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 Our high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. It provides opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way that supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.  Our SCHOOL BAG is used continuously within PE lessons at Edward Pauling.


Our lessons aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities.
  • Are physically active for sustained periods of time.
  • Engage in competitive sports and activities.
  • Lead healthy, active lives.
  • Attainment targets.


By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.


Key Stage 1 and Early Years Foundation Stage

Pupils 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 and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.


Pupils in Key Stage 1 and EYFS pupils are 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 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 enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.


Pupils in Key Stage 2 are taught to:

  • Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination.
  • Play competitive games, modified where appropriate (for example, basketball, cricket, football, 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.  By the end of Year 6 pupils are expected 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 breaststroke) perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.


We also partner with Sport Impact and other specialist sports clubs/providers to give opportunities for specialist coaching to pupils, as well as participating in different levels of competition from inclusive activities to competitive sport. Through our extra-curricular clubs, additional opportunities are given to pupils to be healthy and active and to practise and develop skills learnt in PE lessons. This also links to activity outside at lunchtimes when the Sports Crew organise activities for other pupils.