Physical Education and Sports
Our aim is for children to develop the ability to excel in their physical skills. We give the children at Hillborough Infant and Nursery School the opportunity to progress in their agility, balance and coordination as well as engaging 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. We work with Active Luton to plan and deliver high quality PE lessons, which have continued through lockdown.
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 are 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 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 Spring Term 2020, Key Stage One pupils, in school, had the opportunity to compete - with other Luton schools in a skipping challenge. We were very proud that 4 of our children won medals, including 2 golds!
New for this term we have joined realPE and are able to support and encourage physical activity at home too, through the use of Jasmine our online portal. The unique activities have a child centred approach to include and challenge every child. All our families have their own logins and we are proud to use this to support our curriculum.
We are looking forward to planning our own Sport’s Day, in the summer term – offering all our pupils a chance to showcase and apply the skills they have learnt.