Physical Education coordinator – Miss Taylor
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At Moat Farm Infant School, we recognise the value of Physical Education (P.E) and we fully adhere to the aims of the National Curriculum for P.E. to ensure that all children:
- 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
P.E. is taught at Moat Farm Infant School as an area of learning in its own right as well as integrated where possible with other curriculum areas, as well as extra time allocated to physical activities throughout the day. We deliver an engaging PE curriculum that is designed to introduce and develop competency in a board range of physical activity. We encourage our children to participate, compete and lead a healthy lifestyle within and beyond the school setting.
PE is taught through 3 key areas:
Through these themes we encourage the concepts of:
- Weight & Diet
Children in KS1 access 2 hours of PE sessions, taught by their class teacher weekly.
We encourage physical activity in addition to taught PE sessions through:
- Lunch time sessions, taught by Sports Coach
- Daily Brain breaks in the classrooms
- After school clubs
- Playtime and lunchtime activity including scrap play, climbing frame, traversing wall, dancing & performance stage, playground games, playground equipment bags, chalking zones and penalty shoot out
In Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) the physical development of our children is an integral part of their work. As part of the Early Years Framework we work to ensure physical activity is vital in children’s all-round development, enabling them to pursue happy, healthy and active lives. Gross and fine motor experiences are provided to develop incrementally throughout childhood by creating games and providing opportunities for play both indoors and outdoors, adults can support children to develop their core strength, stability, balance, spatial awareness, co-ordination and agility. Gross motor skills provide the foundation for developing healthy bodies and social and emotional well-being. Fine motor control and precision helps with hand-eye co-ordination, which is later linked to early literacy. Repeated and varied opportunities to explore and play with small world activities, puzzles, arts and crafts and the practice of using small tools, with feedback and support from adults, allow children to develop proficiency, control and confidence. Children are able to access physical development opportunities though:
- Trim Trail
- Gross Motor Trolley
- Fine Motor Table
- Playground Games during taught sessions and outdoor learning sessions
- Sports Challenge week
- PE sessions taught hourly in the Summer Term
As a school we have emphasis on our PE curriculum being inclusive for all children regardless of sporting ability. We provide suitable learning opportunities for all children and tasks are adapted where necessary. Nursery children and children accessing our SEND Hub have sensory sessions throughout the whole academic year.
P.E. at Moat Farm Infants provides children with the opportunities to:
- Have fun and experience success in sport
- Have the opportunity to participate in P.E at their own level of development and ability
- Secure and build on a range of skills with increasing control and co-ordination
- Develop good sporting attitudes
- Understand basic rules
- Experience positive competition
- Learn in a safe environment
- Have a foundation for lifelong physical activity, leaving primary school as physically active.
P.E is taught as a basis for lifelong learning where all children should lead full and valuable lives through engaging in purposeful and high-quality activity. Physical Education contributes to the overall education of promoting active and healthy lifestyles, physical skills, physical development and knowledge of the body in action. PE enables children to be confident, have perseverance, team spirit, positive competitiveness and organisation skills. Children engage in a scheme of PE that encourages fitness, improves their strength and teaches them the rules of games. Activities enable children to build character and help embed British values such as fairness and respect. P.E. is an integral part of our school practice, allowing all children in the school to gain a sense of achievement and develop positive attitudes towards themselves and others. Through P.E. children gain the opportunity to learn for life by learning how to get along, work together and build relationships.
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