Physical Education at Newdigate Infant School
We believe that if we open our hearts and minds to the possibilities each and every one of us, no matter how small, can make a difference in our school and beyond. The parable of the Mustard seed teaches us that God can do a lot with a little! At Newdigate school we passionately believe that every child will foster a love for being active. Through our PE lessons and our 5 a day, all of our children will learn and grow as active learners, improving in their abilities and recognising the impact of physical activity on their minds and bodies.
Department of Education's Vision
For all pupils leaving primary school to be physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy active lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.
How will the children learn and grow in PE?
We recognise the importance that physical education (PE) plays in the curriculum and here at Newdigate we are committed to providing all children with opportunities to fully engage in all areas of physical learning. We want to ensure children leave Newdigate being confident, resilient and motivated to be active within school and the wider community and lead a healthy lifestyle. We know PE develops participation in competitive sports and activities, supports our children in building self-confidence and self-esteem and allows them to build on positive habits for the future.
How do we make this happen?
We provide a broad and balanced curriculum, which incorporates a broad base of movement knowledge, teaching skills and collaborative, competitive situations. We aim to cater for the preferences, strengths and needs of every child. We will provide learning situations where children work independently, in pairs and groups. Every child will be encouraged to appreciate the importance of having a healthy body and they will begin to understand the factors that affect health and well-being.
PE is delivered with a specialist sports coaches and it is team taught alongside teachers and LSA's within the school. We also have many active learning breaks throughout the day (including 5 a day) and we are developing our "Golden mile" sessions, which enables us to track fitness levels and target inactive children as necessary.
How do we know this has made a difference?
"I know whether I am successful because we discuss the learning intention at the beginning and end of a lesson!" - Year 2 Pupil
"I like PE because I run lots and I know I am working hard because I feel my heart beat faster and faster and I get thirsty" - Year 1 Pupil
"I love using the running track in between lessons!" - Year 2 pupil
"When I was the play leader, I got out skipping ropes and the football so you could either play in a team or on your own". - Year 2 Play leader
In delivering our intention we offer the children at Newdigate the PE Pledge:
"Happy and healthy in body and mind"
This means that children have the opportunity to be active every single day. Part of our pledge is offering the 5 a day. We offer activity breaks through the day through the following -
By the end of the day, children at Newdigate will have been offered 5 opportunities to be active.
Clothing: All children should wear "active uniform" on PE days with tracksuits being worn for outdoor activities in colder weather.
Hair and earrings: Long hair should be tied back for every lesson and any jewellery (including earrings) need to be removed.
Skills developed at Newdigate
Below shows our long term plan for what children experience at Newdigate and the skills developed throughout their time here:
Long term planning 2021 -2022
Skills developed: agility and co-ordination, throwing and catching, balance, participating in team games.