During the Spring term in the PE lessons, we will continue to develop a range of fitness based activities to improve physical fitness, levels of speed, agility, co-ordination and stamina. Gross motor skills involve the large muscles of the body that enable such functions as maintaining balance, walking, climbing, jumping, pushing, pulling and ball skills. They are the building blocks for the development of fine motor skills. We will concentrate on specific gross motor activities to integrate in to the physical education classes as well as in the  classroom:

*Fitness circuits includes 5/6 stations with different physical exercises that strengthen muscles and increase the heart rate improving overall coordination and balance.

*Gymnastics is one of the most comprehensive lifestyle exercise programs available to children, incorporating strength, flexibility, speed, balance, coordination, power, and discipline. Young children can benefit physically and emotionally from gymnastics, and it can improve writing.

* Playing table tennis improves hand-eye coordination and it stimulates mental alertness, concentration and tactical strategy. This makes it the perfect game for young people to sharpen reflexes. Neuroscience suggests table tennis can improve motor skills, attention and memory. From an academic perspective, table tennis includes aerobic exercise and fine motor control: eye coordination, balancing and muscle memory in children’s fingers and wrists.



During spring term KS3, KS4 and 6th Form students continue to learn new things and continue to develop existing skills and learn how to improve in different physical activities and sports (badminton, bootcamp, fitness). All students will have the opportunity to work in pairs and small groups in order to understand the basic principles of each unit, and become competitive against each other. The more you move, the more flexible you become, especially in a sport like badminton where swinging and reaching are required. In addition to improving flexibility, players also gain muscle strength and endurance. At the same time your core muscles, arm and back muscles get a workout as well. Psychological benefits: because badminton promotes physical fitness, it helps to reduce anxiety and stress. Exercise increases endorphins, which are the brain's feel-good neurotransmitters, and been found to improve mood and sleep. Finally, playing badminton keeps you feeling well, strong, motivated and enthusiastic.