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.


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.

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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.


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.


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 such as through dance and movement through space (to aid motor skills and coordination). They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. Year 5 enjoyed learning how to play Lacrosse in the Autumn term, this sport and its team skills are now being taught to year 4.



For further information about how to keep your child healthy go to:  http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/childhealth6-15/Pages/Childhealth615home.aspx

Lunchtime Leaders:

(will have pics)

The Willows also has a special team of ‘Freddy-Fit Lunchtime Leaders’ chosen from KS2, who are using their new skills to teach younger children from KS1 how to have fun keeping fit and healthy with a selection of games and activities during lunchtime.

Freddie Fit

Key Stage One and Key Stage Two have both recently been enjoying the fun, inclusive and fun sessions with ‘Freddy-Fit’ which keep everyone entertained and help teach children about the benefits of a healthy diet and life-style.