At Eling Infant School and Nursery we provide children with physical opportunities in a fun and exciting way. We recognise the importance of childrens postural development, co-ordination and dexterity, as well as teaching sport specific skills. Our broad, balanced and engaging PE curriculum tries to ensure that all children have a lifelong participation and an embedded love of sports. Understanding the importance of exercise and the need for a healthy, balanced lifestyle is covered through PE sessions and cross curricular links with Science and PSHE. Children experience a variety of team games, co-operating and competing fairly to understand their own and each others role in the game. Building this awareness is crucial to their success.
Physical Education in the Foundation Stage encompasses structured physical education sessions inside and numerous free flow activities using the outside area. Outside, children enjoy using the climbing apparatus, moving freely around the playground, using the bikes and trikes as well as more focused activities such as throwing a ball or skipping and balancing. Children learn how to move confidently in a variety of ways. Children use small and large equipment to deveop their fine and gross motor skills to gain control and co-ordination in large and small movements. Through games they learn to adjust their speed or direction to safely negotiate space. This year Year R have had external tennis coaching. They have also had taught access to Real PE and Real Gym lessons.
In Key Stage One the children experience a multi-skills apporach that ensures that they have transferrable and sports specific skills. This academic year the children have received their ganes sessions from R and R, providing motivating sessions for the adults and children alike. These sessions cover a range of sports including cricket and football. The children have also received tennis coaching from the local tennis centre. Children are taught gymnastics as part of the Real gym program in which staff are trained to deliver. Using the PE funding we have received gymanastic, dance, tennis and swim coaching. There have been competitive opportunities for children to participate in including cross country, football and tennis.
Over the last two academic years we decided to use the ‘Real PE’ scheme of work to ensure high quality PE experiences. This involved training for all our teachers. ‘Real PE’ is a skill based scheme of work that focuses on six core areas. These being physical, social, personal, health and fitness, cognitive and creative skills. This will again shape our P.E teaching this academic year.
We are really pleased that we continue to receive sports funding from the government to improve our provision for PE. We will continue to use this funding for both training staff and purchasing equipment to ensure that all children receive high quality PE lessons and coaching from skilled professionals. See the Sport premium funding page of the website for more information.
We firmly believe a strong mind and healthy body at a very young age will enhance each childs ability to succeed in life and become responsible citizens in our challenging global society. We believe that sport provides physical, social and emotional well being for our children and it is our aim to foster attitudes of enjoyment, particpation, challenge and a love of physical activity for its own sake.
(reviewed by subject leader February 2018)