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Paston Ridings 
Primary School

Physical Education

In Physical Education, children will have the opportunity to acquire and develop new skills and apply them to different activities designed to evaluate and improve their own and others’ performance. Children will gain an understanding of the need to be physically active and healthy as well as finding out that PE can be fun. They will participate in gymnastics, dance, games and athletics. The school has its own outdoor swimming pool and children in KS2 have the opportunity to go swimming in the summer term. There will also be opportunities to take part in after school sports clubs and school teams.


Children participate in daily physical activities as part of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. They take part in a range of creative, fun and challenging learning experiences that encourage the development of their fine and gross motor skills.

Key Stage 1

Year 1

Children in year 1 build upon the physical skills developed in Reception. They are taught to apply these skills through simple games, gymnastics and dance. They begin to work on linking a series of movements and start to evaluate their own and others performances. The emphasis is placed on copying, repeating and exploring a range of skills in the three main areas of games, gym and dance.

Year 2

Children in year 2 continue to develop their competence in games, gym and dance. They learn to vary the skills they need for each of the three main areas and start to show some understanding of the compositional ideas needed for dance and gym. They also begin to understand some simple tactics for games situations.

Key Stage 2

As children move into Key Stage 2 they continue to build on the 4 strands of the PE curriculum, acquiring and developing skills, selecting and applying, evaluating and improving their own performance and their knowledge and understanding of fitness and health. They focus on gymnastics, dance and games and are taught more specific skill for invasion, net and wall and striking and fielding games. In Key Stage 2 the children have swimming lessons and in upper Key Stage 2 they spend some time on outdoor adventurous activities.

Year 3 and 4

In both dance and gymnastics the children are developing their ability to select skills, actions and ideas and then to apply them with coordination and control. They show an understanding of composition by varying how they respond. They begin to compare their work with that of others and use this comparison to improve their own performance. They also begin to think about the reasons why dance and gym may be good for them. In games they apply their skills, actions and ideas with coordination and control. They employ their understanding of tactics in games and vary how they respond. They begin to give reasons why warming up is important.

Year 5 and 6

In year 5 and 6 the children build on all their previous knowledge, skills and understanding to link skills, techniques and ideas together and use them accurately and appropriately in dance, games and gym. They perform their dance, gym and games skills precisely, showing control and fluency. In gymnastics they demonstrate an understanding of speed, level and direction when performing a gymnastic sequence. During games they will be expected to show an understanding of basic attacking and defending tactics during different types of games. They focus on improving their own performance by using comparison with others. They need to be able to explain the basic safety rules in dance, gym and games and describe the effect these activities have on their bodies.

Pupils in Y6 have standards to meet for swimming - 20/21 cohort were impacted significantly by COVID restrictions and the closure of swimming pools across the country.

Meeting national curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety Year 2021
What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres? 52%
What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort use a range of strokes effectively[for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]? 52%
What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations? 31%