Challenge Sport and Education are Clowns Nursery’s Sport providers. We currently run both in school and extra-curricular sporting activity for the children. Lessons are held over four days of the week and continue during half term and ‘holiday’ weeks. All PE lessons at Clowns are structured around the EYFS curriculum. Every session we run develops gross motor skills and is designed to improve the children’s co-ordination and confidence. In our lessons we focus on a variety of sports to help develop the children’s motor skills. The children will be learning fundamental skills for sports such as throwing and catching whilst also playing participating in sports like gymnastics and football. The lessons are always fun and engaging for the children as well as educational. A typical gymnastic lesson will consist of developing balancing, rolling and finding space, whereas a football lessons will be working on dribbling, passing and shooting. At the start of every lesson the children will be told the learning aims and then work on different skills to help achieve these.
We work with 3 different age groups at Clowns ranging from 22 months to 4 years. The youngest class we work with is Strawberry class. Throughout the year we work on physically developing the children so they can run safely on the whole foot, kick a large ball and being able to squat with steadiness to pick up an object and rise back to their feet without using their hands.
In Elm, Willow and Peach class the children are developing the skill of being able to move in a range of different ways such as slithering, shuffling, rolling, crawling, walking, running, jumping, skipping, sliding and hopping. At this age we start to analyse the children’s ability to be able to negotiate space and their ability to catch a large ball.
In Rosewood and both Limetree classes, we look to progress on from developing the motor skills they have already learnt and hope to see an increase in control over an object when throwing, catching and kicking it. With these classes the children will work on racing and chasing games with other children developing their skill to adjust speed and change direction when met with a obstacle. We also develop the skills they would have learnt in earlier years such as throwing, catching, kicking, running and jumping.
As well as in school lessons we offer extra-curricular lessons on Wednesdays to help develop children’s gross motor skills even further. These classes are designed for children who are enthusiastic about sport and for children who have may have never done sport outside of nursery before. The classes will cover a range of different sports and are guaranteed to be fun based.