At Berwick Middle School we aim to provide a broad, balanced and challenging curriculum for all age groups together with an extensive programme of extra-curricular sport which is accessible to all pupils regardless of ability. We aim to provide an enjoyable, happy and productive environment for everyone that consolidates and develops the key principles in PE.
The Physical Education department aims to provide sporting opportunities and memorable experiences for all our pupils. Firstly we want all pupils to reach their full potential. Our curriculum will deepen a range of skills, knowledge and concepts, whilst also providing opportunities to develop essential life skills such as respect, teamwork, resilience and honesty. We hope that students will then realise the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle and keeping fit, both during their years at school and into adult life. Secondly, we wish to pursue excellence at local, regional and hopefully national level; winning competitions, trophies and matches with outstanding teams in a wide range of games and individual activities.
- to allow all pupils at school the opportunity to be physically active for sustained periods of time
- to develop competence in a broad range of physical activities
- to allow all pupils to have an enjoyable experience of PE and sport
- engage in and develop positive attitudes towards sport, both competitive and non-competitive
- promote and develop the physical, social and moral well being of students through sport and group interaction
- promote and lead active and healthy lifestyles, during and beyond the curriculum
- to provide learning that takes place in a safe environment
- develop leadership skills through curricular and extra-curricular activities
- to pursue links with the local community so that pupils can access sport
Within the formal curriculum Physical Education is taught for 3 lessons per week in Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3. Next year the aim is to increase this to 4 lessons a week for KS2 as a post covid recovery plan.
Our KS2 and KS3 core PE curriculum aims to improve the wellbeing and fitness of all pupils at Berwick Middle School, not only through the sporting skills taught, but also through the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes. Our impact is therefore to motivate students to utilise these underpinning skills in an independent and effective way in order to live happy and healthy lives.There is a wide variety of sports taught at Berwick Middle School; Pupils have the opportunity to take part in football, rugby, basketball, cricket, athletics, badminton, cross country, netball, hockey, lacrosse, rounders, dance, gymnastics, fitness training and tennis. Various other activities will be offered in the form of taster days, extra-curricular practices and use of external coaches. See PE Curriculum Maps on the school website.
Inclusion in PE
P.E is a fully inclusive subject however, to overcome any potential barriers to learning in PE, differentiation is key and pupils are given adapted, modified or alternative activities that have integrity and equivalence to the activities in the programmes of study and that enable pupils to make progress. Where appropriate, pupils receive specific support to enable them to participate in certain activities or types of movement and careful management of their physical regime to allow for specific medical conditions.
Inter-school competitions are available with the DSE Junior Athletics and Legacy Games being two of the more prominent competitions entered by pupils with special educational needs.
All House Competitions are fully inclusive and involve EVERY child in school. There are 9 house competitions throughout the year, including Sports Day.
Community Club Links
Every lunchtime, and after school, there is a full range of activities on offer. We pride ourselves on outstanding team performance along with extremely high participation rates. Pupils are actively encouraged to join in and take advantage of our excellent facilities and enthusiastic, dedicated staff. The clubs change half termly and usually coincide with the sports currently being taught in curriculum time . An example of the clubs on offer can be seen on the school website.
Community Club Links
BMS currently has over 15 effective links to local clubs and coaches. These have been affected by COVID but when restrictions ease the links will be able to continued.
Inter school competition
Usually opportunities are provided for numerous inter school competitions throughout the year, including School Games events. We hope these will start again once Covid restrictions ease.
Young Sports Leaders
The Young Leader Award is a programme of leadership training for young people between the ages of nine and 13 that promotes them working with younger children, teaching leadership skills through a range of games and activities. The Young Leader Award has been designed for use in a variety of different delivery settings, including primary and secondary schools, uniformed organisations and sports and community groups. Every year up to 20 pupils from Year 8 are chosen to be Young Leaders and after completing their qualification, organise and officiate various local and intra school competitions throughout the year. These pupils are role models and play a very important role in school and the community.
They have helped organise and manage all intra school competitions, visited First schools to run intra school competitions and lunchtime clubs. They have also helped run Multiskills festivals and Area competitions. Sky Sports Mentor Training.
School Games Award
BMS was the very first school in Northumberland to be awarded the School Games Gold Kitemark Award. For the past 3 years we have been promoted to Platinum. School Games is the Government's accreditation scheme for schools. The scheme recognises a school's PE and Sports provision. This is recognition of the number of children taking part in extra- curricular PE, the quality and range of sports we offer and the way that we liaise with local clubs.
Prior to the Kitemark Award, Berwick Middle School has been awarded Sportsmark (previous Government’s scheme) every year since 2007, with constantly improving results, which are above national averages.
We know our curriculum is working in the Physical Education department in a number of ways. Firstly, student participation in lessons and their engagement in developing skills is high. Secondly, we will have high participation rates at extracurricular sessions leading to teams winning competitions at local and regional level.