PE Resources During Isolation
Physical and emotional wellbeing is vital at a time when children’s lifestyles could easily become more sedentary. The Dorset School Organisers working in partnership with Active Dorset have developed fun resources and challenges to support families and schools to ensure that we can keep active and healthy during this challenging time of isolation.
At Christchurch Infant School we understand the importance of PE and that a healthy body leads to a healthy mind. The intent of our PE curriculum is to provide all children with high quality PE and sport provision. It is our vision for every pupil to succeed and achieve their potential, lead physically active lifestyles and understand the benefits this can provide. We strive to inspire our pupils through fun and engaging PE lessons that are enjoyable, challenging and accessible to all. Through our teaching of PE, we will provide opportunities for pupils to develop values and transferrable life skills such as fairness and respect as well as providing them with opportunities to take part in competitive sport. We ensure that physical activity is an integral part of our school day.
PE is taught as an area of learning in its own right as well as being integrated wherever possible throughout the school day and in other curriculum areas. PE is taught twice a week; one lesson in the hall and one lesson outside. The children have access to fully equipped PE sheds outside and a cupboard inside. PE lessons are taught in termly blocks of fundamentals, dance and gymnastics. Pupils within Foundation benefit from a newly updated garden area they can access daily which allows them to improve their Physical Development. Pupils within Key Stage 1 have a Fit and Fun break in the afternoon where they are able to practise skills they have learnt within PE lessons. Teachers in all year groups also ensure that cross curricular links are made with PE whenever possible. We are currently in the process of developing a garden for and children with SEND to ensure they have somewhere to develop their physical skills that meets their needs.
The children take part in Sports Day once a year in the summer in which parents are invited in to school and the children can show off all of the skills they have learnt that year. The children also take part in a variety of one off events throughout the year including intra-school competitions led by Sports leaders from local secondary schools and inter-school competitions against other schools in our local area as well as visits from inspiring sports personalities. We are a proud member of Christchurch School Sports Partnership which gives us access to high quality CPD for the staff and competitions for the children.
We work closely with a number of outside agencies to provide sports clubs both after school as well as at lunchtimes. Staff also provide active clubs in the Spring and Summer terms during lunchtime. Disadvantaged (what’s the proper term?) children are also able to attend after school sports clubs with fees being met wholly or partly by the school.
PE Embedded in School Life
At Christchurch Infant School we pride ourselves on our active playtimes. We have a variety of activities available in the playground that allow children to practise skills such as skipping and throwing and catching. Children in Year 2 have the opportunity to become Play Leaders who are responsible for running playground challenges and encouraging children to be active. The challenge winners are then celebrated in our Friday Celebrations Assembly encouraging competition both individually and between classes. Lunchtime supervisors have had training on how to ensure children are active during wet play. Teachers ensure that physical activity is embedded throughout the school day using brain breaks and transitions as opportunities to be active.
PE is further supplemented through use of the Mile Challenge an initiative that we have adopted to encourage pupils to walk, run, skip, hop etc around a track on the playground, to increase the amount of physical activity they participate in each day during break and lunchtimes. During lessons teachers also use the Mile Challenge as an opportunity to re-energise pupils as well as increasing their physical activity.
PE is taught as a basis for lifelong learning, where the children have access to a wide range of activities in the belief that if taught well and the children are allowed to succeed, then they will continue to lead a physically active life. After an extensive CPD programme for staff over the last 7 years we have seen an increase in confidence in teaching PE. Through staff surveys we are able to focus on CPD which most meets the needs of the staff. Through pupil surveys we see that children enjoy a wide range of physical activity at school and by the time they leave us in Year 2 they have a good understanding of why an active lifestyle is important.