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In the Early Years Foundation Stage, Physical Development is one of the Prime Areas of the curriculum.  It is considered fundamental in the Early Years Foundation Stage along with Communication and Language and PSHE.  In the Early Years Foundation Stage, it is about improving skills of coordination, control, manipulation and movement.  In our school we believe effective physical development helps children to gain confidence in what they can do, feel the benefits of being healthy and active and have a positive sense of well being.

Children have the opportunity to access planned activities that offer appropriate physical challenges through continuous outdoor provision and through timetabled gymnastics, dance and outdoor games lessons.  We also encourage the development of fine and gross motor skills through the provision of suitable resources, for example riding bikes and using scissors, throughout the day.  This includes opportunities for children with physical disability or motor impairment to develop their physical skills.

In Key Stage One, all children access two hours of PE a week through planned dance, gym and games slots in the hall and outside playground. We encourage an ethos of inter and intra competitions throughout the year and the opportunity for all children to take part in sport and enjoy and achieve. We value the contribution  that outside agencies can provide and use their expertise to support our teaching and learning of PE. We believe being healthy and experiencing the opportunity to achieve in sport is paramount for our children.

What Physical Education looks like in our school

Curriculum - PE

All Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 children have planned PE lessons each week and a variety of resources and equipment is used in the lessons. The running track has become an important part of our healthy schools ethos and is used each day to help improve fitness.

We actively encourage all Key Stage One children to attend after school sports related clubs.

Useful Resources for Parents and Children

Evidence of Physical Development

Nursery Reception Year 1 Year 2


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