The Physical Education Curriculum at Lawrence aims to promote a healthy and active lifestyle, in a safe and supportive environment. Activities are experienced within a broad physical education curriculum, which aim to promote a broad base of movement knowledge, skills and understanding. The children are encouraged to appreciate the importance of a healthy body and begin to understand factors that affect health and fitness now and in later life.
PE and School Sport Funding
The government is determined to secure a significant and lasting legacy from the very successful 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games that were held in London. In order to achieve this and improve the provision of PE and sport in primary schools, additional funding of £150 million per annum has been made available for the academic years since 2013/14. In our school this amounts to £9700 for the year 2016/17.
At Lawrence Community Primary school we believe that sport is very important as it contributes to the health and well-being of our children. Sporting excellence and participation, alongside strong cultural opportunities, go hand in hand with academic standards.
We have used the sport funding to purchase the gold membership of the Liverpool School Sports Partnership, which alongside our own school actions has enabled us to strengthen and improve our provision in the following ways:
A wide range of activities are delivered in school which aim to engage and inspire all children. We are also committed to ensure that all children receive at least two hours per week of high quality well-planned PE.
Over the year each child will participate in games, athletics and gymnastic lessons. Years five and six take part in swimming lessons. These lessons are essential as being able to swim may save a child’s life. Moreover, it is on the National Curriculum and every child should be able to swim a minimum of 25 metres before they leave primary school. We provide ‘booster’ classes for those children who have not been able to meet the minimum level and it is our aim that all children who leave year six can swim the 25 metre minimum.
We also provide, high quality, residential opportunities for children. These residential trips give the children tremendous opportunities to engage in outdoor activities such as abseiling, orienteering and climbing activities to name just a few! We are continually looking for other opportunities so that we can offer our children first class sporting events so that they can keep fit and healthy.
At Lawrence, our ethos is that sport and exercise contribute to a child’s well-being. We have Fit4life classes which are run in partnership with Liverpool Football Club’s community team. We also offer other opportunities in alternative sports such as dodge ball, handball, ‘New Age Kurling’ and Boccia (a Paralympic sport seen at the Rio games). These alternative sports offer children who do not like mainstream sports such as football, cricket, basketball, hockey and netball the chance to take part in sport. We are also providing quality opportunities in dance for children.
Lawrence 'New Age Kurling' Area Champions 2016
PE and sport has a high profile in our school and permeates many aspects of school life. We provide a creative curriculum and sport provides many opportunities to develop knowledge in other subject areas such as science, mathematics, English and geography.
As mentioned above, our residential visits give children the chance to take part in some fantastic outdoor activities. The children can immerse themselves in activities that they may not have had the opportunity to do before and this, we believe, will help to boost a child’s self-esteem and confidence.
In the summer term we also hold our annual Sports Day when we encourage participation of all children and organise competitive events in various disciplines. Each child will be part of a team (this year’s theme is based around the Rugby World Cup) and they will compete with each other in a friendly but competitive way.
Other agencies are used to enhance the variety of activities available and we take full advantage when these opportunities become available. For example, we have close links with Liverpool Football Club and they run training sessions in the school. We have also made links with one of our local cricket clubs, Sefton Park, and we have used their facilities to play Kwik Cricket. A recent link has also been made with Liverpool Harriers and some of our children have been asked to attend their training sessions. We are also proud to have recently made links with Merseyside's latest basketball club, Mersey Mavericks. The club, based at St Hilda's college, are now coaching our year five and year six children on a Wednesday afternoon.
Our school is keen to provide a wide range of extra-curricular clubs for children throughout the year which are organised by our committed teaching staff and/or sports coaches. We try to cater for all our children’s needs and so ask the children which clubs they would like to see included during the year.
Lawrence competes in many inter-school competitions including: football, cricket, basketball, swimming, water polo, table tennis, hockey, ‘New Age Curling’ and Dodgeball. We have had many successes in these competitions and they are celebrated by all at our school.
School experiences are pivotal to the children’s future perception of physical activity and we believe that children leave our school equipped to enjoy sport for all its health and social benefits. For those who relish the competitive element, they gain the skills, confidence and relevant experience to succeed at their chosen level and discipline
We are proud of all of our children but it is fantastic when one of our former pupils excels in their chosen sport. Tony Bellew, attended Lawrence and he is currently Boxing's Cruiserweight Champion of the World. Ross Barkley is also a former pupil and he currently plays for Everton Football Club and has represented England at international level. Another former pupil who has also used his talents to great effect is Brandon Goudie. Brandon recently qualified in PE and sport at Liverpool John Moores University. His course required him to gain practical experience at a school so he did this at Lawrence. When he qualified he was offered a full time role supporting and delivering PE and sport in our school.