Physical Education at Acre Heads

The Acre Heads Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity (PESSPA) programme is part of a wider and established culture that promotes individual academic and sporting excellence. Acre Heads’ values, Belief, Determination, Resilience and Teamwork are at the heart of the Acre Heads PESSPA Programme. A key reason why we invest in and value PE and the wider benefits of school sport as we believe it brings in developing the ‘whole person’ and developing a ‘culture of success’, which is central to our school culture and ethos. Experience has shown that the values our pupils develop in PE and sport carry across into their academic work. We strive to enhance the quality of life of each child through offering a comprehensive range of learning experiences. This is to meet the needs of individual pupils encouraging active participation by all as performers, coaches, observers and officials.

We believe that physical education, experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is vital and unique in its contribution to a pupil’s physical and emotional development and health. We cater for a wide range of learning experiences appropriate to pupils’ experiences, ability and maturity.

The Teaching of PE Through a Structured Process

We endeavour to support all pupils in the development of physical competence and self-confidence. We promote skills necessary to effectively plan and evaluate movement activities, safely and with confidence. The scheme of work is based on progressive learning objectives which, combined with varied and flexible teaching styles, endeavour to provide appropriate, stimulating, challenging and enjoyable learning situations for all pupils to build upon a sense of achievement. The scheme aims to promote an understanding of the many benefits of exercise, through a balanced range of relevant activities. In Early Years and Key Stage 1, PE lessons create a movement foundation to underpin lifelong participation, enabling pupils to access a range of learning experiences which support the development of competent and confident movers. Through adapted physical activities, Years 3 and 4 pupils develop and apply a broad range of skills in different contexts, enhancing their creative, social and thinking skills in PE. They also begin to gain an understanding of the positive benefits of being physically active. Years 5 and 6 pupils learn physical, social and thinking skills through modified sport specific activities, appropriate for their age. They also develop leadership skills and are able to articulate the benefits of regular exercise.

The PE curriculum is taught through the use of the Complete PE, which is in-line with the National Curriculum, and is used to aid teaching staff in their subject knowledge and planning of PE. Teachers are able to adjust and change lessons to suit the needs of their classes but the scheme provides a strong basis of what is expected in each year group.

Each class has access to two hours of high quality physical activity every week, made up of the Daily Mile, Playground Gym, Classroom Fitness and quality teaching of PE. These are either taught by the class teacher or by HLTA’s who have received training and support. To support the teaching of PE across the school we have a PE Champion and PE Support Leader who mentor, teamteach and demonstrate facilitating high quality PE sessions within Acre Heads.

Within each lesson, children are given the opportunity to practise skills in a variety of ways and each lesson builds upon the previous skills, allowing them time to embed it. Different skills are recapped throughout, and across, the years, each time they are being built upon; allowing children to know more and remember more whilst building on terminology and vocabulary.

We offer a wide range of sporting after-school clubs run by staff. These clubs are paid for by school and they provide children with access to a wide range of sporting activities for free. For further information regarding our After-School clubs please visit: After School Clubs or book using Pay 360.

Example Lesson Plans Structure:

PE Learning Journey through the Year Groups

Impact of PE at Acre Heads

Our PE curriculum improve the wellbeing and fitness of all children at Acre Heads; not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and disciplines that PE promotes. Through strong links with PHSE we promote the overall well-being and health of each child through teaching about self-discipline and that to be successful you need to take ownership and responsibility of their own health and fitness.

In all classes, children possess a wide range of physical abilities. Whilst recognising this fact, we provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. Children at Acre Heads make excellent progress in PE and are eager to attend after school clubs and competitive sports events.

PE Journal Example

“We all like taking part in competitions and representing the school. We got through to the regional finals in table tennis held in Kirkby Stephen.”

Jonny, Year 6

“I know how to improve my game play. I applied this in tag rugby and knew to support the ball carrier. It was fun to score a try for the first time!”

Beth, Year 5

“I really enjoy gymnastics and become flexible.”

Phoebe, Year 2

“I know what the cardiovascular system is and it is responsible for transporting oxygen and nutrients around our bodies.”

Jake, Year 4

“I enjoyed my gymnastics and knew how to perform as a champion like Max Whitlock.”

Lucy, Year 2

“I enjoyed taking part in the Haltemprice Athletic championships. I tried to maintain my speed using my stride pattern all the way through the race till I crossed the finish line.”

Louis, Year 5

“I like moving around and going on the apparatus.”

Auriana, FS

“I like PE because we get to do lots of games at the start and we are always on the move.”

Amelie, Year 1
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November 8th
Acre Heads Primary

Due to the weather this morning Runing Club is cancelled #acreheads #KS2 #sport #PE ... See MoreSee Less

Due to the weather this morning Runing Club is cancelled #acreheads #KS2 #sport #pe
October 20th
Acre Heads Primary

Flex Dance Inc spent the day with years 3, 4 and 5 yesterday, the children had a great day, we hope you enjoyed the performance #acreheads #year3 #year4 #year5 #PE #dance ... See MoreSee Less

Flex Dance Inc spent the day with years 3, 4 and 5 yesterday, the children had a great day, we hope you enjoyed the performance #acreheads #year3 #year4 #year5 #pe #danceImage attachmentImage attachment

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All year groups did absolutely amazing 🙌🏼

I don't think my messages are working, as I only received this one and there's no mention that parents/carers were invited to the performance. My child came home telling me he throughly enjoyed it and wished I was there to watch it. Thanks for sharing the photos.

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