At Diamond Hall Infant Academy we believe that Physical Education (PE) enables children to develop fundamental movement skills which can be applied throughout all areas of their life. Following the National Curriculum for PE we believe children should develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities, be physically active for sustained periods of time, have opportunities to engage in competitive sports and activities and ultimately, lead healthy, active lives whilst understanding why this is so important. The skills they learn should be applied confidently to all curriculum areas.
The PE taught at Diamond Hall Infant Academy aims to ensure that all children:
● Take part in PE sessions both indoors and outdoors, right through from Nursery to KS1.
● Are given the opportunities to focus on and build upon fundamental movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility, coordination and an awareness of space.
● Are encouraged to participate in team games and to develop simple tactics for being an effective team member.
● Have opportunities to participate in community events through Sunderland School Games sports-based competitions.
● Are able to take part in a wide range of after school competitive activities.
● Are equipped with the skills and knowledge to apply a healthy lifestyle.
In line with the The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and current best practice, the children in Foundation Stage work on two main elements – developing gross motor control and developing fine motor control.
Physical development is a prime area within the EYFS Development Matters and opportunities to promote these skills are considered through all areas of provision in Nursery and Reception.
By the time they leave Reception, children should be able to:
· continue to develop their movement, balancing, riding (scooters, trikes and bikes) and ball skills
· go up steps and stairs, or climb up apparatus, using alternate feet
· skip, hop, stand on one leg and hold a pose for a game like musical statues
· use large-muscle movements to wave flags and streamers, paint and make marks
Children in Key Stage 1 will continue to develop their basic fundamental movement skills, becoming increasingly competent and confident whilst accessing a range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance, coordination, individually and with others. They will be able to engage in competitive and cooperative physical activities in a range of situations.
Across school, GetSet4PE planning is followed, ensuring a clear progression of skills and appropriate level of challenge for all children, with specific assessment criteria and next steps clearly identified. The addition of appropriate music and visual prompts ensure consistency of delivery amongst all staff.