At Darell Primary School, we offer a high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. We offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities, such as netball, football, cross country, ballet, street dance and basketball. Many of these clubs offer the children opportunities to represent the school in leagues and tournaments within the borough.
We recognise that PE not only develops physical skills but also enhances and embeds values such as fairness and respect, as well as the importance of leading a healthy and active lifestyle.
Below is the subject content for the new PE curriculum:
Physical development (moving and handling) Early Learning Goal:
Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.
Physical development (health and self-care) Early Learning Goal:
Children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe. They manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently.
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 should 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 should 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
All schools must provide swimming instruction either in Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2.
In particular, pupils should be taught to
Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres.
Use a range of strokes effectively (for example, front crawl, backstroke and
Perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.