St Thomas CE (VC) Primary School
8.00am - 4.00pm
Our school works closely with the other schools around us to provide additional opportunities for our children. To find out about who we work with, and what we do click here...
In March 2013 the government announced that it was to provide additional funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013 to 2014 and 2014 to 2015 to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools in England - The Primary PE & Sport Premium.
This funding - provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport - is allocated to primary school headteachers. The funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.
In the Autumn Statement 2013, the Chancellor, George Osbourne announced an additional year's £150m extended funding, taking the total investment to the end of the 2016 academic year.
On 6th February 2014 the Prime Minister, David Cameron committed to contunue the funding for the Primary PE & Sport Premium until 2020.
On the 17th July 2015 the Department for Education announced that 2015/6 funding will
remain at the same level as last year.
Purpose of funding:
Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.
All pupils leaving primary school physically literate and with the
knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.
To achieve self-sustaining improvement in the quality of PE and sport in
We would expect indicators of such improvement to include:
The staff and children at St Thomas love sport. Read on to find out why this is an important part of our school day.
For all children, sport and exercise is important. We think that our children should grow up enjoying physical activity and experiencing personal success. We also want to see that out children are able to adopt a healthy lifestyle - one where they can discover their talents and have a life-long love of sport. We support each element with the sports premium funding. To do this we take great consideration in making sure that our provision makes the school day special and that the children have chances to participate in their house teams, after-school clubs and also through our focused curriculum. Within our curriculum, we have taken two critical aspects of development and created a programme of study that runs throughout each year group. These key themes include tennis, rugby, swimming and orienteering. You can read more about why we created these themes below. We also have a wide range of additional opportunities through our partnership work. There's also more information about our partners below.
Due to the Covid situation and school closures, children have inevitably lost their learning momentum.
Using funds from our sports Premium, St Thomas have been able to utilise these 2 local companies to enrich the children's learning, while at the same time allowing for smaller groups to take part in quality, small-group classroom based learnig.
Although not considered a sport, outdoor learning has proven to be a very positive activity within our school and GROW provides the children with such activities - clearing, digging, planting, painting and learning all things outdoors. The children rotate this activity with Project sport's programme - building on and enhancing their motor skills, developing their agility, balance and co-ordination, and further promoting teamwork and fair play through small sided fun games.
The St Thomas Tennis Academy was launched in 2015.
Tennis can be a difficult sport to access for many children and yet we think that it is a great way to develop some core skills. Tennis is a striking and fielding game and it helps to develop individual coordination, as each player is constantly involved in play.
The idea behind the academy is that every child will have access to Tennis lessons during their time at St Thomas as well as the opportunity to take part in competitions and visits to Tennis events. Lessons are led by LTA qualified coach Andy Smith and he also runs after school tennis clubs. In addition to this a few children from each year group are selected to attend extra lessons and competitions at Rastrick Tennis Club.
The St Thomas Rugby Academy is an initiative set up to introduce the concept of Rugby as in years gone by Rugby was a sport taught at Secondary school and even now is still only taught at certain high schools. In addition to this, most schools will focus solely on teaching the specifics of Rugby Union or Rugby League. At St Thomas, we believe that it’s the fundamentals from both codes which are important, giving of all pupils the opportunity at KS2 to participate in a sport which promotes a number of skills in addition to teamwork, fitness and fun. This area of the curriculum is considered to be an 'invasion game', which is a key part of learning to work within a team. Thanks to a high level of quality coaching, staff from St Thomas and the Huddersfield Giants work hard to deliver a programme (based on Tag Rugby) which gives our pupils a taste for more and an enjoyable experience they’ll never forget. With lots of freedom, no restrictions or complications, the St Thomas Rugby Academy is a great place to introduce Rugby.
"It’s great fun and you learn new things every week, I really enjoy myself - it’s 10/10." Eva.
“ I think it’s a really good club, we gain experience and it brings people together." Callum.
"It is awesome and cool. I really like Rugby.” Kiera.
“It was fun and I enjoyed it. I liked playing against other teams in the St Thomas Rugby festival. Learning to play Rugby means I can play against my Dad.” Ellis.
The objective is to make sure that every child can swim 100 metres. To do this our children have swimming lessons at North Huddersfield Trust School from Year 3 through to Year 5, with some additional sessions where required.
We have a record to be proud of at St Thomas. Over the last six years, 100% of the children have learned to swim.
We also make sure that those children who have a particular skill in this area, have an opportunity to represent the school in the annual school swimming gala.
In 2021 our Three Peaks Challenge was relaunched as the Cave, River & Mountain Challenge which involves: -
Each expedition is led by our own fully qualified Mountain Leader on Saturdays through the year assisted by members of school staff.
From 2015 to 2019 the St Thomas Three Peaks Challenge gave children in Years 4 to 6 the opportunity to climb the Yorkshire Dales Three Peaks: Pen-y-Ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside. Climbing the Three Peaks is a serious and unusual challenge for primary school aged children, they climbed a peak each year in order of height and received a medal for each peak climbed.
Children who climbed all Three Peaks, had the opportunity to meet a local sporting celebrity (eg from Huddersfield Giants or Town), who presented a gift to each child.
Four cohorts of children fully completed the Three Peaks Challenge and in Summer 2021 children in Year 6 who started their challenge by climbing Pen-y-ghent in Year 4 but were unable to continue due to COVID-19 restrictions will be taking part in the river and cave stages of the new Cave, River & Mountain Challenge.