The aim of the PE curriculum is to inspire all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It provides opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other physical activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.

The PE curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities and are physically active for sustained periods of time. Pupils are encouraged to engage in competitive sports and activities as well as lead healthy, active lives.

The PE curriculum is organised over a two-year cycle to meet the needs of our mixed age classes. Lessons are differentiated to meet the needs to the individual learner and prior learning is built upon. As well as these explicit units of work, children are also given the opportunity to apply some of these skills in other curriculum areas. Furthermore, the school takes part in a range of extracurricular PE events and competitions, including football tournaments, swimming galas and cross-country races.


In EYFS, children start by learning how to move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space, before moving on to working on good control and co-ordination in large and small movements in dance. Children also learn ball skills, such as throwing and catching, and look at moving whilst handling equipment and apparatus effectively. Pupils then demonstrate their control and co-ordination when taking part in gymnastics and athletics.


In Key Stage 1, pupils 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. Children are taught how to master basic movements as well as develop their balance, agility and co-ordination, applying these in a range of activities, such as gymnastics and rounders. When participating in team games, such as netball and football, pupils also develop simple tactics for attaching and defending, and they also perform dances using simple movement patterns.


In Key Stage 2, pupils continue 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. The children are introduced to new games, such as tag rugby and cricket, and there is an increased focus on enjoying communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. Pupils perform dances using a range of movement patterns and they also develop their flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance, including in gymnastics and basketball. Furthermore, children develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports, learning how to evaluate and recognise their own success.

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Northway Primary School

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L31 9AA

Main Contact: Mrs C Booth

Tel: 0151-526-2565
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