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North Cadbury Church of England Primary School

‘To be the best we can be’

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North Cadbury Church of England Primary School

‘To be the best we can be’


Physical Education


Purpose of study

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 of 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.


 Attainment targets

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.

Subject content Key stage 1 Pupils should 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 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.


Pupils should be 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.
  • Participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending.
  • Perform dances using simple movement patterns.

Key stage 2 Pupils should 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. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating, and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.


Pupils should be taught to:

  • Use running, jumping, throwing, and catching in isolation and in combination.
  • Play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders, and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending.
  • Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control, and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics]
  • Perform dances using a range of movement patterns.
  • Take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
  • Compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.


Swimming and water safety

All schools must provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2. In particular, pupils should be taught to:

  • Swim competently, confidently, and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • Use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
  •  Perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.​​​​​​​


What would you see in our PE lessons?

On Wednesdays, we have TLE Sports coaches, who come into our school to take the children for PE and our teachers continue and develop this coaching for an additional PE session within the week. Within each lesson, the children complete a warm up, along with a stretching session before moving onto the main activities. By the end of each lesson, the children would have explored new skills or developed what they have learnt previously, whilst building in confidence to carry out a movement or a routine.


How do we assess PE?

We assess the children by listening and watching how the children carry out the skills or movements that we have taught them. We use the objectives from the National Curriculum to build each lesson and assess the children against these objectives.


How do we tailor the learning for our children?

We tailor the learning by assessing and assisting the children. If the children are finding a movement challenging, we break it down into smaller parts and build the skill or movement back up again. If the children need more of a challenge, we adapt and change the activities within the lesson to extend the children’s skill set and to develop confidence.


How does P.E look at North Cadbury Primary School and how do the children develop their skills?​​​​​​​