At Market Harborough Church of England Academy, PE and school sport is an inherent part of our whole school curriculum. We follow the PE hub scheme of work from EYFS up to year 6, and firmly believe that all children should be exposed to a high-quality physical education.
Our aim is to provide pupils with a passion for an active lifestyle through their time in school and beyond. Fundamental skills and physical literacy are at the heart of what we do but overall, we wish to inspire pupils - giving them the opportunity to experience a broad and balanced curriculum so that they can make decisions on which path of physical activity they wish to purse in later life.
PE is the introduction to a physically active lifestyle whereby the benefits are countless. If physical activity becomes habitual, this in turn promotes physical and emotional well-being, proven to help channel behaviour issues and build resilience, not to mention the social aspects and stress outlet.
We believe that when it comes to physical activity, everyone has an outlet, something they can excel in. With a broad and balanced curriculum, we introduce such a variety of sports, our mindset being to empower pupils to develop a love and desire to pursue an active lifestyle. PE is a subject where barriers to learning become non-existent, everybody succeeds with a willingness to try.
As well as 2 hourly PE sessions each week, children are given opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities such as lunchtime or after school sports clubs and inter-school competitions with the South Leicestershire school sport partnership and the traditional sports day to celebrate everyone’s achievements throughout the year. Beginning school, children are introduced to fundamental skills, spatial awareness and body control. This knowledge is then developed on their journey in school life, moving on through the years to utilise their acquired skills in a variety of sports and game situations. If sport becomes habitual from a young age it is proven to become an innate ritual in adulthood which in turn breeds better human beings, well-equipped to cope with adult life.
Once children reach the top of their primary school career, children are given the opportunity to apply for the role of sports or wellbeing ambassador. This responsibility gives the children the opportunity to develop their leadership and communication skills as well as being of benefit to the whole school through role models of sport and wellbeing.