Physical Education

PE and Sport at Mayflower 2019-20

PE and Sport at Mayflower 2021-22

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 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 these also benefit the children’s FMS skills and Physical Literacy. At the beginning of this academic year, we are excited to have introduced Orienteering (we have had a full course installed by Cross Curricular Orienteering, who have also trained our staff in the use of the course) and Real PE. Both are currently being taught across all year groups with pupils and staff
reporting that they are seeing and experiencing high quality teaching and learning across both areas. We hope to further embed these as the year progresses. Our Curriculum Plans for each area of PE across the school have a clear skills progression that is followed by all 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 PE

Unit 3 Cognitive

Indoor

Real PE

Unit 1 Personal

Indoor

Real PE

Unit 2 Social

Indoor

Real PE

Unit 4 Creative

Indoor

Real PE

Unit 5 Applying Physical

Indoor

Real PE

Unit 6 Health and Fitness

Indoor

OAA

Orienteering

Outdoor

FMS

Sprint

Outdoor

FMS

Vertical Leap/Jump

Outdoor

Real Gym

Unit 1 FOcus Social

Indoor

Athletics

Sports Day

Outdoor

Real Dance

Unit Creative

Indoor

Year 2

Real PE

Unit 3 Cognitive

Indoor

Real PE

Unit 1 Personal

Indoor

Real PE

Unit 2 Social

Indoor

Real PE

Unit 4 Creative

Outdoor

Real PE

Unit 5 Applying Physical

Indoor

Real PE

Unit 6 Health and Fitness

Outdoor

OAA

Orienteering

Outdoor

FMS

Sprint

Outdoor

FMS

Kick

Outdoor

Gym

Unit 1 Focus Social

Indoor

Athletics

Sports Day

Outdoor

Real Dance

Unit Creative

Indoor

Year 3

Real PE

Unit 3 Cognitive

Indoor

Real PE

Unit 1 Personal

Indoor

Real PE

Unit 2 Social

Indoor

Real PE

Unit 4 Creative

Outdoor

Real PE

Unit 5 Applying Physical

Indoor

Real PE

Unit 6 Health and Fitness

Outdoor

OAA

Orienteering

Outdoor

FMS

Catch

Outdoor

FMS

Side Arm Strike

Outdoor

Gym

Unit 1 Focus Social

Indoor

Athletics

Sports Day

Outdoor

Real Dance

Unit Creative

Indoor

Year 4

Real PE

Unit 3 Cognitive

Indoor

Real PE

Unit 1 Personal

Indoor

Real PE

Unit 2 Social

Indoor

Real PE

Unit 4 Creative

Outdoor

Real PE

Unit 5 Applying Physical

Indoor

Real PE

Unit 6 Health and Fitness

Outdoor

OAA

Orienteering

Outdoor

FMS

Catch

Outdoor

FMS

Dodge

Outdoor

Gym

Unit 1 Focus Social

Indoor

Athletics

Sports Day

Outdoor

Real Dance

Unit creative

Indoor

Year 5

Real PE

Unit 1 Cognitive

Indoor

Real PE

Unit 2 Creative

Indoor

Real PE

Unit 3 Social

Indoor

Real PE

Unit 4 Applying Physical

Outdoor

Real PE

Unit 5 Health and Fitness

Indoor

Unit 6 Personal

Outdoor

OAA

Orienteering

Outdoor

FMS

Kick

Outdoor

FMS

Run

Outdoor

Gym

Unit 1 Focus Social

Indoor

Swimming

Outdoor

Real Dance Creative

Line 2

Indoor

Year 6

Real PE

Unit 1 Cognitive

Indoor

Real PE

Unit 2 Creative

Indoor

Real PE

Unit 3 Social

Indoor

Real PE

Unit 4 Applying Physical

Outdoor

Real PE

Unit 5 Health and Fitness

Indoor

Unit 6 Personal

Outdoor

OAA

Orienteering

Outdoor

FMS

Forearm Strike

Outdoor

FMS

Catch/Throw

Outdoor

Gym

Unit 1 Focus Social

Indoor

Athletics

Sports Day

Outdoor

Real Dance

Unit Creative

Indoor

We have several 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 are currently in the process of making more links with clubs in our community so we can signpost our pupils to further opportunities.

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. Here you find a review of the previous year’s spend and the impact it had on our pupils
and families. This year we have further areas of spend planned to include employing a PE TA to facilitate high quality curriculum PE lessons alongside our other teaching staff as well as using them to be able to offer a wider range of afterschool sports clubs, we will also continue to offer Top-up swimming sessions for KS2 pupils who have not
achieved their 25m badge by Year 6 alongside developing the expertise of our PE lead and other members of teaching staff with CPD opportunities.

Physical Activity Log 2021-22Our 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 too to make our posts easier to find.

September 2021

October 2021