National Curriculum

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.

Aims

The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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


Foundation 1 (Nursery)

Fundamental Skills

Explore and develop the following skills individually, with a partner and as part of a small group: Agility, Balance, Coordination, Throwing, Catching, Jumping and Kicking.

Gymnastics

Explore and develop skills, actions and movements in the following areas: Travelling, Jumping, Balancing, Rocking and Rolling.

Dance Activities

Themed activities linked to the development of controlled movements and actions with changes in speed and direction.


Foundation 2 (Reception)

Fundamental Skills

Explore and develop the following skills individually, with a partner and as part of a small group: Agility, Balance, Coordination, Throwing, Catching, Jumping and Kicking.

Gymnastics

Explore and develop skills, actions and movements in the following areas: Travelling, Jumping, Balancing, Rocking and Rolling.

Dance Activities

Themed activities linked to the development of controlled movements and actions with changes in speed and direction.


Year 1

Dance

Develop actions and phrases of movement, linking them to a theme using expression and choreography.

Gymnastics

Develop, actions, skills and movements through the following areas: shapes, travel, jumping, balancing, rocking and rolling.

Games

Develop the following fundamental skills: Agility, Coordination, Throwing, Catching, Kicking and Striking. Use the above skills in individual, partner and team games and challenges. Develop team work and basic tactical awareness.

Athletic Activities

Develop running, jumping and throwing skills in a range of individual and team activities.


Year 2

Dance

Develop actions and phrases of movement, linking them to a theme using expression and choreography.

Gymnastics

Develop actions, skills and movements through the following areas: shapes, travel, jumping, balancing, rocking and rolling.

Games

Develop the following fundamental skills: Agility, Coordination, Throwing, Catching, Kicking and Striking. Use the above skills in individual, partner and team games and challenges. Develop team work, an understanding of basic rules and tactical awareness.

Athletic Activities

Develop running, jumping and throwing skills, choosing speed and distance and varying them depending on the task.


Year 3

Dance

Develop actions and phrases of movement, linking them to a theme using expression and choreography.

Gymnastics

Developing actions, skills, movements and sequences. Including – shapes, jumping, rolling, travelling and balancing.

Games

Invasion Games to include a selection from: Handball, Basketball, Hockey, Football and Tag Ruby.

Racket Games to include skill development through adapted versions of Tennis and/or Badminton.

Team Striking and Fielding Games – to include adapted versions of Cricket and Rounders.

Athletic Activities

Develop running, jumping and throwing skills with improvements in flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance.

QAA

Individual and team activities focussing on problem solving, team work, communication and designing and using maps.

Year 4

Dance

Develop actions and phrases of movement, linking them to a theme using expression and choreography.

Gymnastics

Developing actions, skills, movements and sequences. Including – shapes, jumping, rolling, travelling and balancing.

Games

Invasion Games to include a selection from: Handball, Basketball, Hockey, Football and Tag Ruby.

Racket Games to include skill development through adapted versions of Tennis and/or Badminton.

Team Striking and Fielding Games – to include adapted versions of Cricket and Rounders.

Athletic Activities

Develop running, jumping and throwing skills with improvements in flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance.

QAA

Individual and team activities focussing on problem solving, team work, communication and designing and using maps.


Year 5

Dance

Develop actions and phrases of movement, linking them to a theme using expression and choreography.

Gymnastics

Developing actions, skills, movements and sequences. Including – shapes, jumping, taking weight on hands, rolling and balancing.

Games

Invasion Games to include a selection from: Handball, Basketball, Hockey, Football and Tag Ruby.

Racket Games to include skill development and improvements in the use of tactical ideas through adapted versions of Tennis and/or Badminton.

Team Striking and Fielding Games – to include adapted versions of Cricket and Rounders.

Athletic Activities

Develop running, jumping and throwing skills with improvements in flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance.

QAA

Individual and team activities focussing on problem solving, team work, communication and designing and using maps.


Year 6

Dance

Develop actions and phrases of movement, linking them to a theme using expression and choreography.

Gymnastics

Developing actions, skills, movements and sequences. Including – shapes, jumping, taking weight on hands, rolling and balancing.

Games

Invasion Games to include a selection from: Handball, Basketball, Hockey, Football and Tag Ruby.

Racket Games to include skill development and improvements in the use of tactical ideas through adapted versions of Tennis and/or Badminton.

Team Striking and Fielding Games – to include adapted versions of Cricket and Rounders.

Athletic Activities

Develop running, jumping and throwing skills with improvements in flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance.

QAA

Individual and team activities focussing on problem solving, team work, communication and designing and using maps.