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Physical Education at Hiltingbury Infant School

At Hiltingbury Infant School we provide children with physical opportunities in a fun and exciting way. We recognise the importance of children’s postural development, co-ordination and dexterity, as well as sport specific skills. Our broad, balanced and engaging PE programme wishes that all children have lifelong participation and an embedded love for sports. Understanding the importance for exercise, mental well-being and the need for a healthy, balanced lifestyle and is covered through PE sessions and cross-curricular links with Science and PSHE. Children experience a variety of team games, co-operating and competing fairly to understand their own and each others role in the game. Building this awareness is crucial to their success.


Physical Education in the Foundation Stage encompasses structured physical education sessions inside and numerous opportunities in free flow using the outside space. Outside, children enjoy using the climbing frame apparatus, moving freely around the playground as well as more focussed activities such as throwing a ball or skipping.

Children learn how to move confidently in a variety of ways. Children use small and large equipment to develop their fine and gross motor skills in order to gain control and co-ordination in large and small movements. Through games they learn to adjust their speed or direction to safely negotiate space.


In Year 1, children experience a multi-skills approach to physical activity with focus on agility, balance and co-ordination. We believe that these skills are crucial and transferrable to play specific sports. Our children participate in games sessions using external coaches from R & R for key sports such as tennis, cricket and basketball. Children are starting to play more in teams and are developing their tactical strategies. Hall sessions cover gymnastic development of body movement with jumps and balancing, alongside dance sessions providing opportunities to explore varying body shapes to a musical rhythm.


Year 2 sees children continuing to develop their transferrable and sports specific skills. R & R deliver weekly sessions motivating children and staff alike. These sessions have provided more competitive opportunities against themselves and their peers which have truly driven and enthused our passionate children. Sports including football, tennis and hockey have been delivered.

Gymnastic development continues with creating and demonstrating their own sequences and more complex self-balancing exercises at different levels. At this level of education, our children use reflective learning techniques, and we have used Georgie Giraffe to improve their own work and others. Dance progresses with children creating and performing their own pieces incorporating moods and feelings.

We firmly believe a strong mind and healthy body at a very young age will enhance each pupil’s ability to succeed in life and become responsible citizens in our challenging global society. We believe that sport provides physical, social and emotional well being for our children and it is our wish to foster attitudes of enjoyment, participation, challenge and a love of physical activity for its own sake.

Healthy Schools

A healthy school promotes physical and emotional health by providing accessible and relevant information and equips pupils and staff with the understanding, skills and attitudes to make informed decisions about their health. Pupils flourish in a positive environment and are given a voice to influence whole-school decisions. A healthy school understands the importance of investing in health to help pupils do their best, raise levels of achievement, improve standards and develop policies and practices to promote health.

Please visit other parts of our website to find out how we are promoting healthy lifestyles through many areas of the curriculum.

Physical Education
Personal, Social and Health Education and SMSC

Healthy Eating

At Hiltingbury Infant School we believe that every child has the right to develop a healthy lifestyle and a positive attitude towards eating and drinking in preparation for their future. We think that a healthy diet and the child’s ability to learn effectively are connected.

We aim to improve the health of our school community by

  • helping to influence eating habits through increased knowledge and awareness of food issues and what constitutes a healthy balanced diet
  • teaching ways to establish and maintain healthy eating habits
  • teaching them to cook and to plan and prepare simple dishes
  • actively promoting health and well being

Healthy Eating and the importance of eating a balanced diet is taught and reinforced regularly as part of the curriculum through topic work and cookery lessons.

Examples of exciting curriculum topics that particularly support healthy eating are

Year R

60 Minutes to Move – a topic in which children learn about their bodies and keeping healthy.

Here comes summer – a topic in which the Year R children grow some of their own salad and vegetables and then design and make a healthy Teddy Bear’s picnic to which the feeder pre-school children are invited.

Year 1

Happy and Healthy – a topic devoted to healthy lifestyles where the children hold a food festival and a keep fit day.

Year 2

Ahoy There – a topic in which the children visit HMS Victory and learn about the effects of a restrictive diet during long sea voyages and consequently about the importance of a healthy balanced diet.

In cookery Year 2 children also have the opportunity to design and make a healthy meal for a famous person and also to design and make a healthy wrap.

Healthy Eating and drinking during the school day is ensured by –

Each child receiving a healthy fruit or vegetable snack at playtime which is provided free through the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme (SFVS).

Each child having their own water bottle easily accessible throughout the day.

Provision of a school milk scheme which parents can subscribe to.

HC3S (Hampshire County Council Catering Services) who provide tasty meals which meet the current government nutritional standards to all pupils who require them.

Encouraging parents to provide home packed lunches which adhere to our Healthy Lunchbox guidelines.

A Whole School Food policy which outlines clearly our expectations for healthy eating on the school site.

Healthy Schools at Hiltingbury Infant School

We are proud to be part of Hampshire Healthy Schools!

We believe in Healthy Lifestyles. Please see link to Physical Activity below