When we teach, plan and assess in PE, we always think about the School Improvement Plan priorities.
Priority 1 – Reading – We want to ensure we give our children the opportunities to apply their reading skills across the curriculum and this includes in PE. Vocabulary is a huge focus across school so it is important that our children are accessing key vocabulary in their PE lessons. This includes knowing and understanding the Character Learning Values. This vocabulary is then applied to other subjects within the curriculum.
Priority 2 – Maths – PE is a fantastic subject to practice and apply our Mathematical skills. OAA and team work gives us the opportunity to apply our mathematical skills. Recently, we have launched our House Teams across school, this has allowed us to apply our Maths skills when counting, logging and recording points within our teams. We can also practice our grouping, counting and sequencing skills during our PE lessons.
Priority 3 – Knowing More and Remembering More – Remembering and applying previously taught skills is a key priority in our PE lessons. We want to give our children the opportunity to practice skills taught and apply them to their learning. We also ensure that children understand that knowing these skills will have a positive impact on their learning across the PE curriculum throughout their time at school. We are providing opportunities and games at play time and lunch times for children to practice their Fundamental Movement Skills.
House Teams & Personal Best Scheme
After returning to school from Lockdown, we decided to launch a Personal Best Scheme. We wanted to create an element of competition within school and also, we wanted to create a positive, exciting environment for our children and staff. We felt out children's and staff's mental health and wellbeing would benefit hugely from the positivity within school. We were very honoured to receive a video from the inspirational Olympic Athlete, Jenny Meadows! She sent the video to us to launch the Personal Best Approach in school. We were extremely excited, and we couldn't wait to get started! We view PE as a tool to inspire our children to become resilience and motivated learners, and it's certain to say, Jenny Meadows has helped us to that!
We have launched 4 House Teams across school. This has given us an element of competition within school and has really motivated our children and staff. Please watch the video for more information! Well done to Queens for being the first winning team!
Sports Premium Funding
In 2020/21 our school will receive £18,140 of Sports Premium Funding .
We have thought carefully about how we will use this funding to make the most impact on our children. We have taken the pandemic into consideration and have planned our spending around meeting the needs of our children physically and mentally. We are having a huge focus on the mental wellbeing of the children by using a holistic approach to learning.
The funding will be used in the following ways:
- We will continue to allow children to be as active as possible throughout the school day. Whole school approach to ensure each child is active for at least 30 minutes per day.
- We will ensure all children master the fundamental movement skills, especially in EYFS and KS1. This may include new equipment being bought and staff CPD to ensure children access high quality teaching. This will then positively impact our personal best approach to learning.
- We will broaden and increase the knowledge of current and new staff, accessing a variety of CPD in a variety of sports. Children will have access to high quality teaching and cross curricular opportunities.
- When Covid-19 restrictions allow us, will provide a wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer with a focus on sports not on the current PE curriculum.
- We will continue to work with Burnley Partnership and when restrictions allow, we will focus on giving targeted groups of children access to Festival based events and entering B/C teams in competitions.
- We will ensure opportunities for high quality intervention are made across the school.
- When restrictions allow, we will provide opportunity for catch-up swimming programmes.
- Our ‘Evidencing the Impact of Sports Premium 2020 – 2021’ document can be found at the bottom of this page.
We are extremely proud to work very closely with Burnley School Sports Partnership. During Lockdown, they provided Lockdown Lessons for local schools. We adapted these resources and used them for our remote learners and learners within school so that we could continue to practice PE key skills. The lessons included Gymnastics, Orienteering, Striking and Fielding, Athletics, Fundamental Movement Skills and Dance activities. It was wonderful to see children involve their families and dogs! Take a look at our photographs to see all the wonderful learning that took place in school and at home
Jingle Bell Journey to Lapland
Our classes have launched the Jingle Bell Journey from Burnley to Lapland. We are taking on the challenge of completing as many miles as possible by running, skipping, walking, wheeling or riding. From Burnley to Lapland it is a huge 3227 miles!! Every mile you complete helps us get closer to Lapland! All of our teachers are involved and we have asked families to get involved too.
Take a look at our pictures of Reception and Year 1 starting their journey to Lapland! Parents – please check your the Parent App for more details of how you can get involved!
WELL DONE TO ALL OUR WONDERFUL CHILDREN AND FAMILIES AT ST JAMES LANEHEAD!
We are extremely proud to say, that with the help of our children, teachers and families, we have finished 5th place overall out of the schools in Burnley! Our parents and carers completed an extra 1900 miles for us! And if that isn’t enough, two of our amazing pupils have been placed in the top 30 children in the whole of Burnley for logging the most miles outside of school. We are bursting with pride!
We would like to say a big well done to Theo from Ash Class who has been taking part in the Burnley Sports Partnership Active Bingo. Theo took part in lots of the challenges and has won a bag full of sports equipment! Well done Theo! All of us at St James’ are so proud of you!
See the bottom of the page for images!