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PE, Sport & Physical Activity


At Ackton Pastures Academy it is our intention that P.E should be delivered via high quality lessons that are fun, engaging and inspire all pupils to succeed and lead physically active lives.

We aim to provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way that supports their health and fitness, whilst boosting self-confidence, self-esteem and supporting the development of social skills to become successful lifelong learners. Research has shown a direct link between children’s physical and mental health.

We are determined to provide opportunities to compete in sport and other activities such as inter-school competitions and taster sessions both during curriculum time and extra curricular; in order to build character and help embed values such as fairness and respect. Currently most of the inter-school competitive events are co-ordinated through the Five Town Schools Sports Partnership.


Through the Early Years curriculum children have opportunities to develop their Physical skills through continuous access to a developmentally appropriate environment. Development Matters states that by the end of reception children must meet the early learning goal in PD to achieve a good level of development.

The Early Learning goal in moving and handling states that children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.

The Early Learning goal in health and self care states that children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe. They manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently.

As set out by the National Curriculum KS1 programme of study, pupils should develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They should be able to engage in competitive and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations. At Ackton Pastures Primary Academy we have developed a long term plan to ensure coverage of these key skills in KS1.

As set out by the National Curriculum KS2 programme of study, pupils should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success. At Ackton Pastures Primary Academy we have developed a long term plan to ensure coverage of these key skills in KS2.

The P.E. National Curriculum is delivered through two physical lessons per week. Throughout the year, children are given opportunities to enhance their skills through a range of programmes such as dance, gymnastics and games; as set out in the Primary National Curriculum. P.E lessons are carefully planned using objectives from the National Curriculum ensuring a breadth and depth of coverage.


At the end of each unit of work, children are given opportunities to self-assess their skills through evaluations which are used as evidence in their topic files during a termly book scrutiny.

At Ackton Pastures the current P.E subject leader is undertaking level 5 and 6 in Primary P.E specialism, at the end of this qualification they will share elements of good practice and feedback through the schools CPD sessions in order to improve class teachers P.E subject knowledge. 

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