P.E. (Physical Education)
Subject Lead: Miss Natalie Stewart
At Stanley Park Infants’ our vision for Physical Education and Sport is that every child has access a broad, engaging PE curriculum with opportunities for children to engage in regular physical activity and become competent and confident participants. The fundamental movement skills are at the heart of all our lessons, ensuring children are proficient and have mastered these ready to apply them to a wide range of physical activities and team sports.
Our approach is to empower children to make links between exercise and its positive impact on physical and mental well-being, as well as promoting healthy active lifestyles. We do this by offering opportunities for children to increase their participation in sport through an extensive extra-curricular club and enrichment programme as well as interschool competitions in the hope that children develop a love and passion for sport and continue this into their later lives. Children explore and build on a variety of physical and interpersonal skills such as teamwork and communications skills and learn to apply these skills in a variety of team and individual scenarios. We also ensure our children understand the meaning of good mental health and wellbeing, providing opportunities for discussion, circle times and mindfulness activities.
How we teach PE
PE lessons begin with a recapping of previous knowledge, skills and vocabulary to strengthen the learning and make links in upcoming lessons. This allows children to understand why they are studying a topic and how it links into PE and Sport. Lessons start with a pulse raiser and stretches, so children are able to learn and develop their knowledge of how the body responds to exercise and the importance of a warm up. Our pathway for progression allows children to learn and master a simplified skill to build upon with multiple levels of challenge to continue to practise, improve and then apply the new skill in a competitive environment. Children are also able to develop their creativity through our PE lessons by developing their own gymnastic and dance sequences.