating skipping sessions. skipping is a very popular activity now during breakfast club, playtimes and lunch breaks.
PE Subject Leadership
Mr Forsyth has many qualifications and a wealth of experience as a sports coach. He is able to draw on his expertise as PE subject leader working within the school.
Sessions provided by WLSSP and JCSS have provided the opportunity for him to gain an overview of the delivery of PE throughout the school and to ensure that the improvements made through sports premium are sustained in future years.
Healthy Lifestyles Action Research
We have recently become involved through our partnership with WLSSP in action research run by Edge Hill University into healthy lifestyles and the effect that exercise has upon children's health, well-being and achievement. Children in our Y5 classes have worn wrist monitors to assess baseline levels of activity and other health related data has been gathered. The children in this group have been able to access extra interventions in the form of high energy dancersise sessions, daily Born to Move sessions and other activities. In 2017-18, this research will be on-going.
Extra-curricular Opportunities for Sport
The range of after-school activities available to children includes:
Our Breakfast Club ( which is free of charge) provides a daily opportunity for PE activity in the school hall, including dodgeball, dance, wake up, shake up and skipping games. Attended on a daily basis by 60-75 children, this provides a fantastic opportunity to have an active start to the day. children also receive a nutritious breakfast and get the chance to make an informal and pleasant start to the school day.
Our Lady Queen of Peace Engineering College
Twice each year, children from KS2 rehearse dance routines, under the guidance of our own Mrs Lynott and choreographers from OLQP (the school we feed into). These form the basis of challenging and entertaining routines that form part of the Winter Wonderland and Boogie Wonderland show for parents at the theatre in OLQP.
During the summer term, children in Y6 take part in a series of sessions designed to improve their biking skills and to make them aware of the risks of road use.
Children in Y5&6 get the opportunity to take part in an annual adventurous activity residential at Tower Wood on the shores of Lake Windermere, or at Borwick Hall, Carnforth. Children in Y2 have the opportunity to visit Crosby Marina as part of a day trip or a one night stay-over.
Inter-school Competitions and Events
Children have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of competitions run by West Lancashire School Sports Partnership, SHARES cluster sports and events run by Our Lady Queen of Peace Engineering College (for which our school is a feeder).
Primary School Olympics: WLSSP
SHARES Swimming Gala
Annual Sponsored Daily Mile for Blossom's Legacy
School Sports Award
We currently hold the School Sports Silver Award in recognition of the quality of the PE on offer in our school.
Priorities for the Future
In 2017-18, we will be maintaining our partnership with WLSSP, continuing their input for two full days so that all children from Y1 to Y6 can benefit from PE lessons delivered by their coaches throughout the school year.
In the second year of the research programme into healthy lifestyles, children in Y5 will be participating in a range of initiatives and activities in order to promote fitness and awareness of health-related issues.
We will be continuing our involvement with the Jamie Carragher Soccer School, with weekly sessions timetabled for all children in KS2, as well as maintaining inout from Wayne Lomax on fencing for children in upper KS2 and continuing provision for children in KS1.
One of main priorities for 2017-18, will be to work the the trustees of Blossom's Legacy charity and WLSSP to provide water safety sessions for children in Reception and KS1 classes, with a view to starting our formal swimming provision at an earlier age. This will be put into place in memory of Blossom Kelly, who died in a drowning accident in summer 2016.
Sports Premium Income and Expenditure
In 2016-17, we spent £4150 on swimming sessions at Nye Bevan Baths, delivered by coaches from SHARES. In 2016, 91% of children achieved NC standards in swimming. Those who did not achieve the expected standard attended further swimming booster sessions.
There range and quality of PE and sports opportunities with and outside the curriculum is of a high quality. Children regularly engage in exercise and teachers report that this has a direct impact upon their ability to concentrate in lessons. This who are reluctant to engage in physical activity are targeted and encouraged to be involved in activities that match their interests.