At The Milford Academy, our vision is to increase pupil’s physical activity levels and provide opportunities for as many pupils as possible to engage in regular physical opportunities.
We endeavour to provide opportunities to develop pupil’s capabilities to take part in sport competitively and be successful.
Physical Education at our school – our intent
Our curriculum has been designed to provide a holistic experience for students – developing them not only physically, but emotionally and socially too. We hope to provide opportunities in PE that develop transferable skills such as leadership, teamwork, decision making and resilience, supporting the development of life skills. We believe that our curriculum provides opportunities to develop competency in a range of activities, to engage in competitive sports and recreational activities and promotes leading healthy, active lives in school and beyond.
At our school, we employ two Sports Coaches and one Sports Coach Apprentice to deliver a high standard of physical education for all of our pupils, within a caring, happy and safe environment. Both the Sports Coaches and classroom teacher recognise the important role that physical education plays in all areas of a child’s development.
Whole School Development Plan and PE
Alongside developing sporting capabilities, our PE curriculum design supports the school develop priorities of raising standards in English. Particularly reading and handwriting where the development of fine and gross motor skills underpins the ability for pupils to hold the correct posture to sit to learn effectively, hold books, turn pages and grip pens/pencils which supports mark making and letter/number formation. We also value to importance of how physical activity supports pupils’ cognitive abilities and concentration.
PE at The Milford Academy looks to support the pupil’s awareness of their mental health and well-being. Sports Coaches and teaching staff are encouraged to model positive behaviours towards being physically active, explaining how being physically active can support a healthy lifestyle and support their current and ongoing well-being. Pupils are encouraged to explain physical and cognitive changes when completing physical activity to develop their understanding of the correlation between being physically active and having a positive state of mental health.
Our PE Curriculum aims
- To develop physical competence and to promote physical development.
- To develop skilful use of the body, the ability to remember, repeat and refine actions and to perform them with increasing control, coordination and fluency (acquiring and developing).
- To develop an increasing ability to select, link and apply skills, tactics and compositional ideas (selecting and applying).
- To recognise through experience the benefits of participation in physical activities in an enjoyable, safe and challenging way.
- To develop observation skills and show an appreciation of skilful and creative physical performances across the areas of activity.
- To use their observations to make judgements about their own and others work to improve their performance (improving and evaluating).
- To understand the effects of exercise on the body and know how to exercise safely (knowledge and understanding of fitness and health).
- To contribute towards the development of problem-solving skills, e.g. making up and refining their own games.
- To develop the ability to work independently and inter-personal skills through working with others in group/team exercise (working alone and with others).
- To develop their understanding of safe practice and a responsibility towards their own and others’ safety (applying safety principles).
- To develop the personal qualities of commitment, fairness and enthusiasm through making decisions and selecting, refining, judging and adapting movements.
- To develop a positive attitude towards fair play, honest competition and good sporting behaviour.
- To understand and cope with a variety of outcomes, including success and failure.
- To establish self-esteem through the development of physical confidence.
Extra-curricular activities we offer:
- Boys football
- Girls football
- Sports Hall Athletics
- ‘Multi-skills’ – designed to develop a range of skills taught within the KS1 curriculum
- Table tennis
- ‘Invasion Games’ – a range of sports, developing skills taught within the KS2 curriculum
In 2019, we launched out ‘Young Sports Ambassadors’ who have been chosen to represent the school in regional conferences and to deliver aspects of the ‘Change 4 Life’ initiative at school. The four ambassadors are also involved with running sporting activities during lunchtime for younger children to promote being physically active.
The school takes part in inclusion and competition events ran through The Nottingham City School Sports Programme and The Clifton Schools Sports Partnership.
Our Progressive PE Curriculum
In EYFS, our children are provided opportunities to be active and interactive. Pupils experience a variety of physical activities in directed sessions as well as access to the specifically designed EYFS outdoor learning environment, providing opportunity for exploration to develop both physical and cognitive development. These opportunities focus on developing their balance, co-ordination, body control and movement. At this stage children are helped to understand the importance of healthy food choices and being physically active to live a healthy lifestyle.
In Key stage 1, our curriculum focuses on developing pupil’s competency in fundamental movement skills. Children are provided opportunities to develop their agility, balance, coordination, fine motor skills and gross motor skills through gymnastics, dance, games and athletics. The structure of our weekly, one-hour PE lessons allows competition and increasingly challenging situations.
Pupils are supported to master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching. Our gymnastics and dance provision provide opportunities for children to focus on body control through movements and simple movement patterns and sequences. Participating in structured team games provides opportunities for children to develop simple tactics (attacking and defending strategies).
Children are encouraged to describe how their body feels different from at rest to when working and are encouraged to use specific sporting/movement vocabulary to explain and evaluate performances.
The school provided opportunities for children to take part in the ‘Infant Agility Festival’ ran by the Nottingham City Sports Programme and they are offered the opportunity to take part in the ‘Multi-Skills’ after-school sports club.
In Key stage 2, pupils continue to apply and develop movement, agility and coordination skills in more challenging and complex environments within the four sporting areas (dance, gymnastics, games and athletics). The curriculum continues to develop pupil’s physical abilities with an increasing focus on asking pupils to plan, perform and evaluate performances.
Pupils are encouraged to develop links between performing skills in different ways and in different sports, connecting actions, sequences and outcomes. Skills such as running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination are transferred into sports. The sports and games are competitive, adapted accordingly, and represent recognisable sports e.g. table tennis, hockey, cricket and handball. Through games, pupils are encouraged to develop their problem-solving skills and tactical awareness (attacking and defending strategies).
Through this, children are encouraged to evaluate theirs and others performance and understand how to improve performance. Children are encouraged to develop social, leadership and communication skills to work collaboratively with peers to support progress. Pupil’s lead elements of their warmup and cool down and are encouraged to explain why these components of lessons and clubs are important.
Our athletics, gymnastics and dance provision provide opportunities for children to develop flexibility, strength, technique, body control and balance. The complexity of dance and gymnastic skills, sequences and range of movement patterns reflect the physical development and capabilities of individuals.
Outdoor and adventurous activities are provided through residentials. This year, our Year 6s will be returning the Ambleside for a weeklong residential filled with rafting and canoeing!
Pupils are offered a range of extra curriculum sporting provision through after-school clubs and inclusion and competition events ran by external provision (see extra-curriculum provision).
In addition to the weekly PE lesson delivered by the Sports Coaches, in KS1 and KS2, an additional daily 5 minutes of physical activity is provided through the ‘5-A-Day’ programme within the classroom.
Swimming is developed and encouraged in partnership with Clifton Leisure centre. Children are encouraged to attend sessions at the leisure centre to support their water competency and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres. Children are supported in understanding water safety.
PE and Sport Grant