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Windrush Primary School

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PE Curriculum Rationale

Within our society, sedentary living patterns and unhealthy dietary habits are becoming more prevalent and there is strong evidence that states doing regular, moderate-intensity physical activity provides a range of physical, intellectual and emotional benefits for everyone.

It is important that children are given opportunities to participate in a range of enjoyable physical activities and learn and good nutrition habits at an early age, so they will be more likely to continue being physically active and make positive health choices into adulthood. To cultivate this, we believe that Physical Education should be an integral part of the primary curriculum.

The P.E curriculum will develop physical skills, knowledge and understanding in:

  • Games
  • Gymnastics
  • Dance
  • Athletics
  • Outdoor activities
  • Swimming
  • Health Related Exercise/Fitness (linked to our PSHE curriculum)


At Windrush we aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop competency across a wide range of physical activities
  • Are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • Engage in competitive sports and activities
  • Lead healthy, active lifestyles

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, linked to the National Curriculum:

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 others) and cooperative 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 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 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, hockey, football, netball, rounders and tennis] and apply basic principles for defending and attacking.
  • Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance through gymnastics and athletics. 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.