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 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). Children in Year 4 and 5 have swimming lessons at Blythe Bridge High School.
Meet Mr Wilkinson
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 secondary schools. He is also a qualified swimming teacher.
EXTRA CURRICULAR SPORTS
There are many opportunities to take part in extracurricular sporting activities including cricket, athletics, cross country, football, tag rugby, netball, boxercise, table tennis, Tennis, multi skills and dance. Some of these are provided by our committed teaching staff while others are provided by outside agencies.
We have an active Sports Council and in Year 6; eight children are elected to represent their house team as House Captains and Vice Captains.
These children help to organise and run an extensive programme of inter house activities and competitions throughout the year.
Year 5 and 6 children are also given the opportunities to develop their leadership skills in Sports and Games, helping out at after school clubs.
Playground leaders organise and lead playtime games for Key Stage 1.
LINKS WITH LOCAL HIGH SCHOOLS
We have strong links with Blythe Bridge High School and Mr Edwards (PE department). The programme includes inter school competitions in a variety of sports and an additional after school sports club. This allows us to provide opportunities for pupils to take part in sports that we don’t always have the facilities for in school for example volleyball, basketball and trampolining.
CELEBRATING PHYSICAL EDUCATION
We are committed to help celebrate our children’s achievements both in and out of school.
We have weekly trophy 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’.
We also celebrate the work done in our dance clubs in KS2 with an evening ‘pick and mix’ dance show performance for parents.
MEIR HEATH ACADEMY RESIDENTIALS
In Year 3 and 6, children are able to take part in a residential. This is a great opportunity for them to develop confidence, teamwork skills and to overcome challenges. Outdoor activities on offer include bridge building, high ropes, and kayaking.
Year Six Swimming Attainment 2019-2020
92% of children can swim confidently over a distance of 25metres
84% of children can swim confidently using a range of strokes
94% of children can perform safe self-rescue in different water based situations
However, 1 child who was a severe non-swimmer at the start attained 10m award.
Year Six Swimming Attainment 2018-2019
85% of children can swim confidently over a distance of 25metres
73.3% of children can swim confidently using a range of strokes
85% of children can perform safe self rescue in different water based situations
However 8.3% managed to attain 10m award from being a severe non swimmer.
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.
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.