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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.
  • Perform dances using simple movement patterns.


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: 

  • Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance.
  • Perform dances using a range of movement patterns.
  • Compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.


Year 1


I can move confidently and safely.

I choose appropriate movements for different dance ideas.

I can copy, remember and repeat actions.

I am beginning to use counts.

I can use different parts of the body in isolation and together.

I can work with others to share ideas and select actions.

I show some sense of dynamic and expressive qualities in my dance

I say what I liked about someone else's performance.



Year 2


I show confidence to perform.

I can copy, remember, repeat and create dance phrases.

I can use counts to stay in time with the music.

I can work with a partner using mirroring and unison in our actions.

I can show a character and idea through the actions and dynamics I choose.

I can describe how my body feels during exercise.

I am beginning to provide feedback using key words.




Year 3


I create short dance phrases that communicate the idea.

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

I can use dynamic and expressive qualities in relation to an idea.

I can use counts to keep in time with a partner and a group.

I can repeat, remember and perform a dance phrase.

I can provide feedback using key words.

I am respectful of others when watching them perform.




Year 4


I can choose actions and dynamics to convey a character or idea.

I can copy and remember set choreography.

I can provide feedback using appropriate language relating to the lesson.

I can respond imaginatively to a range of stimuli relating to character and narrative.

I can use changes in timing and spacing to develop a dance.

I can use counts to keep in time with others and the music.

I can use simple movement patterns to structure dance phrases on my own, with a partner and in a group.

I show respect for others when working as a group and watching others perform.




Year 5


I can accurately copy and repeat set choreography.

I can choreograph phrases individually and with others considering actions and dynamics.

I can confidently perform different styles of dance, clearly and fluently, showing a good sense of timing.

I can lead a group through short warm up routines.

I can refine the way I use actions, dynamics, relationships and space in my dance in response to a stimulus.

I can suggest ways to improve my own and other people’s work using key terminology.

I can use counts when choreographing to stay in time with others and the music.

I can use feedback provided to improve my work.






Year 6


I can choreograph a dance and work safely using a prop.

I can lead a small group through a short warm up routine.

I can perform dances confidently and fluently with accuracy and good timing.

I can refine the way I use actions, dynamics and relationships to represent ideas, emotions, feelings and characters.

I can use appropriate language to evaluate and refine my own and others’ work.

I can use feedback provided to improve the quality of my work.

I can work creatively and imaginatively on my own, with a partner and in a group to choreograph and structure dances.