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Tyndale Primary School

Physical Education


At Tyndale, we believe that the physical development we provide forms an essential foundation for the growth of the whole child through the teaching of PE. As well as academic learning, pupils will be provided with the opportunity to develop their personal and social skills by promoting character building, cooperation, team work and self-esteem. We value Physical Education and the sporting activities we, as a school, provide during lessons, school clubs, break times and lunch times. We are committed to quality provision in PE.

Physical Education offers pupils the opportunities to:

  • Acquire and develop skills: explore basic skills, actions and ideas with increasing understanding; remember and repeat simple skills and actions with increasing control and coordination.
  • Learn how to select and apply skills, tactics and compositional ideas: explore how to choose and apply skills and actions in sequence and in combination; vary the way they perform skills by using simple tactics and movement phrases; apply rules and conventions for different activities.
  • Take the initiative, lead activity and focus on improving aspects of their own performance: describe what they have done; observe, describe and copy what others have done; use what they have learnt to improve the quality and control of their work.
  • Develop a knowledge and understanding of fitness and health: how important it is to be active; to recognise and describe how their bodies feel during different activities.
  • Receive teaching which ensures that when 'evaluating and improving performance', connections are made between 'developing, selecting and applying skills, tactics and compositional ideas', and 'fitness and health'.

Physical Education lessons should allow pupils to:

  • Undertake activities which need a different approach and way of thinking.
  • Develop their ideas in a creative way.
  • Set targets for themselves and compete against others, individually and as team members.
  • Understand what it takes to persevere, succeed and acknowledge others' success.
  • Respond to a variety of challenges in a range of physical contexts and environments.
  • Become skilful and intelligent performers.
  • Discover their own aptitudes and preferences for different activities.
  • Make informed decisions about the importance of exercise in their lives.
  • Develop positive attitudes to participation in physical activity.

Curriculum Overview

Key stage 1

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, individually and with others. They should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.

Pupils will be taught 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 should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.

Pupils will be taught 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.

Swimming and Water Safety — Key Stage 2

Pupils will be taught to:

  • Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres.
  • Use a range of strokes effectively.
  • Perform self rescue in different water based situations.