Physical Education and Sports
Our aim is for children to develop the ability to excel in a range of physical activities. We give the children at Hillborough Infant and Nursery School the opportunity to engage in competitive sports and activities whilst leading a healthy lifestyle. Through providing daily opportunities for physical exercise and improving pupils’ health, we promote our curriculum driver of well-being.
Our curriculum includes a range of physical activities such as dance, gymnastics, ball skills, games and athletics. All activities encourage children to work independently and as part of a team.
All children have two lessons per week; one indoor and one outdoor, as well as physical activity being incorporated throughout our creative curriculum. Additionally, children in EYFS have continuous access to outdoor learning provision to develop their gross motor skills.
During EYFS, children will be provided with opportunities to develop their control and co-ordination to move confidently in a range of ways, using large and small movements. Our aim is for children to develop an understanding of the importance of good health and to know that a healthy diet and physical exercise are the two most important factors for good health.
During Key Stage One children become more confident in agility, balance and co-ordination. They are able to do this on their own and with others in games situations. Their fundamental movement skills are also developed during their PE lessons and they experience competitive and physical activities against themselves and others. Children are taught to master movements such as running, jumping, throwing and catching, which will enable them to apply these skills in team games and use their skills for attacking and defending.
Throughout Key Stage One, children are provided with opportunities to participate in a range of inter-school sports events, enabling them to apply and develop learnt skills and techniques.
As part of our dance unit all our pupils are taught a range of routines to different types of music and have the opportunity to perform their routines at the school's termly WOW events.
Across the school, all children participate in the ‘Personal Challenge’. This encourages children to remain active during break and lunch times and promotes the importance of physical activity. Each half-term the children take part in a different activity to develop their agility, speed and resilience. These activities include skipping, running, throwing and catching, triple jump, relay and an obstacle course.
All pupils at Hillborough Infant and Nursery School are offered the opportunity to take part in extra-curricular clubs. In the Autumn Term 2019, Key Stage One pupils had the opportunity to attend Dance Club. Our school Dance Club competed in the Luton School Games Dance Competition and were awarded first place!
During the Summer Term, all children partake in Sport’s Day. This provides our children with the opportunity to apply a variety of learnt skills in a range of sports. Sport’s Day 2019 enabled our pupils to showcase a range of skills; including balance by completing an obstacle course, speed and agility by competing in a running race and ball control by taking part in a penalty shootout. During our Sports Week 2019, Sport Coaches from Luton Town Football Club came into school and worked with our pupils to develop their football skills.
Children’s development of skills is celebrated through a performance during the final WOW event at the end of each term. During last years final WOW event, children performed a dance to ‘Million Dreams’ song, using props, showing their learning of choreography, cannon and different levels.