Physical education at Fosse Way:
- develops pupils’ competence in a broad range of physical activities.
- develops physically active individuals that can sustain periods of activity.
- provide competitive sports and activities.
- leading towards a healthy, active life.
Experience of PE at Fosse Way is set in a safe and supportive environment. The unique nature of PE provides pupils with physical and emotional development and health. Physical education at Fosse Way aims to develop individuals’ ability to self-manage in various situations. Creating positive relationships with physical movement, aiding pupils to link movement to everyday life.
The aims of PE at Fosse Way
- Life-long movement
- Psychosocial functioning
- Cognitive development
- Physical development
PE is fantastic for allowing pupils and staff to leave the classroom, access open spaces, and explore the environment and space around them. Using movement as a way to express yourself, to communicate and work with others. PE has no limits or barriers; all movement counts as Physical education. Pupils have guidance on developing essential skills that transfer across sports and daily life.
The PE curriculum at key stages is based on the National Curriculum alongside the EQUALS curriculum, providing teachers with the flexibility to differentiate for all learners effectively.
In the EYS to KS2, pupils develop fundamental gross motor skills that can be built on as they move towards KS3/4/5. This is done via fun movement activities and games using traditional team sporting activities like Basketball, badminton, tennis, and more. During the EYS – KS2, pupils will also develop an awareness of fitness, dance and gymnastics to help them better understand movement.
During KS2, pupils also start the basic building blocks for developing leadership skills. Using Playmaker and the sports leaders program, pupils in KS3/4 will sign up to be sports leaders and deliver lessons to the primary years.
In KS4/5, some pupils access local facilities such as MSN gym, Jamie Woodlands blackbelt academy, Bath City FC, and Bath University sports campus.
All years have swimming lessons on the school site; pupils follow the ‘Swim England’ Discovery Duckling awards.
All year groups have access to the school’s 40 bikes which are maintained by our local bike shop in Radstock Bike-It, aiding them in developing their biking skills.
By the time our pupils pass through the years at Fosse Way, they will have developed strong gross and fine motor skills and an awareness of the importance of movement, health, collaboration, and teamwork skills.
In addition to Pe lessons, we are heavily involved with outside providers such as All about Watersport, Premier Education, Somerset cricket, Bath Rugby, Mencap and others. Our pupils get to attend varying events and special training to help them broaden their experience of sports, from sailing on the Bristol harbour side to table cricket or fencing at local clubs. FWS also runs a weekly after-school sports club changing activities and year groups termly and provides opportunities at lunchtime.
Healthy, active children are likelier to develop into healthy, active adults. By building the basics within our children at an early age they can grow and develop to become active, healthy adults. We strive to empower our pupils to develop a physical activity they can confidently carry out independently beyond their school years.
Pe can help to build resilient learners, as practice and repetition are essential parts of PE development; being critical and self-reflective is an essential aspect of physical development.
The true value of PE is still being understood. Yet, we know that Physical activity helps to develop interpersonal skills, such as communication, organisational skills, problem solving, creativity and cognitive development, alongside intrapersonal such as working with others, developing listening skills and turn-taking.
PE will also benefit the individual’s emotional, social and mental health. With the pressures of today’s society, having confidence and self-belief to partake in physical activity will help to provide a distraction from life’s daily struggles and stresses whilst interacting with other like-minded people.
People wishing to work in sports can take many avenues, from a player/performer to a manager/director. As the world of sports continues to grow, more opportunities arise, including data analysis, scientific research, the fitness industry, clothing and accessories or medical support such as physios, sports massages or sports-specific doctors.
Regardless of the career you select being healthy and fit for work will always be a bonus.