Archived PE Curriculum Content 2019-2020
In Early Years this half term we revisited fundamental skills including using the SAQ ladders. The majority of children were confident with this so we moved onto balancing across benches and jumping off using a variety of jumps. We moved on to dance where each week we concentrated on different themes of winter. First we explored how we would get dressed for going outside and what games we could play. Then we explored how winter animals would move and the games people play in winter. Finally we put all the parts together to complete a winter dance using the ‘Ice Dance’ music from the film ‘Edward Scissorhands’.
In Year 1, we continued to improve our dance skills in our ‘Themes and Dreams’ unit, where we created a dance based around a circus clown. We listened to a poem and looked at pictures of circus performers to help us create some fabulous dance moves. In gymnastics, we developed our movement and balance skills. We developed our gymnastic poses on the mats and benches first, then moved onto using the gymnastics apparatus. We practised travelling in different ways on the apparatus whilst demonstrating the different poses.
In Year 2 the children have explored circuits and completed a Mini-Gym within PE lessons. We have completed races, mini trampolining, skipping, hoola-hooping and buggie-boarding. We have also completed dancing to ‘Penguins and Polar Bears’ and ‘Shells on the Beach’.
Year 3 have enjoyed playing New Age Kurling. We looked at videos of athletes playing the game in the Winter Olympics and thought about the skills needed to be successful. We learnt the rules and practised a good starting position and aiming accurately. We finished by having a competition to see who could get the most points. In addition, Year 3 have continued their Greek topic through PE. We have completed charging/marching like a soldier and a ‘Minotaur and Theseus’ battle with controlled dance moves. We have also tried a Greek Zorba dance which the children thoroughly enjoyed. We completed our topic with a final Olympic Games complete with olive wreath for the winners!
Year 4 have been going swimming every week and the majority of children have achieved their Stage One certificate. They are now currently working on Stage Two – which involves using floatation devices and swimming on their back. In PE sessions they have been playing the game Boccia. The focus of this has been working as a team and learning the rules in order to play as an efficient team. Three members of the class represented the school at a Boccia tournament and won 2 out of their 4 games.
Year 5 children have been working with a coach from SAFC to develop their teamwork and communication skills, in various ball-games. They have developed their throwing, catching and dribbling skills, with various equipment and balls of various sizes. They have also been taking part in ‘What’s so Funny’ dance lessons. This focused on sequencing funny actions with a partner. They had to mirror the other person and also use role play/use of characters to try to make the other person laugh.
Year 6 have been learning to play competitive games and have applied basic principles suitable for attacking and defending. They have learned to use a range of tactics to give their team an advantage during competitive games.
In Early Years this term Joey from SAFC has coached the children. We have continued to work on personal space, being part of a team and ball skills. Using a famous film each week the children have taken on several roles. Tagging peers and dodging the ‘bad guys’ has been a huge learning curve for reception. Being aware of other people in the game and how to save others has also been a focus. Beginning with larger balls the children were taught how to throw and catch. Then they progressed to smaller balls. Children had fun travelling to different zones and completing a variety of challenges.
‘Moving Along’ was our focus this half term in P.E. for our dance unit. We learnt how to warm up correctly and work in unison in order to create our group dance routines. Year 1 also enjoyed the support of Francesca who taught us some fabulous gymnastic moves. We learnt how to perform a variety of different jumps and rolls to create a routine.
In Year 2 the children listened to the ‘Harry Potter’ theme tune and worked with a sports coach to create a gymnastic routine to the music. The children worked on using cues from the music to remember their routine. In their routine, the children used a range of balances, rolls, twists and turns. Some moves they completed as a whole class and others they completed in small groups The children created a cat dance.
Year 3 listened to the song, ‘Clocks’ by Coldplay and created their own dance to match. The children have worked as a whole class, in small groups and on their own to create actions and movements to match the song. We talked about creating a routine that would match a typical day i.e. getting up, getting ready for school, the things we do at school and after school at home. The children worked really hard to listen to the music and move appropriately. During our gymnastic sessions the children worked together to create a sequence which included; balancing on small body parts, travelling in different ways and jumping.
The children in Year 4 enjoyed having a coach in school from Sunderland Football Club. Through this the children have focussed on fair play and what it is to be a good team player. They have learnt the rules of Bench ball and can play in a fair manner ensuring rules are adhered to correctly. They have also begun to explore balancing techniques.
Year 5 have continued to enjoy swimming this half term. They have been gaining confidence in the water week by week, and also improving their stroked, gliding and floating techniques. The children have also loved their dance lessons in PE, based on Indian Bollywood dancing. The children have taken key Bollywood actions, and put these into a sequence, then full routine. Each group performed their finished routine to Bollywood dance music.
Our new primary school has had a very action-packed start in PE. Children from all year groups have already took part in my festivals and competitions including cross country and the local football league. The children have all been proud to represent our new school in their brand new kits. We have had lots of coaches and local clubs in to support us including the Foundation of Light and Destination Judo.
In Early Years this half term we have worked on our own personal space when moving around. We are learning to dress and undress independently. The children enjoyed working with Mr Adey who has supported us with team games and different ways of moving.
In Year 1 we have had support from Mr Adey to learn how to play Rollaball. We practised controlling our rolls and stopping the ball carefully. We also developed our fundamental movement skills with Mrs Laverick.
Year 2 and Year 3 loved their weekly sessions with Joey from the Foundation of Light. He helped us to develop a range of skills including; moving in different ways, ball skills and tactics.
Year 4 have enjoyed learning how to play Cricket. They have been focussing on batting, bowling (overarm) and fielding the ball in the appropriate manner. They also learned how to defend their end zone in hockey with a focus on the appropriate hold of the stick and control of the ball when receiving and sending the ball.
In Year 5 they have loved taking part in weekly swimming lessons. They have been working on their skills and confidence in the water, showing huge improvements each week. The children have also enjoyed rugby lessons with a coach this half term. They have developed teamwork and communication skills, as well as learning the rules of tag rugby.
Year 6 have enjoyed taking part in invasion games and have learned how to attack and defend in a game of Tag Rugby. They have gained skills in following rules of the game such as passing the ball and being caught offside. They now have a deeper understanding of how to work as part of a team to ensure success in competitive sports.