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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 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.



Young Tritons spent many weeks training their body and mind to complete a 5KM running challenge. The boys all done myself, Jordan, their parents and themselves very proud! Well done Young Tritons!
Mini-mermaids celebration fitness challenge. Parents joined us to celebrate the ending of the 6-week mini-mermaid project

Throwing and Catching

Throwing and catching a moving ball. Talking about how our bodies work and feel during exercise. Know and understand the term ‘feed’. Talking about tactics.

Y5/Y6 mixed football

Y5/Y6 girls football

Y5/Y6 mixed basketball


Year 4- Gymnastics

Year 4 enjoyed their first session of Gymnastics, creating shapes, balancing and travelling in different ways.

Rugby Tots- Year 6

Today, the children participated in a variety of competitive physical activities which involved specific skills needed for rugby. The children really enjoyed working together and competing against each other to learn leadership, teamwork and communication skills.

Gymnastics- Year 5

This term year 5 have been working with professional gymnasts to develop balance and precision.

Rounders- Year 5

The children have been learning how to work together to gain possession in a variety of games. In this lesson, the children have been learning how to play rounders and understanding the rules. The children first found this difficult but after a couple of games and understanding how important team work is in this particular game, the became much more confident. The children really enjoyed this PE lesson.

Year 5- Gymnastics

The Year 5 children have began their gymnastics lessons this week and have been learning about the different types of gymnastic jumps and stretches. The children have been learning how to jump and land like gymnasts

On a Tuesday afternoon coaches from Rugby Tots visit school to coach the pupils. In the Autumn term they will be coaching Reception, Year 1 & Year 5.


Reception and Year 1 are learning all about spacial awareness through games such as 'the monster'. In this game they need to run to the other side of the hall without being caught. Reception are brilliant at manoeuvring themselves around the monsters!


In Year 5 the children began their sessions with the Rugby Tots coaches by learning to work as part of a team, building on their prior knowledge from the previous year. They participated in a variety of short activities to build on their skills to apply them to a game of Rugby in the subsequent weeks


This term Ruby Tots will be working with Year 2, Year 4 and Reception. 

On a Wednesday afternoon a coach from Total Gymnastics comes into school. For Autumn Term Year 2 & 3 will be taking part. They have been learning all about the importance of balance and have also been practising rolls. 

Athletic activities: running

Today, we have learnt skills to develop our running. We practised swinging our arms, remembering to bend our elbows. We then played a bean bag race skills to use our new skills when running.

Beth Tweddle Visits Holy Cross!

Brazilian Carnival Dance Steps

The children have been enjoying learning some traditional Brazilian carnival dance moves this week. The children are going to use what they have learnt to choreograph their own dance sequence in the upcoming week.

Quicksticks Competition

Football at LFC Academy

Promoting Girl's Football at LFC Academy

KS1 Sportathon

Year 3 Football-Goal of the Day Award

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