P.E and Sport
At Brigstock and Latham’s Primary School we recognise the benefits that PE and Physical Activity have on the health and wellbeing of our pupils and the essential role it plays in developing the sense of community in the school as a whole. We are proud to have received the National “School Games Mark Silver Award” for the past three years in recognition of our commitment to Physical Education and the opportunities we provide for competition and extra-curricular sports clubs. In 2015-16 we were very proud of all our sports teams. We achieved some notable successes with the Y5/6 Tag Rugby team winning the local competition and progressing to the County finals, the Swimming team reaching the county finals, our girls U11 cricket team winning the local completion and a Y6 Team winning a Volleyball tournament.
Our PE curriculum currently encompasses a wide range of games and movement skills. We focus on developing the ABC’s of our pupils – Agility, Balance and Coordination – through different games and activities, delivering the physical skills needed for a healthy and active life. We have access to the local meadow which is a great space for team games, athletics and outdoor exercise. In 2014/15, we purchased the REAL PE scheme of work which provides a progressive programme of lessons developing fundamental Movement Skills and gamesmanship. Information about this scheme can be found at www.createdvelopment.co.uk/real-pe This scheme focusses on the key skills outlined in the new curriculum, as well as developing the whole child - socially, physically and emotionally.
The government have committed to £150million worth of funding for primary school PE each year until 2020 through their Sports Premium fund. This money is ring fenced for spending on developing physical education, healthy living and school sport.
It is the belief of the school that this money should provide a sustainable legacy, rather than a short term fix. It is being spent on improving the skills of all of our staff, improving our facilities and equipment, and embedding a culture of healthy eating and physical activity in our pupils, staff and parents. By linking with external agencies, such as the borough and county councils, the sports partnership and local clubs, we aim to affect long term change in our school, our pupils and our community.