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Physical Education
Excellence - Respect - Enjoyment

Aims

Here at Southwood Infant School we believe that Physical Education is an important part of school life. It helps promote pupils health, well-being, physical growth and development.

Through physical education our pupils will learn how to interact with their peers in groups and teams whilst cooperating and competing fairly, understanding their own role and the role of others across a variety of sports.

We aim to offer a high quality curriculum that is linked to the children’s topics wherever possible. Our staff will encourage all pupils to become physically confident to support their individual health and fitness.

Our planning is based around the National Curriculum (2014) which aims to ensure all pupils:

  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • are physically active for all sustained periods of time
  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • lead healthy, active lives

Here at Southwood children in the Early Years Foundation Stage take part in one physical education lesson a week. Key Stage One (KS1) take part in two physical education lessons a week, one working with the class teacher and the other working with a specialist sports coach. KS1 also have the opportunity to work with a specialist cricket coach during the spring term.

Miss Barnes, PE Leader

Teaching and Learning

At Southwood children have two hours of structured PE lessons each week. Year 1 and 2 children have PE outdoors throughout the year and Early Years begin outside activities during the spring term. The Early Years children also have access to their outdoor area every day.

The children are taught across the following areas in PE:  Gymnastics and dance are taught as blocks using units that have been created to link with topics.  Dance as an art form is inclusive and accessible to all pupils whatever their ability or cultural background. Children are encouraged to make, perform and respond in a variety of ways. In Early Years children also follow the WriteDance scheme which has proven to be very effective for the children as it develops their gross motor and fine motor skills. It is also provides them with confidence as they learn to represent their thoughts and ideas on paper. In KS1 one PE lesson a week is taught by Miss Thompson. 

Extra Curricular

Extra curricular opportunities are provided at Southwood. We have a football club, street dance club, ballet, Judo and running club, all of which are very popular with the children. 

Sports Morning and Picnic Lunch

Thank you to everyone for coming along to Sports Day on Monday. What a glorious morning we all had up on our field! The weather was lovely, the sun shone and we all had a fantastic morning of competitive activities and races followed by an enjoyable picnic lunch. Well done to all the children for their great team effort, enthusiasm and sportsmanship… And what a terrific, competitive bunch of parents we have at Southwood! The children loved watching you all take part!

Well done to the Blue Whale team who seized victory. Team captains Charlie and Evelyn were delighted to lift the cup. The final scores were so close this year with just 9 points difference between all four teams!

We will really appreciate all the positive feedback, particularly at this time of year. Thank you.

“Thank you so much for another totally amazing, fun filled sports day! You all really know how to put on a good show and get everyone involved, it was so much fun!”

Thank you for organising such a brilliant Sports Day. It was so well organised and the atmosphere was lovely.”

Dance Challenge 2019

Massive congratulations to the Year 2 children who took part in the Gremlin Dance Challenge at the Princes Hall, Aldershot. They all performed exceptionally well on the big stage and won the best entertaining dance for their Alien in Underpants routine.

Thank you to all the children for giving up their Saturday mornings and committing extra practice over the last 6 weeks. A special thank you to Mrs Walker, who has been a fantastic dance coach. She has not only given the children a memorable and exciting experience but allowed them to experience self-confidence and team success. Thank you also to all the Year 2 parents who have supported us. We were all very proud to be representing Southwood Infant School yesterday.

Just a quick email to say how much I thoroughly enjoyed this afternoon’s performance. Can you pass on my thanks to Mrs Walker not only for all her hard work but also for giving up her free time. I know quite a few of the children were feeling nervous about being on the stage but they gave an amazing performance.”