Physical Education and School Sport
“Our vision is to provide sustainable, well balanced PE and School opportunities for all children to encourage increased participation to build confidence, self-esteem and teamwork.”
At Widewell Primary Academy, Physical Education is intent on promoting positive attitudes towards physical activity and well-being. To implement this, all children take part in a minimum of two hours of high quality PE as a result of a broad and balanced curriculum that includes athletics, invasion, net/wall and striking and fielding games, swimming and outdoor & adventurous activities. In addition, there are opportunities for expressive and creative fundamental movement through dance and gymnastics.
Active breaktimes are an integral part of our day, with children able to use the trim trails or KS1 Pirate Ship in addition to lots of playground space and field. In addition classes are allocated regular slots on the MUGA and in the Conservation Area at breaktimes, offering a great variety of sporting and play opportunities.
Physical Education is further enriched through the provision of a wide variety of extra-curricular clubs where children have the opportunity to participate in lunchtime or after-school clubs led by members of staff and fully qualified sports coaches.
Children have the opportunity to take part in Level 1 Intra-School activities within school (usually competing in their house teams) and Inter-School events with other Horizon MAT schools. Widewell Primary Academy is a member of the Plymouth School Sports Partnership and participates in Level 2 Inter-School competitive events and festivals organised by the Partnership, as well as other providers. We monitor the range of intent for events we attend, from the most competitive to the most inclusive, in order to include all abilities and different aptitudes. We aim to offer ALL of our children the experience of representing their school, during their time at Widewell.
Throughout their time at Widewell, from Nursery onwards, children are encouraged to participate in a range of outdoor and adventurous activities including forest school activities, team challenges, archery, orienteering, Dartmoor walks, climbing, abseiling, bell boating, river scrambling and kayaking. Children participate in individual as well as team-based physical and mentally challenging land and water-based activities. These opportunities are invaluable for the children’s personal and social skills development to be able to achieve personal goals. They are also able to plan and lead their own adventures within our extensive grounds or off-site. All pupils in Year 4 and 6 have the opportunity to take part in a residential visit, whilst Year 5 have an Adventure week.
Our intended impact is that all children are provided with varied experiences and opportunities within PE and School Sport. This will enable them to create pathways to follow both during and beyond their school lives, as a result of acquiring the skills needed to participate with confidence and enjoyment in a range of physical activities at school and in the wider community. This will instil an appreciation of the importance of regular exercise as a way of keeping fit, both physically and mentally.