Term 1 Developmental Movement
Once again the staff proved how enthusiastic and committed they are to continuing professional development by requesting training for movement skills. The PE Coordinator led the afternoon which was great fun with everyone joining in the practical elements and discussing ways in which we can improve our practice further. Theory based conversations highlighted the increasing need for children to explore movement for its own sake without any apparatus or equipment and to take risks with body management in order to improve physical awareness.
Term 2 Outdoor and Adventurous Activity training
This session was one of the funniest and most intellectually challenging we have done in a while. We were set tasks by Paul from HBH which at times proved impossible. However with fantastic team work and perseverance we were able to succeed with much laughter, physical endurance and hilarity along the way. The children are sure to gain the same sense of challenge and achievement when we transfer these activities to our lessons.
Term 3 Speedstacking
Mrs March has previously run our speedstacking club so spent a twilight session training Mrs Beach in the skills of coaching the club this term. They spent a fun time together with Mrs Beach learning the routine of 3-3-3 as well as more complicated patterns and locating supporting video clips.
Term 3 Gymnastics
Miss Hailes, Mrs Vail and Miss Ingram all attended a gymnastics training session at Boughton-under-Blean Primary school led by the Sports Partnership team. It was very interesting to see how others use large apparatus for problem solving over a period of several weeks to develop thinking skills and team work as well as gymnastic ability. Although much of the course was based around KS2, we felt reassured that our teaching of gymnastics is in line with local schools and in particular it confirmed our methods of teaching such skills as forward rolls.
Term 4 HBH Climbing Wall OAA Training
Several staff took the plunge to come along to the rather daunting climbing wall at HBH in order to be taken out their comfort zone. Everyone took to the wall in their own way and we are grateful to the HBH staff for challenging us in ways that children often feel challenged. However, the wall did not defeat anyone and many of us were able to climb to great heights and return to ground safely. There were some exciting moments with some staff almost taking flight whilst others found themselves out of control with laughter. The elements of team trust and cooperation helped to bond the staff even closer and we were able to discuss many parallels to our teaching of the children. We all agreed thought that this is a great way to remember how it feels to be tested and to confront challenges. An excellent session and thanks again to HBH.
Term 5 Yoga CPD
The initial part of the meeting focussed on keeping the staff informed and up to date on the latest government directives relating to PE and School Sport. With the information sharing section fully discussed we moved onto some Yoga exploration. This is an area of PE that we have delivered in the past but we felt it was time to reintroduce it to our curriculum as many children will benefit enormously from the body control and calmness this form of exercise can bring. It also links perfectly with our developmental movement scheme. We looked in detail at various options including practical testing and agreed to trial a few alternatives during term 6 in order to plan further later on in term 6 in preparation for the next academic year.
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