“A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils 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.” (Reference: DFE-00176-2013)
Our Physical Education curriculum aims to inspire all children to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities (non-competitive). Through PE we promote an understanding of our bodies in action. Lessons involve thinking, selecting and applying skills, as well as promoting positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle. (Thus, we enable our children to make informed choices about the physical activities that are needed throughout their lives.) Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities aim to build character and help embed values such as fairness and respect (good sportsmanship).
Our curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all children:
- develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
- are physically active for sustained periods of time
- engage in competitive sports and activities
- lead healthy, active lives.
Through the provision of structured and free play, children have access to activities, which encourage and develop control and co-ordination in large and small movements (gross and fine motor skills). They move confidently in a range of ways, negotiating space safely and handling equipment effectively. Children are encouraged to make healthy choices in relation to healthy eating and exercise.
Key Stage 1
Children are taught to develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They are taught to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.
Key Stage 2
Children are taught to apply 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 enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.
Swimming and water safety
Children attend swimming in key stage 2. They are taught to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres, using a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]. They are also taught to perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.