The intent of the Physical Education curriculum is to provide our children with a high-quality physical education curriculum that increases pupils’ physical confidence, allows them to engage in a broad range of physical activity with enjoyment and 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 participate and compete in sport and other activities build confidence and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.

We deliver a high-quality curriculum that supports the aims of the National Curriculum for Physical Education 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


Development Matters 2021 EYFS Statutory Educational Programme: Physical activity is vital in children’s all-round development, enabling them to pursue happy, healthy and active lives. Gross and fine motor experiences develop incrementally throughout early childhood, starting with sensory explorations and the development of a child’s strength, co-ordination and positional awareness through tummy time, crawling and play movement with both objects and adults.

By creating games and providing opportunities for play both indoors and outdoors, adults can support children to develop their core strength, stability, balance, spatial awareness, co-ordination and agility. Gross motor skills provide the foundation for developing healthy bodies and social and emotional well‑being.

The Physical Education Programme of Study provided by the National Curriculum sets out the following subject content for pupils to:

  • 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.
  • Develop the ability to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.

Pupils in KS1 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.
  • By the end of the key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the knowledge, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.

In order to achieve this, LIS has broken down the programme of study to ensure both progression and coverage across FS2 and Key Stage 1, and developed a teaching, learning and sequencing of the curriculum as follows: 

  • The P.E. progression of skills is organised into Gymnastics, Games, Dance, Athletics, Swimming, Active Breaks and Evaluation.
  • Each theme will be taught explicitly through exciting topics, including links to other areas of the curriculum, incorporating the Get Set 4 P.E. units of work for EYFS and KS1.
  • A teaching sequence builds on knowledge and skills across each year group and across the school.
  • Continuous CPD for teachers to ensure their skills and knowledge is developed to teach the skills confidently and accurately


  • Continued training and support for teachers ensuring they are the experts in the subjects that they teach.
  • High quality P.E. is taught during curriculum time for a minimum of two hours a week.
  • Provision is made for an additional 30 minutes of physical activity during the school day.
  • There will be a clear progression of skills across FS2 and Key Stage 1 that builds on prior knowledge that can be demonstrated in coordination, agility and balance, and overall wellbeing and fitness levels.
  • Our children will be confident in their physical literacy and performance and be able to identify and explain their next steps

“Physical literacy is the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge, and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life."

- The International Physical Literacy Association, May 2014


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