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Physical Education and Sport




Subject Intent

At North Town Primary School and Nursery, our physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. We will provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident and competent in a way which supports their health and fitness. We will use P.E. to help embed values such as honesty, teamwork, fairness, and respect. All of our P.E. lessons will be inclusive and challenging.

Our curriculum will provide students with opportunities to think and react in creative and/or tactical ways to find success. Students will be challenged to collaborate and communicate effectively with others, with opportunities to compete (against others and self), developing an enjoyment for competition. The vision and approach we have to P.E. will help all children develop the physical literacy, emotional and thinking skills to reach their potential in education, sport, and life.

EYFS and 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.

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.

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.