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Sports and P.E.

P.E. rationale


At The Oaks Primary School, our Physical Education curriculum is sequenced carefully to ensure that previous knowledge is revisited and built on. Each unit ensures that prerequisite knowledge is developed further and its content is connected, between aspects within Physical Education and key areas of the curriculum. Our units are organised into six disciplines. They include: Dance, gymnastics, team games, athletics, swimming and Outdoor Adventurous Activities (OAA). These units are then further grouped into Health & Fitness, Acquiring & Developing Skills, Compete & Perform and Evaluate. The development of our Physical Education curriculum has been carefully built under the core principles and values of the school along with the aim and ‘purpose of study’ from the National Curriculum.


In Early Years, physical activity is vital in children’s all-round development. We supply the children with the experience to pursue happy, healthy and active lives. Children will develop gross and fine motor skills starting with sensory explorations, child’s strength, co-ordination, positional awareness, crawling and play movement with both objects and adults. Throughout the year, opportunities for play both indoors and outdoors will ensure that children will develop their core strength, stability, balance, special awareness, co-ordination and agility.


In Key Stage 1, children are provided with the opportunity to develop fundamental movement skills, increase their competence and confidence in their agility, balance, co-ordination and spatial awareness. Children will engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities. Throughout the year, children will be taught to master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing their balance, agility and co-ordination. Pupils in Year 1 will focus primarily on how the body feels before and after exercise and learn how to carry and place equipment safely. They will also learn to copy and repeat actions, create motifs at varying speeds, travel in different directions and put a sequence of actions together. This knowledge is then built upon in Year 2, where children begin to recognise and describe how the body feels during and after different physical activities and explain why they need to stay healthy. Throughout the year, opportunities for play both indoors and outdoors will ensure that children will develop further core strength, stability, balance, spatial awareness, co-ordination and agility and explore the requirements for increasing control and balance.


In Key Stage 2, children will use the previous knowledge from Year 1 and 2 to explore in more depth how the body reacts at different time and how this affects performance. During this time, children will develop precision into their movements and compose their own complex movement patterns.