St Thomas CE (VC) Primary School
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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 primary schools.
We would expect indicators of such improvement to include:
The St Thomas Three Peaks Challenge gives every child in the school the opportunity to climb the Yorkshire Dales Three Peaks. Children taking part do so by choice. The Three Peaks are Pen-y-Ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside. They are all 600 metres above sea level, situated in the Yorkshire Dales National Park and well known.
Climbing the Three Peaks is a serious and unusual challenge for primary school aged children. Each child has to be properly equipped with boots, waterproofs, warm clothing, high energy food and a rucksack. From Bradley it is just possible for us to climb one peak as a day trip. We climb a peak each year in order of height and present a medal for each peak climbed.
Pen-y-ghent – Year 4 June (bronze)
Ingleborough – Year 5 April (silver)
Whernside – Year 6 September (gold)
Children in Year 6 who have climbed all Three Peaks get the opportunity to take part in a visit to Ingleborough Cave and the Mountain Rescue Centre in Clapham and to meet a local sporting celebrity (eg from Huddersfield Giants or Town), who presents a gift to each child.
This academic year has seen the inception of the St Thomas Tennis Academy. Tennis can
be a difficult sport to access for many children and yet we think that it is the best 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 from the age of 5 until they leave the school will have access to tennis lessons, competitions, and visits to tennis events. The first year has been a resounding success. Every child in the school has received tennis lessons from LTA qualified coach Andy Smith and had the option to attend an after school tennis club. In addition to this 6 children from each year group have been selected to attend extra lessons and competitions at Rastrick Tennis club, where some have now become members. Furthermore, in June, a fantastic opportunity has arisen for the school to take thirty children to Ilkley Tennis Club to have tennis lessons on grass courts followed by watching part of the Aegon Ilkley Trophy, a precursor to Wimbledon, which will include some of Britain’s victorious Davis Cup side.
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 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 - Y6.
“ I think it’s a really good club, we gain experience and it brings people together." Callum Y5.
"It is awesome and cool. I really like Rugby.” Kiera Y4.
“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 Y3.
We have a record to be proud of at St Thomas. Over the last six years, 100% of the children have learned to swim. The objective is to make sure that every child can swim 100 metres. To do this our children swim from Year 3 through to Year 5, with some additional sessions where required. We also make sure that those children who have a particular skill in this area have an opportunity to represent the school in our annual swimming gala.