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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.
  • Participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending.


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.
  • Play competitive games, modified where appropriate, and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending.
  • Compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.


Year 1

Games - Invasion

Begin to dribble a ball with hands and feet.

Change direction to move away from a defender.

Recognise space when playing games.

Send and receive a ball with hands and feet.

Use simple rules to play fairly.

Move to stay with another player when defending.

Recognise changes in body during exercise.

Understand when I am a defender and when I am an attacker.






Year 2

Games - Invasion

Sometimes dribble a ball with hands and feet.

Dodge and find space away from the other team.

Know who is on my team and attempt to send the ball to them.

Know how to score points and can remember the score.

Stay with another player to try and win the ball.

Describe how body feels during exercise.

Move with a ball towards goal.




Year 3

Games - Invasion

Can dribble, pass, receive and shoot the ball with some control.

Can find space away from others and near to my goal.

Work co-operatively with my group to self-manage games.

Learn the rules of the game and begin to use them to play honestly and fairly.

Track an opponent to slow them down.

Begin to use simple tactics.

Understand my role as an attacker and as a defender.

Can provide feedback using key words.



Year 4

Games - Invasion

Throw, catch, dribble and shoot the ball with increasing control.

Move to space to help my team to keep possession and score goals.

Share ideas and work with others to manage our game.

Understand the rules of the game and use them often and honestly.

Delay an opponent and help to prevent the other team from scoring.

Use simple tactics to help my team gain possession.

Self-manage a match with my team-mates and officiate a match by applying the basic rules.

Provide feedback using key terminology and understand what is needed to improve.







Year 5

Games - Invasion

Dribble, pass, receive and shoot the ball with some control under pressure.

Communicate with my team and move into space to keep possession and score.

Understand the rules of the game and use them most of the time to play fairly and honestly.

Use tracking, tackling and intercepting when playing in defence.

Understand the need for tactics and can identify when to use them in different situations.

Know what position I am playing in and how to contribute when attacking and defending.

Identify when successful and what is needed to improve.

Understand there are different skills for different situations and begin to apply this.





Year 6

Games - Invasion

Pass and receive the ball with increasing control under pressure

Create and use space to help my team.

Work collaboratively to create tactics with my team and evaluate the effectiveness of these.

Tag opponents individually and when working within a unit.

Work in collaboration with others so that games run smoothly

Recognise my own and others strengths and areas for development and suggest ways to improve.

Use the rules of the game consistently to play honestly and fairly

Select the appropriate action for the situation and make this decision quickly.