PE at Southery Academy is an area we have made considerable progress in recently and we have made extensive plans to further develop PE. As a school community, we feel that PE can have a considerable impact on children across their life and education. Health and well-being is proven to be improved by good quality PE and the best PE provision tends to be a contributing factor in the improvement of self-esteem, likelihood of making positive behaviour choices and confidence levels.
We intend to make PE at Southery a positive and enjoyable experience alongside providing our children with a platform to develop, achieve and excel in a variety of sports. Southery Academy strives to supply children with the skills required to be good team players whilst being able to work together, follow sporting rules and be respectful sports people.
Our children are taught PE sessions on a weekly basis by our Sports Instructor using a detailed PE Curriculum plan. Our children are encouraged to become respectful sports people that can excel and problem solve. Our PE curriculum provides our children with the opportunity to build their confidence, resilience and teamwork skills with a sense of pride. Working closely with Emneth Academy has enabled us as an Academy to improve our provision of PE and being able to view shared resources and ideas has further supported our PE development.
The children are taught a variety of sports and curriculum areas across the academic year. We follow a two-year cycle ranging from dance and gymnastics to athletics and games. Please see our long term PE plan below for more detailed information.
The children of Southery Academy are offered the chance to participate in extracurricular actives after school too. A weekly multi-sports club facilitated by our Sports Instructor is available to both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children on a half-termly rotation. Our PE Lead Mr Bothamley and Deputy Principal Mr Parrish also run a weekly football club for our Key Stage 2 football team. Our Sports Instructor also runs a lunchtime sports club offering a variety of sports from basketball to hockey.
We also have some Key Stage 2 children that have recently completed playleader/young leader training. These children plan and run games for younger children at the Academy at lunchtimes, this increases their confidence, leadership and organisation skills.
The children of Southery Academy are also given to opportunity to represent the Academy in sporting events throughout the academic year both in school in our interclass completions and out of school alongside other schools. We attend events, festivals and competitions linked to our Downham cluster and West Norfolk School Sports Partnership (WNSSP), this helps to build resilience and confidence into our children's character.
We want our children to enjoy their PE sessions and opportunities. Our children are given the opportunity to confidently work independently and as a team in a variety of sporting categories. We want our children to adopt a healthy, active lifestyle as they develop as young people.