Physical Education

PE and Sport at Mayflower 2019-20

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 main 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 to that year group. 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. Currently, our Year 6 pupils attend a 3-day Residential at Adventure Okehampton where they undertake a range of Outdoor and Adventurous activities.

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.

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: Dance, Gymnastics, Tag Rugby, Football, Cricket 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 2019-20 (updated March 2020)

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

So far this year we have entered and competed in a number of festivals run by Plymouth Argyle Community Trust. These include the events below, some of which are yet to take place.
Football offer:
Term 1 – Year 5 + 6 Football (week 1 -4) +
Term 2 – Year 3 + 4 Football (week 1 -4) +
Term 3 – Year 1 + 2 Football (week 1 -4) +
Term 4 – Girls Only Year 4, 5 + 6 (week 1-4) +
Term 5 – 9 a Side Football Year 5 + 6 (week 1-4)
Term 6 – TBC

Multi-Sports offer:
Term 1 – Dodgeball – October
Term 2 – Handball – December
Term 3 – Tag Rugby – February
Term 4 – Rounders – April
Term 5 – Cricket – May
Term 6 – Athletics – July