At The Mendip School, our aim is to make sure all students can enjoy and be engaged in physical activity and sport. Our PE Curriculum is based around the Real PE Framework and the National Curriculum but also includes additional areas such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award, ASDAN Sport and Fitness and Rebound Therapy.
Physical Education is an integral part of school life and the future well-being of our student’s. It is therefore our intent to provide an inclusive, broad and balanced PE curriculum that ensures ALL students will benefit, whether through enhancing existing skills, learning new skills or being introduced to outside clubs, teams or organisations. We will provide opportunities for all students to become physically confident in a way that will support their health and fitness, now and for life.
Through Physical Education, we aim to develop the students’ knowledge, skills and understanding, so that they are able to perform a range of physical activities. We aim to ensure that the student’s experience of Physical Education and Sport is positive and motivating and that the students have fun whilst they are learning life long skills.
The PE curriculum at The Mendip School is taught through the Real PE Framework and the National Curriculum. This is used to aid teaching staff in their subject knowledge. Teachers are able to adjust and change lessons to suit the needs of their classes but the scheme provides a strong basis of what is expected. Real PE gives EVERY student the physical literacy, emotional and thinking skills to achieve in PE, Sport and life. Each class has access to at least one session a week. These are either taught by a PE Specialist, class teachers or specialist coaches.
All classes are given ample opportunities to develop their fundamental movement skills and extend their agility, balance and coordination. They engage in competitive, non-competitive and cooperative physical activities through games, running, jumping, throwing and catching, dance and gymnastics.
We offer swimming sessions for all Key Stages, throughout the year. These lessons will teach our students water confidence and safety and develop stroke technique. Swimming is not only a great form of exercise it will also benefit the mind and improve mood and self-esteem.
Students in KS1 and KS2 have the opportunity to attend Horse Riding sessions and take part in Sensory Sport.
In KS3 and KS4 we offer students the opportunity to take part in two widely recognised qualifications. The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, which enables students to broaden their horizons and develop skills and attributes such as self-management, team working, confidence and a positive attitude to work. The ASDAN qualification in Sport and Fitness, empowers students through personalised learning and choice. Students develop core skills in teamwork, communication, problem solving, research and self-management.
In addition to PE in curriculum time, we also strive to provide opportunities for students to access extracurricular physical activity, either at break, lunch or after school. We offer a wide range of sporting and active clubs such as: multi sports, gymnastics, table cricket and football. We also encourage active playtimes through the use of inspired playground and the active mile.
Assessments are based on continuous teacher assessments and are recorded on Evidence for Learning. Students are also given time to reflect on their learning and take part in self, peer and group feedback within the lesson, if appropriate. This directly effects challenging and appropriate planning from teachers and coaches.
The aim is for our extensive PE curriculum to impact greatly on our student’s ability to acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to make appropriate choices about their physical and mental health. The curriculum will develop positive self-awareness in students as they become physically competent. They will also demonstrate a healthy attitude to competition, showing respect for individuals, teams, officials and coaches.
Festivals and competitions ensure all of our students 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.
Please take your time to see examples of our PE curriculum in action in the photos and videos on this page. Here you will see how PE is embedded into many areas of our school life and how the students are actively encouraged to see physical activity as a positive part of their daily lives and wellbeing.
All schools are required to publish how they spend their Sports Premium Funding in the form of an impact statement. The Impact Statement for The Mendip School can be found here