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Stanford Infant School

Physical Education

Our Statement of Intent

At Stanford Infants we strive to enable our children to create positive relationships with physical activity for life. Our learning is about supporting children to develop the physical literacy, emotional and thinking skills which underpin not just activity and sport but are transferable life skills that support whole school development.

Using the real PE cogs (social, personal, cognitive, creative, health and fitness and physical) we take the children on a journey of learning physical skills through a fun, exciting and inclusive thematic approach.

Physical Development - Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage EYFS 2021

Children’s personal, social and emotional development is crucial for children to lead healthy and happy lives, and is fundamental to their cognitive development. Through adult modelling and guidance, they will learn how to look after their bodies, including healthy eating, and manage personal needs independently. Through supported interaction with other children, they learn how to make good friendships, co-operate and resolve conflicts peaceably. These attributes will provide a secure platform from which children can achieve at school and in later life. Physical activity is vital in children’s all-round development, enabling them to pursue happy, healthy and active lives. By creating games and providing opportunities for play both indoors and outdoors, adults can support children to develop their core strength, stability, balance, spatial awareness, co-ordination and agility. Gross motor skills provide the foundation for developing healthy bodies and social and emotional well-being.

Purpose of Study – National Curriculum 2014

A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.