Physical Development is one of the prime areas of learning in Year R and involves opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; to develop their co-ordination and control; and to develop understanding of the importance of physical activity and healthy choices in relation to food. Just under two and a half hours per week are allocated to teacher directed learning in creative movement and dance, gymnastics and basic games skills plus two daily classroom based Activate sessions focussed on the development of co-ordination and concentration. This is complemented by a range of directed and self-initiated learning opportunities in the indoor and outdoor classroom areas which develop fine motor skills (for example writing, construction and craft activities) and gross motor skills (for example climbing on playground equipment, riding scooters and playing with hoops and balls).
Each Year 1 and Year 2 class has two hours of Physical Education weekly which are timetabled as two lessons plus a short daily classroom based Activate session. Lessons, which foster a positive attitude towards exercise and team work, cover creative movement and dance, gymnastics and basic games skills.
Although we have a large indoor hall, during fine weather lessons often take place on the playground or field. We are extremely well resourced with large apparatus for climbing and balancing in addition to small equipment for the development of specific skills.
During the summer term parents are invited to join us for Sports Day when the children compete in team games and celebrate their learning. Steps are taken to ensure that all children, regardless of ability, are able to enjoy participation in the event. In all of our activities, a strong emphasis is placed on enjoyment, keeping fit and healthy, doing the very best we can, working together and understanding with good grace that there are winners and losers.
The government is currently providing additional money for schools in order to improve the quality of physical education. For further information please click here.