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Physical Education - Infant Class

We believe a high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. We believe children should have opportunities to compete in sport and other activities, build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.

The key P.E. skills are as follows:

  • To develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities;
  • Children are physically active for sustained periods of time;
  • To engage in competitive sports and activities;
  • To lead healthy, active lives.

In Key stage 1 children will 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 will engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations. Children 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.

Children will be taken swimming and taught water safety from Year 2 for the Autumn term of each year.

Children will 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 breaststroke];
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.

Key Vocabulary

Specialised vocabulary in relevance to activity.


Children will be encouraged to self-assess confidence, fitness and improvement over all areas covered in addition to formal assessment for swimming.