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Ark Academy recognises the vital contribution of physical education to a child’s physical, cognitive, social and emotional development, as well as the role it can play in relation to a child’s moral and cultural development. PE is an integral part of the curriculum to be enjoyed by all pupils. It is a real opportunity for pupils to consolidate and work on our core values of Civitas, participation, persistence and excellence that underpin every aspect of school life. We aim to provide a broad and balanced PE curriculum to aid and increase pupils’ self-confidence in relation to their ability to manage themselves and their bodies within a variety of movement situations. For this reason, we have chosen to use the ‘Champions’ PE programme, developed by Rising Stars in conjunction with Ark Conway Primary Academy. The curriculum aim is to cater for the different strengths, needs and preferences of each child by using individual, paired and group activities through a range of different sports and movement activities. In addition to this, we know it is important that pupils develop a sense of personal achievement, fair play and teamwork. A range of activities are provided with a broad base of movement knowledge, skills and understanding, which pupils can refine and expand throughout their journey through school.

Our key curriculum aims are for pupils to:


Develop physical competence and confidence by acquiring and developing a range of fine and gross motor skills.

Become aware of the different shapes and movements that can be made with the body.

Develop knowledge, skills and understanding, and the ability to remember, repeat and refine actions with increasing control and accuracy.

Become aware of the benefits of a fit and healthy lifestyle by understanding the effects of exercise on the body and the importance of developing strength, endurance and flexibility.

Appreciate of the value of safe exercising.

Develop the ability to work independently and communicate with, and respond appropriately towards, others using verbal and non-verbal communication.

Develop a sense of fair play, decision making and problem-solving skills.

Develop an increasing ability to select, link and apply skills, tactics and compositional ideas.

Enable performance evaluation and the ability to act upon constructive criticism.

In the early years, opportunities will be provided for pupils to be active and to develop their co-ordination, control and movement through moving and handling activities which involve the use of a range of equipment and involve different spatial experiences.

In KS1 the curriculum focuses on fundamental movement skills to develop agility, balance and co-ordination. Curriculum content includes ball skills and team games, gymnastic and dance activities.

At KS2 pupils will continue to apply and develop a range of skills and units of work which include a range of invasion, net/wall, striking and fielding games, gymnastics, dance, athletics and swimming. Pupils’ experiences will also be enriched through opportunities for outdoor and adventurous activities. A range of resources will be used to support progression across the curriculum including: TOP sport resources, the Val Sabin PE Scheme, and specialist coaching sessions for different sports such as cricket, rugby and football.