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At Mount Pleasant Primary School Physical Education forms an important part of the education of each pupil. We aim to promote an active, healthy and enjoyable lifestyle and encourage our pupils to have the motivation, confidence, physical and social competence, knowledge and understanding to maintain physical activity throughout life.

P.E. is about introducing children to the world of sport, which, combined with an enjoyment of exercise, will hopefully provide the foundations for a healthy, active lifestyle.

The aims of Physical Education at Mount Pleasant Primary School are:

  • To promote positive attitudes towards physical activity.

  • To develop social co-operation and positive attitudes towards others and to compete with a sense of fair play.

  • To promote physical activity, physical skills development and a healthy lifestyle.

  • To show an awareness, knowledge and understanding of safety when participating in physical activity.

  • To encourage lifelong involvement in physical activity.

  • To develop fair play through cooperation, collaboration and competition and manage to varying levels of success in competitive and co- operative situations and retain a proper sense of perspective in competition.

  • To always try to achieve personal best.

  • To have age appropriate activities.

  • To understand the need for rules in games.

  • To provide equal opportunities for all children regardless of their race, gender, background or ability, thus providing a programme of study that is inclusive.

  • To provide equal opportunities for all children to achieve their full potential, through curricular and extra-curricular sessions.

Subject Leader: Mrs Spink

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 breaststroke]

  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situation


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