Curriculum – P.E
We deliver a curriculum that gives children the chance to experience a wide range of activities in an atmosphere of enjoyment and personal development. Through a range of activities the children have the opportunity for whole person development, such as team work and cooperation, responsibility, resilience, confidence, empathy, decision making and healthy lifestyles.
The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
- are physically active for sustained periods of time
- engage in competitive sports and activities
- lead healthy, active lives
In the EYFS
In Reception all children experience two PE sessions a week, one with a specialist teacher and one with the class teacher. This gives the children an opportunity to try out a range of different activities from fundamental skills, games, athletics and gymnastics. This allows the students to work individually and in small groups; develop fundamental movement skills and learn through progressive games with an emphasis on fun and participation.
In Nursery the children experience a half an hour session of class teacher PE.
All children in the EYFS have access to both the indoor and outdoor areas to develop their gross motor and fine motor skills. The children also have the opportunity to develop their self-care and independence skills during ‘rolling snack.’
Pupils develop their skills in moving and handling and health and self-care. By the end of Reception we aim for our children to be able to:
- show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements
- move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space
- handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing
- know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe
- manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently
In Key Stage 1
All children experience two PE sessions a week, one with a specialist teacher and one with the class teacher. This gives the children an opportunity to try out a range of different activities from fundamental skills, games, athletics and gymnastics. This allows the students to work individually and in small groups; develop fundamental movement skills and learn through progressive games with an emphasis on fun and participation. All children in Key Stage One also participate in running for 10 minutes a day around our running track. The aim is to be able to run 1 mile every day. The children enjoy keeping track of their personal achievement and challenging themselves to beat their target the following day.
Pupils should develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.
Pupils should be taught to:
- master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as
- developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
- participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
- perform dances using simple movement patterns.
Children take part in their year group sports day where they demonstrate many of the skills they have learnt through the year. This is always a highlight of the Infant School calendar and the events are designed to be inclusive, with parents following their children through the events.
Cassiobury infant and Nursery School receives Primary PE and Sports Premium, which is used to fund additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and provide our children with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy, active lifestyle. Further details are available on our Pupil Premium page.
Examples of how we are supporting our P.E Curriculum
Tag Rugby Festival, York House - March 2020
On Wednesday 4th March 2020, another 24 children from Year 2 took part in a Tag Rugby Festival at York House School. Together with York House pupils, the children did lots of different tag rugby exercises and activities. They had a fantastic morning, running with the ball, dodging, attacking and putting their skills into practise with small tag rugby games. Thank you to York House for hosting, and to Angie, Rick and the parent helpers who were great!
“I enjoyed going to York House because the activities were fun and the children there were nice!”
“York House was fun because we played tag-rugby and my favourite activity was stealing the ball from the other teams.”
Football Festival at York House - November 2019
On Wednesday 6th November 2019, 24 children from Year 2 took part in a Football Festival at York House School. Together with York House pupils, the children did lots of different football exercises and drills. They had a fantastic morning, improving their football skills and making new friends. Thank you to the wonderful parent helpers as well who were great!
Tag Rugby Festival - March 2019
Following a very successful term of Tag Rugby coaching by Angie, the children in Key Stage 1 ended the Spring term with our first inter-house festival. The children had a fantastic time putting all their skills into practise during a series of different activities. The scores from each class were totalled up and the overall winners were Chess.
Well done Chess and thank you Angie!
Below are just some of the responses from the children about the Tag Rugby Festival:
We got to challenge each other and see which house won.
I liked the Tag Rugby because we were doing everything we had been taught by Angie.
I enjoyed using my skills.
I liked it when we took each other’s tags off.
There were lots of activities.
PE Focus Week
During P.E Focus Week the children engaged in different sporting activities, as well as making and selling their own healthy snacks.
“I loved making ice-lollies because they were healthy and tasted really nice at the end!” (Amelie – Fox Class)
A-Life (Monday 22nd May)
On Monday A-Life came in. We did lots of different exercises: jumping, bench-steps, balancing, sit-ups with a partner, stretching, press-ups and boxing!
We did multi-skills sessions with Watford Boys Grammar School and Year 2 took part in a variety of activities.
Fitness and Fun!
CJS hosted ‘Super-hero fitness’ for Year 1 and children competed in ‘Cassiobury’s Got Talent’.
Children in Reception, Year 1 & Year 2 toook part and tried to win points for their team.
Tag-Rugby & Yoga
A coach came in for the day to teach tag-rugby. Reception had a yoga lesson from Neve’s mummy.
PE Focus Week – Staff get involved
The teachers also got involved in PE week. They completed a ‘couch-potato’ to 5km running challenge in a week, running an extra kilometer each night after school. Since then, some teachers have gone on to sign up to Park Run on a Saturday morning, proving it’s never too late to get fit!
They also visited the Cassiobury Bowls club where they took part in different activities to practise their bowling skills. A great evening was had by all.
Cassiobury Weekly Park Run
Sign up for the Cassiobury Weekly Park Run. Parkrun organises free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in. These events take place in pleasant parkland surroundings and we encourage people of every ability to take part; from those taking their first steps in running to Olympians; from juniors to those with more experience; we welcome you all.
Year 1 Multi-Skills Festival
In the Year 1 Multi-Skills Festival all the children had the opportunity to participate in a hockey, rugby and cricket activity.
Sports Day - 2018
This year Cassiobury Infant School Sports Day was somewhat different; Nursery took part for the first time and Cassiobury Junior School held their Sports Day at the same time. The event was managed very successfully by both schools, ably assisted by DJ Rizzo, and the children had an action packed morning, full of different activities. The weather was perfect, overcast and not too warm. The culmination of a competitive morning saw the Green Team winning with 2191 points, Red Team second on 1938 points and Blue Team third on 1696 points. Well done Green Team on a fantastic achievement!
Our children were all keen to comment on the day:
I really enjoyed Sports Day because we got to do one of my favourite sports, running races. (Oliver)
I enjoyed the high jump because last year I was nervous and stepped over the jump, this year I jumped over it! (Olivia)
I was able to be in the same team as my brother which was great! (Emily H)
The best part of Sports Day was taking part and having fun. (Jacob)
I can now teach my younger brother and sister how to do the different activities so they’re ready to take part when they’re older. (Amelia)
Tennis Festival - July 2019
The children in Year 2, Year 1 and Reception enjoyed a fantastic tennis festival where they were able to demonstrate all the skills they had learnt during the Summer Term with their tennis coach, Angie. The weather was perfect, much cooler and with a welcome breeze. The winners were Colne with 163 points. Congratulations Colne!
“I liked all the sports, Angie is a good teacher, she teaches us new things at tennis like how to drop the ball and hit it.” (George)
“I enjoyed doing the tennis when we were bouncing the ball and then hitting it to the other person.”(Nancy)
“I had so much fun because you got points for trying to put the ball over the net.” (Roselt)
“I thought it was really fun because it was all sports and I really like sport!” (Florence)