The values of Physical Activity and Physical Education
Physical Activities have important health values. They are essential for the growing child and stimulate growth.
Physical Education (PE) lessons are valuable because they contribute a child’s cardiovascular health and helps promote the development of strong muscles and bones. Exercising regularly also combats obesity in children, which can reduce the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and other common illnesses. PE not only helps keep children strong, but it can also increase their concentration and focus, improve their classroom behaviour and attitude to learning. It can boost their overall academic performance. Through PE, children come to understand the value of being physically active, which increases their likelihood of developing healthy habits which will continue into adulthood.
PE also fosters healthy social interactions allowing children to engage in activities that encourage them to support one another and to work effectively in teams. As children develop these positive character traits and boost their confidence, they are more likely to want to try out for a school team sport or to engage in community activities that require a certain degree of fitness, such as football, martial arts, swimming etc.
In the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 children are given the opportunity to develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and extend the physical qualities such as agility, balance and coordination, individually as well as with others. Opportunities are provided for participation in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities in progressively challenging situations. Children are taught to:
In Key Stage 2 children continue to be given opportunities to apply and also develop a broader range of skills and link them to make sequences of movement and actions. Also at this stage they participate in activities which give opportunities to develop skills of communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They are encouraged to self-evaluate e.g. think of ideas of how to improve their performance in physical activities and sports and recognise their own success.
Pupils are taught to:
Swimming and water safety
We also provide swimming lessons in key stage 2, and Year 2.
During swimming lessons children are taught to:
Gymnastics Competition March 2017
In March 2017 we took three teams to take part in the city games gymnastics competition, one for each key step. The competition was held at the renowned New College Gymnastics Centre where about ten different schools brought teams to compete in the Leicester West Division.
The children had been attending specific gymnastics training sessions for several weeks and were really excited, yet nervous, at the prospect of competing.
Each team had to compete in three exercises:
Body management – demonstrating their flexibility and strength
Vault – harnessing a strong run up to power off the spring board
Floor exercise – showing off their grace and poise in a series of rolls, balances and leaps
After competing in all the three areas, the scores from the teams were added together to give an overall total. The standard of competition was very high. The key steps 1 team came 7th, Key Steps 2 came 6th out of 9 teams and the Key Steps 3 team came 8th out of 11.
The children did really well on their body management pieces and were strong on their vault but the floor exercise proved tricky. That is something they definitely want to work on for next year!
What the Gymnasts thought
“I liked showing off my flexibility in the body management but I found the vault a little hard. I enjoyed watching the medal ceremony at the end of the competition.”
“I felt the most confident at body management because I felt I learnt it the best but I found floor the hardest. The vault was really fun.”
“It was fun during the training sessions with Miss Trivedi as I learnt new actions in gymnastics. I enjoyed the competition – especially the vault. The judges were really nice and not as scary as I thought. It was nice to see other children as they were really flexible when doing their splits.”
“I enjoyed the vault because we got to have lots of turns. After that, the judges saw me compete and I improved every time. I was proud of myself. I enjoyed watching the children compete because they were very flexible and I’d like to be like them.”