Physical Education

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At Meir Heath Academy, we are committed to providing outstanding PE provision. We employ a specialist fully qualified PE teacher, Mr Wilkinson, who teaches PE to all KS1 and KS2 classes throughout the school.

We aim to provide a broad, balanced and comprehensive programme of physical activities. Our facilities include a gym, a multipurpose school yard with markings for netball and tennis, a large field, an orienteering course, a KS1 play area and KS2 outdoor Education Fitness Centre (EFC).

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Meet Mr Wilkinson

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Mr Wilkinson has a passion for sport and his commitment for providing the best opportunities for the children make him our Meir Heath treasure! He is an experienced PE teacher who has taught in both Primary and Secondary schools as well as being a Sports Coordinator for a cluster of  Primary Schools. He is also a qualified swimming teacher.

INTENT

Physical Education is taught so that children have the opportunity to develop the tools and understanding required to make a positive impact on their own physical health and well-being. Giving children the opportunity to experience a wide variety of sports and physical skills to enable and enhance life-long fitness and life choices.

Through delivery of high-quality P.E. lessons, children are taught skills to keep them safe, such as learning to swim, and skills of collaboration, such as how to co-operate and collaborate with others as part of an effective team, understanding fairness and equity of play. The teaching of P.E. also provides valuable opportunities to teach children life skills such as how to cope with both success and failure in competitive, individual and team-based physical activities.

In addition to the importance placed on P.E. lessons we also have a wider curriculum offer which includes the opportunities for children to take part in extra-curricular sports and activity clubs and competitions. Daily physical activity and health enhancing activities also play a crucial role in our offer to children including active lessons, active break and lunchtimes and extra-curricular activities.

IMPLEMENTATION

Physical Education is taught for the most part by Mr Wilkinson with the class teacher also teaching one P.E. lesson per week. Children have equal opportunities to take part in a range of sports and physical activities within a supportive environment where effort as well as success is recognised.

Children are encouraged to participate in exercise throughout the day during P.E. lessons, clubs, lunch provision and special events. At Meir Heath Academy the P.E. curriculum is structured to provide a range of sports experiences during which every child participates to develop their skills and learning through competitive, team and individual sports. Through our provision children can aim to flourish at sports in which they have a particular interest or flair for. Children with additional needs are provided with appropriate support to enable them to take part and gain confidence in skills, understanding and motivation. We teach the National Curriculum supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. Children gain experience of a variety of fundamental skills. This has a focus on agility, balance, co-ordination and fitness. Children take part in individual skills, group skills and team games, using P.E. equipment appropriate for their age. During KS2, children have a series of structured swimming lessons at the local High School.

Children are given the opportunity to compete at various levels including personal best challenges in school and other intra-school challenges between house teams. We take part in many local cluster and School Games events and hold the Gold Level School Games Mark.

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IMPACT

As a result of a strong Physical Education curriculum and wider curriculum offer, Meir Heath Academy leavers will:

  • Acquire new knowledge and skills to develop an in-depth understanding of P.E.

  • Be willing to practise skills in a wide range of different activities and situations, alone, in small groups and teams and to apply these skills in chosen activities to achieve exceptionally high levels of performance.

  • Have high levels of physical fitness.

  • Be able to remain physically active for sustained periods of time and have an understanding of the importance of this in promoting long term health and well-being.

  • Take the initiative and become excellent young leaders (KS2), organising and officiating, evaluating and motivating an excellent sporting attitude in others.

  • Have exceptional levels of originality, imagination and creativity in their techniques, tactics and choreography, knowledge on how to improve their own and others' performance and the ability to work independently for extended periods of time without the need of guidance or support.

  • Have a keen interest in P.E. - a willingness to participate eagerly in every lesson, highly positive attitudes and the ability to make informed choices about engaging fully in extra-curricular activities.

  • Know how to remain safe in and around water and be able to swim at least 25 metres before the end of Year 6.

CELEBRATING PHYSICAL EDUCATION


MEIR HEATH ACADEMY RESIDENTIALS

We are committed to help celebrate our children’s achievements both in and out of school. 

 

We have weekly awards for our PE proud performers in EYFS, KS1 and KS2.

 

We have our prestigious end of year Sports Assembly to celebrate all the hard work the children have done throughout the year.  Awards are given for our ‘Sports Star of the future’ and our overall ‘Most enthusiastic performers’ and ‘Sports personality of the year’.

In Year 6, children are able to take part in a residential visit. This is a great opportunity for them to develop confidence, teamwork skills and to overcome challenges. Outdoor activities on offer include orienteering, raft building, high ropes course, archery and kayaking.

SWIMMING

Year Six Swimming Attainment 2021-2022

73% of children can swim confidently over a distance of 25metres

65% of children can swim confidently using a range of strokes

98% of children can perform safe self-rescue in different water based situations

However, 1 child did not take part in any lessons (swim refuser)

10% achieved 10m in three strokes.

 

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MR WILKINSON'S YOU TUBE 'AT HOME' P.E. CLUB VIDEOS

If you are missing your P.E. after school clubs due to COVID19, please take a look at Mr Wilkinson's 'At Home' P.E. club videos and join in. Remember, once you have completed each workout, Mr Wilkinson will say a secret code sentence which you can then share with your class teacher to receive 4 DOJOs! 

MEIR HEATH FITNESS VIDEO 1

MEIR HEATH FITNESS VIDEO 2

MEIR HEATH FITNESS VIDEO 3

MEIR HEATH FITNESS VIDEO 4

PRIMARY PE AND SPORTS FUNDING

All primary schools receive an additional yearly PE Premium grant from the Government. This extra funding is intended to heighten the effectiveness of PE provision in schools, and it is at the school’s discretion as to how the additional funding is spent.

SCHOOL'S AIM

Our school’s aim is to use the additional funding to improve the quality of teaching of PE, as well as engaging our children in high quality sporting activities, both curricular, extra-curricular and providing the children with experiences they may not get to do outside and beyond primary school.

Sport Premium Funding Impact Report 20-21

PRIMARY PE AND SPORTS FUNDING

All primary schools receive an additional yearly PE Premium grant from the Government. This extra funding is intended to heighten the effectiveness of PE provision in schools, and it is at the school’s discretion as to how the additional funding is spent.

SCHOOL'S AIM

Our school’s aim is to use the additional funding to improve the quality of teaching of PE, as well as engaging our children in high quality sporting activities, both curricular, extra-curricular and providing the children with experiences they may not get to do outside and beyond primary school.

Sport Premium Funding Impact Report 20-21