Sports Premium & School Sport

The Government announced in 2013 a renewed package of funding for physical education (PE) and school sport. Through a new ‘Sport Premium’ the Government is providing £150 million in each of the next two years to support the delivery of PE and sport in primary schools.

This funding will be ring fenced, and will be allocated directly to primary schools across England, providing them with a dedicated resource to buy in invaluable expertise and support. Funding will be allocated through a lump sum for each school and a per-pupil top-up mechanism. The formula will reference the number of primary-aged pupils (i.e. children between the ages of 5 and 11). All schools with seventeen or more primary-aged pupils will receive a lump sum of £8,000 plus a premium of £5 per pupil.

At Sylvester Primary Academy we are using our funding to enhance PE and Sport via investment in new, high quality resources, being part of Knowsley School Sports Partnership and also through the recruitment of a full time sports coach.

PE Curriculum

A wide range of activities are delivered in school which aim to engage and inspire all our children.  We are committed to ensure that all children receive at least 2 hours per week of high quality well – planned PE.

Over the year each child will participate in games, athletics, dance and gymnastics lessons.  Opportunities are also planned for swimming from Year 2 to Year 6.  Our aim is that all children leave Sylvester at the end of Year 6 able to swim 25 metres.

The Wider Curriculum

PE and sport has a high profile at Sylvester Primary Academy and permeate many aspects of school life.  Throughout the year we hold theme weeks such as ‘Sports Week’ where children participate in a wide range of activities and ‘taster’ sessions of a sport activity that otherwise they may never have tried.

During our residential visits to Colomendy, children are given the opportunity to participate in many different activities which may include orienteering, assault courses and abseiling.

In the Summer Term we also hold our annual Sports Day in which we encourage participation of all children and organise competitive races.

Other agencies are used to enhance the variety of activities available and we take full advantage when these opportunities become available.  For example The Jamie Carragher 23 Foundation have run training sessions in school and as part of our After School Clubs, Knowsley Extended School Sports Coaches have worked with our Year 2 children in developing their multi sports skills and a specialist tennis coach has developed the competitive skills of our Year 4 children.

Talented children are also signposted to local clubs and events at the local Academy and beyond to encourage them to develop their skills further.

Beyond the School Day

At Sylvester we are keen to provide a wide range of extra – curricular clubs for children throughout the year which are organised by our Sports Coach Miss Weaver aswell as visiting specialist teachers.

Children enjoy the opportunity to try many different sports such as Basketball, High 5 Netball, Disco Dance, Cross Country, Athletics, Football, Multi Skills and Cricket to name but a few.

We try to ensure that we cater for all our children’s needs and we regularly monitor participation and check uptake against gender and Free School Meals.  Also, as a member of Knowsley Children’s University through the participation in after school sports children gain credits towards various awards when they graduate from Knowsley  Children’s University in the Summer Term.

Through the entering of competitions we encourage children to particpate in team sport.  Further details regarding the Knowsley Children’s University, the menu of after school clubs and photographs of our children enjoying sport and also taking part in competitive sport can be found throughout this website.

We also ensure we have a Link Governor for Sport at Sylvester – Mr Chris Freeney

Finally, primary school experiences are pivotal to the children’s 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.


For our 2019/20 Sports Premium Strategy and review of 2018/19 actions please see below

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Sports Premium Plan 2019-20