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St Bartholomew's

Primary Academy

Hand in hand we learn, we grow, we soar


‘I don’t give up and I bounce back from my mistakes.’


‘I treat others how I would like to be treated.’


‘I am friendly and caring in my words and actions.’


‘I am honest and helpful and make the right choices.’


‘I rise to a challenge and I am brave.’


‘I have love for myself, for others and for God.’

Sports / PE

From September 2013 the Government has given every primary school in England funding to be used to develop the teaching and learning in physical education and sport within schools. Within the Diocese of Salisbury Academy Trust we aim to provide high quality sport.

At St Bartholomew’s, we believe that Physical Education (PE) is essential for children’s social, emotional, physical and mental wellbeing. It is our intension for all pupils to receive high-quality PE and learning opportunities that lead children achieving their personal best. We work towards encouraging children to make healthier lifestyle choices, develop key life skills and to show excellent sportsmanship. We aim for all children to be physically active for sustained periods during the school week. We also aspire for all children to swim at least 25 metres before leaving primary school.

We use the iMoves programme to deliver PE at Bartholomew’s. During the school year the children will develop their understanding and skills in all areas of PE.

Through the teaching of PE we aim to:

  • develop team work and encourage children to work and play with others in a variety of different situations
  • have fun and experience success in sport
  • develop children’s physical skills increasing control and coordination
  • encourage good sporting attitudes
  • apply basic rules
  • teach children to analyse and evaluate a range of physical activities
  • experience positive competition

In Year 6 we currently have 47 children.

39 of the children can swim the recommended 25 metres.

38 of the children can swim using at least 3 different strokes.

9 of the children have experience of performing safe self-rescue in different water-based situations. 


Children in Year 5 have been working with Swindon Fencing to learn a new skill and complete their level 1 qualification. They have worked hard alongside their coach Neil to learn the different skills in a covid secure way.

Virtual Sports Day 2020

This years Sports Day couldn't go ahead as normal, but that didn't stop our families from getting involved. Check out our amazing Virtual Sports Day!

FUNdamentals Festival

Children from EYFS and Ks1 took part in the FUNdamentals Festival. They practised skills at 7 different stations, and challenged themselves to complete each activity. The children showed excellent perseverance and great sportsmanship #SOAR!

Swimming Gala

Well done to the fantastic team that represented the school at the Cluster Swimming Gala at Lime Kiln. They showed true sportsmanship and worked incredibly hard as a team. The cannon relay race was just incredible, watching you work together, and then come first! What a team!

Indian Dancing - EYFS

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As part of their topic on Fantastic Festivals EYFS learnt an Indian dance. They learnt about hand flicks, holding their hands in lotus flower position and dancing in a circle.

Girl Football Festival

We were proud to have sent two teams to the cluster Girl’s Football Festival at St Sampsons Primary last week. It was a cluster event where the girls played matches against other schools within the area. They played really well throughout all six matches and showed great team spirit. They were also the first teams to wear our new sports tops to wear at our special cluster events!

KS1 Football Festival

Well done to the team of KS1 football players who went to RWBA to play football against other schools in the area. We had great fun practising our football skills and showed excellent sportsmanship.

H5 activity days for the whole school by Daniel.

We have had the chance to do various activities: Ski walking What you had to do was get 2-3 people and make them step onto the skis and step in a repetitive pattern. Not easy! Communication is the key. Plank walking Using a number of bricks in a line and planks of wood you try and get from one side to another without falling off or you’ll need to start again. Swamp In swamp you had a set of ropes tied together in the shape of the sun with a ball in the middle, the hole was too small for the ball to fall through. You had to get it from one end to the other, with obstacles in the middle, without the ball falling off. Labyrinth In labyrinth you had a board with walls the shape of a maze. You have to get some ping pong balls from the start to the finish. Cooking We also did some cooking, we made popcorn and hard boiled eggs. The hard boiled eggs were weird. You need a potato, take a quarter off the top and take most of the inside out and put the egg inside, put the top back on and wrap it in tinfoil, then put it on the fire. It has been a great opportunity to work together and challenge ourselves in different ways. Thank you H5!

Paralympian Visit

We were very excited to welcome Issy Bailey into school to tell us about Love and the Paralympics Games. She took part in the 2016 Paralympic Games where she got to take part in her real love of sports through shooting. She also told us about the first Paralympic Games and how it has grown through peoples love for sport.


In June a team of 15 children from years 3, 4 and 5 took part in the Cluster H5 Adventure Day. They had an amazing time cooking chocolate bananas and popcorn in their bushcraft session, problem solving and developing their team building skills and taking to the lake on the canoes. They really impressed us with their leaderships skills and the way in which they supported one another. 

Tag Rugby

A huge congratulations to the Year 5/6  and Year 3/4 teams who took part in the Tag Rugby tournament. The Year 3/4 showed real perserverance as they went from scoring no trys to scoring 6 in the final game. Year 5/6 were joint winners on the daywith St Mary's and will now be going to the County Event in June.

Hockey tournament

Well done to all of the children who took part in the cluster hockey event at RWBA. The children all played very well as a team and showed great sportsmanship.

Swimming Gala

Congratulations to the team of swimmers who took part in the cluster swimming gala. They showed great sportsmanship and excellent perseverance when supporting their team. They were also pleased to see our friend Olympic Swimmer Jo Jackson again.

Wildcats Visit

We were very pleased to welcome the Swindon Wildcats to school. The children learnt lots about the value of perseverance and how the Wildcats work together as a team. 

Key Stage 1 football

Congratulations to our Ks1 footballers who took part in the first cluster event of the year. They all showed excellent sportsmanship playing against other schools from within the cluster.

Staff training

Over the past year the staff have worked with different experts to support delivering PE and sport at St Bartholomews. We spent the term working with experts from Swindon Town FC, Ali from RWB tennis club showed us how to deliver tennis, Phil Smith from RWBA worked with us on challenging our children and Mr Brereton showed us the different apps that can be used on the iPads to support learning. 

Cluster Athletics Event

On a very hot day this term 14 children took part in the cluster athletics event. They competed in a throwing event, speed bounce then short, middle and relay track events. Well done to all of the children who took part and showed great sportsmanship.


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H5 Adventure Day

We were lucky enough to take a team of 15 children from ks2 on an adventure and problem solving day. The children worked fantatsically as a team and took part in problem solving tasks, fire lighting and canoeing. The highlight was when one canoe tipped over and 3 ended up in the lake, but they showed amazing perseverance and got straight back in, even though they were a bit soggy!!

Quik Cricket

Well done to our Year 5/6 cricket team who played in the cluster event at the beginning of June. They played 5 matches winning 4 of them. Out of the 8 schools St Bartholomew’s came 2nd! Well done to all of you.

Tag Rugby

In May two tag rugby teams, one from Year 3/4 and one from Year 5/6 attended the annual cluster event hosted by Royal Wootton Bassett Rugby Club. Both teams showed excellent teamwork and sportmanship. We were incredibly proud of our Year 5/6 team who came 1st for the second year in a row and brought the trophy back to school. They then went on to play in the county finals at Devizes Rugby Club coming third in their group.

Sports Relief

We supported Sports Relief this year by challenging each class to do as many steps as possible in a week. The loosing classes from each phase saw their teachers cycle their way through Golden assembly. The winning groups joined Miss Lawrence for a fun dance session and wore their own shoes to school to award their amazing feet! Together we raised over £200 for this amazing charity. 

Dance Festival

Congratulations to our dance team who showcased their Jive at the cluster event alongside 9 other schools.

Joe Wicks Fitness Week

Some of the children have been joining in with Joe Wicks Fitness Week. We have had great fun joining in with the movements. We were amazed to hear Joe do a shout out for St Barts! You'll find it on Wednesdays session at about 15 minutes on You Tube!