Sport at our School
Physical Education Vision:
At Lower Heath CE Primary School we believe all children should have access to a high quality Physical Education (PE) curriculum and PE should be an integral part of the whole school curriculum. Our school recognises the benefits high quality PE provision and school sport can give to all pupils.
Our PE curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils develop physical literacy and the fundamental knowledge, understanding and skills to excel in a wide range of physical activities, by providing a broad and balanced curriculum with opportunities for all.
Our PE curriculum will contribute to healthy and active lifestyles; improve emotional wellbeing, reduce challenging behaviour, increase attendance and develop key skills such as leadership, confidence, social and team building skills.
Physical education encourages pupils to be active and supports them in their understanding of how to participate safely and effectively. Our PE curriculum is inclusive to ensure that pupils of all abilities access the range of activities on offer and that they are physically active for sustained periods of time in order to encourage them to lead healthy, active lives. Regular participation in sport and physical activity can help to reduce the risk of heart failure; improve physical fitness; help with weight management; promote good health; instil self- discipline; develop skill; improve self- confidence; reduce stress and develop lifelong learning skills.
A high quality PE curriculum can also inspire pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. We will endeavour to provide opportunities for pupils to participate in competitive sports and activities both in and beyond the curriculum. This will mean that all pupils have the opportunity to participate in regular competitive sport.
PE will develop not only physical literacy and physical skills, but it will allow pupils to learn about themselves, the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle, self-expression and concepts such as fair play and respect. It will also contribute to the development of a range of important cognitive skills, such as decision making and analysis, and social skills such as teamwork and communication.
Physical Education Impact:
Our school also recognises the impact that the provision of a high quality PE and school sport curriculum has on the whole school and that it can lead to whole school improvements.
‘Developing pupil’s personal qualities through PE can affect their attitudes towards school and learning. When PE and school sport provision is of the highest quality, all pupils will, to the best of their abilities, develop and demonstrate the following personal qualities:
- A strong desire to learn and make progress.
- High levels of attendance and involvement in PE and school sport.
- High levels of commitment to PE and school sport.
- Good levels of positive behaviour such as politeness, fair play and helpfulness.
- High levels of enjoyment and enthusiasm and a strong desire to get involved.’
School Curriculum Information:
Lower Heath CE Primary School has worked hard over the past three years to ensure our Primary PE Premium is spent effectively. With this in mind, as a school, all of our physical education and school sport provision is taught in-house with a full time Primary Physical Education Coach. With support from The Marches Academy Trust, we have continued to support our Physical Education Coach with regular CPD, PE conferences, PE planning resources and using the Trust levy fund to upskill them.
Sporting Accolades and Programmes:
Girls and Sport Pledge | Lower Heath pledge to do more to help support girls in sport. Research by Totally Runable suggests that girls are less confident about sport than boys. We also know that their confidence levels can be impacted by sending simple positive messages about sport. By supporting the Girls and Sport Pledge, we aim to normalise physical activity for everyone regardless of gender.
Youth Sport Trust Silver Quality Mark | We are so proud to be able to share that we have achieved the Youth Sport Trust‘s Silver Mark for the first time! The mark has been aligned to Ofsted guidance, supporting the PE and Sport Premium. It comprises of a series of straightforward bench-marking statements, where our school’s level of provision in these areas is judged on: overall vision for PE, physical activity and school sport; quality of PE; quality of school sport; quality of physical activity; and use of PE, physical activity and sport as a catalyst for wider learning. We will now strive for the next milestone – gold!
School Games Gold Mark | We are pleased to share that Lower Heath CE Primary School has achieved the School Games Gold Mark Award for the 2022/23 academic year! The School Games Mark is a Government-led award scheme facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward and recognise school’s engagement (provision and uptake) in the School Games against a national benchmark and to celebrate keeping young people active, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success!
Trust Support and Collaboration:
Have a read of The Marches Academy Trust‘s Primary Physical Education & School Sport Strategic Plan (2023 – 2026). Here you will learn how as a Trust we aim to meet our four prioritised ambitions over the next 3 years. These focus on:
- Improving the quality of PE provision across all of our primary schools.
- Raising the profile of PE, school sport and physical activity across our Trust.
- Building strong infrastructure via our ActiveMarches Programme.
- Creating success through sports leadership.
Discover some of the fantastic achievements of our Trust primary schools from throughout the 2022/23 academic year, highlighted in The Marches Academy Trust‘s Primary Physical Education Update booklet below.
Connect with us:
Stay in the loop about sporting triumphs and pupil accomplishments from across the Trust by giving @MarchesAcademyTrust a follow on Facebook and @MMATPrimaryPE on Twitter. To hear about school specific updates, make sure to also follow @lowerheathcofeprimaryschool on Facebook. Thank you for your support!
Sport at our School