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Physical Education

The Physical Education curriculum at St Anthony’s aims 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.

Key Stage One

In Key Stage one pupils develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their skills individually and with others. Pupils will develop basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and coordination, and begin to apply these in their Gymnastics, Dance and Games lessons each week. They will be able to participate in team games and apply their skills to develop their own small sided games. They will create and perform dances using simple movement patterns. They will begin to reflect on their performance.

Key Stage Two

In Key Stage two 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 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 will learn to use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination. They will take part in competitive games (opportunities within school and with other local primary schools) including Basketball, Cricket, Football, Hockey, Netball, Rounders, Tag Rugby and Tennis and will learn how to apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending. In gymnastics, they will develop their flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance. They will choreograph and perform dances using a range of movement patterns and dance techniques. In Year 5 and 6 they will take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team, developing their problem solving and teamwork skills. All KS2 classes have athletics lessons in the summer term which include power, speed and stamina building activities by using running, jumping and throwing skills. Children are challenged to improve their swimming style, speed and stamina in order to meet the Government expectation to swim 25m competently, confidently and proficiently by the end of Year 6. Children will learn to use a range of swimming strokes and perform a safe self-rescue in different water based situations.