PE, Sport & Physical Activity
At Half Acres Academy it is our intention that P.E will be delivered via high quality lessons that are fun, engaging and inspire all pupils to lead physically active lives.
We aim to provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way that supports their health and fitness, whilst boosting self-confidence, self-esteem and supporting the development of social skills, encouraging them to become successful lifelong learners. We are aware that research has shown a direct link between children’s physical and mental health and therefore we aim to provide experiences that will inspire pupils to not only develop physically but ensure mental wellbeing and a desire to succeed.
We are determined to provide opportunities to compete in sport and other activities such as inter-school competitions and taster sessions both during curriculum time and through extra curricular opportunities in order to build character and help embed values such as fairness and respect. Currently most of the inter-school competitive events are co-ordinated through the Five Town Schools Sports Partnership.
Through the Early Years curriculum children have opportunities to develop their physical skills through continuous access to a developmentally appropriate environment. Development Matters states that by the end of reception children must meet the early learning goal in Physical Development to achieve a good level of development. The curriculum at Half Acres is designed to ensure our pupils in Early Years achieve this. We provide opportunities to develop all aspects of moving and handling so that children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space.
The Early Learning goal in health and self care states that children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe. Our pupils regularly participate in physical activity both inside and outdoors in planned programmes of acrivity and self-initiated tasks.
In order to deliver the National Curriculum KS1 programme of study, we provide opportunities for pupils to develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. Each pupil receives at least two hour of P.E. a week. Over the course of the year this covers dance, gymnastics and a variety of games. We ensure they are able to engage in competitive and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations including competitions within the pyramid. At Half Acres Primary Academy we have developed a long term plan to ensure coverage of these key skills in KS1 and we also provide a range of extra curricular experiences to enhance this.
As set out by the National Curriculum KS2 programme of study, pupils should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. We are determined that they enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other and that they develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports, learning how to evaluate and recognise their own success. Over the key stage, pupils will continue to be taught dance, gymnastics and a variety of games, as well as athletics, outdoor and adventurous activities and swimming. The long term plan in place at Half Acres Primary Academy is designed to ensure coverage of these key skills in KS2, which are also enhanced with tasters of more unusual activities including wrestling .The P.E. National Curriculum at Key Stage 2 is delivered through two physical lessons per week. P.E lessons are carefully planned using objectives from the National Curriculum ensuring a breadth and depth of coverage.
At the end of each unit of work, children are given opportunities to self-assess their skills through evaluations, which are used as evidence in their topic files during a termly book scrutiny.
At Half Acres the current P.E subject leader is undertaking level 5 and 6 in Primary P.E specialism, at the end of this qualification they will share elements of good practice and feedback through the schools CPD sessions in order to improve class teachers’ P.E. subject knowledge.