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PE at Central Primary School

Physical education (PE) is the study of different sports, exercise and physical skills including dance, gymnastics, games, swimming and athletics. PE at Central Primary is a core part of our pupils’ learning experience. 

The objectives of teaching PE in our school are:

  • to enable children to develop and explore physical skills with increasing control and coordination;
  • to encourage children to work and play with others in a range of group situations;
  • to develop the way children, perform skills, and apply rules and conventions, for different activities;
  • to show children how to improve the quality and control of their performance;
  • to teach children to recognise and describe how their bodies feel during exercise;
  • to develop the children’s enjoyment of physical activity through creativity and imagination;
  • to develop an understanding in children of how to succeed in a range of physical activities, and how to evaluate their own success;
  • to expose children to the rules of fair play through healthy competition;
  • to create cross-curricular links between PE and other subjects;
  • to teach children the importance of fitness and to inspire them to value it as a lifelong behaviour choice;
  • to expose children to a range of physical activities and sports, and the sporting experts and support staff who work within these areas.

The progression of PE throughout a pupil’s time at Central Primary is primarily focused on skills, which in turn links to various different units across the year. These include:

  • Agility;
  • Balance/gymnastics;
  • Throwing and catching;
  • Striking;
  • Fitness;
  • Dance;
  • Swimming.

We recognise that in all classes children have a wide range of ability in PE, and we seek to provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We achieve this by: 

  • Setting tasks which are open-ended and can have a variety of responses;
  • Setting tasks of increasing difficulty, some children not completing all tasks;
  • Changing the learning methods (support, positioning, choreography) to suit the learning needs of different children; 
  • Grouping children by ability, and setting different tasks for each ability group;
  • Providing resources of different complexity, depending on the ability of the child;
  • Using adults to support children individually or in groups;
  • Working with partners, in groups or with an adult.

We believe that PE is an important part of a child’s education and strive to create and deliver a balanced and enjoyable curriculum.

Please find more information about the units the pupils learn from the Curriculum Overviews on the class pages.

Class pages with links to the Curriculum Overviews
Nursery Reception Year 1 Year  2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6 SLCN base Forest

Please take a look at our Curriculum policy to see more details.

Further information in the National Curriculum.

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