Physical Education (P.E.)
Through our P.E. provision, our aim is that all children will be passionate about sport and have the skills they need to go on to lead healthy, active lifestyles both during their time at school and throughout their lives; Not only physically, but also mentally.
We aim to do this by engaging all children in a wide variety of sports to develop their physical skills in a range of situations, including agility, balance and co-ordination, as well as communication skills, teamwork, leadership, resilience, determination, the ability to think strategically in competitive situations, and to develop their self-belief and self-awareness.
At our Academy, we spend a minimum of 2 hours per week on curriculum P.E. and our provision is based on the Rising Stars Champions P.E. curriculum as seen below:
- Dance, using a range of movement patterns, which is linked to the E3L Curriculum
- Gymnastics, Pilates and Boxercise to develop technique, flexibility, control, strength and balance (Further developed with support from tumbling coach Chris Porter)
- Athletics, with a focus on running, jumping and throwing and achieving their personal best
- Tennis, Badminton, Cricket, Rounders, Netball, Basketball and Football, with a focus on developing throwing and catching skills, hand-eye co-ordination, teamwork, communication and developing strategies for attacking and defending in competitive situations.
We will also provide bespoke opportunities, such as outdoor adventurous activities and swimming. Within swimming, the aim is for children to leave Year 6 being able to swim competently and confidently over a distance of at least 25 metres, using a range of strokes effectively [E.g. front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke], and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
We have also had the opportunity to develop our gifted athletes in areas such as gymnastics. Our children are fortunate to benefit from coaching by Chris Porter, who is the head tumbling coach at Birmingham Gymnastics Club and has been selected 6 times as the team GB coach at the World Championships.
Across the academic year, there are a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities for children to take part in, both at lunch time and after-school. In addition to this, children at our Academy also take part in the Daily Mile for 15 minutes each day, where children are encouraged to run or jog if possible, to increase physical activity levels throughout the day; this helps to not only improve fitness, but also has a positive effect on mental wellbeing. Throughout the academic year, children have the opportunity to take part in competitions at both an intra- and inter-school level.