We deliver a curriculum that gives children the opportunity to experience a wide range of activities in an atmosphere of enjoyment and personal development. Through a range of activities the children learn about cooperation, healthy lifestyles and following instructions.
The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:
• develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
• are physically active for sustained periods of time
• engage in competitive sports and activities
• lead healthy, active lives.
In the EYFS
In Reception all children experience two PE sessions a week, one with a specialist teacher and one with the class teacher. This gives the children an opportunity to try out a range of different activities from fundamental skills, games, athletics and gymnastics. This allows the students to work individually and in small groups; develop fundamental movement skills and learn through progressive games with an emphasis on fun and participation. Reception children also experience ‘Write Dance’ sessions.
In Nursery the children experience a half an hour session of class teacher PE.
All children in the EYFS have access to both the indoor and outdoor areas to develop their gross motor and fine motor skills. The children also have the opportunity to develop their self-care and independence skills during ‘rolling snack.’
Pupils develop their skills in moving and handling and health and self-care. By the end of Reception we aim for our children to be able to:
• show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements
• move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space
• handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing
• know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe
• manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently.
In Key stage 1
All children experience two PE sessions a week, one with a specialist teacher and one with the class teacher. This gives the children an opportunity to try out a range of different activities from fundamental skills, games, athletics and gymnastics. This allows the students to work individually and in small groups; develop fundamental movement skills and learn through progressive games with an emphasis on fun and participation. All children in Key Stage One also participate in running for 10 minutes a day around our running track. The aim is to be able to run 1 mile every day. The children enjoy keeping track of their personal achievement and challenging themselves to beat their target the following day.
Pupils should develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.
Pupils should be taught to:
Children take part in their year group sports day where they demonstrate many of the skills they have learnt through the year. This is always a highlight of the Infant School calendar and the events are designed to be inclusive, with parents following their children through the events.
Cassiobury infant and Nursery School receives Primary PE and Sports Premium, which is used to fund additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and provide our children with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy, active lifestyle. Further details of how the grant has been spent can be viewed on our website under 'Key Information'. Additional guidance about Primary PE and Sports Premium can be found by clicking on the link below.