At Paulton Infant School we value recognise the value of Physical Education and intend for all children to:
develop habits leading to a healthy and active lifestyle
be physically active for sustained periods of time
to develop the fundamental skills
develop competence in a broad range of physical activities
develop qualities such as commitment, fairness, tolerance and a concern for others as well as individual success
lead and develop healthy and active lives
PE at our school.
Here at Paulton Infants we believe that Physical Education is an integral part to school life. We aim to develop the whole child through physical education, school sport and physical activity.
There are 2 dedicated hours of PE each week, so all children participate in swimming, dance, gymnastics and games weekly. Each lesson is tailored to enable all children to participate to their individual ability and not only do they develop their skills but also improve their fitness whilst providing opportunities for sport to be enjoyed in a social context. We also offer a wide range of clubs to extend the PE provision at the school which are extremely popular. These include dance, gymnastics, martial arts, football and multi-skills.
What is Physical Education, School Sport & Physical Activity?
Your child is entitled to a rich, broad and balanced curriculum, where physical education is a critical element. Physical Education, School Sport & Physical Activity are similar in that they all include physical movement, but there are important differences between them.
Physical Education is about what takes place in school curriculum timetabled time and which is delivered to all pupils. This involves both ‘learning to move’ (i.e. becoming more physically competent) and ‘moving to learn’.
School Sport is the structured learning that takes place beyond the curriculum. This is sometimes referred to as out-of-school-hours learning. Again, the context for the learning is physical activity.
Physical Activity is a broad term referring to all bodily movement that uses energy. It includes all forms of physical education, sports and dance activities.
Why is PE so important?
All young people are entitled to benefit from high quality physical education and there is significant evidence to show this supports other learning across the curriculum.
PE also contributes to healthy and active lifestyles, improves emotional wellbeing, reduces poor behaviour, increased attendance and develop key skills such as leadership, confidence
At Paulton Infant School we are able to offer a very unique opportunity. All children in school take part in a weekly swimming session with trained instructors at Paulton Pool.
In addition your child will develop social, emotional and intellectual skills, including improved:
✔ Leadership Skills
✔ Communication & Trust
✔ Fairness & Respect
✔ Acceptance of Responsibility
As well as being good for your child’s health, swimming is a skill that could ultimately save their life. Drowning is the third most common cause of accidental death in children, and therefore it is absolutely vital that every child has the opportunity to learn to swim and gain core knowledge regarding water safety from a young age. Your child should be encouraged to practice their swimming regularly to improve their basic skills and become a more competent swimmer which is something that is achieved through our curriculum programme at our school.
What Can You do?
Your child can experience many benefits, physically, mentally and emotionally, as a direct result of their participation in some form of PE, and a higher level of participation can lead to greater rewards:
✔ Be a positive role model and lead by example
✔ Offer encouragement and ensure your child regularly takes part in PE
✔ Provide them with the appropriate kit
✔ Talk as a family about being healthy and active
✔ Be active as a family
✔ Support us with our weekly swimming opportunities either in the pool or in the changing rooms.