Physical Education (PE) Subject Statement
Physical Education at North Walsall Primary Academy aims to support and encourage all our pupils to become successful young sports people and become more ‘physically competent.’ Skills are taught to ensure that ‘learning to move’ is a key part of our lessons, as well as being, fun, competitive and engaging. We will try to provide our pupils with the knowledge needed to be successful in PE, physical activity, and School sports. The children are encouraged to not only take part in extra-curricular activities, but also think like a sports person, considering how they can improve and develop their skills. The PE curriculum is designed in a progressive way which enables all children to build upon prior skill acquisition and sport knowledge.
In Early Years, the curriculum is designed to allow to pupils to show control over objects, whether this be by catching, throwing, or kicking. It also ensures that the pupils have the opportunity to develop a good range of movement skills and co-ordination. Children are encouraged to experiment with space and feel more confident in moving in a variety of ways.
Moving through the school into Key Stage 1, pupils should 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. They should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations. Children should begin to master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and coordination.
Key stage 2 provides exciting opportunities for children 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. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating, and competing. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success. Upper Key Stage 2 are often offered the chance the take part in an exciting residential to develop their outdoor education skills which include life skills, confidence, teamwork, resilience, communication, and orienteering. Years 4, 5 and 6 are also offered swimming or catch up swimming lessons to ensure that all pupils meet the meet the national standard before they continue their journey into secondary school.
The PE curriculum is fun and engaging and aims to ensure that all children leave North Walsall Primary Academy as successful young sports people, with the ability to not only compete in sports, but to also transfer their team work, competitiveness, resilience, and perseverance into all aspects of their learning in the future.