PE Curriculum Aims
At Violet Way Academy, we believe that good-quality Physical Education (PE) empowers children to enjoy taking responsibility for developing active and healthy lifestyles. We aim to deliver a balanced program that offers a variety of activities to develop our children's knowledge, skills and understanding in PE and improve their health and well-being. Positive participation in PE will enable children to build self-esteem, team work and a positive attitude. We want to introduce them to the pleasures of sport to help develop active children who benefit from a healthy lifestyle.
At Violet Way Academy, we encourage lifelong engagement in physical activity and a healthy lifestyle by making PE inclusive, personalised and enjoyable. Children will gain knowledge, skills and understanding through their PE lessons and extra-curricular activities and experiences.
Our PE curriculum aims to:
- Establish healthy habits at a young age
- Develop confidence and competence in a broad range of physical activities
- Encourage children to be physically active for sustained periods of time
- Positively promote competitive and cooperative physical activities
- Ensure children have an age-appropriate understanding of the importance of physical fitness, health and well-being
A key part of how we teach PE is giving the children the opportunity to reflect, evaluate and give feedback on the performance of themselves and others.
We utilise the 'Power of PE' scheme of learning because it provides a well-planned, progressive PE curriculum from Reception to Y2. The lessons cover all areas of the Physical Education National Curriculum in a sequential order, presenting teachers with a clear progression of learning to support the delivery of PE. The Power of PE comprises all the resources and support teachers need to plan, deliver and implement a high quality Physical Education curriculum. The lesson plans have been created in such a way to ensure that children’s develop their PE knowledge, skills and understanding year-on-year. Each unit develops in complexity, thus, ensuring progress.
Progression in PE
In Reception, there is a clear focus on pupils developing and improving agility, balance, coordination, catching and throwing. The KS1 PE scheme of learning builds on what the children learn in Reception. All the planning is progressive from Reception into KS1. The focus in Reception is balance, running and stopping, catching and throwing through a range of fun, theme games and physical activities. Children in KS1 enjoy learning a broad range of physical activities:
- Health Related Exercise
- Striking and Fielding
Physical Education beyond PE lessons
Children in Year 1 have swimming lessons, which we feel provides the foundation of a vital life skill. Each class in Year 1 has a term of swimming lessons at Green Bank Leisure Centre.
In addition to their PE lessons, we provide all children with resources to support active break and lunch times as well as access to our trim trail and woodlands. We also provide extra-curricular sports clubs for the children to supplement our PE curriculum, for example, yoga, dance, Karate, gymnastics, football. These may vary from term to term.
Our 'Well-being Wednesdays' are planned to ensure children develop a holistic understanding of their own health, including physical and mental well-being.
Children in Year 2 have the opportunity to go to Kingswood for a residential trip, where children participate in a range of physical activities, including team games, obstacle courses and climbing. In Reception, pupils visit Conkers at the end of the year, exploring, discovering and getting active and adventurous in the heart of the National Forest. Not only do these trips help to promote positive, active lifestyles, they also help pupils develop confidence, teamwork and resilience.
PE Curriculum Impact
At Violet Way Academy, we want all children to make the best possible progress in PE from their individual starting points. Through a progression, well-planned PE curriculum, by the time they leave our academy, they will have developed fundamental movement skills, be competent and confident in agility, balance and coordination and will be well-prepared for the Key Stage 2 Physical Education curriculum. They will have engaged in competition, worked individually and with others in a range of increasingly challenging activities. Our children will have participated in team games and developed simple tactics for attacking and defending. They will have created and performed dances and had the opportunity to evaluate their own and others performance. Through active participation in PE, sporting events and wider physical activities, our children will also develop skills of team work, leadership, fairness and respect.