Sport is an important aspect of life at Rimrose Hope. We encourage the children to join in and provide them with a range of learning experiences to enrich their cultural, physical, mental and spiritual development, so that they become confident and positive individuals, who take responsibility for their own healthy choices and lifestyle. PE is a significant subject within Rimrose Hope and offers teachers powerful connections for other curriculum areas, from learning through “play”, an essential form of learning in our early years to the confidence that comes from a strong healthy body and mind in later years. It has positive physical and mental impact on the child and teachers are mindful of the importance of engaging children early in individual and team based sport activities.
What does PE look like in the foundation stage?
At this stage, the aim of PE is to improve skills of coordination, control, manipulation and movement, much of it taking place through free or lightly structured activity. So a child may dance while listening to a story, music CD or action rhyme.
Your child will develop large motor skills through jumping, hopping, skipping, climbing and running, and also through playing with pedal and push-and-pull toys. Your child will participate freely in these kinds of activities both indoors and outdoors.
Fine motor skills may be acquired by filling a container with sand, doing a puzzle or stringing beads. Your child needs these skills to do up buttons or laces and to hold a pen or pencil to write correctly. Children who practise and succeed in filling containers in the water tray will handle drinks more successfully and have the confidence to, for example, pour out their own drinks.
There are some language objectives in PE lessons, too. The teacher may introduce words for negotiation and co-operation, such as ‘share’, ‘wait’, ‘take turns’, ‘before‘ and ‘after’.
The benefit of Physical Education for young children is well documented, not only for the health benefits that it gives children physically but also for their mental health. The younger those children can become involved in physical activity, the more likely they will be to adopt a love of sport and fitness as they grow up.
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What does P.E look like in Key Stage 1?
The main emphasis at Key Stage 1 PE is on the physical development of basic motor skills. Children learn to control objects, apparatus and themselves physically in a variety of situations. They experience progressively more difficult tasks and attempt an increasing range of activities.
Your child will have opportunities to create, refine and perform travelling movements, rotation and balances on gymnastics apparatus. Gymnastics and dance allow possibilities for children to express themselves creatively, too. Your child will also develop key skills, such as throwing and catching which provide numerous opportunities to practise important motor skills – handy for basketball, cricket and netball later on.
Here are the kinds of things your child might do in PE:
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What does PE look like in Key Stage 2?
In Key Stage 2 physical and health education, gross and fine motor skills are further developed through a variety of team sports, games and activities. Effective team play highlights the sharing of responsibilities and goals amongst players and encourages meaningful group interaction. The aim is to provide opportunities for pupils to experience and learn the benefits of teamwork, cooperation and fair play needed to achieve a common goal.
In dance activities, children reflect on how to use movement to explore and communicate ideas and feelings. They learn to develop motor skills that will enable them to respond in a variety of ways. They will be encouraged through active participation, reflective observation and critical evaluation to develop these skills.
Over the next few years, here are some of the kinds of activities your child might get involved in at school:
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At Rimrose Hope, we believe that learning is most effective when it's fun. Each year, our year 6 children endure an outdoor adventure activity experience that naturally has additional benefits which encourage the development of social and personal skills. All activities are visited offsite and the selection of challenging, high-adrenaline and fun activities are programmed to suit our children's requirements including: team building, resilience, self confidence and enjoyment.