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The national curriculum for PE 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 1

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.


Key stage 2

Pupils should be taught to 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.
  • Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance.


Year 1


I am able to throw towards a target.

I am beginning to show balance and co-ordination when changing direction.

I am developing overarm throwing.

I can recognise changes to my body when I do exercise.

I can run at different speeds.

I can work with others and make safe choices.

I try my best.

I understand the difference between a jump, a leap and a hop and can choose which allows me to jump the furthest.



Year 2


I can use an overarm throw to help me throw for distance.

I show balance and co-ordination when running at different speeds.

I can identify good technique.

I can describe how my body feels during exercise.

I can jump and land with control.

I can work with others, taking turns and sharing ideas.

I try my best.



Year 3


I am developing jumping for distance.

I can identify when I was successful.

I can take part in relay activity, remembering when to run and what to do.

I can throw a variety of objects, changing my actions for accuracy and distance.

I can use different take off and landings when jumping.

I can use key points to help me to improve my sprinting technique.

I can work with a partner and in a small group, sharing ideas.

I show determination to achieve my personal best.



Year 4


I can demonstrate the difference in sprinting and jogging techniques.

I can explain what happens in my body when I warm up.

I can identify when I was successful and what I need to do to improve.

I can jump for distance with balance and control.

I can throw with some accuracy and power to a target area.

I show determination to improve my personal best.

I support and encourage others to work to their best.



Year 5


I can choose the best pace for a running event.

I can identify good athletic performance and explain why it is good.

I can perform a range of jumps showing some technique.

I can show control at take off and landing in jumping activities.

I can take on the role of coach, official and timer when working in a group.

I can use feedback to improve my sprinting technique.

I persevere to achieve my personal best.

I show accuracy and power when throwing for distance.



Year 6


I can compete within the rules showing fair play and honesty.

I can help others to improve their technique using key teaching points.

I can identify my own and others’ strengths and areas for development and can suggest ways to improve.

I can perform jumps for distance using good technique.

I can select and apply the best pace for a running event.

I can show accuracy and good technique when throwing for distance.

I understand that there are different areas of fitness and how this helps me in different activities.

I sue different strategies to persevere to achieve my personal best.