At Belleville Wix Academy, we adopt a holistic learning approach to Physical Education (PE). We ensure that our pupils develop the essential physical skills and competencies essential to take part in a diverse range of activities and sports. Alongside this, we place a great emphasis on promoting children’s social and emotional development through PE. As a result, we are confident that our pupils are set up in a holistic sense with the physical abilities, cognitive understanding and social traits to take part in sport and physical activity in secondary school and beyond. Our ultimate goal is that all of our pupils become lifelong participators in sport and physical activity, hence gaining the full benefits that it offers in later life.
All English stream pupils receive one hour a week of specialist core PE and Games provision (Nursery receive 45 minutes), whilst the Bilingual stream receive one hour every fortnight alongside the PE and Sport provision offered by the Lycee. From an early age, pupils are exposed to a wide range of skills, activities and sports including Games (Football, Netball, Rugby, Tennis, Volleyball, Cricket, Basketball, Rounders, Hockey and Athletics), Dance, Gymnastics and Swimming. The degree of complexity within each stage of learning starts at a simple level in EYFS and this develops as pupils become older.
We employ specialist Dance and Gymnastics coaches who provide an additional hour of PE each week for the English classes. The Dance coaches are currently guiding pupils to develop their confidence, creativity, performance skills and teamwork through their Dance curriculum that aligns to the key objectives laid out in the National Curriculum. Students are encouraged to create their own moves and perform them to the others, thus exploring their creative potential and strengthening their confidence. Enjoyment is at the core of the Dance lessons, which are structured using fun and interesting music choices, as well as styles of dance.
Swimming is taught in Year 4 in line with the National Curriculum Swimming and Water Safety objectives. Specifically, all pupils are taught to:
- Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25m
- Use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
- Perform safe self-rescue in different water based situations
The core objectives of our PE/Games curriculum follow the National Curriculum guidance.
In EYFS and KS1 Games, we initially teach key skills of Movement and Using Space, as well as Ball and Object Skills. Pupils are then taught to apply these fundamental skills in four categories of Games:
Attacking and Defending (for example football, hockey, netball, rugby and basketball)
Net Games (for example tennis, badminton, volleyball)
Striking and Fielding Games (for example cricket and rounders)
Through these categories, we provide opportunities for pupils to develop according to four main areas of development. In each area, there are key skills and abilities that pupils develop, as outlined below:
- PHYSICAL: To develop and master fundamental movement skills, like running, jumping, throwing and catching, kicking and dribbling, as well as balance, agility and coordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
- SOCIAL: To work well individually and with others in both cooperative and competitive activities in a range of increasingly challenging situations
- EMOTIONAL: To develop a positive attitude to sport and physical activity, resilience to losing, respect for others and sportsmanship
- COGNITIVE: To learn, understand and follow simple rules for individual and team games and understand and apply simple tactics in small-sided game scenarios
In KS2 we teach Games according to the five categories of Games:
- Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
- Invasion Games (for example football, hockey, netball, rugby and basketball)
- Net and Wall Games (for example tennis, badminton, volleyball)
- Striking and Fielding Games (for example cricket and rounders)
Pupils continue to apply and develop the skills and abilities they learned in KS1 but in more complex scenarios, relating to specific categories of games and sports. KS2 pupils develop and apply a broader range of skills and attitudes, as outlined below:
- PHYSICAL: Play competitive games, modified where appropriate for the sport (for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis) with an increasing level of challenge. Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination. Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance (for example, through athletics and gymnastics). Take part in Outdoor and Adventurous Activity (OAA) challenges both individually and within a team
- SOCIAL: Continue to develop their ability to work well individually and with others in both cooperative and competitive activities in a range of increasingly challenging situations
- EMOTIONAL: Continue to inspire passion for and enjoyment of taking part in sport and physical activity, which includes communicating, collaborating and competing with each other
- COGNITIVE: Develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success. Apply increasingly more complex tactics and strategies when playing small-sided games. Compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
- We employ a specialist Primary PE Teacher as well as experienced coaches
- We continually look to improve our PE provision and invest in high quality training for our staff and sustainable resources to ensure any PE implementations are long lasting
- We hold an exciting and inclusive sports day on Clapham Common every year for each key stage
- We participate in multiple Wandsworth School Games competitions, festivals, tournaments, leagues and 'friendlies' within our local community
- We have a fantastic new sports surface, funded by our PTA, as well as a growing supply of sports equipment
- We organised a fundraising event to raise money and awareness for Sports Relief and the positive impact of sport on childrens’ lives and well-being
- We offer a wide range of morning and after school sports clubs (run by PE staff as well as external specialist providers) to ensure that we offer a broad range of activities. These clubs change termly and include football, netball, gymnastics, judo and multi-skills. We offer a mixture of inclusive clubs (open to all) and selective clubs (e.g. for teams, squads and competitions).