At Wistaston Academy PE and sport is a key aspect of school life. Through their competitions and high quality teaching our pupils take pride in taking part and pushing themselves to achieve. As a school we adopt a ‘sports for all’ ethos and actively encourage and make participation in sports a core part of every pupils’ education. Through lessons, extra-curricular activities and school teams, there is an opportunity for every child to take part in physical activity. At Wistaston Academy we recognise PE as fundamental in developing the whole child and promote healthy active lifestyles and lifelong participation. Across the curriculum pupils learn to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. We prepare our children for life, as well as the next stage of their education. PE at Wistaston Academy gives pupils the opportunities to compete in sport and other physical activities, build character and help to embed values such as leadership, fairness and respect. We enable pupils to flourish as individuals; encouraging them to become leaders and pursue their own strengths in different sporting roles. Individual interests are promoted by offering an array of activities both at lunchtimes and after school. Staff at Wistaston Academy are enthusiastic, dynamic and committed to improving the quality of pupils’ learning and aim to create a caring and supportive working ethos, where pupils are recognised as individuals and learn to respect one another.
The PE curriculum at Wistaston Academy is adapted from the Complete PE scheme of work, which is based upon the Primary National Curriculum 2013, which provides a clear framework and outlines the knowledge and skills taught at each key stage. Careful consideration of learning objectives and key questions ensures declarative knowledge (knowing what) and procedural knowledge (knowing how) is taught across the curriculum. The curriculum is led and overseen by the PE Specialist, who supports class teachers in the planning and delivery of high-quality PE lessons. Pupils take part in two PE lessons each week. Active lunch times and breaktimes, intra and inter school competitions and festivals, active cross-curricular lessons and a range of extensive, before school, lunchtime and after school sports clubs (provided free of charge to all pupils) are available to pupils as part of our ambition to ensure that all pupils are taking part in at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day, during the school day. We have outstanding facilities, including changing rooms, a golden mile track, sports fields, playground apparatus, bespoke, purpose-built nursery and reception outdoor arears and an all-weather pitch which creates an environment for accelerated physical development. This, alongside a specialist PE teacher and coaches, supports pupils with a range of abilities and interests with pathways to achieve the ultimate goal of becoming lifelong participators in physical activity.
Early Years Foundation Stage
During the EYFS pupils are both encouraged and given the opportunity to be active and interactive; and develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. School leaders understand that it is important that pupils develop secure foundations for movement. To do this, pupils are taught to develop adequate levels of fundamental movement skills (FMS) in the early years. Pupils in EYFS receive high-quality instruction, practise and feedback in the three subdivisions of FMS:
- locomotor skills, for example running and jumping
- stability skills, for example twisting and balancing
- manipulation skills, such as throwing and catching
Pupils are guided to understand the importance of being physical active. They are taught to know the importance of physical exercise, healthy diet and are able to talk about ways to keep healthy and safe. They become independent in getting changed for PE.
Key stage 1
Pupils are taught to:
- Develop fundamental movement skills.
- Become competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others.
- Engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.
- Master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
- Participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending.
- Perform dances using simple movement patterns.
Key stage 2
Pupils are taught to:
- Apply and develop a broad range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement.
- Enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other.
- Develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.
- Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination.
- Play competitive games which are modified where appropriate.
- Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance.
- Perform dances using a range of movement patterns.
- Take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team.
- Compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
- Understand the knowledge that informs and successfully directs their movement: that is, knowledge of rules, strategies and tactics.
Swimming and water safety
To ensure pupils meet the government standard of being able to swim 25m all Key Stage 2 attend swimming lessons in the summer term.
Pupils are taught to:
- Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres.
- Use a range of strokes effectively.
- Perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
We promote the core values that develop through participating in physical activity, such as; commitment, resilience, fair play, teamwork, sportsmanship and determination. This, along with supporting the sport for all ethos, has culminated in the school being awarded the platinum sports mark; a government award acknowledging pupils participation rates, sporting success, leadership opportunities and promoting inclusivity for all within sport. Our aim is that children will leave Wistaston Academy with the knowledge, skills and attitude that will allow them to continue to lead a healthy active lifestyle. As a result of the PE curriculum at WA:
- Pupils will understand how to lead a healthy active lifestyle.
- Pupils will become lifelong participators in physical activity.
- Pupils will understand the relationship between being physically active and mental health.
- Pupils will have knowledge of rules in sport and sporting etiquette.
- Pupils will have knowledge of skills and be able to perform them in a wide range of sports.
- Pupils will understand how the body works.
- Pupils will take part in at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day.
- Pupils will have experience of sports competitions and festivals outside of the Wistaston Academy setting.
- Pupils will develop leadership skills in sports and everyday life that will equip them throughout life.
Impact is measured through:
- Summative assessment. At the end of each unit of work pupils are assessed by their teacher and given a progress grade to monitor their performance. The subject specialist uses their assessment grade to provide the necessary guidance and support to further increase their level of attainment.
- End of year assessment which is based on 3 areas of activity that best reflect a pupil’s ability.
- Assessing pupils learning through questioning and discussion.
- Pupil and staff questionnaires.
- Lesson observations and learning walks.
- Staff CPD and meetings.
- Activity levels of pupils.
- Tracking of club participation.
- Meeting the requirements of the School Games Mark awards.