Running, jumping, twisting, climbing and learning to throw and catch are not only great fun – they help to keep young children’s bodies healthy and strong and prepare the way for competitive sports, such a football, rugby, athletics and tennis.
We call our PE lessons for early years pupils big gym, little gym and music and movement. Big gym is where the larger gym equipment comes out and involves a circuit of activities. Swinging on ropes, climbing to the top of the climbing frame and learning to jump are all great ways of boosting confidence and improving co-ordination – so it’s not surprising that it’s a highlight of the children’s week.
Little gym uses smaller apparatus but is just as challenging, while music and movement is a chance to dance around with their friends. And, because our youngest pupils always have a more energy to burn, we have daily outdoor activities, ranging from ball games and hoops to bike and scooter riding.