The PE Curriculum
It's really important for their physical and mental health that the children are given plenty of opportunities to move and exercise - so long as the most recent social distancing guidelines / 'lockdown' instructions are strictly followed. Clearly not all of the curriculum can be taught at home or in the current climate - team games, for instance, won't be possible. However, there are parts of the curriculum which the children can continue to develop at home, even with limited resources.
The KS2 PE National Curriculm says that "Pupils should be taught to:
- use running jumping, throwing in isolation and in combination;
- develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance;
- Perform dances using a range of movement patterns;
- Compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to acheive their personal best."
Any opportunities for the children to do this should be taken. Activities could include:
- Throwing underarm and overarm to a target (another person catching, a object on the floor, into a cardboard box, a cup etc);
- Throwing and catching a varity of different objects (tennis balls, footballs, pingpong ball, bean bags, balled up gloves etc);
- Catching one- and two-handed;
- Bowling to hit a target;
- Using a variety of bats and raquets to hit a ball (rounders bat, cricket bat, tennis raquet, rolled up newspaper or magazine). Generally, the larger the surface area and the nearer to the hand, the easier it is to use accurately - so a table tennis bat is easier to hit with than a baseball bat);
- Jumping over objects from standing or from running;
- Kicking a ball against a wall;
- Throwing something into the air and counting the number of claps you can do before catching it again;
- Running longer distances to build stamina or shorter distances to build speed;
- Skipping (with and without ropes);
- Walking along narrow surfaces (could be flat on the floor, but a narrow path marked by two ropes or lengths of string);
- Copying and / or creating simple dance movements to music or videos.
Why not make a video recording of your child performing some of these skills, watch it back and see if you can think of ways to improve their performance? You could use the tips in the videos above for ideas for improvement.