At East Ardsley Primary Academy we believe that physical activity has numerous benefits for children and young people’s physical health, as well as their mental wellbeing (increasing self-esteem and emotional wellbeing and lowering anxiety and depression), and that children who are physically active are happier, more resilient and more trusting of their peers. Ensuring that children have access to sufficient daily activity can also have wider benefits for children and schools, improving behaviour as well as enhancing academic achievement.
We deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and that will maximise the development of every child’s ability and achievement in all areas of PE. This will enable them to know more about physical activity and keeping healthy and to understand how to use and apply this knowledge to impact upon their own physical activity, participation and healthy lifestyle.
We recognise the importance of PE and the role it has to play in promoting long term, healthy lifestyles. At EAPA we provide all children with high quality PE and sport opportunities so that every pupil can succeed and achieve their potential and go on to lead physically active lifestyles. We inspire our children through fun and engaging PE lessons that are enjoyable, challenging and accessible to all. Through our teaching of PE, we will provide opportunities for children to develop values and transferrable life skills such as fairness and respect as well as providing them with opportunities to take part in competitive sport.
In P.E, children will study four areas of sport. These include: Gymnastics, Athletics, Games and Dance. Within P.E lessons, children will adopt many different roles such as a performer, coach, umpire and leader and explore many different outdoor activities.
Our aim at EAPA is to develop and encourage:
- Competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities.
- Engagement in competitive sports and activities.
- Children to lead healthy, active lives.
- Less able/active children to participate in more PE and sport.
School Games Award
The School Games is a Government and Lottery Funded programme that is designed to keep competitive sport at the heart of school life. The intention is with the support of School Games Organisers that schools will then be able to provide more young people with the opportunity to compete and achieve their personal best.
We have been awarded the School Games ‘Gold’ Award for the past four years, and hope to achieve the 'Platinum' Award in the near future.
The Morley Schools’ Sports Association (MSSA) is an association of the fourteen Primary Schools and three Secondary Schools in the Morley Family. Representatives from each school meet on a termly basis to plan a calendar of sporting events for the Primary school children.
The Association has been running for many years now and is the only Association of its kind in Leeds. MSSA was originally formed to organise a football league to ensure that the Primary School children had more opportunities to play as a team. Over the years, the Association has grown and the calendar of events has evolved to include thirteen different events during the academic year. The events organised now cover a wide range of sports and target different age groups. All the events are organised by the Primary or Secondary school staff with help from the Young Sports Leaders from the Secondary schools.
The aims of the Association are:
- To increase participation in sport.
- To increase opportunities for inter-school competition.
- To promote the Sporting Spirits.
(Teamwork. Determination. Honesty. Passion. Respect. Self-Belief)
- To develop Young Sports Leaders.
Whilst we hold firm the belief that all children should be involved in sport we also recognise that some children excel at sport and need to be given opportunities to develop and compete at a higher level than school can provide. We therefore ensure that those children are well represented in competitive opportunities offering them the additional challenge they need to develop.