In Nursery, we have been contributing to our positive physical development by exploring how different resources can help us develop our fine and gross motor physical skills. We have recently been using the balls in the outside area to develop our hand-eye coordination skills.
"I am feeling really warm now!" Nursery child, aged 3.
In Reception, PE is incorporated within the 'Physical Development' area of learning. At Sandy Hill Academy, children have discrete PE sessions where they are taught fundamental physical skills. Children have many opportunities to develop their small and large motor skills through their play and adult directed activities. Within this area of learning, children are taught about keeping healthy including; the importance of physical exercise, personal hygiene including teeth brushing, pedestrian safety, having a good sleep routine and sensible amounts of 'screen time'. Children enjoy our 'dough gym' sessions during each week where children are building the strength in their hands. Children enjoy 'Funky Finger' activities that are built into activities that children engage with during the day. These activities are designed to support children's fine motor control and development. Many of these activities consist of small objects to construct with, supporting dexterity. Children use a range of tools to support control and coordination such as; using tweezers to transport items or knives in the play dough.
Within the classroom children also practice Yoga: within yoga children are working on their core strength and stability. We focus on being mindful and breathing techniques, where we are able to notice any changes and feelings within our bodies.
"I like doing Healthy Movers, we move a lot to keep our bodies healthy!" Reception, age 5.
"In PE we sometimes do yoga. It makes us feel calm." Reception, age 5.
In Year 1 this term we have been mastering basic movements including running. In Gymnastics we have wide, narrow and curled shapes. We have focused on developing our agility, coordination and balance throughout the term.
"I like PE because you get to do lots of exercise and it keeps your body healthy." Year 1, age 5.
"PE is so much fun. I love running! When I get in my starting position I can go so fast because I push my legs hard off the floor." Year 1, age 6.
In Year 2 we have been learning about gymnastics and dodging skills. During gymnastics we have created a piece of movement using the apparatus incorporating a jump, balance and roll. Our dodging skills have improved so much over the term, we have learned some great new games that involve dodging.
'I really enjoy PE - it makes me feel good.' Year 2 pupil
'I have improved my balance skills in gymnastics and become more confident walking across the beam.' Year 2 pupil
In Year Three, we have been developing our gymnastic skills. We have specifically looked at asymmetry and symmetry. The children enjoyed working together to create different symmetrical balances, as well as routines.
In netball, we have been looking at passing and moving. Understanding why it is important to work together in order to move up the court.
In Year 4, we always enjoy our active times throughout the day. This term, we have been outside taking part in many athletics challenges including, different kinds of jumps, throwing technique and team races. We always try to achieve our personal best and focus on our values, which this term have been; encouragement, imagination, communication and integrity. We also enjoy the occasional dance lesson!
Year 4 pupil, aged 9 - "I can't believe I beat my personal best!"
Year 4 pupil, aged 9 - "I really enjoy working as part of a team, especially when making up dances."
In Year 5, we have improved a range of athletics skills. We have been improving our stamina and ability to run at a consistent pace over different distances. We have also been working on different types of throws required for different sports.
"I have learnt the technique to triple jump this term and improved my jumping distance." Year 5 pupil, aged 10.
"In javelin lessons, I have beaten my personal best!" Year 5 pupil, aged 9.
In Year 6, we have been developing our Netball and Gymnastics skills. We have also worked on the planet values: self-discipline, encouragement, imagination, fairness, honesty, integrity, communication and decision-making.
Year 6 have loved taking part in Active 30:30 - as part of the 30 minutes active we build into the school day. Physical activity can be seen across the curriculum. They have also had a great time taking part in the various virtual intra and inter school competitions this year.
'Exercise helps your brain get going and gives you energy.' Year 6 pupil, aged 11.
'The virtual competitions keep you active and help your core muscles.' Year 6 pupils, aged 10 and 11.
The document below is an example of skills progression in Physical Education for the specific learning strand of 'Athletics' from EYFS to Year 6.
We have placed personal development at the heart of our school. In EYFS they focus on developing understanding of the school rules, in KS1, they focus on the school rules and the STARS values but in KS2 they focus on both of these plus half-termly My Personal Best planet values.My Personal Best is a highly effective Youth Sport Trust initiative that drives personal development through PE, School Sport and Physical Activity initially before it filters throughout the rest of school life. At Sandy Hill we embrace this.
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