At Toftwood Infant School it is the aim that all children are able to participate in and enjoy physical activity. We recognise the importance of regular physical activity and the promotion of physical health and well-being. We also recognise the need for children to be able to work co-operatively, demonstrating team work and building on individual skills.
All classes throughout the school from Nursery to Year 2 have dedicated PE slots in their timetable. In addition to this we have additional sports activities, in our sports’ fortnight. These include race days, team days, visiting coaches and mini tournaments.
Physical development is a key part of the EYFS curriculum and there are lots of opportunities for children to develop both their fine and gross motor skill through child led learning in the indoor and outdoor environment. We have a range of equipment and facilities to allow the children in the EYFS to develop their coordination and gross and fine motor skills. They also learn how to use equipment safely and to develop their sporting and physical skills, indoors and outdoors.
Key Stage One follow the real PE scheme throughout the year and their other PE session rotates around the areas of gymnastics skills, games and dance. We plan collaboratively, using the expertise of all staff. We ensure we have a core set of equipment and also have access to cluster based equipment and expertise such as tri golf sets.
We deliver an ongoing programme of training and development in order to drive forwards the delivery, planning and assessment of the PE curriculum through funding from Sports Premium. Staff attend training, lead training and benefit from a range of professional advice and support through the School Sports’ Partnership. Since this began the children have reported that they have experienced more active PE sessions and staff have improved their confidence at teaching PE.
In the coming year it is our aim that we continue to build on staff’s good practice making sure that new staff to the school benefit from courses provided by the West Norwich and Dereham School Sports Partnership.
We also are actively involved in a range of tournaments, events and competitions with other schools through the Sports’ Partnership. A programme has been set up for the year ahead, including gymnastics, dance, tri golf and cross country. Different children attend each event.
We are also this year looking to invest in a ‘Smooga’ for the field to enable a dedicated area for PE and sport activity, including lunchtimes. At lunchtime, MSAs deliver focussed activity sessions weekly for the children to ensure they have the skills and ability to engage in physical activity purposefully at lunch times.
See what a smooga is here: www.smooga.co.uk
Our children performed in a Dance Show alongside 200 children from other schools. Please click this link to find out more.
We have achieved a Bronze Sporting Stars Award. Click here to find out more. If you would like to find out about what sports clubs are available in the local area please click here. http://www.activenorfolk.org/activities
To find out more about the PE competitions we take part in click here.