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Tillie Johnston
P.E. Coordinator

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 will continue to be implemented in the Autumn and Spring terms throughout 2018-19. ‘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. There are also a number of lunchtime clubs that run throughout the year which children have the opportunity to attend, including juggling, skipping and dance.

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.

For fun ideas to keep your child healthy, click the Change 4Life link below.  Sign up to receive a Change 4Life snack pack, with money-off vouchers for healthier snacks and stickers.

Click the link below for some great, simple outdoor games ideas for the summer.