Bellfield Infant School recognises and values the importance of Physical Education (PE). We believe that our children should develop a love of learning and show care and respect for each other within the context of a happy, secure and challenging learning environment. Physical Education (PE) at Bellfield Infant School aims to develop vital skills of agility, balance and, co-ordination. It is focussed on providing high quality physical education that inspires all pupils to succeed in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities now, and in the future. Our vision is for all children at Bellfield Infant School to be active, healthy and have an enthusiasm and love for sport. We will teach the children the basic skills needed to throw, catch and take part in simple ball games whilst promoting competition and sportsmanship. We intend to do this by fully adhering to the aims of the EYFS and the National Curriculum. Through PE lessons, after-school clubs and sports day, we aim to raise the profile of PE and expose our children to sports they may never have had the opportunity to engage with. Our PE syllabus is based on an enhanced model of the Early Years Framework and the National Curriculum with a clear progression structure from Reception to Year 2. This progression of skills has been planned in order to build on the skills needed to meet the end of Key Stage objectives in the National Curriculum. Additionally, an imperative element of the curriculum at Bellfield Infant School shows a need for healthy life styles, a balanced diet, positive growth mind-set and the resilience to persevere. We are passionate about the need to teach children how to co-operate and collaborate with others, as part of a team, understanding fairness and equity of play to embed life-long values.
The PE curriculum is taught through the use of the PE Hub, which is in-line with the National Curriculum, and is used to aid teaching staff in their subject knowledge and planning of PE. Teachers are able to adjust and change lessons to suit the needs of their classes but the scheme provides a strong basis of what is expected in each year group. Each class has access to 1 hour of high-quality physical activity every week through quality teaching of PE. These are either taught by the class teacher or by a qualified sports coach. We are fortunate at Bellfield Infant School to receive expert advice from various sports coaches and this allows us to enhance our PE lessons. Each lesson, children are given the opportunity to practise skills in a variety of ways and each lesson builds upon the previous skills, allowing them time to embed it. Different skills are recapped throughout, and across the years which allows the skills to be built upon. The children also have the opportunity to attend a multi-sports after school club and participate in YogaBugs. As well as this, each class receives an hour of ‘bike-abilty’ per week where the children are able to develop their bike and balance skills.
Our curriculum aims to improve the wellbeing and fitness of all children at Bellfield Infant School; not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and disciplines that PE promotes. Through strong links with PSED/PHSE we promote the overall well-being and health of each child through teaching about self-discipline, fairness, resilience and a healthy lifestyle. In all classes, children possess a wide range of physical abilities. Whilst recognising this fact, we provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child.
Children at Bellfield Infant School make good progress in PE and are eager to attend their PE lessons and after-school clubs.