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PE – Healthy Lifestyles

At Meon Infants we are passionate about keeping healthy and active!

The Government have recognised the huge importance in supporting our future generations to choose the right path when it comes to making positive choices over exercise and food options. We too believe that we, as teachers, have a responsibility to promote children’s health and well-being through a healthier school culture. We are fortunate to receive the additional sports premium that will greatly support our endeavours.

We make sure every child gets 2 hours of physical activity per week and this consists of Games, Athletics, Dance, Gymnastics and ‘Active play’ for our youngest children in year R. Active play sessions take place in the playground, where the year R children have use of bikes, trikes, ball games, skipping ropes, hoops etc, these are guided by staff and it gives them a good opportunity to observe and scaffold the children’s abilities.

We follow various schemes to aid us in giving the children fun and stimulating P.E sessions. We have recently adopted the ‘Real PE’ approach that we are currently embedding throughout our school. This not only looks at developing the fundamental movement skills; Agility, Balance and Co-ordination. It also allows us to develop their multi-abilities such as; social skills, creative skills and their general knowledge and understanding of health and fitness. Additionally, our P.E sessions enable us to create outstanding learners by encouraging them to engage in positive peer feedback, talk about their individual goals by developing a sense of learner led learning.

We have made links with Portsmouth Football Club who come in weekly to deliver an exciting programme of multi-sport activities both in school time and during lunchtimes. The children have been thoroughly enjoying these sessions.

I really like it because we learn other skills, it’s not like normal P.E – James (Year 2)

I really liked the competitions, we had to count jumps and I got over 200! – Sam (Year 2)

We have also linked up with the Portsmouth School Sports Partnership to give the children opportunities to participate in competitions against other schools and to increase development in sports. This year we have arranged for our children to take part in the following festivals:

Key Steps Gymnastics (additional coaching) Monday 5th December 1-3pm 24 x children chosen from yr 2
KS1 Dance Festival Thursday 2nd February 1-3pm 30 children- Yellow Class yr 1
Tri Golf Tournament Monday 13th March1-3pm 30 children- yr 2
KS1 Dance Festival Thursday 18th May 1-3pm 30 x children- Green Class yr 1
Infant Agility Friday 24th June 1-3pm 60 children- Yellow/Green classes

 

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Year 2 Children

The year 2 children had a very special treat this year… As an end to their hard work in SATS we arranged for them to participate in some taster swimming sessions at the Mountbatten Centre. It was an amazing experience for both pupils and staff! The swimming coach was impressed that we were taking a group of KS1 children “How amazing that these children have had the opportunity to swim as some have never even been in a pool!” We believe that swimming is a life skill all should master. We live by the sea after all! It was so successful, with such brilliant feedback, that we have decided to re-book for the following summer, adding an additional session.

What can you do at home?

Hoola hoop in the garden- Have a competition with a family member. Who can keep it spinning the longest?

Go for a nice bike ride- Don’t forget your helmet!

Walk as much as you can It’s always tempting to get in the car, but walking just 5 minutes a day is 35 extra minutes of physical activity a week.

Rainy day? Get on your puddle suit, pretend you’re Peppa or George and find some gigantic muddy puddles to jump in.

If that’s not for you, then you can still have fun little 5 minute bursts of exercise! Check out the 5-a-day website. Passwords have been sent home. Please see your class teacher if you have lost it.

 

There are lots of helpful ideas, including tips for fussy eaters, healthy snack options and recipes, and the ’10 minute shake up’, promoted by Disney on the Change for Life website.

NEWSFLASH! We have been awarded the Hampshire & IOW KS1 Silver Sports Award for showing commitment and participation in school sports! This can be seen in our office area and the P.E noticeboard in the school hall.