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Physical Education and Sport

Students will have at least one weekly PE session and follow a varied PE curriculum, based on their PLP and will include learning team games, ball skills, athletics, dance, swimming and orienteering. Years 3 to 9 will also swim every week at the local Leisure Centre. Each class will have access to MA’s sports facilities one afternoon a week.

Welcome to our PE curriculum page.

Our varied PE curriculum plays a fundamental role in the holistic development of our children across the school and allows all to develop physical skills and understanding of how their bodies work at their level. 

Physical Education enables our children to: 

  • Master basic movements and develop co-ordination, balance and agility  
  • Take part in competitive games and sports at both inter and intra level  
  • Perform dances with a range of movements 
  • Develop competency in swimming  
  • Experience a variety of sports and adventurous activities both on and off site 
  • Understand how exercise affects their bodies 
  • Develop an understanding of how movement can help get our bodies “ready to learn” 
  • Work in team to build trust and develop problem solving skills 

Teachers are skilful at recognising and building upon pupils’ physical abilities in order to help them to progress in ways that are individually meaningful. Activities are designed to enhance gross motor development and incorporate occupational therapy programmes to help transfer skills to everyday activities. 

Healthy choices and active lifestyles are promoted across the school through plentiful opportunities to take part in physical activity. This includes riding bikes and trikes in the playground, taking part in daily positive play sessions, access to our playground sports equipment, our fantastic climbing frame and other adventure playground equipment, school activity sessions /days, fitness workouts and regular visits to the local gymnastics centre, weekly swimming sessions, bmx-ing, cycling, climbing and more!   

Here at VA we take sport and physical activity very seriously and we are very fortunate to have some amazing people who work alongside us. We have hugely respected and widely known sports mentors who run fantastic weekly sessions with our children across all key stages. We also work closely with the Bristol Bears Community Foundation who provide us with excellent coaches who enable all of our children to have access to new learning opportunities and very importantly they increase their time spent being active and having fun!

 

 

 

 
   

 


PRIMARY CURRICULUM

Key stage 1

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 (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities.
  • Participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending.
  • Perform dances using simple movement patterns.

 

Key stage 2

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.

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination.
  • Play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending.
  • Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics].
  • Perform dances using a range of movement patterns.
  • Take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team.
  • Compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
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SECONDARY CURRICULUM

Key stage 3

Pupils should build on and embed the physical development and skills learned in key stages 1 and 2, become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques, and apply them across different sports and physical activities. They should understand what makes a performance effective and how to apply these principles to their own and others’ work. They should develop the confidence and interest to get involved in exercise, sports and activities out of school and in later life, and understand and apply the long-term health benefits of physical activity.

 

Pupils should be taught to:

use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders, rugby and tennis]

 develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports [for example, athletics and gymnastics]

perform dances using advanced dance techniques within a range of dance styles and forms

take part in outdoor and adventurous activities which present intellectual and physical challenges and be encouraged to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group

analyse their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best

take part in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs.

Key stage 4

Pupils should tackle complex and demanding physical activities. They should get involved in a range of activities that develops personal fitness and promotes an active, healthy lifestyle.

Pupils should be taught to:

use and develop a variety of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in team and individual games [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders, rugby and tennis]

develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports,[for example, athletics and gymnastics], or other physical activities [for example, dance]

take part in further outdoor and adventurous activities in a range of environments which present intellectual and physical challenges and which encourage pupils to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group

 evaluate their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement across a range of physical activities to achieve their personal best

continue to take part regularly in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIFE SKILLS

EXPRESSIVE GAMES & ACTIVITIES

TEAM & COMPETITIVE GAMES

OUTDOOR GAMES & ACTIVITIES

  • Dance;
  • Emotive and expressive.
  • Structured.
  • Free movement.
  • Gymnastics;
  • Apparatus.
  • Objects & Accessories.
  • Floor based.
  • Yoga.

 

 

 

  • Ball games;
  • Rugby/dodgeball.
  • Basketball/netball.
  • Football.
  • Target games;
  • Boccia.
  • New Age Kurling.
  • Net games;
  • Tennis.
  • Badminton.
  • Volleyball.

 

  • Cycling.
  • Orienteering;
  • Onsite – landmark walks, social walking, introducing maps.
  • Offsite – specialist course, community inclusion, using maps.
  • Athletics;
  • Track – sprint, distance, cross-country.
  • Field – jumping, throwing, measuring.
  • Striking & Fielding games;
  • Rounders.
  • Cricket.
  • Danish Longball.

 

 

 

VOCATIONAL

 

EXPRESSIVE GAMES & ACTIVITIES

TEAM & COMPETITIVE GAMES

OUTDOOR GAMES & ACTIVITIES

  • Dance;
  • Emotive and expressive.
  • Structured.
  • Free movement.
  • Gymnastics;
  • Apparatus.
  • Objects & Accessories.
  • Floor based.
  • Yoga.

 

 

 

  • Ball games;
  • Rugby/dodgeball.
  • Basketball/netball.
  • Football.
  • Target games;
  • Boccia.
  • New Age Kurling.
  • Net games;
  • Tennis.
  • Badminton.
  • Volleyball.

 

  • Cycling.
  • Orienteering;
  • Onsite – landmark walks, social walking, introducing maps.
  • Offsite – specialist course, community inclusion, using maps.
  • Athletics;
  • Track – sprint, distance, cross-country.
  • Field – jumping, throwing, measuring.
  • Striking & Fielding games;
  • Rounders.
  • Cricket.
  • Danish Longball.

 

 

 

 

 

ACADEMIC

 

EXPRESSIVE GAMES & ACTIVITIES

TEAM & COMPETITIVE GAMES

OUTDOOR GAMES & ACTIVITIES

  • Dance;
  • Emotive and expressive.
  • Structured.
  • Free movement.
  • Gymnastics;
  • Apparatus.
  • Objects & Accessories.
  • Floor based.
  • Yoga.

 

 

 

  • Ball games;
  • Rugby/dodgeball.
  • Basketball/netball.
  • Football.
  • Target games;
  • Boccia.
  • New Age Kurling.
  • Net games;
  • Tennis.
  • Badminton.
  • Volleyball.

 

  • Cycling.
  • Orienteering;
  • Onsite – landmark walks, social walking, introducing maps.
  • Offsite – specialist course, community inclusion, using maps.
  • Athletics;
  • Track – sprint, distance, cross-country.
  • Field – jumping, throwing, measuring.
  • Striking & Fielding games;
  • Rounders.
  • Cricket.
  • Danish Longball.

 

 

 

Primary

Early Years Foundation Stage

In the Nursery and Reception classes physical education takes a very important role as students begin to gain control of physical movement. Students are assessed for physical development against the early learning outcomes. Opportunities to develop movement are given by teachers who provide equipment for students to use to enhance this. Bikes and other sports equipment are used to encourage students to self-initiate their learning.

Year 1 and 2

Year 1 and 2 students follow the LCP physical education scheme. They develop gymnastics, dance, athletics, ball and team games. They work on skills from the National Curriculum. There are opportunities to take part in other sporting activities through the co-curricular clubs. Year one take part in the annual dance show, with other local schools, run by the Ashton Park Partnership. There is an annual sports day with a carousel of sporting events taking place. Subject leadership is led from secondary specialists. 

Years 3 to 6

In Years 3-6, students also follow the LCP physical education scheme. They develop gymnastics, dance, athletics, invasion and team games. They work on skills from the National Curriculum. There are opportunities to take part in other more unusual sporting activities through the co-curricular clubs. Through the Ashton Park Schools Partnership we partake in local competitions including netball, football, tag rugby and cricket. There is an annual sports day that is organized by the secondary and led by the Academy’s Year 9 Sports Leaders. Subject leadership is from the Academy’s secondary specialists.

Secondary

Years 7, 8 and 9

Our aim in PE is to inspire and educate all students so that they understand the importance of maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle.  Our goal is to provide students with a broad and varied curriculum that will help them find the sports or activities that they can pursue into adulthood.  Fun, teamwork, leadership and participation are at the heart of our mission to ensure all students achieve more than they ever thought possible.

Staff have a breadth of knowledge and experience that cover a wide variety of complimentary sports and activities.  We are very lucky to have some of the best sports facilities in Bristol.  These include two sports halls, a multi-use games area used for tennis and netball, an all-weather Astroturf pitch, a state-of-the-art dance studio, use of two fitness gyms, a dedicated sports classroom and four superb grass pitches.

In order to achieve our goals the Physical Education and Sport curriculum aims to;

  • Stimulate and maintain student interest and enjoyment in PE and Sport and to promote health and fitness for current and future lifestyles.
  • Enable students to be familiar with a body of knowledge, principles and vocabulary to relate to PE.
  • To enable students to see PE as a major feature in our lives, related to employment, leisure and culture.
  • To enable students to see PE as part of a wider body of knowledge and skills, eg interpersonal and problem-solving skills.
  • To enable students to understand and use safe practice and to appreciate its importance in PE.
  • To enable students to understand the short and long term effects of exercise on the body.
  • To enable students to understand the role of exercise in a fit and healthy lifestyle.
  • Enable students to develop a range of desirable personal qualities such as safety, awareness, politeness, perseverance, concern for others, initiative and independence. The establishment of self-esteem through the development of physical confidence is a major aim for the Physical Education department.
  • Enable students to work independently and as part of a group or team in varied activities so as PE contributes to the development of core skills such as communication by speech.
  • Employ teaching methods and resources that will allow all students to have equal access to PE and to experience success and enjoyment in their PE work.
  • Develop an awareness in students of the implications of sport and physical activity (past and present) for the individual and local, national and international communities.
  • Allow students to develop informed opinions and be able to support them in reasonable argument.

All students have over 2 hours of compulsory core Physical Education each week in Years 7-9. The PE curriculum is supplemented by an extensive and substantial co-curricular programme.

In Years 7-9 the main emphasis is on skill development and fun through a broad and balanced curriculum that offers all students the opportunity to engage in traditional and non-traditional games and physical activity.

At Venturers’ Academy we aim to ensure all students:

  • Build on and embed the physical development and skills learned in Years 1 to 6
  • Become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques and apply them across different sports and physical activities
  • are encouraged to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills… (either individually) or as a group
  • Overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games
  • Take part in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs
  • Use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition (through team and individual games)

Sports and activities covered include; football, rugby, basketball, netball, handball, gymnastics, dance, fitness, cricket, softball, rounders, dodgeball, boccia, athletics, tennis, hockey, ultimate Frisbee and badminton.