PE Curriculum Statement
Our intent at Pennington Infant School is to ensure all children have an enjoyable and positive experience of Physical Education and Sport, promoting a long term healthy lifestyle.
We aim to achieve this by:
Making use of additional sports funding, we will focus on competitive sport, organising tournaments with local schools and entering local competitions. We will continue to extend links with the Priestlands Sports Partnership Cluster.
In EYFS, PE is one of the Prime Areas of Learning and underpins the development of other skills such as reading, writing and attention. As such, it is given lots of focus and is encouraged using both the indoor and outdoor provision. Specific areas and resources have been developed for children to learn and practise skills including balancing, climbing, jumping, throwing and catching, kicking and moving in a range of ways. They also access a one hour discrete PE lesson each week which focuses on developing a particular skill. Emphasis is put on creating fun and enjoyable sessions for the children which aim to inspire a love of sport and physical activity. Additional opportunities for short bursts of movement are built in throughout the day with the use of the daily run, yoga, dough disco and active storytelling when appropriate. Parents are able to track their children’s development in PE through regular updates on the newsletter, Google Classroom and at Parent's Evenings, as well as being invited into school to support their children during Sports Day. In the EYFS, children are introduced to the word ‘healthy’ and what this means. Children are given opportunities during their PE lessons and appropriate activities within provision to observe and discuss the physical effects that being active has on their bodies. They are encouraged to talk about how they link to 'being healthy'. Adults plan focus activities during the academic year which enable the children to explore a range of foods and develop an understanding of which are healthy or unhealthy and the reasons why.
In KS1 each child receives 2 hours of curriculum time PE on a weekly basis which is carefully planned and mapped out to ensure a broad and full range of skills and activities. These sessions are either delivered by specialist coaches or class teachers during PE lessons. Pupils are given ample opportunities to develop their fundamental movement skills and extend their agility, balance and coordination.
They engage in competitive and cooperative physical activities through games, dance and gymnastics. In year 2 the children go swimming for 6 x 1 hour sessions. The children are taught by qualified swimming instructors and gain water experience, confidence in the water and develop basic strokes.
In addition to PE in curriculum time, we also strive to provide opportunities for children to access extra curricular physical activity through a wide range of sporting and active clubs such as multisports, tag rugby, football, gymnastics, dance, boxercise.
We also encourage active playtimes through the use of playground leaders and pupil sports leaders. We participate in the Daily Mile to ensure that we are giving children at our school the best possible chance of achieving the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day.
All children at Pennington Infants receive a broad and balanced PE curriculum. Every child accesses all of the key areas of the subject on offer. Festivals and competitions ensure our children have the opportunity to take part in a range of sports both in and outside of school whether that be at a competitive or non- competitive level. Children develop pride for our school and we hope continue to compete in sport as they move on. All children should be able to discuss the importance of a healthy lifestyle and how this is achieved as well as developed skills that underpin life such as teamwork, sportsmanship, self-motivation, resilience and independence.