You can be forgiven for thinking the PE team at BSN have had a relaxed month with no Foxes sport trips to go on, or major inter-house events. However, that is not the case – we have been busy getting upskilled, developing our staff during this quiet period before our sport trips season gets starts after Golden Week.
At the beginning of September Mr. Plummer, Mr. Allen and Mr. Scott travelled to our sister school in Guangzhou, where PE teachers from Nord Anglia schools across China gathered to participate in a weekend-long training workshop. It was led by the UK Youth Sport trust, with expertise flown in from the UK to work with us.
Day 1 training activities were focused on building firm foundations and physical literacy for 4 to 7-year-olds, as well as the importance of movement in child development. We looked at how we can create an environment for children to explore and consolidate movement skills and how we develop the skills of locomotion, stability, and object control in a developmentally appropriate way. The groups continued during day 2 with activities concentrated on high-quality games teaching for KS2 and KS3 students, and how we can develop both the physical and decision-making skills essential for enjoyable and effective engagement in games.
We have already begun applying some of what we learned to our practice and lessons.