Physical Education

At Pocklington Infant Church of England VC Infant School our PE curriculum aims for all children to achieve the outcomes of the National Curriculum through a broad, balanced and progressive curriculum. As a school we recognise and value the importance of physical education and strive to develop a fun, high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed. 

It is our intention to deliver a curriculum that enables children to develop knowledge, skills and vocabulary in a broad range of sporting activities, as well as developing values and transferable life skills such as teamwork, leadership, fairness and respect. We are passionate about the need to teach children to be co-operative and collaborate, as part of a team, understanding fairness to embed life-long skills. We encourage strong links with our community and draw on their expertise to support the children. Through this the children have access to broader learning within a range of different sports communities.

Our curriculum aims to improve the wellbeing and fitness of all children at Pocklington infants, not only through sporting skills taught, but through the underpinnings values and disciplines PE promotes.

Our PE scheme of work enables pupils to meet the end of phase attainment targets in the EYFS Framework and the National curriculum.

Exercise is the key not only to physical health but to peace of mind.” Nelson Mandela

“Intelligence and skills can only function at the peak of their capacity when the body is healthy and strong.” John F. Kennedy

PE at Pocklington Church of England VC Infant School provides challenging and enjoyable learning through a range of sporting activities including; invasion games, net and wall games, strike and field games, gymnastics, dance, and outdoor and adventure. The long-term plan sets out the PE units which are taught through the scheme ‘PE Passport’ which we use for its clear progression and ensures that the requirements of the National Curriculum are fully met.

Our PE curriculum is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and the National Curriculum with a clear progression structure from Nursery through to Year 2. The progression of skills has been planned in order to build on skills needed to meet the end of Key Stage 1 objectives in the National Curriculum.

In EYFS, Physical development  is one of the Prime Areas of Learning and underpins the development of other skills such as reading, writing and social development. Physical development is taught through adult- led activities (including a PE lesson each week) as well as provision areas. 

In KS1 our children participate in two, high quality PE lessons each week, covering two different sporting disciplines every half term. Children build on the fundamental skills taught in EYFS and aim to master basic skill movements such as running, throwing, jumping and catching as well as beginning to develop balance, agility and coordination. Children are introduced to team games as well as individual sports in KS1. A healthy lifestyle is taught through Science in Year 1 and 2, building on prior knowledge in EYFS.

PE is adapted when necessary to ensure it is fully inclusive and accessible, so that all children are engaged and develop a positive attitude to sports and physical education and understand that exercise is important to long term health and wellbeing. 

Children are encouraged to participate in a varied range of extra-curricular activities such as fencing, hockey and new-age curling. At the end of the year, there are separate EYFS and KS1 Sports Days where parents are invited in to support their children. Year 2 children attend Welton Waters to develop their team building and water confidence skills.

We support teachers’ ongoing CPD with external coaches, who are used to help design, model and team teach lessons.

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