Sport for All
Here at St. Laurence Junior School, we believe there is a sport to suit everybody and we do our best to find it! Sport is enjoyable, motivating and character building and our goal is that our children leave us inspired to continue their chosen sports into their adult lives.
The Impact of PE and School Sport at St. Laurence Church Junior School:
At St. Laurence Church Junior School there is a big emphasis on PE and school sport. We believe that sport has a huge positive impact on young people. It leads to healthier lifestyles and lifelong hobbies and friendships. Sport teaches children how to win respectfully and lose gracefully. Representing the school gives children a sense of pride and belonging. They learn key life skills of communication, teamwork, discipline, perseverance and trust.
We encourage all of our pupils to try different sports and activities. A huge range of clubs are provided and children who commit to training are always rewarded with opportunities to represent the school in competitive fixtures or festivals.
Here are a range of facts and quotes which highlight the impact sport has had on our pupils here at St. Laurence:
Since 2010, the number of children representing the school in each academic year has risen from just over 100 in July 2011, to 157 in July 2013, then up to 195 in July 2015.
The number of different sports clubs offered at any one time has now risen to 16 per week. This includes before and after school as well as lunch times.
The number of different sports we compete in now stands at 15 during each academic year. We ensure that our children are well prepared by offering clubs and practices leading up to each event. This ensures that our children enjoy each sport and have an opportunity to succeed.
The total number of children attending these 16 clubs as at November 2015 was 312!
In July 2015, 35 different children represented the school in at least 4 different sports, with four year 6 children involved in over 10 sports! This doesn’t mean that other children miss out. We ensure that we enter as many competitions as possible for each sport and rotate selection each time to ensure that all children get given opportunities.
Over the past 5 years we have gained a reputation for ourselves across Birmingham and in some sports, beyond that too. This is down to quality teaching and coaching, our volunteers who help to run clubs, the excellent facilities and equipment we provide, parents who support the children and help with transport, and children who have bought into our philosophy of trying and enjoying a range of sports. Since it started 3 years ago, we have been winners at the city-wide Birmingham School Games 6 times, all in different sports: basketball, tag rugby, football, rounders, tennis and athletics.
Lucy: “Before attending sports clubs at school, I hated sport and was bad at it. Now I attend some clubs I am good at sport and have a passion for it. My favourite event was the trip to Edgbaston Priory for tennis. We had a coaching session and got to watch some really good female players.”
Faye: “I like all our athletics events. There is always a good atmosphere and I like working together with other people. This is fun and really tests my ability. Also, I went to the Alexandra Stadium with school to watch athletics. It was really interesting watching the para-athletes, seeing how they cope with their disabilities.”
Millie: “My favourite day was the Birmingham Winter Games hockey. We got to meet Ellie Simmons and came 3rd in the whole of Birmingham. This school has given me confidence through sport, which has helped with my learning too.”
Thomas: “My best event was our hockey tournament at King Edwards which we played in the pouring rain but I loved it. It inspired me to join a hockey club and I now play every weekend.”
Billy: “Being in the tag rugby tournament made me feel proud. Whether we win or lost, I know that I now have a talent for the sport.”
Darcey: “The cross country events are fun because they happen in different and exciting places. This has given me the confidence to try other things too.”
Sam: “My favourite sport is football and I was proud to be chosen for the Futsal competition. It was so much fun and we got to meet children from other schools too.”
Parent: “We were very proud that he was selected for a competition so early into year 3. Sports clubs have definitely helped with his transition to the Juniors and he is keen to join as many clubs as possible.”
Megan: “I played for the girls’ football team in the Birmingham Final. I enjoyed it because I felt important and proud of my efforts. I then liked standing up in assembly to share our experiences with the whole school.”
PE Funding 2016/17
St. Laurence Church Junior School – Plans for PE Funding 2016/17
We offer a huge range of sports clubs and fixtures, covering 17 different sports last year, 15 of which we competed in along with other schools. 199 different children represented St. Laurence Junior School in fixtures of different kinds, up from 191 the previous year. Also, all classes get 2 hours of PE a week, covering many different sporting activities. We are proud of our sports and aim to use the PE funding this year to maintain and even enhance our sports provision:
Quality PE lessons – scheme of work, - £300
We are buying into an online PE resource which includes schemes of work, individual lesson plans and free resources. This will keep us up to date with the curriculum and help staff confidence in delivering quality PE lessons.
Provide PE clubs and coaches - £4000
We will continue to bring in two specialist sports coaches to deliver some PE, including several extra-curricular clubs. This helps to up-skill our staff and also frees up the PE coordinator to spend more time organising sports fixtures and managing PE within school. In addition, our coaches sometimes help out with staff Inset, and deliver our termly gymnastics showcase events.
Opportunities for SEN children - £200
One of our main goals this year is to get our SEN and Pupil Premium children more involved in sports, either through participation or watching some top sporting events. This could include providing them with transport and arranging extra, specific fixtures and events.
Equipment – balance beam, soft balls, tennis balls, badminton, orange cricket balls, tennis racquets - £800
We need to update some of our equipment again, replacing any lost or damaged items. Also, in order to develop our gymnasts further, we will purchase a low level balance beam to enable them to practice new skills.
Swimming – Gala - £200
This year, we will be organising our own swimming gala as well as trial sessions to give our best swimmers the opportunity to compete against others.
Cover costs for competitions - £2000
This is always a big cost, covering staff for sporting events which occur during the day. This includes the Birmingham School Games. We have successfully qualified for a number of these events during the past few years.
Trips to major sporting events - £500
We are going to offer discounted tickets to various big sporting events and sometimes provide transport too. This will enable children to access these events and hopefully be inspired to participate further themselves. Our visits will include Edgbaston cricket, Wasps and Worcester rugby and Worcester basketball.
Provide up to date 'backed' car seats - £500
This will allow safe transportation to away fixtures, meeting the new requirements.
Sports Awards - £500
This annual event is an important part of our calendar, recognising the effort every individual puts into our school sport throughout the year.