PE and Sport Funding
At Shirley Junior School we provide a huge range of activities to ensure all our children have an active and healthy lifestyle. This includes two hours of curriculum lessons, after school clubs and opportunities to participate in a range of competitions. Children enjoy two PE lessons a week of dance, gymnastics, swimming and games. Lessons cover a whole range of physical activity including, problem solving, skills development, team development. Team Spirit deliver regular high quality games sessions for all year groups.
We are delighted to announce that we, Shirley Junior School, have achieved the School Games Silver Mark Award for the 2018/19 academic year. The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success. We look forward to applying once again in 2020!
31/90 children achieved age related expectations in swimming - 34%
42/90 children achieved Greater Depth - 47%
17/90 children are swimming below age related expectations - 19%
Our 17 below age swimmers had the opportunity to have additional lessons – 49% of them then achieved age related expectations.
Sports Leaders at Shirley Junior School
Across the school we have Sports Leaders whose role is to help organise and run activities at lunchtime.
To become a sports leader the children were required to write an application form outlining why they were suitable for the job.
As well as running inter house competitions across the school.
After School Clubs
Many of our after school clubs are run in conjunction with Team Spirit. We offer a range of clubs including; Karate, Dance, Football, Netball, Cross Country, Dodgeball and Athletics in the summer.
Cross Country this year we have had another very successful year, again entering the most teams in the city.
Last year our boys A team won the league as well as taking the individual 1st, and 2nd place.
Our boys were also successful in the Upper School Championships gaining 1st place as well as the top 2 individual places for the boys.
We were also successful in the Boys’ Lower School Championships gaining 1st place as well as the top individual place.
In this event the girls matched the boys team to win.
The March Hare saw us win the boys relay.
The J Rock team secured third place.
The team also won all but two of the awards for excellence.
We have competed in both the High 5 Netball tournament and then the league. Some of the children involved have enjoyed it so much that they have gone on to join a local netball club.
What an event - the boys team came third and girls’ teams came 9th overall and this meant that the team came 4th overall.
Last year we got through to the final of the indoor athletics, which was incredible.
We took part in the badminton league with a mixed team.
ls Swimming Gala Team
In June we took part in the city swimming gala and secured 3rd in the girls event and 2nd overall. With three first places, five seconds and three thirds in individual races.
This year we took part in the basketball league.
This season is mid-way through and we are competing in the girls' and boys' leagues as well as the cups.
This year was a fabulous event taking place at the Sports Centre for the first time ever.
Last year, we took part in a range of events at a local secondary school USH. We competed against other schools and learned many different skills to help improve sport.
This year, year 6 are representing the school at the half termly events.
PE and Sport Premium for Primary Schools
Since the employment of a PE Primary Liaison Officer in 2013, many changes have occurred with schools’ PE and some of these are outlined below.
All PE policies, curriculums and assessment procedures have been reviewed, extending provision and offering some new exciting activities to children. Teachers have regular opportunities for on-going lesson support as well as continued whole staff training.
This year we have worked with the Infant School to deliver a high level MUGA to enhance the teaching of PE across the two schools.
Pupil participation has increased as children continue to participate in a variety of competitions and celebrations of PE, both in and out of school. Some children have received training as young sports leaders to help run lunch time activities for other pupils. Children are also invited to become Sports leaders where they have responsibility for supporting planning additional events and activities.
Schools have benefited as a whole through receiving relevant, up to date planning and regular INSET opportunities, leading to a more confident and competent workforce.
In addition, the profile of PE has been raised through Active Shirley with regular newsletters providing up to date information for families. Schools can apply for a sports kitemark which recognises and rewards individual schools work around PE. Last year we achieved the Silver Award.
Children have been invited to attend additional sessions to further develop PE competencies and this provision has helped extend those particularly talented children and also those children who find some aspects of PE difficult to access.
Assessment procedures have also been reviewed with particular focus on children achieving greater depth and those working below age related expectations.
There have been regular opportunities for newly qualified teachers to extend and improve their knowledge as well as CPD opportunities for all staff.
By working in collaboration with local clubs and organisations children have been offered further opportunities to engage in taster sessions and staff are able to signpost children to relevant clubs wherever necessary.
-Clare Mendez, Autumn Term 2019
Staff have had dance CPD where they developed their confidence in delivering dance.
We are also lucky enough to have members from the Southampton Hockey Club coming in to work with our year 6s and Southampton Diving Club have worked with our children to highlight any that would make able divers.