PE & SPORTING OPPORTUNITIES
At Roebuck Academy, we believe that every child should enjoy a range of experiences within physical education and sport. Through our curriculum, extra-curricular clubs and active opportunities, we promote positive attitudes to health, exercise and wellbeing, the development of physical skills and a love for being active and having fun.
The main vision of Physical Education at Roebuck Academy is to enrich the lives of individuals through active lifestyles. This is achieved by encouraging the children to access as many sporting opportunities in school as possible. In addition, the children are encouraged to access their chosen passion through attending and participating in local clubs, sporting events and festivals.
The lessons in a unit aim to progress the children quickly through a range of stimulating activities. They also include differentiated activities to allow for different abilities within the class. Pupils start units of learning by playing the game, where the teacher assesses prior knowledge and build future lessons from this starting point. The end goal is to participate in a competitive situation, such as competition or house challenge.
We also hold various sports clubs for children across the school, such as Football, Basketball, Hockey, Netball, Multi-Sports, Athletics and Tennis. These are run and organised by the teachers either during or after school.
During the academic year, the children spend time with their teacher and sports coaches for PE lessons. The sports and topics have been carefully devised to allow children to access a range of skills and situations. The skills they will be learning will be transferable skills to use in other similar games.
Similarly, to last year, children in Upper Key Stage Two children have many opportunities to access Level 2 competitions throughout the year. Therefore, topics in these year groups have been selected to help prepare the children for these situations. In addition to this, Key Stage One children have accessed some sporting opportunities on a wider scale so that informal practice opportunities have also been put in place to prepare these children suitably.
From September, we need to recognise that the COVID-19 pandemic could have an effect on the fitness levels of many children in the school. They will be encouraged to participate in active learning sessions and vigorous PE lessons that focus on raising the heart rate sufficiently to improve fitness levels.
At the end of each unit, teachers are asked to assess their children based on skills developed throughout the unit. These skills are represented as ‘I can’ statements which are child and teacher friendly to use. In dance sessions, teachers can observe the children more closely and intervene when necessary.
The children are encouraged to pursue their passion for PE and sport by being signposted to relevant sports clubs out of school as well as in school. The current sports mark level of ‘Bronze’ (July 2019) reflects a sound grasp of opportunities offered. Going forward, the School seem well set to achieve ‘Silver’ and have ambitions to achieve even higher in the coming years.