Physical Education

Physical Education is an essential aspect of all children’s physical, social and emotional development and is highly valued at our academy. Children are provided with the opportunity to access a wide range of activities that help to support and develop key motor skills, body awareness and physical development in a fun environment.

Early Years

The first introduction to PE for children is the most important so that engagement and interest is instilled early. Sessions focus around fundamental movement skills, co-ordination, balance, agility and the correct way in which children will interact with their peers. Towards the end of foundation stage we begin to introduce small, competitive games that incorporate various skills that have been developed throughout the year.

Key Stage 1

In Key Stage One our children have their academic year split into half-term topics to cover all aspects of the curriculum, so that they develop the necessary sporting skills. For sessions the skills our children have already obtained is enhanced with techniques being refined and applying them in game situations, with a large focus on decision making of when to use certain skills. Gymnastics is a very popular topic with our children and the main focus in Key Stage One is to instil an understanding of safe practice. Throughout the topic, the half term is structured with rolling, sports acrobatics and apparatus work all having two weeks blocks of learning. Summer sees Athletics introduced to our children which is always highly popular with each lesson having a different discipline as its focus. The children learn the correct techniques for new sporting disciplines, such as Javelin and long jump. For the duration of Key Stage One the focus is on skill and technique refinement, whilst exposing the children to new sports ready for Key Stage Two.

Key Stage 2

Throughout the year in Key Stage Two our children participate in an array of sporting facets from invasion games, net and wall, striking and fielding games. The focus for this is to develop children’s game understanding and how to use the skills acquired in KS1 and EYFS in competitive situations. Different invasion games will be experienced in the year with concentration on enjoyment, technique and tactical understanding targeted to improve children’s overall sporting prowess. As children’s techniques develop throughout the topic, the focus on self-assessment and peer assessment will be introduced to further demonstrate understanding. Gymnastics for Key Stage 2 is focused around sequences and creativity within a structured setting. The use of apparatus and Sports Acrobatics will be a common factor to lessons to develop confidence, core stability and teamwork skills. The rolling, balancing and strength skills already acquired in the lower school will be further refined to show style, which will then be demonstrated to classmates on a regular basis. Summer is focused around Athletics with children developing on techniques already embedded into their muscle memory, and looking to tweak techniques to end up with an improvement in a variety of disciplines.

After school clubs

Our academy has a vast array of sporting after school clubs that are all linked to the curriculum. Last academic year we saw record attendances and this is something that we are tremendously proud of. After school clubs are on every evening with a lot of choice available. The clubs will have set target ages and will be stated. The school has a policy to promote those that are gifted in sport and children will be identified and invited to clubs that may not be open to their year band. Just have a look below at the clubs we do!

BOXERCISE DODGEBALL FOOTBALL TAG RUGBY
CHANGE4LIFE CROSS COUNTRY NETBALL SPORTS HALL ATHLETICS
ATHLETICS BASKETBALL MULTI SPORTS BOOTCAMP
KARATE GYMNASTICS HOCKEY ROUNDERS
TENNIS LEARN AND MOVE CRICKET HORSE RIDING

 

Gifted and talented

In every year from Year 1 through to Year 6 children have been identified in PE lessons as gifted and talented. Children that have been identified will be moved forwards with after school clubs to test them and further harness their ability. Our academy has an ethos and history of having younger children that are gifted and talented, representing the school in competitions against older children. ‘If you are good enough, you are old enough!’.

Sports Ambassadors and Leaders

These roles are given out to children in Year 5 (Sports Leaders) and Year 6 (Sports Ambassadors), children apply for these roles at the beginning of the academic year. Those that are selected for the roles will be given a rota for each week as to when they take charge of activities at break and dinner times on the playground for the other children. All activities are supervised so that children can ask for help if needed but these roles are about learning new skills and add responsibility to their school life. Our leaders also play key roles at events that the school hosts in inter-school competitions as well as sports days and other sporting activities.

Assessment tool

Our academy has its own assessment tool which has been developed for all areas of the curriculum and for all ages. EYFS has two separate assessment tools, one for nursery and the other for reception with children working through a variety of age related skills.

In Key Stage one there is an assessment for movement and understanding that is key to identifying children’s’ awareness of their surroundings, along with their application of skills. Gymnastics has its own assessments which falls under the MASTER group, and this has a different age related expectations. This also allows the academy to identify those working above ARE (age related expectations) and those below.

GYMNASTICS
M ovement – the co-ordination and fluidity of movements .
A pparatus – the use of apparatus and the way in which children navigate and dismount equipment.
S trength – the strength of holds and balances helps to determine the quality of the holds.
T ogether – how to create and choreograph sequences or balances as part of a group.
E ndurance – the quality of movements or holds is consistent as the body tires.
R olling – all kinds of rolling movements.

 

Assessment games also falls under the MASTER groups which focuses on singular sports. There are 36 targets to try to achieve throughout a topic and there is a big focus on understanding of games. Each topic gets revisited each year so over the course of key stage to children develop the understanding. This is tool has assessment for Football, Netball, Basketball, Hockey, Handball, Cricket, Tag Rugby, Rounders and Tennis.

In athletics we use a nationally recognised tool that awards children with gold, silver and bronze dependent on distance, or time for the event that is recorded. This provides all children with the chances to develop and have different targets to aim for within track and field events.

The temperature test that we also use helps the school to track fitness levels, giving the children a score along with a temperature with the best the score the hotter the temperature. It is a very simple running test that children have the opportunity to stop at whenever they are ready too. Children know their personal score prior to taking the test and it helps them to aim for higher. As a school this forms part of our health assessments on the children and fits in with a ‘bootcamp’ component to the PE topic that is very popular.

School Games

As an academy we regular hold Level 1 Intra School games competitions for all Key Stage Two children in a wide range of sports. All PE lessons are highly competitive but alongside this we have a fully inclusive inter house programme that is ran on the 6 main sporting values. The inter house competitions provide all children with the opportunity to access competitive games situations in a fun environment.

Inter School

The academy has had plenty of success in inter school competitions, competing in Town, City and County events throughout the year. We have teams in Football, Tag Rugby, Rounders, Cross Country, Sports Hall Athletics, Athletics, Netball and Dodgeball. The teams are specially selected and have specific practices focusing on up and coming competitions. Due to the academies location we are part of the Longton Association and come under the Stoke North area, meaning we compete against other schools in these districts. The academy has a strong role within the Longton Association, leading both Cross Country and Rounders.

Swimming

All classes in Key Stages One and Two are provided with the opportunity to swim. These sessions are delivered throughout the year by qualified instructors at Trentham High School.  The onus is on providing younger children with early initial experience of the water, using this as a valuable platform to develop their ability and techniques as they move through the school.

As part of the learning, children are able to develop an understanding of the benefits of swimming for their fitness and life safety skills. Early experiences of the water will involve the appropriate equipment to support children’s development (floats, armbands etc) as they gain the skills to be able to float and produce effective strokes.

By the end of Key Stage Two, pupils are expected to be able to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance which is at least 25 metres, using a variety of different strokes to do so. To add to this, children will be taught to use their understanding of life safety to perform safe self-rescue in a series of different situations.