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Physical Education (P.E.) is an integral part of the Aughton curriculum. It helps pupils to develop physically, personally and socially. Our children will work as individuals, in groups and in teams, developing concepts of fairness and of personal and social responsibility. They will take on different roles and responsibilities, including leadership, coaching and officiating. Through the range of experiences that P.E. offers, they learn how to be effective in competitive, creative and challenging situations.


At AJA, every student within the academy will access PE and will experience a wide range of sports during their time at AJA. We cover a multitude of sports: football, tag rugby, basketball. Handball, dance, gymnastics, hockey, badminton, tennis, athletics, rounders, cricket, orienteering and fitness, whilst also progressing through the fundamental skills throughout each year group. Pupils have the opportunity to join our academy football team who train with specialists from RUCST, join after school clubs, complete swimming as part of the national curriculum and take part in a traditional annual sports day. This is to encourage our pupils to live a healthy and active lifestyle.


In Key Stage 1, we teach dance, game skills, gymnastics, athletics and problem solving. In Key Stage 2 we teach dance, invasion games, striking and fielding games, gymnastics, swimming and water safety, athletics and outdoor and adventurous activities. Planning is based on the ACET PE schemes, which all ACET PE leaders from across the trust have collaboratively created together. Planning is also informed by ongoing assessment (based around National Curriculum objectives) and in order to build upon the prior learning of the


In all classes, there are children of differing physical ability. Whilst recognising this fact, we provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We achieve this through a range of strategies:

• Setting common tasks that are open-ended and can have a variety of results, e.g. timed events, such as an 80m sprint;

• Setting tasks of increasing difficulty, where not all children complete all tasks and allowing children to set their own challenges to achieve a personal best.

• Grouping children by ability and setting different tasks for each group, e.g. different games;

• Providing a range of challenge through the provision of different resources, e.g. different gymnastics equipment.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES - Teaching staff will work closely with the PE Subject Leader to ensure that planned activities for lessons are accessible to all pupils, including pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).All lessons will meet the specific needs of individuals, as well as of groups of pupils, including those with SEND and those who have English as an additional language. Teaching staff will liaise with the special educational needs coordinator, where necessary, in order to meet the needs of pupils. Pupils will not be grouped together based on gender, race or disability.

Our PE curriculum aims to support children to;

  • Be passionate, engaged and enthusiastic about sport and being active, having a keen interest in PE with a willingness to participate eagerly in every lesson and the ability to make informed choices about engaging fully in extra curriculum sport.
  • Have the opportunity to experience a balanced and varied curriculum allowing students to participate in a wide variety of activities covering the development of fundamental skills in KS1 and then progressing in KS2 to sport specific skills which includes: invasion, striking and fielding, aesthetics and athletics.
  • Swim at least 25metres before the end of Y6 and know how to remain safe in and around water.
  • Use sport specific terminology is used with confidence, building up an extended specialist vocabulary.
  • Have and maintain a high level of fitness.
  • Lead a healthy lifestyle which is achieved by eating sensibly, being aware of the dangers of smoking, alcohol and drugs. Developing a knowledge of exercising regularly and having an understanding of how their mental health is also important.
  • Practice skills in a range of different activities and situations, alone, in small groups and in teams, with the ability to apply these skills in chosen activities to a high level of performance.
  • Become excellent young leaders by having the skills to take the initiative, organising and officiating different age groups, and evaluating what needs to be done to improve, whilst also motivating and instilling excellent sporting attitudes in others.
  • Employ imagination and creativity in their techniques, tactics and choreography.
  • Have the ability to be able to improve their own and others performance.
  • Work independently for extended periods of time without the need for guidance or support.
  • Have a sound understanding of different sports, their origins, including British and world –wide sporting role models.
  • Be prepared to transition from KS1 to KS2 and then KS2 to KS3 with the skills, knowledge, self -esteem and character to excel in KS2.
  • Have positive attitudes and the ability to make informed choices about engaging fully in extracurricular sport.

A Wide Range of Sports and Extra-Curricular

We aim to embrace the many talents and interests of our pupils and offer a vast amount of extracurricular opportunities based on pupil voice and regular school council meetings.

Collaboration and Experiences

There are also opportunities to try new sports and physical activities through various festivals, Trust and Local Area competitions and tournaments throughout the year. This could include outdoor adventurous activities, dance and different ways to exercise such as boogie bounce.


We work closely with MODESHIFT STARS and Dr Bike to encourage active travel to and from school, develop scooter, balance bike and cycle skills throughout the academy, which are included as part of our Aughton Aspirations and Personal Development. The collaboration led to the academy being awarded the silver award for Modeshift stars at the end of 2023. 

GOLD AWARD FOR SCHOOL GAMES 2021-22 and 2022-23

The School Games Mark is a government-led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Participating in this process allows schools to evaluate their PE provision and assists them in developing an action plan for future progress


We use the School Games within our PE lessons, the PE curriculum design and within our day-to-day expectations of pupils within the academy. 

We believe these values and beliefs are transferable in to every day life. 


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Rotherham United Community Sports Trust Partnership

As part of our partnership with Rotherham United Community Sports Trust, specialist coaches run our football after-school club, deliver the Young Leader award to our Year 6 pupils, deliver interventions such as 'Friends through Football'. We will attend the Half Time Cup Tournament which takes place during half-time of one of the home games for Rotherham United. Some of our classes will be attending the home stadium of Rotherham United, New York Stadium, for a stadium tour which will include links to our English and Maths curriculum by looking at match reports and statistics. A whole class session focussing on 'Joy of Moving' will be delivered to Year 4 to further develop pupils' understanding of a healthy lifestyle and informed choices to expand our PE, Science, RSHE and D&T curriculum related to food and nutrition. 


Young Leaders Award in Y6

Following the success of last year’s Young Leaders Award, our Year 6 pupils were very fortunate to work with Sam on the 6 week programme to become a sports leader within our academy. The programme has been devised by the company to develop their organisational and communication skills when leading and delivering activities to talk to younger children. The aim of the programme is to develop the pupils’ confidence to be able to successfully lead games and activities for the younger children in our school during break and lunchtime.

When pupils reach year 6 in a primary school, they are seen as role model to the other children which can be daunting for some pupils as we know, some children do not like to be stood in front of others or their peers. This programme has supported the pupils to raise their self-esteem and their confidence to speak out in front of others. For some pupils, this may be in small groups with younger children such as; throwing and catching, and for other this may be with a larger group of children who they are supporting to engage in a team game such as; football, netball etc.

Across the 6 weeks, the pupils have learnt to …

  • Organise children into groups and teams quickly
  • Use their knowledge of a wide variety of games for every age group.
  • They now work in small group at dinnertime and after school club to ensure that the children are active, playing sensibly and most of all enjoying the games.

“I enjoyed the end part where we taught a lesson we had planned to the Y3s. I liked this because we were able to lead it and it was a really fun lesson. We became better at choosing the right equipment, working as a team and having the courage to talk to the other children. We thought Sam was a helpful teacher and gave us good ideas and support to teach a group.” -  Y6 Pupil.

Sam said “They grew every week, increasing their knowledge and understanding of how to be able to control & lead a group. Building up into their final project in the last week where they delivered what they had learned to a group of 10/15 y3 children for 15 minutes.”

Each half term, we invite significant individuals in from our community to deliver our ‘Aspirational Assembly’. This assembly is to share with the pupils at AJA the wide range of opportunities that are available for them to aspire to towards becoming that would fit outside of a ‘traditional job’. It is an opportunity to spark the awe and wonder in our pupils imaginations and develop the self-belief that they can achieve anything they set their mind to.

As part of his role as a Community Sports Coach, Sam shared his journey that led him to where he is now. The children had shocked faces when they learnt that Sam had been over to America to coach and play for many different teams, before coming back to Rotherham to complete a degree and work for Rotherham United community Sports Trust. During the assembly, the children asked him questions about clubs he had worked for and other aspects of his career which really inspired them.