At Burnham Infants we use the Real PE program to support our planning and delivery of PE. Our local junior school also use the same program so it provides firm foundations and a systematic approach which will be continued into Key Stage 2. Alongside Real PE, Real Gym and Real Dance our children also have sessions in yoga to support well-being and relaxation. Outside providers in cricket allow our children to actively apply their ball skills and work with other adults. All year 2 children also undertake swimming lessons to develop fundamental core skills in water safety. Although this is not a requirement of the Key Stage One National Curriculum, as a school by the coast it is something we value and believe to be of upmost importance for safety and to encourage children to have an active life using local community resources.
Some other ways we are developing physical activity include:
Becoming an OPAL Play school
We have invested in Opal Play because we believe that it is that every child has an amazing hour of high quality play every day – with no exceptions. We have planned for, resourced and evaluated the quality of our play provision as if it were an important human right, essential to all aspects of children’s development and a source of joy and happiness that every child can access . This has included investment in our small parts and playtime resources. We talked to the children about the things they would like access to to support active and positive playtimes.
We have an Opal Play working group, which includes staff, a governor and children, who look at ways we can continue to develop active play for all children at our school.
We are very lucky to have brand new installations on our playgrounds. The children have loved keeping fit and keeping active using the playground markings. The children have been very positive and love to tell their teachers and friends about all the energy they have burned!
We have introduced Yoga to all of our children during PE lessons. Their response has been fantastic!
We are focusing on making sure children are happy and calm in school and 'mindful'. We want children to be aware of how they are feeling and aware of their thoughts. Through teaching yoga and mindfulness we want children to be able to have the opportunity for space and calm and connect with themselves in a positive way.
Yoga is our time for playing, for laughing, for releasing tension and peace.
Attending local sports fixtures and after school clubs.
We try and provide children with a range of opportunities to engage with, including specialist sports teachers, after school club opportunities to try new activities and representing the school at local fixtures. we also use our communication systems to signpost our families to sports clubs and activities within the wider community.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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