Physical Education at
Gilmour Infants School
At Gilmour Infant School it is our intent to enable children to develop and explore physical skills with increasing control and co-ordination. We encourage children to work and play with others in a range of group situations and develop the way children perform their skills and apply rules and conventions for different activities. We demonstrate to our pupils how to improve the quality and control of their performance as well as teaching children to recognise and describe how their bodies feel during exercise. We develop our pupils’ enjoyment of physical activity through creative and imaginative activities both in games, dance and gymnastics. We embed an understanding in children of how to succeed in a range of physical activities and how to evaluate their own success. We strive to establish a high profile of physical education throughout our school and celebrate the sporting achievements of our pupils both in and out of school. We assess pupils learning, analyse and interpret the results to inform future planning and lessons.
These aims are embedded within our Physical Education curriculum and across wider school life. Through weekly sessions with our highly skilled sports coaches as well as weekly dance or gymnastic sessions with class teachers, children are provided with opportunities to develop their skills across a broad range of topics. Fundamental movement skills are developed within the EYFS and as children progress through our school their skill-set is fine tuned to provide them with strong foundations for their future sporting lives. We listen to the opinions of our children through our pupil voice questionnaire and use this to help incorporate different sports and activities into our games sessions. This ensures children are exposed to a variety of different sports whilst capturing their interests and using this positive momentum to develop their athletic ability. Pupils’ are provided with opportunities for active play and lunchtimes every day and extra lunchtime sessions with our sports coaches throughout each half term. We relay the importance of exercise throughout each and every PE session including the warm up and warm down sections of each lesson. Children are encouraged to talk about how this exercise makes their body feel and why this happens. Children are provided with opportunities for extra sports sessions and 'Mile a Day' activities on a weekly basis. Through ‘Food for Thought’ our pupils are provided with nutritious meals to help their bodies grow and develop effectively, as well as providing them with essential energy for sporting activity. Within Science and PSHE lessons along with health and safety week we discuss the importance of a healthy and balanced diet and how eating too many sugary or fatty foods can have a detrimental effect on our physical and mental health.