The new National Curriculum: Physical Education
Physical Education at Petersfield Infant School
Petersfield Infant School currently holds the Activemark for Physical Education. This means that the children in Key Stage One take part in 2 hours of high quality PE every week. This is achieved through two PE lessons, and the use of ACTIVATE. ACTIVATE takes place for 10 minutes every morning, in the classrooms. It is a programme of work that is age specific, inclusive, progressively staged, repeated patterns of movement with music. The activities help children to become more agile, balanced, co-ordinated, more controlled and more precise in their movements.
The children in Year R trialed the new ‘Movement for Learning’ programme during 2017-18 and this continues to be implemented in the Autumn and Spring terms in Reception. ‘Movement for Learning’ is designed to strengthen the core muscles and develop gross motor skills. Year R children also have access to daily, child initiated, physical activities, both inside and out.
Every half term the children are taught a range of knowledge, skills and understanding through games, dance and gymnastic activities. During lunch times, the school employ an Outdoor Play Leader to organise a range of games and activities for children in Year R, 1 and 2.
More recently, Petersfield Infant School has used the Government Sports Premium Funding to provide new and exciting sports experiences for the children. We have installed an outdoor gym on the lower playground, which is used daily and is proving very popular with the children. Year 2 continue to take part in swimming lessons at Churchers College and these continue to engage and excite the children. Year 1 take part in weekly Zumba classes and Year R enjoyed weekly yoga sessions during Spring 2019.
This year, Petersfield Infant School is taking part in the Travel to Tokyo challenge from Team GB, ParalympicsGB and Sport England.
The challenge uses the inspiration of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games to help children, families and schools to try
new things, get active together and have fun.
We have created a team name for our school. We are team ‘Be The Best You Can Be!’
We are trying to run one mile each day at school, as well as taking part in our normal day to day physical activities. The aim is to try and breathe faster and get hot and sweaty for at least ten minutes every day.
Mrs. Johnston is logging the progress of team ‘Be The Best You Can Be’ on the Travel Tokyo website. The more activity we do, the more prizes we could win for Petersfield Infant School!
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