At Merritts Brook Academy, our first phase of physical literacy is introducing pupils to fundamental stages of movement, this includes enhancing a pupils balance, co-ordination, agility and speed.

As a pupil moves through the key stages, they will be challenged on decision making and a basic understanding of invasion games, net and wall games and striking and fielding games.

Our long term plan can be found here:

Long term plan detail (1)

Extra-Curricular Sports

We are proud to offer a range of extra -curricular sports clubs including football, basketball, tennis, gymnastics, dance, handball, flag football, tag rugby and multi-skills as well as the opportunity to compete in both inter- school and intra- school competitions.

We have strong external links with a range of sports clubs including Aston Villa FC, Warwickshire County Cricket Club club and the King Edwards Sports Partnership.

We have a skilled PE lead who supports the implementation and delivery of PE lessons as well as leading on our curriculum development. Our knowledge based approach to the curriculum can be found below.

Knowledge and skills map Indoor PE

Knowledge and skills map Outdoor PE(1)

Our whole school long term plan for Physical education can be found here:

MBA PE Outdoor and Indoor long term overview

Our strategy to teach pupils to swim focuses on an extensive sequence of lessons for pupils in years 2, 4 and 6.

All pupils in year 6 are offered the chance to take part in a life changing sailing trip set on the beautiful Isle of Wight at the UKSA’s waterfront base. Pupils have access to a range of exciting activities with qualified instructors. Further information can be found here.

Over the course of their three-day residential trip, our pupils will improve their confidence in the water as they try out activities like kayaking, paddle-boarding, dinghy sailing and keel boating. As well as exciting water sports, they will also get to take part in other activities like crabbing or archery by the sea with their classmates.


Throughout the year, we encourage a range of professional and amateur role models to visit and inspire our students. For example, Olympic medallist David Smith, former Birmingham City football player, Geoff Horsefield and stars from the Aston Villa Women’s Academy.

Community work is central to our beliefs as a school. We are working with Fit Families to engage our families in physical exercise to boost both physical and mental health within our community. Information can found below.

What has been happening in school?

Year 6 – Sailing residential on the beautiful Isle of Wight!

Year 5 and 6 have been to play in a tournament on the pitch at Villa Park! What an incredible experience!

Olympic and Paralympic Day

All classes had the opportunity to experience Olympic and Paralympic events in school.

What do people think about physical learning within Merritts Brook?

Here are some quotes from our staff and children:

‘I feel excited when the Aston Villa coach comes in. It makes me confident and improves me as a person.’ -Ashraf Year 1

‘I feel happy when I do PE. My favourite thing to do is the javelin. I feel that the school has improved me as a sportsman.’ – Theo Year 2

‘I love all of the different opportunities in school with all of the different sports that I get to try. I always look forward to PE.’ – Maya Year 3

‘I feel happy with the PE and opportunities that I receive in school. Having coaches come into school gives me a great insight of what is expected from the professional players. This supports my own aspirations.’ – Sonni Year 5

‘The school offers many opportunities to represent the school in a variety of competitions.’ – Mr Garfield – Breakfast Club/Learning Support Assistant

‘There is a wide range of sport available for all ages, ethnic backgrounds and it is inclusive for all SEND children’ – Mr Aziz – Sports Apprentice

‘The broad range of activities available for all ages mixed with fantastic enrichment opportunities such as the Mini Olympics supports key values such as team work, respect and determination.’ – Ms Dudley – Lunchtime Lead and Learning Support Assistant

‘I am incredibly proud of the journey that the school has been on during its time as an E-ACT school. Physical and personal development has been at the forefront of our vision and thinking. All staff understand the importance of physical literacy and they are the key drivers in the development of our children. We always strive for the best for our pupils and work closely with them to fulfil their own potentials and instil a lifelong passion for physical activity.’ – Mr McDermott – PE Lead/SLT

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