Physical Education (PE) is really important in primary school as it builds a number of key skills that children need to excel in their lives. Children’s experiences of PE have the potential to help them excel in a range of physical activities and build core muscles that have an impact on fine and gross motor skills.

With practice, children become able to be physically active for sustained periods of time and can engage in and enjoy competitive sports and activities. PE also encourages children to lead healthy and active lifestyles. Our goal at Hilltop is to make PE extremely fun, relevant and inclusive so that we can inspire children to be active and healthy for a lifetime. 

Statutory Requirements

Statutory requirements for the teaching and learning of PE are laid out in the National Curriculum in England (2014) for Key Stages 1 and 2 and in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2017).

In the Foundation Stage (Reception)

Physical development is one of the seven areas of development in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and is used to develop children’s movement, handling of objects, understanding of their own body, health and levels of self-care. In the EYFS, children do this in a range of ways including spacial awareness when moving, co-ordination of small and large movements and how to effectively use tools and equipment.

At Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)

Children are taught different movements such as running, jumping, throwing, balancing, agility and co-ordination. These movements are taught in a range of activities, including different team and individual games.

Children will join in team games and learn simple tactics for attacking and defending in a fun and engaging manner. Children will also learn to use simple movement patterns and perform dances.

At Key Stage 2 (Year 3 to 6)

In Key Stage 2, children will develop the skills learnt in Key Stage 1 and understand how to use them in different ways and different situations.

The pupils will use simple movements both in isolation and in combination. For example, throwing a basketball into a hoop (isolation) and then throwing the ball whilst running (combination).

Through competitive games, children develop their attacking and defending skills and learn the rules of various games.

Children continue to develop fundamental movement skills through a range of different activities, such as gymnastics, athletics and dance. Children learn to compare their performances and demonstrate improvements to achieve their personal best.

In KS2, children also take part in outdoor and adventurous activities that challenge them as individuals and team players. 

Real PE

We are excited to announce that, as of September 2020, we will be delivering ‘Real PE’ once per week. Real PE is a scheme that offers teachers a framework for delivering high quality PE. It is fully aligned with the National Curriculum and Ofsted requirements. Children develop a range of fundamental movement skills, for example coordination and agility, as well other skills that are transferable across the curriculum and wider life. 

Real PE places emphasis on fun, games-based PE, where every child is encouraged to strive for their personal best. We are confident the scheme will allow us to meet our goal of delivering fun, relevant and inclusive PE. Alongside Real PE, children will receive one lesson per week that focuses predominantly on sport.

To find out more about the PE activities each class will be taking part in, view the file below: