Taking Steps to Improve Physical Literacy in Primary Schools

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CPD Training for Teachers

One of the biggest challenges facing schools is a lack of specialist training. Often, PE lessons are led by fantastic teachers, who excel in other areas, but lack confidence when delivering a physical curriculum.

With Amaven, schools get access to an extensive library of teaching and training resources. Modules are delivered as bite sized videos, so they’re perfect for busy schedules. Teachers can work at their own pace, at a time that suits them.

All lessons are based on cutting edge research and offer full certification upon completion. If you want to expand, reinforce, or restructure the way you teach physical education, our CPD scheme is a great resource.

Example Modules:

  •  Teaching Fundamental Movement Skills
  •  Managing Difficult Behaviour in PE
  •  Increasing Class Participation
  •  Assessing Physical Fitness
Dynamic Lesson Plans

PE prep can easily account for a quarter of the timetabled slot. So, every minute is precious. With ‘ready to go’ lesson plans from Amaven, it’s easy to maximise the impact of active sessions.

The Online Portal contains hundreds of lesson ideas for Key Stage 1 and 2. They range from simple movement skills (like kicking and catching) to dynamic games and sports. All plans are fully compliant with national physical literacy requirements.

We also offer an Early Years Foundation Stage scheme. It uses colourful storyboards and animal characters to demonstrate the importance of movement. Pre-schoolers are encouraged to hop, twist, spin, and bounce alongside the Amaven crew as they embark on big adventures. 

Features Include: 

  • Equipment Checklists
  • Warm Up Activities
  • Lesson Objectives
  • Video Demonstrations
The Online Portal

The Online Portal is the beating heart of Amaven. This is where schools access the resources and features we provide. It is a secure database, unique to each institution and loaded with exciting perks.

The portal is also a comprehensive monitoring system. It contains tools for collecting, presenting, analysing, and tracking pupil fitness. After every test of physical literacy, the data gets added to a growing record of performance.

The portal creates a detailed snapshot of individual achievements, schoolwide health, and future PE prospects. Most importantly, it belongs to you. No other school can have a portal exactly like yours because the system is built to support YOUR journey.

Features Include:

  • Access to Amaven Content
  • Up to Date Pupil Profiles
  • Tracking & Visualisation Tools
  • Videos, Graphs, Reports, & So Much More!
Movement of the Day

We're on a mission to break physical activity out of PE lessons. Studies show consistent movement is hugely beneficial for early development. Kids should be exercising frequently, throughout the day.

This reduces prolonged sitting and lowers the risk of obesity, musculoskeletal disorders, diabetes, and heart disease. It’s why we developed Movement of the Day, a weekly activity schedule for anywhere, anytime.

Amaven delivers five physical tasks per week via the Online Portal. Schools are free to use all or some of these activities. Each Movement takes five minutes to complete. This makes them ideal for squeezing in at the start or end of lessons. 

Example Tasks:

  • Shake It Off
  • Pop It If You Dare
  • Balancing Act
  • Storm Chasers
Impact Reports

Schools are built on data. Everything from teaching budgets to behaviour logs, quarterly grades, and PE safety reports must be collated and quantified. With Amaven, it’s as easy as highlighting the data you need and picking a suitable format.

We help schools keep a record of every physical assessment. In fact, we kick things off by conducting a Challenge Day at member schools. This creates a baseline for physical literacy by testing agility, coordination, and balance skills.

The data is turned into Impact Reports. Individual and group reports can be shared with parents, governors, and OFSTED. These documents may be used to support submissions for Sport Premium Funding in April.   

Features Include: 

  • School, Class & Pupil Reports
  • Stats for Agility, Speed, Flexibility & More
  • Tracks Over & Under Performers
  • Share Progress with Parents 
Home Activities

Unfortunately, PE lessons are limited. Schools must squeeze an extensive curriculum into a short day and physical literacy competes with core subjects like maths and science. This means fitness cannot stop at the sports hall.

The government wants kids to exercise for 30 mins in school and 30 mins at home. To make this easier, Amaven provides Home Activity videos. These clips feature trained coaches and demonstrate simple, safe exercises for a range of abilities. 

Tasks may be performed indoors or outside. They're challenging enough to test learners but speedy enough to squeeze in before dinner. Parents can keep track of progress by marking tasks as 'complete' on the Online Portal. 

Features Include:

  • Helpful Prompts & Cues 
  • Advice on Correct Form
  • Onscreen Timer for Precision 
  • Use Gym Apparatus or Improvise!
Parental Engagement

Positive change is only possible with the support of parents. Healthy living starts at home, so schools must work closely with families to ensure consistency and engagement. This is a big task for teachers, but Amaven lightens the load.

Parents get a window on progress via their own digital portal. It allows them to track their child’s fitness journey and identify areas of potential improvement. They can access home activity videos, view test scores, and stay on top of school updates.

We also send out regular newsletters and emails. They keep parents informed about everything from nutrition to child development, weight management, safe play, sleep routines, emotional wellbeing, and lots more.

Example Emails:

  • Why Is Sleep So Important for Health?
  • Getting to Grips with Movement Skills
  • Ensuring Your Child Excels in PE
  • Winning the Fight Against Sugar 
What Is PE Challenge Day?

The Amaven Challenge Day is a FREE event designed to get schools started on their fitness journey. It involves a visit from our expert coaches. With a gym bag full of games and activities, they spend a morning or afternoon working directly with pupils.

The purpose of the visit is to determine physical literacy levels. This is the first stage in improving general health and reducing obesity. We thoroughly assess student fitness, so that schools have a clear picture of current conditions and where to go next.

Each PE Challenge Day generates a set of test results. Participant scores are collected and uploaded to the Online Portal. Here, schools can arrange, present, and share the data in a variety of ways. With a baseline to work from, it’s easy to make targeted improvements.

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What Happens on PE Challenge Day?

For educators, Challenge Day is a chance to see what Amaven can do. For pupils, the event is light hearted and relaxed. It’s like a special PE lesson, complete with time trials, balancing tasks, and lots of leaping.

The emphasis is firmly on fun. This is not an exam. There’s no pressure on pupils to do anything but their best and results are for internal use only. Key Stage 1 classes are set three physical tasks. Key Stage 2 complete five tasks.

Activities include the Broad Jump, Single Leg Hop, and Throw and Catch. They require minimal equipment, all of which can be found in PE store rooms. The aim of the game is to gauge agility, balance, and coordination (the ABCs of Movement). 

Why Is PE Challenge Day Important?

PE Challenge Day is important for several reasons. Firstly, it creates that all important baseline. The best way to improve physical literacy is to take a close look at it. What is the school doing right? What could it do better? Could PE lessons be more impactful?

By demonstrating best practices and testing methods, Amaven provides a framework for continued assessment. Whether you choose to maintain a relationship with our coaches or not, you’ll have the tools to build a bright future.

It’s also a great opportunity to meet the team. Support is available online or over the phone, but nothing beats a face to face chat. Challenge Day is a chance for teachers to learn about the Online Portal and kickstart their relationship with Amaven. 

What Do Schools Need to Know?

The first PE Challenge Day is absolutely FREE. Every school that signs up to our Healthy Schools Programme is entitled to a free event. After this trial visit, it’s up to schools to decide how to proceed – with subsequent PE Challenge Days or independent testing.  

If you’d prefer to continue alone, it’s doubly important to get as many teachers involved as possible. The higher the degree of engagement, the easier it will be to conduct future assessments without our coaches.

Large schools may need to book two (occasionally three) sessions to get a complete set of results. If this is not possible, capacity is limited to approximately 200 pupils. If you’re not sure how many visits you’ll need, call our team on 0161 300 9172. 

Education
We take health and well-being seriously at our school and using Amaven has become part of our regular PE programme. The children enjoy doing the PE lessons and the home activity plans are a great way to fit more activity in every day. I am happy to recommend the system to schools and colleagues across Cheshire East and am looking forward to seeing even more improvements in pupil well-being this year.
Rebecca Jewitt
Head Teacher, Audlem St James C of E Primary School
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Education
Our teachers have felt more confident delivering PE lessons because the results show which pupils need extra help, which ones are maintaining fitness, and which are doing well ‘emerging’, ‘expected’ or ‘exceeding’. We have used the results to inform which children we select to represent our school in Rochdale schools sports competitions and have had better successes this year.
Emily Paterson
Sports Coordinator
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Education
Our first round of assessments with Amaven are nearly complete. Staff have been impressed with the process and visits from Chris have been enjoyable for the pupils. The online portal is simple to navigate and the lesson plans available are detailed. The pupil reports, showing physical literacy levels, enable you to pick out children who are in need of a challenge or a greater level of support. At a whole school level, these reports have already allowed us to identify areas for improvement. We are looking forward to the next round of fitness challenges, after which some of our pupils will hopefully see their scores improve.
Clare Moore
PE Co-ordinator, Heybrook Primary School
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Education
The children have really enjoyed the first assessment day and the staff and parents are keen to see the results of the second assessment day. It is an important tool to get a clear picture of each child’s physical development from a young age. The team at Amaven have also been very helpful by quickly fixing any issues we had with the system and they are always on hand to help us out if we need any assistance.
Gill Pryor
PE Coordinator, Trewirgie Infant School
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Education
Our initial assessment day was well organised by the visiting coaches and thoroughly enjoyed by both pupils and teachers. The data that we have received is fantastic! You can easily see how each pupil is doing from the spidergraphs and find out which pupils need additional support. We are looking forward to the second assessment day, after which we will be able to compare results and identify progress made. Our pupils like that they can access the home activities online and by raising awareness of how they can improve, we are already beginning to see a positive impact on how they are doing in their PE lessons.
Lisa French
PE Subject Leader, Northbrook Primary School
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Education
The Amaven system has helped our pupils to improve their fitness and provided our teachers with an extra boost of confidence delivering PE. After the PE assessment day, we could view the results of the whole school. This is very useful for the teachers to see how their class is doing at a glance, as well as having access to individual pupil reports which they can share with parents. The PE lesson plans are helpful for our PE staff and the home activities ensure that each pupil is staying active when they are out of school. We have high hopes for the progress our pupils will make as we continue to use Amaven.
Mr N Gurman
Head teacher, St Mary's CE Primary School
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Build a Bright Future with Bespoke PE Programmes

The fight against childhood obesity is one of the biggest battles of our time. Sedentary routines, mobile technologies, and dwindling public services are leading to a major decline in physical fitness.

Weight problems in early life are linked to poor health, depression, social anxiety, and underwhelming academic performance. Without regular exercise and a good diet, development becomes stunted.

Fortunately, this is something we can change.

Amaven works with primary schools to improve physical education and help kids grow up big and strong.

As part of our Healthy Schools Programme, we provide access to a huge variety of instructive resources. They include CPD schemes for teachers, PE lesson plans, classroom games, homework activities, impact reports, and much more.

Amaven delivers everything your school need to keep its pupils fit and active.

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We provide every school with a free Healthy Schools Programme which includes the following:

  • PE Challenge Day run by Amaven Coaches
  • Onsite and online CPD for all the class teachers
  • Impact reports
  • How to use lesson plans effectively
  • Home activities for each pupil
  • Obesity and health and wellbeing strategy

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Success stories

Education
We take health and well-being seriously at our school and using Amaven has become part of our regular PE programme. The children enjoy doing the PE lessons and the home activity plans are a great way to fit more activity in every day. I am happy to recommend the system to schools and colleagues across Cheshire East and am looking forward to seeing even more improvements in pupil well-being this year.
Rebecca Jewitt
Head Teacher, Audlem St James C of E Primary School
Contact Rebecca >
Education
Our teachers have felt more confident delivering PE lessons because the results show which pupils need extra help, which ones are maintaining fitness, and which are doing well ‘emerging’, ‘expected’ or ‘exceeding’. We have used the results to inform which children we select to represent our school in Rochdale schools sports competitions and have had better successes this year.
Emily Paterson
Sports Coordinator
Contact Emily >
Education
Our first round of assessments with Amaven are nearly complete. Staff have been impressed with the process and visits from Chris have been enjoyable for the pupils. The online portal is simple to navigate and the lesson plans available are detailed. The pupil reports, showing physical literacy levels, enable you to pick out children who are in need of a challenge or a greater level of support. At a whole school level, these reports have already allowed us to identify areas for improvement. We are looking forward to the next round of fitness challenges, after which some of our pupils will hopefully see their scores improve.
Clare Moore
PE Co-ordinator, Heybrook Primary School
Contact Clare >