Physical Education

PE and Sport at Mayflower 2022-23

At Mayflower Community Academy, PE and Sport is a high priority. The Government’s PE Premium
Funding has allowed us to further develop an ethos and culture in our school where physical activity is
embedded in all that we do and is valued during all times of the school day as well as extended
hours and Saturdays. We want all of our pupils to increase their skills, whilst developing a
positive attitude to Physical Activity, being intrinsically motivated to participate in Physical
Activity both in and out of school. Our curriculum map has been constructed alongside the other
schools in the Learning Academies Trust, however, we have ensured that it is adapted where needed
to consider the needs of the pupils within our school.

Our focus is on developing the pupils’ Fundamental Movement Skills – these are taught during
Curriculum PE as well as any afterschool clubs which are planned to compliment the key skills being
taught. Pupils are encouraged to take ownership of their own learning by being a part of their own
assessments at the beginning and end of a Unit of Work.

What are Fundamental Movement Skills?

Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) are movement patterns that involve different body parts such as
the legs, arms, trunk and head, and include such skills as running, hopping, catching, throwing,
striking and balancing. They are the foundation movements or pre-cursor patterns to the more
specialised, complex skills used in play, games, sports, dance, gymnastics, outdoor education and
physical recreation activities.

What are Fundamental Movement Skills important?

These basic skills form the fundamentals of movement not only in PE and sport but also in everyday
life. The quote below shows exactly why FMS are so vital.

‘Research reveals that children attribute low motor skills as a major barrier to participation in
physical activity and
drop out from organised sport because they cannot perform the skills well enough to play the game
successfully.

Physical activity provides health benefits for children, including:

  • Providing important protection from developing coronary heart disease;
  • A longer life with better managed weight, lower blood pressure and healthier cholesterol levels;
  • Healthy growth and development of the cardio respiratory system as well as bones and muscles;
  • Mental and social health benefits including feelings of confidence, happiness and relaxation as well as an ability to sleep better.

Children who develop confidence with their FMS skills may enjoy many benefits. Those who have a
positive attitude to physical activity may have higher self-esteem, improved health and wellbeing,
good social skills, are more willing to take risks and are also more likely to maintain an active
and healthy lifestyle. Research reveals that children with low motor skills can be at risk of
reduced self-esteem and choose to avoid physical activity. This may lead to
compromised muscle and bone density, reduced fitness and fewer opportunities for social
development.’
CCEA (accessed 2018)

Other Physical Education, Sport and Movement on offer

As well as FMS, our curriculum coverage also includes Dance, Gymnastics, Outdoor and Adventurous
Education and Curriculum Swimming in Year 5 (we also use some of our PE and Sport Premium funding
to pay for Top-up sessions for those pupils who do not achieve 25m by the end of the Curriculum
lessons). Of course, all of these also benefit the children’s FMS skills and Physical Literacy. We
use the Real PE Core, Gym and Dance programmes of study to ensure that our pupils receive a robust,
progressive curriculum.

Our Curriculum Plans, for each area of PE across the school, have a clear skills progression that
is followed by all of the schools in the Learning Academies Trust MAT. This enables pupils to build
on skills already taught and ensure they are proficient in key areas by the time they leave Year 6.
We use the expertise of staff within the school to support teaching and learning, for example using
our British Gymnastics trained TA in Gymnastics lessons across the
school to provide help and CPD for class teachers when needed.



Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Year 1

Real Gym

Unit 1 Personal

Indoor

Real Dance

Unit 1 Social

Indoor

Real PE

Unit 3Social

Indoor

Real PE

Unit 4 Creative

Outdoor

Real PE

Unit 5 Applying Physical

Indoor

Real Dance

Unit Creative

Indoor

Real PE

Unit 1 Personal

Outdoor

Real PE

Unit 2 Social

Outdoor

FMS

Catch

Outdoor

Real Gym

Unit 1 Focus Social

Indoor

Athletics

Sports day inc. Run FMS

Outdoor

Real PE

Unit Creative

Outdoor

Year 2

Real Gym

Unit 1 Personal

Indoor

Real Dance

Unit 1 Social

Indoor

Real PE

Unit 2 Social

Indoor

Gym

Unit 2 Focus Social

Outdoor

Real PE

Unit 5 Applying Physical

Indoor

Real Dance

UnitCreative

Indoor

Real PE

Unit 1 Personal

Outdoor

Real PE

Unit 2 Social

Outdoor

FMS

Kick

Outdoor

Real PE

Unit 4 Creative

Outdoor

Athletics

Sports Day

Outdoor

Real PE

Unit 6 Health & Fitness

Outdoor

Year 3

Real Gym

Unit 1 Personal

Indoor

Real Dance

Unit 1 Social

Indoor

Real PE

Unit 2 Social

Indoor

Gym 

Unit 1 Focus Social

Indoor

Real PE

Unit 5 Applying Physical

Indoor

Real Dance

Unit Creative

Indoor

Real PE

Unit 1 Personal

Outdoor

Real PE

Unit 2 Social

Outdoor

FMS

Dodge

Outdoor

Real PE

Unit 4 Creative

Outdoor

Athletics

Sports Day inc Leap

Outdoor

Real PE

Unit 6 Health & Fitness

Outdoor

Year 4

RealGym

Unit 1 Personal

Indoor

Real Dance

Unit 1 Social

Indoor

Real PE

Unit 2 Social

Indoor

Gym

Unit 1Focus Social

Indoor

Real PE

Unit 5 Applying Physical

Indoor

Real Dance

Unit Creative

Indoor

Real PE

Unit 1 Personal

Outdoor

Real PE

Unit 2 Social

Outdoor

FMS

Overhand throw

Outdoor

Real PE

Unit 4 Creative

Indoor

Athletics

Sports Day

Outdoor

Real PE

Unit 6 Health & Safety

Indoor

Year 5

Real Gym

Unit 1 Personal

Indoor

Real PE

Unit 1 Social

Indoor

Real PE

Unit 3 Social

Indoor

Real PE

Unit 4 Applying Physical

Outdoor

Swimming

Real PE

Unit 6 Personal

Outdoor

Real PE

Unit 1 Personal

Outdoor

Real PE

Unit 2 Social

Outdoor

FMS

Bouce

Outdoor

Gym

Unit 1 Focus Social

Indoor

Real Dance

Unit Creative

Indoor

Year 6

Real Gym

Unit 1 Personal

Indoor

Real Dance

Unit 1 Social 

Indoor

Real PE

Unit 3 Social

Indoor

Real PE

Unit 4 Applying Physical

Outdoor

Real PE

Unit 5 Health and Fitness

Indoor

Real PE

Unit 6 Personal

Outdoor

Real PE 

Unit 1 Personal

Outdoor

Real PE

Unit 2 Social

Outdoor

FMS

Catch/Throw

Outdoor

Gym

Unit 1 Focus Social

Indoor

Athletics

Sports Day

Outdoor

Real Dance

Unit Creative

Indoor

We have a number of after school clubs that run at the end of the school day. We try to ensure that there are a
range of activities available for all children from Foundation Stage through to Year 6. This year these include: Cricket,
Gymnastics, Football and FMS skills. We hope that as many children as possible will attend these clubs and are
always welcome to suggestions from parents and children as to other possibilities.

We provide a range of clubs that run on a Saturday morning in partnership with ProActive Sport and Plymouth Argyle
including Foundation Stage and KS1 football, Foundation Stage through to KS2 Dance and Multi-skills for KS2.

Currently, we are looking into options for offering before school activities that will lead into Breakfast Club,
therefore offering an alternative provision for those children who are unable to stay after the school day.

Our current priorities for developing PE and Sport across the Academy can be found by looking at the PE and Sport
Premium Spending document on our website – please use the ‘Parents’ drop down menu and then click on Pupil
Premium and scroll down.


Physical Activity Log 2022-23


Our Twitter feed can be used to see up-to-date information and evidence of the events we are attending – Mayflower_MCA and sarahmurphyMCA.
We use the hashtag #MCAPE.

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