It is our intent at The Meadow to teach children life skills that will positively impact on their future. We aim to deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities that inspire all children to succeed in physical activities. We want to teach children how to co-operate and collaborate with others, as part of a team, understanding fairness and equity of play to embed life-long values. We promote an active lifestyle as a way to improve physical and mental wellbeing.
Implementation - Where we are with PE
We are following current guidelines and reviewing them regularly so that we can offer the best PE provision possible under the current circumstances. We are able to offer our children a mixture of indoor and outdoor PE as space affords us the opportunity. Pupils at The Meadow participate in weekly high quality PE activities. Our PE programme incorporates a variety of sports which help to ensure all children develop confidence, tolerance and the appreciation of their own and others’ strengths and weaknesses. This is an inclusive approach which endeavours to encourage not only physical development but also mental well-being and re-enforces our Route 2 Resilience work.
We have used a proportion of last year’s and this year’s SSP to purchase enough PE equipment for each bubble to keep its own basic resources. We also have an ongoing wish list so that class teachers can request resources that they need to deliver good quality PE. We are reviewing and adapting our use of the Val Sabin scheme of work and exploring other schemes to ensure we meet and exceed the minimum requirements of the National Curriculum.
We are mindful of the health and mental wellbeing of all of the children at the Meadow and recognise the important role of PE and physical activity as a part of everybody’s general wellbeing. We continue to promote PE both in the curriculum and through participation in virtual events organised by the LSLSSP. We regularly update parents and share appropriate resources to enable children at home to remain active and engaged in sport.
We recognise the value of competition in different forms and offer opportunities for all children to compete in intra school competitions. We also participate in virtual inter school competitions through our local sports partnership.
Impact of PE
Our curriculum aims to improve the wellbeing and fitness of all children at The Meadow, not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes. Within our lessons, children are taught about self-discipline and that to be successful they need to take ownership and responsibility of their own health and fitness. Our competition format promotes contribution to a wider team and promotes recognition of self-worth and self-esteem, measured by contribution as well as outcome. Our impact is therefore to motivate children to utilise these underpinning skills in an independent and effective way in order to live happy and healthy lives.
Further information for parents and carers.
We all know the importance of staying active.
- It is good for us.
- It keeps our bodies healthy.
But this is not the only benefit.
- Regular exercise improves your body's ability to fight illness and reduces recovery times.
- Exercise releases endorphins which make us feel good.
- It relaxes us, can reduce feelings of anxiety, stress and depression and helps us to sleep.
- In children especially, it creates new neural connections in the brain, having a direct impact on the ability to learn.
- Most of all, if we do it correctly, it should be fun!
To support us all in finding new ways to exercise while life is so restricted, please find links below to online resources. These have been contributed to and forwarded by our local school sports partnership.