At Village Infants we want children to develop knowledge, skills, understanding and enjoyment around sport and physical wellbeing. We teach children how to cooperate and collaborate with others, as part of a team, understanding fairness and equity of play to embed life-long values. PE provides children with the opportunity to develop a positive attitude towards maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Our curriculum will place additional focus on pupil’s fundamental movement skills such as: balancing, jogging, running, jumping, hopping, dodging, galloping and skipping and provide more opportunities for the development of object control skills such as: bouncing, throwing, catching, kicking, striking, working individually and with others.
We aim to develop the children’s abilities through fun, enriching experiences and challenging physical education lessons where they will learn a variety of different sports from, fundamentals of PE, gymnastics, dance, athletics, invasion games, striking and fielding games yoga and fitness. Our curriculum is based around the National curriculum to ensure that all areas are met. We follow the Get Set for PE scheme alongside our own curriculum for dance which links in with the topics being taught. For example, in Year 2 they learn about the Great Fire of London, and will use dance by choosing actions and movements to retell the story. Additionally, they learn a traditional dance, country dancing, which helps pupils learn about different formations and improving rhythmic development. At Village Infants we provide a progressive curriculum so children will build on their prior knowledge and skills, and are able to develop and acquire new skills from the previous lessons which can challenge all our children. Each unit of work has key vocabulary to help support language development.
Children participate in a PE lesson once a week in Early years, and twice a week in Year 1 and 2. We also have after school clubs for children to attend. At Village we have a sport coach who comes in to encourage physical activity and teach games at lunchtimes and after school.
Alongside this, there is the opportunity to use a range of different climbing and balance equipment outside of PE lessons to help develop their skills through a range of equipment and opportunities in the outside areas across the school.
We also provide an inclusive curriculum where our children are encouraged to join in with all sessions, our teachers are able to adapt the lessons to suit the abilities of the children. Along with this, children have access to a range of different apparatus of varying heights. Some of our children have access to the inbuilt trampoline which can be accessed throughout the day, ensuring all pupils have physical activity.
PE lessons at Village Infants build character and help to embed our school values of perseverance, resilience, kindness and curiosity. In PE lessons children are encouraged to have a ‘have a go’ attitude towards new opportunities, which promotes a growth mindset.
Our PE curriculum improves the wellbeing and fitness of all children, not only through sporting skills taught, but through the values and disciplines that Physical Education promotes. Within lessons, children are assessed based on the national curriculum statements, and the Get Set for PE scheme. Pupils are able to develop self-discipline, resilience and an understanding that to be successful you need to take ownership and responsibility for your own health. Children are motivated to utilise these skills independently and effectively in order to live happy and healthy lives and in turn this will have a positive effect on their academic achievements and their own mental health and wellbeing. Children will have an enjoyment for sport, some of which will continue this throughout their education and beyond.
All pupils will be expected to wear the correct PE kit on PE days.
- Your child’s designated coloured T shirt
- Black shorts
- Trainers (no lace ups unless they can independently tie them up).
- Jumper – if cold
- Tracksuit bottoms – if cold
- Leggings/thermals can be worn under trousers/ shorts on cold days (not tights).
In addition to this:
- No jewellery of any kind is to be worn during PE (excluding stud earrings and medical bracelets).
- All long hair should be tied back with a hairband
- Gymnastics and some dance topics are done in bare feet.
The website links below may also provide some inspiration to get active, we hope you find them useful. Please remember to practise internet safety.
- Boogie Beebies
Videos that get younger children up and dancing with CBeebies presenters.
- NHS – Change 4 life
This website shares a number of links and ideas for fun home based activities at home, many of which link with other curriculum areas.
- Active kids do better
A range of ideas and resources to inspire families to do some physical activity together.
- Kids Activities
45+ Active indoor physical activity games, arts and crafts and educational activities for all the family.
On YouTube videos from: Joe Wicks, Go Noodle, Kidz Bop and Brain breaks have been popular with young children.