PE Subject leader: Mrs McLean (Based at Middleton Tyas) supported by Mrs Weighell (Based at Richmond)
Physical Education (PE) at Trinity Academy aims to develop and celebrate the knowledge, skills and capabilities of our children, so they can perform with increasing competence in a range of physical activities. We aim to promote key skills in physical development, social and emotional development, cognitive development and spiritual, moral and cultural development through an accessible PE curriculum for all children.
At Trinity Academy, we want all children to participate in, enjoy and excel in competitive and recreational sport. All children will be provided with the opportunities to learn, improve and compete in a range of sports and activities to improve their health and fitness and self-confidence. Through a high-quality physical education programme, the school aims to enable pupils to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens who develop as independent enquirers, creative thinkers, reflective learners, team workers, self-managers and competitive participators.
The PE Curriculum:
Our school’s long term plan for PE follows Complete PE as a teaching and assessment tool allowing teachers to execute high quality PE lessons. Children have access to all components of the National Curriculum programmes of study, which include dance, gymnastics, athletics and games in Key Stage 1 and with the addition of swimming and OAA at Key Stage 2.
EYFS follow the Move with Max programme which teaches fundamental movement skills through story books. Pupils in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 engage in two hours of high-quality PE during the course of each week. A realistic attempt is made for all children to achieve the expected levels of performance as set out in the National Curriculum descriptors.
The planning and the delivery of each unit of work will ensure that each pupil will have the opportunity to:
- Acquire and develop new skills
- Select and apply appropriate skills, tactics and compositional ideas
- Evaluate their own and others’ performance in order to improve
- Gain knowledge and understanding of how PE and sport contributes to staying physically, mentally and emotionally healthy
- Experience a range of roles such as performer and leader in an activity
Planning will provide opportunities to link with other areas of the curriculum e.g. English, Maths, PSHE and music.
Children also participate in a daily mile with their classes to help them meet the 30 minutes of physical activity at school.
All children also have access to sporting extra-curricular clubs throughout the year and are encouraged to develop their sports skills by attending these. Alongside after school clubs, we also have a designated Sports Leaders who work alongside the Subject Leader to plan sports events both inside and outside of the school. The Sports Leaders help facilitate lunch time clubs for KS1 and KS2 with the aim of increasing physical activity for all.
The intended impact of our curriculum is to provide children with positive experiences in sport to promote a healthy and physical life for now and the future. We ensure our curriculum is progressive and allows children to develop fundamental skills and apply them to a range of sports and activities. They are provided with the skills to plan, perform and evaluate their performances, often in pairs and small groups helping develop their communication skills and develop the quality and effectiveness of their work. Assessment in PE is ongoing and formative and is recorded at the end of each unit of work on the schools tracking system. Children are provided with opportunities to participate in a wide range of sport and exercise to enhance their experiences in physical activity. Children develop an in-depth subject specific vocabulary through high-quality teaching and experiences.
You can visit the use of our Sports Premium here.
Forest School and Outdoor Learning
Subject leader: Mrs Young (Based at Richmond)
At Trinity Academy Richmond we are extremely fortunate to have a wealth of outdoor space, some of which is landscaped and some of which is assigned as natural areas. As a school, we are committed to developing our use of these spaces as learning landscapes and for a positive impact on our local environment and biodiversity.
Across our curriculum, staff maximise opportunities for children to learn outside. Outdoor learning can be embraced in any curriculum subject; from counting natural objects or learning about angles and direction in maths, to writing, art and music inspired by our natural environment. We believe that children enjoy learning outside and that this has a positive impact on their learning and their mental health and well-being.
Forest School sessions are provided by Mrs Young, a trained Forest School Leader. Forest School sessions follow a set of principles which encourage children to take an active role in determining the direction of their learning. Holistic skills and elements, such as communication, resilience, risk management, respect for the natural world and problem solving are central to all sessions. In addition, children are given the opportunity to develop practical outdoor skills, such as tying knots or building a shelter and creative skills, such as art and craft with natural materials.
We endeavour to provide children at Trinity Academy Richmond with a series of Forest School sessions during their time at school, to allow them to appreciate the changing seasons and develop an understanding of the flora and fauna of the site. More information about Forest School at Trinity Academy Richmond can be found in our Forest School policy.