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Physical Education

Physical Education


Subject Leader: Miss Jodie Wrench


Physical Education: Intent


The Physical Education curriculum at Orston Primary School develops children’s confidence in their own physical abilities. It enhances children’s understanding of health and fitness and provides opportunity to develop character and values through physical activity and competitive sport.


Our overarching aims are to:

  • Develop confidence and competence in a range of physical activities.
  • Encourage an enjoyment of being physically active on a regular basis.
  • Experience competitive activity at a level appropriate for the individual.
  • Contribute to a healthy lifestyle.


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.


In Key Stage 1 pupils should be taught to:

  • Master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and coordination, 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.


In Key Stage 2 pupils should be taught to:

  • Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
  • Play competitive games, modified where appropriate and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
  • Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance
  • 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.


Physical Education: Implementation


At Orston Primary School Physical Education is a core subject in which children learn the importance of an active lifestyle and have the opportunities to play in competitive sport. All children receive a minimum of 2 hours of PE teaching a week. Our principal aim is to develop the children knowledge, skills and understanding and we do this through a mixture of whole-class teaching and individual/group activities. Teachers and coaches model sporting skills then provide children with opportunities for them to practise their newly learnt skills.  Teachers and coaches draw attention to good examples of individual performance as models for the other children and we encourage the children to evaluate their own work as well as the work of other children. Within lessons we give the children the opportunity both to collaborate and to compete with each other, and they have the opportunity to use a wide range of resources.


At Orston Primary School, we aim to provide a variety of sporting opportunities. The school provides a range of PE-related activities for children after the school day. These encourage children to further develop their skills in a range of the activity areas. These sporting clubs change each term in the school year. In addition, outside providers (such as Drumba and dance) offer sports clubs after school. As well as sporting opportunities within the school community, the school also enter partnership and county sporting events. The children have opportunities to play competitively in a variety of team and individual sports. These experiences allow children to apply their sporting skills, develop team skills and learn how to play competitively. All PE lessons are tailored to the needs of the children in the class. The teachers and coaches model activities as well as providing different levels of difficultly to support the lower ability children as well as extend the more able.  



We encourage the physical development of our children in the reception class as an integral part of their work. As the reception class is part of the Foundation Stage of the National Curriculum, we relate the physical development of the children to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals, which underpin the curriculum planning for children aged three to five years of age. We encourage the children to develop confidence and control of the way they move, and the way they handle equipment. We give all children the opportunity to undertake activities that offer appropriate physical challenge, both indoors and outdoors, using a wide range of resources to support specific skills.


KS1 and KS2

PE is a foundation subject in the National Curriculum. Our school uses the objectives from the curriculum as the basis for the planning in PE. In Key Stage 1, children are taught a range of sporting activities which they will develop their balance, agility and co-ordination. These skills are taught through dance, games and gymnastics lessons. In Key Stage 2, children are taught dance, games (teams, invasion, throwing and striking), gymnastics and athletics. In addition, swimming and water safety is taught in Key Stage 2 with the expectation that all children leave being able to confidently swim 25m. Long-term plans identify individual PE units taught across the year group phases. PE is taught by individual class teachers and coaches who together take responsibility of planning, resourcing and delivering this area of the curriculum.  


Physical Education: Impact


Teachers assess children’s work in PE by making informal judgements as they observe them during lessons. They record the progress made by children against the learning objectives for their lessons. At the end of the year, the teacher makes a summary judgement about the work of each pupil in relation to the skills they have developed in-line with the National Curriculum in England 2014 and these are reported to parents as part of the child’s annual school report.  We use this as the basis for assessing the progress of the child and we pass this information on to the next teacher at the end of the year.


Below is an outline of the impact we are looking for in our pupils in the curriculum area of PE:

  • Children enjoy PE and see its relevance.
  • Children are provided with a wide variety of sporting opportunities, both in school and competitively
  • Children make links between fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Children aware of the positive impact of exercise on health and wellbeing
  • Children all have the opportunity to represent the school in a sport if they choose to
  • Children are confident to apply their learning in a range of contexts and sports
  • Children can use perseverance skills and are determined to be successful.
  • Children know which equipment to use to support their learning.
  • Children are able to offer feedback to other children to improve skills and performance
  • Children can articulate and explain why PE is important.

Sports Day 2021

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