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In Key Stage One, 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. Pupils can experience a variety of sports and physical activity to develop these key skills. These include: athletics, dance, striking and fielding activities, passing and receiving activities and attack and defence sports.

In Key Stage Two, pupils should continue to apply and develop their skills from Key Stage One, learning to use them in different ways, understanding how to improve in different physical activities and sports, as well as evaluate and recognise their own successes. Pupils can build on the skills they have learnt in Key Stage One through a variety of competitive and individual sports. These include: rounders, uni-hoc, netball, tennis, cross country and athletics. In Key Stage Two, pupils have the opportunity to go swimming as part of their PE curriculum to feel confident in the water using a range of strokes effectively.


Key Stage one

Pupils should be taught to:

•Master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching.

•Develop balance, agility and co-ordination, beginning 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 Two

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.

•In swimming, pupils should be taught to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres.

•Pupils should be taught to use a range of strokes effectively (for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke)

•Pupils should be taught to perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.


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