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West Hill Primary Academy

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Physical Education

Purpose of Study


At West Hill we believe it is important to provide a high quality physical education which inspires all pupils to succeed and excel. We do this in a variety of ways, for example: participating in competitive tournaments with other schools and historically has been very proud of our results. We also provide opportunities for the children to engage in a range of physical activities such as: Dance as part of Creativity week. We encourage all children to become physically confident through positive reinforcement in PE lessons. We also recognise the importance of health and fitness and in all lessons children participate in discussions around this area, for example what effect does exercise have on the body? Throughout the school, children participate in team games which enhance their personal values such as fairness and respect. The children are then encouraged to apply these values to playtime and lunch time.


Key Stage One Skills


During Key Stage One the children participate in two hours of PE a week, during which they develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident in a range of sports. There are opportunities for all children to access a range of activities which help extend their agility, balance and co-ordination, both individually and with others. At the end of each year, the children take part in ‘Sports Day’ where they share their newly acquired skills with you as parents.


At West Hill, we have ensured the following skills from the National Curriculum have been covered.


Children will 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 Two Skills


Throughout their four years in Key Stage Two children continue to build on the skills they learnt in Key Stage One and learn new ones to broaden their skill set. They sustain this progress through two hours of PE a week focussing on both indoor and outdoor skills. The children are also encouraged to apply these skills to make sequences and link movements together. Also the children become more confident when communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. Through questioning in lessons, the children are all encouraged to evaluate their skills and identify how they can improve further across a range of sports.


At West Hill, we have ensured the following skills from the National Curriculum have been covered.


Children 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




At West Hill, swimming has always been an integral part of our PE curriculum and we have always strived to get as many children as possible to be confident swimmers. We have done this through swimming lessons starting from Year 1 through to Year 6.


Cross Curricular Links


As much as possible we plan our PE to link with other subjects for example: when looking at Africa in Geography, we also cover African dance. The children are also given opportunities to evaluate their own and the performances of others through both spoken language and in writing. The Internet is also a valuable source of information or demonstrations by experts in a particular skill such as gymnastics. PE is also used through science linking with the effects and benefits on the body of exercise. Children who are known to have skills that exceed that of their peers may also be used to demonstrate during a lesson thus linking with PSHE and SMSC. In encouraging the children to develop and experience sports for both able bodied and disabled sportsmen and women these links are extended.