The government has provided additional funding of £150 million per annum to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding – provided jointly by the Department for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport – will be allocated to primary school headteachers.
At South Kirkby Academy, we believe that this additional funding provides us with a brilliant opportunity to improve our provision for PE and sport.
We already provide many opportunities for participation in sport and PE within the curriculum, through clubs and in the many competitions we enter in the local and wider areas.
At SKA, we believe that physical education allows pupils to learn about themselves, the importance of a healthy lifestyle, self-expression and concepts such as fair play and respect. It also contributes to the development of a range of important cognitive skills such as decision making and analysis, and social skills such as teamwork and communication. We believe that sport and PE in our school helps to promote our school key values: dedication, aspiration, co-operation and inspiration.
Physical education at our school encourages pupils to be active and supports them in their understanding of how to participate safely and effectively. The pupils understand the barriers to participation and are dedicated to overcome these for themselves and others. Our PE programme is inclusive and ensures that pupils of all abilities access the range of activities we offer.
Aims and Purposes
PE offers opportunities for pupils to:
- become more skillful and intelligent performers, acquire and develop skills, perform with increasing control, competence and confidence in a range of physical activities and contexts.
- learn how to select, develop and apply skills and ideas which suit activities that need different approaches and ways of thinking.
- set targets for themselves and, where appropriate, compete against others individually and with team cooperation.
- improve observation skills and the ability to describe and make simple judgements on their own performance and that of others, and to use their observations and judgements to improve that performance.
- take the initiative, lead activities and focus on improving aspects of their own performance, as well as being positive role models.
- respond to a variety of challenges in a range of physical contexts and environments.
- develop positive attitudes to participation in physical activities, competition and discover their own aptitudes and preferences for different activities, producing well-balanced and rounded young people.
- develop an understanding of the effects of exercise on the body, and an appreciation of the value of safe exercise, combined with an appropriate diet and active lifestyle.
Key aims across the school:
All pupils at SKA are entitled to benefit from high quality PE provision and we aim to ensure all pupils are aware of the benefits of PE and sport in school.
- To provide a well-balanced programme of physical education which will include; games, gymnastics and dance, athletics, outdoor adventures and swimming.
- To contribute to healthy and active lifestyles, improving emotional well-being, reducing poor behaviour and increasing attendance.
- To promote a positive attitude to health and hygiene.
- To instil that regular participation in sport and physical activity can help to reduce the risk of heart failure; improve physical fitness; help with weight management and promote good health.
- To develop key skills such as leadership, confidence and co-operation through engaging in competitive sports and activities.
- To provide pupils with access to physical activity for life, inspiring them to be dedicated within their work to ensure a good foundation for future PE and sport.