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Physical Education



The school believes that Physical Education is an extremely important aspect of school life and is a unique contributor to the physical development and well-being of all pupils. A broad and balanced curriculum consisting of a range of activities helps all children, regardless of ability to take part in regular physical activity. It is also hoped that these enjoyable, stimulating and often satisfying experiences will build positive, lifelong attitudes towards physical activity.


Reception and Key Stage 1

The children in these age ranges should develop core movement, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and co-ordination, individually and with others. They should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations. They will learn from gymnastic, games and dance activities the basic actions of control and co-ordination, balance and travelling. In gymnastics they will have the opportunity to practise these on the floor, and by using apparatus.


End of Key Stage Expectations are that children should be taught to:

a) master basic movements such as running, jumping, throwing, catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities.

b) participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending

c) perform dances using simple movement patterns.


Key Stage 2

Children in Key Stage 2 should continue to implement and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to succeed in different activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.


Games sessions form one session per week and are delivered in half termly blocks. Children are given the opportunity of partaking in the learning of the skills of football, rugby, netball, hockey, rounders, athletics, tennis and various other small-ball games, as well as playing team games. This competition is continued in extra-curricular activities such as football, netball and tag rugby.


Children in KS2 should be taught to:

a)  Use running, jumping, catching and throwing in isolation and in combination

b)  Play competitive games, modified where appropriate, such as football, netball, rounders,   cricket, hockey, basketball, badminton and tennis, and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending

c)  Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance, for example through   gymnastics and athletics

d)  Perform dances using a range of movement patterns

e)  Take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team

f)  Compare their performances with previous ones to achieve their personal best.


Year 3 and Year 4 classes also take part in swimming sessions at Sankey Leisure Centre.

The aims are to enable children to:

a) swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres

b) use a range of strokes effectively such as front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke

c) perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.



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