As part of our staff Continuing Professional Development, the PE coordinator continually supports the teaching and learning of PE. At the beginning of Term 1 she met with the Year 1 team to plan the lessons for Developmental Movement which the team then introduced as part of their PE curriculum for the term. It proved to be very successful with the children making great progress with their general physical skills. The assessment tracking system proved that on average there was a 13% improvement of movement skills in just 6 weeks so that 90% of children in Year 1 are now on track or above the expected level for movement. The Year R team met with the coordinator to plan their curriculum for Term 3 for gymnastics and multi-skills to incorporate our Yoga training. The staff are keen to share their expertise with the children and to ensure they receive high quality teaching and learning. As usual, we shall be monitoring the progress and outcome.
A lovely, inspirational lady from minime yoga spent the evening with the teaching staff exploring strategies for teaching yoga. We already have yoga as part of our curriculum and the staff are brilliant at coaching the children using a range of resources and
schemes. As we are all self-taught, we wanted a higher level of training in order to extend our skills further.
Claire did not disappoint and we had a wonderful session with many new ideas to explore.
Wriggling Into Writing CPD Course
Our PE Coordinator ran another course about the importance of movement on a child’s cognitive and physical development for over 20 fellow professionals from across a range of Early Years settings. The theory and practical activities explore during the session clarified the essential impact of gross and fine motor skills on early writing. Feedback was very positive and many left feeling inspired to improve their own practice as a result of their experience.
Kent PE Conference, Detling Showground, Maidstone
‘Children grow to fill the space that we create for them
and if it is big, they grow tall’
Our PE Coordinator attended this event again this year and found it to be even more motivating. The guest speaker was Sue Wilkinson who is a top PE specialist and who also sits on ministerial panels so has the ear of government. Top Athlete and Ambassador Jeanette Kwakye was inspirational as she told her story of her Olympic career. Other speakers included the Youth Sport Trust who were highly motivational in the content and style of their delivery and the BMX Champion Mike Mullen who inspired us with his story of daredevil career. All of this will have an impact on our own provision at Herne as it is fed into the curriculum and practices we offer our children.
Kent PE & Health Wheel Training
The PE Coordinator had seen a demonstration of this powerful tool at the Kent PE Conference. The training was provided for free to support us celebrate progress, evidence impact and identify future needs. Once we have accessed this system we will be able to apply for the Kent Active Infant Awards which is the infant version of the National Games Award which we are not allowed to apply for!