At Bidston Avenue, we believe that PE, School Sport and Physical Activity (PESSPA) have a vital role to play in the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of our children. It is our intent that our Physical Education curriculum enables staff to deliver high-quality lessons that inspire all pupils to succeed and excel in physical activity, competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. We aim to provide opportunities during and outside of curriculum time for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. This includes providing opportunities for children to take part and compete in a wide range of sports and physical activities, both in school and against other schools, which build character and help to embed our school values of FREDICE. At Bidston Avenue Primary School, our aim is to ensure all children enjoy and are engaged in Physical Education and Sport.
Through Physical Education, we aim to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding, so that they can perform with increasing confidence and competence in a range of physical activities. We aim to improve children’s health and well-being, promote active participation and lifelong learning. We aim to ensure that children’s experience of Physical Education is positive and motivational and that children’s positive attitudes to a healthy lifestyle are firmly embedded in our curriculum.
At Bidston Avenue, each child receives 2 hours of curriculum PE time on a weekly basis, which is carefully planned and mapped out to ensure a broad and full range of skills and activities are covered. These sessions are either delivered by class teachers or specialist PE teachers during PE lessons.
Pupils in KS1 are given ample opportunities to develop their fundamental movement skills and extend their agility, balance and coordination. They engage in competitive and cooperative physical activities through games, dance and gymnastics. Interventions are put in place for children in KS1 and Years 3-4 who are identified as needing additional support with fine and gross motor skills.
In KS2, pupils continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills such as running, jumping, throwing and catching. These skills are incorporated into competitive games, performances using movement patterns and evaluations of their own and others’ work. Pupils communicate and collaborate with each other and develop an understanding of how to improve in physical activities. There are many opportunities across each academic year for children to take part in inter and intra school competitions, as well as festivals, where children’s sporting successes are celebrated.
Children in Years 3-6 attend swimming lessons at the local swimming pool where they are taught how to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of 25m, using a range of strokes. Children who are not on track to achieve the National Curriculum requirement by the end of Year 6 are identified and attend extra lessons to improve their skills and confidence.
In addition to curriculum PE time, we also strive to provide excellent opportunities for children to take part in extracurricular physical activity through a wide range of sporting and active clubs such as: basketball, multi-sports, dance, karate and football, netball, gymnastics and inclusive sports. We also train children in Year 5 as young leaders to improve pupil confidence, to aid their development and make high quality PESSPA sustainable. We encourage active playtimes through the use of the playground leaders, and we started the Daily Mile initiative in 2018, which has now been adapted for our children. We aim to ensure that we are giving children at Bidston Avenue the best possible chance of achieving the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day.
Download a copy of our Progression of Skills (see below) to see how children's skills in PE will develop over their time at Bidston Avenue. Curriculum plans are available to find out which units children will cover each term but it is within these units that the skills described in our Progression of Skills will be taught..
Our PESSPA roadmap provides further details about what children can expect on their physical education journey through Bidston Avenue:
All children at Bidston Avenue receive a broad and balanced PE curriculum regardless of year group or ability. Every child accesses all of the key areas of the subject on offer at our school. Teachers plan activities with clear progression of skills and knowledge, which we have devised as part of our curriculum offer to ensure that all children access it at an age appropriate level.
Festivals and competitions ensure all of our children have the opportunity to take part in a range of sports both in and outside of school, whether that be at a competitive or non-competitive level. Through the wide range of sporting opportunities we take part in, all of our children have an opportunity to represent the school, at least once but for most, on a number of occasions before they leave in Year 6.
In 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 BAPS achieved the School Games Mark Gold Award. In 2019, BAPS achieved the School Games Mark Platinum Award. The first LA-maintained, mainstream primary school on the Wirral to do so. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, our Platinum Award was extended for 2020-21 but we were also awarded the Virtual School Games certificate and the 2019/20 School Games Mark for our efforts to develop PESSPA up until the national lockdown started and during that time whilst most children were learning at home.
You can follow the latest updates from the BAPS PE & Sport team on Twitter. We regularly share details about the competitions we take part in, children's sporting achievements and lots more. Click on the Twitter logo to view our timeline.
You may also like to see what a year of PESSPA looks like at Bidston Avenue. Here are videos of our PE and sporting highlights over the years: