Lowerplace Primary School

  1. Our Curriculum
  2. Physical Education

Physical Education

Subject Leads: Miss L Taylor & Miss J Kearney

At Lowerplace we inspire all our pupils to exceed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. We provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. By providing opportunities to compete in sport and other activities we help to build our pupils characters and to embed values such as fairness and respect. Our school ethos “Inspire and Achieve together” is at the heart of the curriculum at Lowerplace. Opportunities will be planned for each child to achieve their potential in Physical Education. We strive to help all our pupils develop their character including resilience and a desire to compete as well as their physical skills. Over the year children participate in a variety of tournaments through the IPLCN.  

Our Curriculum has been designed in line with the National Curriculum and through a published scheme called PE Passport. This scheme provides staff with clear, concise lessons with supporting videos to demonstrate skills to children and support staff subject knowledge.

The PE Curriculum

Early Years Foundation Stage

Physical development is a key area of learning for children in the Early Years Foundation Stage. This is split into two areas; Moving and Handling as well as Health and Self-care. The children’s PE sessions are linked to the objectives set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage Guidance and Development matters document. By the end of their first year in school, children will have had the opportunity to improve their agility, coordination and balance. Children will also become aware of the different aspects that contribute to a healthy lifestyle. 

The children in EYFS have access to lots of different resources which support them in improving their confidence and control of the way they move. They also learn to handle different tools and equipment which aid their learning. All children can undertake challenging activities indoors and outdoors in order to support their development. 

Key Stage 1

In KS1 our aim is to provide children with the chance to improve their agility, coordination and balance through a range of activities. Children are also taught the basic skills needed to participate in team games. Children need to develop their fundamental skills and become increasingly competent and more confident in a range of skills. Children in KS1 need to engage in competitive sport both against their self and against others. By the end of KS1 children need to be able to:  

  • master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin 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 2

Pupils in KS2 should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills and learning how to use them in a wide range of sports and sequences. They should be able to communicate, collaborate and compete in healthy competition. Children should have the chance to improve at different sports across the years and also have the chance to evaluate and recognise their own success. Pupils should have the opportunity to: 

  • use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination 
  • play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending 
  • develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics] 
  • 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 

Additional Opportunities for support & extension

Children who require additional support with sporting activities are catered for appropriately at Lowerplace and are encouraged to take part in tournaments and other events that provide them with opportunities to represent our school. These events are usually organised through the IPLCN and Rochdale School Games. All children are encouraged to take part in physical activities and lessons should be differentiated to fit the specific needs of all of the children.