Physical Education

Every class from Year 1 to Year 6 receives two hours of taught PE per week, including timetabled outdoor education.

Our PE activities are planned and delivered constructively to:

  • Encourage pupils (and staff) to develop a positive attitude towards keeping fit and healthy
  • Provide opportunities for pupils to learn and develop skills through a range of physical activities, modelled examples and to participate in partnerships and teams both within school and for competitive out-of-school leagues/tournaments
  • To encourage a healthy and systematic approach to health and physical wellbeing alongside the opportunity to learn and apply skills and promote inspired participation
  • Develop new, previously inaccessible, activities and introduce new skills and abilities which will lead to increased confidence and pupils’ expectations
  • Develop pupils’ stamina, confidence, considered risk-taking and perseverance.

All of our PE lessons at PWPA are structured into a progressive PE curriculum, which is differentiated appropriately to accelerate children’s physical skills and provide challenge to all abilities. This allows us to:

  • Teach PE with confidence
  • Promote the correlation between mental and physical wellbeing
  • Easily demonstrate impact on sport participation and attainment for Sport Premium funding
  • Improve fitness, promote a healthy lifestyle and cultivate a love of PE
  • Monitor and track pupils’ progress with fun fitness challenges and motivating rewards.

EYFS and KS1

Children are introduced to and begin to develop fundamental movement skills through gymnastics, dance and multi-skills, including outdoor team/initiative tasks. Children are encouraged to practise and participate in a range of activities aimed at developing their agility, balance and co-ordination alongside competitive and co-operative physical activities.

KS2

Children apply and further develop the skills introduced above. Pupils learn how to use these in different ways and link them together to take part in competitive sports.  Children enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other, taking ownership of their own physical development and learning how to evaluate and recognise their own success. Pupils learn dance, gymnastics, athletics, net games, striking and fielding, and outdoor/adventurous activities.

Pupils in Y4 and Y6 attend weekly swimming lessons, Y3 learn forest craft, Y4 mountain biking, Y5 kayaking, caving and climbing and Y6 skiing.

Outdoor Learning

For us outdoor learning is a broad term that includes discovery, experimentation, learning about and connecting to the natural world and engaging in adventure activities and outdoor sports.

It is:

  • Active: through what children do, what they encounter and what they discover
  • Facilitated: not simply here is the task and this is how you do it
  • Knowledge-based: learning about the outdoors, oneself and others.

The potential benefits of outdoor learning are so many that we group them into four broad categories:

Background

  • Enhanced personal and social communication skills
  • Increased physical health
  • Enhanced mental and spiritual health
  • Enhanced spiritual, sensory and aesthetic awareness
  • The ability to assert personal control and increased sensitivity to pupils’ own well-being

Planned

  • Develop self-esteem, take personal responsibility, co-operate with and respect the needs of others
  • Extend pupils’ personal horizons through greater appreciation and understanding of the world and its peoples around them
  • Understand the need for sustainable relationships between people and their environment
  • Enhance practical problem-solving and team-work skills
  • Promote a positive and knowledgeable response towards personal health and well-being

Bonus

  • Children gain more value than was expected, more by chance than by design, normally as a result of a highly supportive climate for learning
  • Children become more confident to try and experience new things in an environment where they feel comfortable if they make a mistake

Wider

  • Outdoor learning experiences can have a lasting impact on pupils
  • These benefits can not only influence the children but also those around them, such as their family, friends, school, society and future generations

Behaviour, attitudes and personal development:

Outdoor leaning in our academy promotes outstanding behaviour and attitudes, in terms of:

  • Respect for self and others
  • Identifying and celebrating commonalities
  • Valuing and nurturing difference
  • Well-being
  • Commitment and motivation
  • Self-control

Outdoor learning in our academy promotes outstanding personal development, in terms of:

  • Going beyond the expected … to offer opportunities of exceptional quality
  • Consistent benefit for the most disadvantaged pupils
  • Rich, coherently planned experiences which considerably strengthen the school’s offer
  • Exemplary practice, worthy of being shared with others

Learning programme

EYFS: School-based initiative exercises and team challenges
Y1: School-based team challenges, forest craft and using the natural environment
Y2: School-based forest craft and maths and literacy through the outdoors
Y3: School-based team challenges, orienteering and archery
Y4: School-based orienteering, off-site forest craft and off-site mountain biking
Y5: School-based orienteering, gorge walking, canoeing, climbing, caving, orienteering, scavenger hunts and outdoor challenge activities in the Brecon Beacons
Y6: School-based archery, off-site team challenges, orienteering and skiing (/snowboarding)