The Association for Physical Education, in its mission states clearly that ‘PE should be at the heart of school life’. With our PE funding at Lansdowne Infants, we aim to achieve the above statement by raising the profile of PE throughout our school.
Making links with our Academy values, we aim to use PE and Sport in the school to help children to make good choices that will have a positive impact on their lives now and in the future, be kind through healthy competition and encouragement and to work hard at the sports and activities they undertake both during the curriculum time and outside of it.
In order to achieve this, we plan to:
1. Engage all pupils in regular physical activity.
2. Raise the profile of PE and sport across the school as a tool to support whole school improvement.
3. Increase confidence, knowledge, and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport.
4. Broaden children’s experiences of a range of sports and activities and create links with clubs and organizations outside of school life.
5. To increase participation in competitive sport through the School Sports Partnership and our Academy Trust.
Since the Government PE funding has come in to action, from the legacy of the 2012 London Olympics, PE at Lansdowne Infants has greatly improved. All children are given the opportunity to undertake an extra half an hour of physical activity a day, active break and lunchtimes, PE lessons, as well as a variety of after school clubs. We are also attending more inter school competitions than ever through the East Staffordshire School Sports Partnership (http://www.eaststaffssport.co.uk/about-us/) and have increased the amount of intra school competition within the school curriculum through virtual competitions and teacher led PE lessons.
We ensure that the children in our care, have positive attitudes towards PE and Sport and that they start off their young lives enjoying being as active as possible. Our curriculum is fully inclusive and we give opportunities for our children to achieve as well as they possibly can. . In order to achieve these targets, we work closely with the East Staffordshire Schools Sports Partnership, Burton Albion, Amaven and the de Ferrers Trust to improve the knowledge and understanding of our staff. This is achieved through CPD meetings as well as sessions that are team taught between teaching staff and external coaches. We have also used some of our funding to allow the opportunity for extra swimming sessions in year 2 to try and get as many children swimming 25m as possible by the end of KS2.
Through baseline sessions (with Amaven) we can see a huge improvement in the fitness of our children in many areas such as balance, flexibility, agility throughout the year. This also allows us to target those who may need extra help in these areas. The programme also allows for children to access their online log-ins at home with an adult to aim towards the extra half an hour that children should be carrying out outside of school hours.