Cranborne Road, Newbold, Chesterfield, S41 8PF

01246 232370

Nurture, Cherish, Succeed


"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all"


Physical Education

At Newbold Church School physical education inspires learners to realise their full potential and develop a lifelong interest in participating in physical activity and sport.  Children will develop their fundamental movement skills through a series of stimulating and sequential lessons.  Our PE curriculum is inclusive, ensuring that pupils of all abilities access physical activity and sustain healthy, active lifestyles. At Newbold Church School we want all pupils to feel that they belong as part of a team, believe in their healthy potential and become physically, socially and emotionally well as they can be.  We do this by developing attitudes, skills and knowledge required to be a leader and provide memorable experiences throughout a child's journey within Physical Education.



Purpose of study

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. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.



The national curriculum for physical education 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. 


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.


Subject content

Key stage 1

Pupils 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 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 will 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 will enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They will 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 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

Swimming instruction takes place in key stage 2.

In particular, pupils 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.


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