At Meldreth, we recognise the contribution of PE to the health and well-being of the children. We believe that an innovative, varied PE curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of all children. At Meldreth Primary School our children have a minimum of 2 hours PE teaching per week as part of their curriculum entitlement and many of our children are active members of sports clubs and activities provided by our school and the wider community.
Our teaching and delivery of PE across all year groups is supported by a Specialist Primary School PE teacher, Ms Chloe Jackson, for half a day per week.
PE in Foundation stage is carried out in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. The children are engaged in physical activity throughout the week in the form of gross motor skill development through riding bikes, climbing, balancing, crawling etc. They are also continually developing manipulative and fine motor skills through a wide range of activities such as threading, painting, building and cutting. The children are given the opportunity to undertake activities that offer appropriate challenge, both indoors and outdoors, using a wide range of resources.
Key Stage One are 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
Key Stage Two continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills .
They are taught:
- use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
- play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
- develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics]
- perform dances using a range of movement patterns
- take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
- compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best