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Physical education and sport

Physical education and sport

A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all children to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for children to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.

Early Childhood Education

Throughout the reception year, pupils engage in weekly physical education lessons and develop their ability to negotiate space and obstacles safely with consideration for both themselves and others. They are also provided with opportunities to demonstrate strength, balance and coordination whilst playing and to move energetically by running, jumping, dancing, hopping, skipping and climbing.

Pupils working across our Early Childhood Education Centre receive a weekly physical education lesson which is delivered by their class teacher using Real PE’s ‘foundations’ curriculum.

Key stage one

Throughout key stage one, pupils develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident across a broad reange of opportunities aimed at extending their agility, balance and coordination, both when working individually and with others. They develop their ability to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and cooperative physical activies in a range of increasingly challenging situations.

Pupils are taught to master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities. They learn how to participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending and how to perform dances using simple movement patterns.

All pupils in key stage one receive two weekly physical education lessons. The first is delivered by their class teacher and covers the following areas.


Throughout year one, pupils begin to explore basic movements and shapes, responding to a range of stimuli such as sound, poetry, pictures and words. They work towards being able to create, practise and perform a short dance that explores moods, ideas and feelings through body actions.

Throughout year two, pupils consolidate basis movement skills learned in year one, but also learn to perform turn, gesture, travel and stillness movements with fluency and control. Pupils build these skills into more complicated sequences, progressing towards varying the speed, tension and strenght of their movements.


Throughout year one, pupils build on the basic movement skills they learned in reception through travelling in different ways including rolling, holding basic balances and developing the basic gymnastic shapes of stretch, pike, tuck and straddle. They begin to develop their compositional skills through linking skills in simple sequences using mats and apparatus.

Throughout year two, pupils increase the variety of ways they travel between learned skills. Rolls of increasing difficulty are developed and balances incorporate taking weight on hands as well as feet. Pupils practise performing sequences of several linked compositional skills with a focus on smooth transitions and moving with control.


Throughout year one, pupils begin by working on the skills of sending and receiving balls and their ability to present a target ready to receive. Pupils apply the skills of sending and receiving in a variety of simple games and activities by utilising movement, balance and coordination. They progress to making choices and employing simple strategy in competitive games.

Throughout year two, pupils build on the sending and receiving skills they developed in year one through their application in target activities and develop their ability to throw for distance. They also develop striking skills with a range of equipment, including bats and hockey sticks. Their improved coordination, balance and movement are utilised in games where strategies are needed to beat an opponent or defender and through developing their understanding of how to use space in competitive activities.

Year Two pupils receive a half term of football coaching delivered by the Juventus Football Academy. This opportunity has been created in partnership with a local high school and ensures pupils of all ability levels enjoy progressing with learning the skills necessary for football.

The second physical education lesson each week is delivered by the school’s Specialist PE Teacher using the Real PE approach.