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Physical Education at New Park


At New Park Primary School, we aim to deliver a high-quality PE curriculum that is accessible to all children and will enable every child to succeed and achieve their potential. Our purpose is to increase our children’s knowledge of what it means and the importance of leading a physically active lifestyle. We are passionate about the need to teach children how to cooperate and collaborate with others; as part of a team, understanding fairness and equality of play which, will embed life-long values that will benefit our children now and in the future. We believe that the achievements children make through Physical Education fosters and promotes the desire to be the best that they can be in other areas of our curriculum. Through discussion and feedback, children understand how their choices can help them to reach their full potential and how this can increase opportunities available to them. Our PE curriculum allows all children to access our curriculum drivers in a unique way.


This is me!

Woven throughout our PE curriculum are a wealth of opportunities to celebrate our children. Through PE lessons, children learn the importance of keeping fit and living active lifestyles. This helps them to develop an understanding of what they need to do in order to live happy and healthy lives, something that will remain with them even after they have left our school. In addition, through our ambitious PE curriculum, children will explore many different sports. They receive sporting opportunities that would not be possible if it was not for our PE curriculum. Through participating in a large range of different games and sports, children are able to develop an appreciation for new sports and even uncover new skill sets and talents.


Everybody wants to rule the world

In PE lessons, all children achieve. This is facilitated through targeted differentiation using the STEP (Space, Task, Equipment and People) principle. As all children experience achievement, this achievement then fosters and promotes the desire in children to be the best they can be across the curriculum. Through sports days, competitions and sporting events, all children have a wealth of opportunities to thrive and achieve success.


Above us only sky

As we have designed our PE curriculum to promote high aspirations for all children, it broadens our children’s horizons in many different ways.  Through PE lessons, children gain many new skills and talents that they will take with them to their next stage of education and/or life. These skills and talents are not only sports-related; through PE lessons, children learn the fundamental importance of teamwork, cooperation, resilience, independence and many more. These crucial life skills will remain embedded in their personality and influence their lives even after they have left our school.


Purpose of study

Our high-quality, clear and comprehensive Physical Education curriculum inspires all children to enjoy, succeed and excel in both competitive and non-competitive sport. Children are given opportunities to adopt many different roles such as performers, coaches, umpires and leaders and to explore many different indoor and outdoor activities. During the school year, inter-form events will take place and through these events, children are able to engage in a range of competitive sports and activities.  We have an annual sports day where children have the chance to compete as individuals and every child is celebrated and receives an award. Such events build a level of resilience and encourages our children to become reflective on their performances and also helps to embed values such as fairness and respect.


Significant sporting figures

At our school, we value and appreciate the influence that significant individuals can have. With this in mind, over the course of the academic year, each year group is assigned a significant sporting figure to study each term. This allows children to appreciate the influence one person can have on society, engages the children in their own learning and encourages high aspirations for their own future.


Subject 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.

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.