At Silkmore Primary Academy, we believe that PE and sport are important in supporting fulfilment of our mission ‘Aim high, achieve together’, as physical education offers a wide variety of opportunities for children to develop and excel in a range of activities that support physical, social, cognitive, and moral development. Through physical education, we aim to provide the children with the fundamental knowledge and skills required to make a positive, and long-term impact on their health and well-being.
We intend to deliver a high-quality, broad, and balanced PE curriculum that inspires all children to try, learn and succeed in sport. We want all children to experience a wide variety of sports and life skills to be able to enhance their opportunities and encourage a love of sport and fitness, to lead a healthy, active lifestyle. Providing a well-rounded programme will support, develop, and challenge students’ confidence and self-esteem in their ability to apply fundamental skills to a range of activities. By offering opportunities to work individually, cooperatively, and competitively as part of a team we educate children and embed values of mutual respect and fairness, whilst catering for the needs and talents of each student.
Our PE curriculum is designed to progress learning to allow children to become proficient in a variety of sports by the end of key stage 2. We endeavour to provide engaging, active, challenging, and enjoyable sessions for all. As part of our wider curriculum offer, we encourage the uptake of extra-curricular activity clubs, participation in competitions, and daily exercise through active lessons and break times.
The PE curriculum is delivered in line with the PEDPASS assessment documents, that aid staff in delivering the objectives and core skills required for that particular year group. Teachers can adjust lessons to suit the needs, interests and talents in the class whilst ensuring full skill coverage. Lessons are delivered either by the class teacher or by the HLTA, who have worked in partnership with the PE lead.
In KS1 children have access to two hours of physical activity every week, with a strong focus on fundamental key skills and early knowledge of game situations to be able to apply in KS2 focus games. Children focus on agility, balance, co-ordination, and movement and apply these skills to areas including gymnastics, dance, athletics, and various team games.
In KS2 children receive an hour of PE provision and a further hour of outdoor education in our forest school area. Children in year 4 and 5 currently use their first hour of PE provision on swimming lessons to help meet the KS2 requirement of swimming 25 metres unaided. Therefore, their forest school afternoon is split into 45- minute blocks allowing for a skill or game focused PE session. For KS2 pupils they should continue to apply and develop a range
of skills enabling them to utilise them across different sport areas – decided upon by the class teacher. There is a greater focus on communication, collaboration, and competition with an understanding of rules and how to improve to achieve greater success.
Each lesson, children are given opportunities to practise and further embed previous skills. Different skills are introduced and recapped throughout the year, across the subject areas. Children are then given opportunities to apply this knowledge within the session and in subsequent sessions. Within sessions we aim to make sure children are active for sustained periods of time in line with the national curriculum recommendation.
Wider Curriculum offers
Throughout the school year children from reception to year 6 are given the opportunity to join a range of extra-curricular after school clubs, delivered by teachers. Some of the extra-curricular opportunities include Girl’s football in KS1 as part of the FA shooting stars programme, football, netball, forest schools, multi skills, cricket, and tag rugby. By making links with local community clubs, we also aim to offer taster sessions to encourage uptake outside of school. We aspire to also engage children into competitions both in school and at events within the local area. As part of our 11B411 promise with Reach2, children take on exciting, challenging adventures, some of which immerse them in an area of physical activity. Year 4 are completing the ‘Messing about in water’ promise at an inflatable water park thus helping to build water confidence and enjoyment in the water. Year 2 are becoming ‘Hiking Heroes’ and are climbing the Wrekin, linked with outdoor and adventure skills. Other promises include a flash mob dance and make or break a Reach 2 record whereby in September 2022 all Reach schools will take part in a colour run at the same time. In the year 2020/21 we received recognition of ongoing engagement with the school games mark framework.
Daily physical activity
To encourage healthy, active lifestyles, we aim to embed 30 minutes of physical activity throughout the school day. Our active lunch and break times enable children to become more physically active through a zone of their choice with equipment provided, including the following: use of the trim trail, football on rotation, crates, tires, rounders, cricket, hoops, scooter boards, frisbees and space hoppers. Upon completion of the daily mile track, children will have access to a daily mile session each day (Sept 2022).
As a result of our PE offer, Silkmore Primary Academy leavers will:
Have experienced a wide range of sports and activities
Children will leave proficient in tennis, dodgeball, netball, hockey, cricket, rounders, athletics, dance, gymnastics and outdoor and adventure skills
Most will find a sport/ physical activity they enjoy and endeavour to continue
Be confident and competent in the skills and knowledge required to meet expected standard
Lead happy and healthy lifestyles
Have had opportunities to compete in sporting events
Have developed their thinking and decision-making skills
Demonstrate a desire to improve and gain confidence
Embed values of fairness and respect
Create positive attitudes towards sports and healthy lifestyles
Silkmore Primary Academy follows an exciting initiative, Commando Joe's!
Commando Joe's aims to provide a character learning journey that can be personalised to the needs of children, whatever their background or circumstance - encouraging our children to think critically and develop a mindset that thrives on looking at themselves and others from different perspectives.
The School led Primary programme is progressive from Early Years phase through to Year 6 and preparing children and young people during the important transition phase to secondary school. The resources help create a smooth transition process which is based on children’s academic and pastoral needs.
Building the confidence of primary school children before they leave is of utmost importance: children with high self-esteem are better able to make difficult decisions under peer pressure, approach adults for support, and be self-sufficient in their learning. The programme develops this resilience through many activities, being part of the team, performing challenges or having a leadership role. Activities in class and homework projects that need to be completed independently can help prepare children for the new world of homework timetables. They develop their sense of adventure and increase their self-sufficiency by taking part in new and unfamiliar activities. These transferable skills will stand them in good stead as they move off into the unfamiliar world of secondary education.