As stated in the 2014 Physical Education Curriculum aims, the PE curriculum at Highnam C of E Primary Academy is designed to meet the needs of all pupils to ensure that they:
- develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
- are physically active for sustained periods of time
- engage in competitive sports and activities
- lead healthy, active lives.
At Highnam, we follow the Real PE schemes of work which are fully aligned to the National Curriculum and Ofsted requirements and focus on the development of agility, balance and coordination, healthy competition and cooperative learning. Each unit of work has a different focus to develop the key abilities necessary for success in PE and sport and across the curriculum: creative, physical, health and fitness, personal, social and cognitive. The intent of our PE curriculum is to provide all children with high quality PE and sport provision. It is our vision for every pupil to succeed and achieve their potential as well as to lead physically active lifestyles. We take on a child-centred approach to the delivery of PE lessons that challenges and supports every child across the school. This approach is achieved through the use of our Real PE, which begins in EYFS all the way through to the end of Key Stage 2. From this, children at Highnam C of E Primary Academy are able to develop and focus on their agility, balance and coordination, promotion of healthy competition and cooperative learning.
At Highnam, PE is taught as an area of learning in its own right as well as integrated where possible with other curriculum areas. Every class across the school undertake two hours of PE per week. Each class completes one Real PE lesson per week and the other is an hour of quality 'traditional' PE lessons where children will be taught a range of sports such as rugby, dance and athletics. Where possible, children also learn other more non-traditional units of work such as volleyball, orienteering and fencing. In this, the children learn to work together as a team and are rewarded for skills such as aspiration, inspiration and fair play. Opportunities for children to compete in sport are organised throughout the year which help build character and embed values such as fairness and respect. Children across the school are given the opportunity to take part in internal and external competitions. PE and sporting activities are inclusive at Highnam, where every child has the opportunity to perform and compete. External coaches, local clubs and organisations and educational visits are also planned to support the PE curriculum and to enrich the pupil’s sporting experience. A healthy life-style is promoted with opportunities for children to stay active and eat healthily throughout the day. Children will complete a daily mile and will aim to work on their personal best throughout the year. It is also encouraged that children walk, cycle or scoot to school where possible, however on one week of every year we partake in the ‘Big Pedal’ to promote active journeys to school. Each year, a Sports Crew will be trained to lead PE in the school at a child-to-child level. They provide feedback to staff and help ensure that break and lunch-times are fun and active. Working with the 5-ways to well-being the children provide activities at break and lunch-time for pupils to join in with.
PE is taught as a basis for lifelong learning, where the children have access to a wide range of activities in the belief that if taught well and the children are allowed to succeed, then they will continue to have a physically active life. A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all children to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. At Highnam, we provide opportunities for children to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities within after school clubs and external competitions help to develop good sportsmanship and team work.
The School Games Mark
The School Games Mark rewards schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community and Highnam C of E Primary Academy have been awarded gold for the past 2 years.