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Subject intent (The ‘why’)

"Intelligence and skill can only function at the peak of their capacity when the body is healthy and strong." (John F. Kennedy)

Why teach it? 

To ensure that our pupils understand how to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. 

Through our high-quality physical education, we aim to provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports life-long health and fitness. 

Our teaching of physical education will also provide opportunities to compete in sport and other activities. Furthermore, it will help children to build character and to embed values such as fairness and respect. 

National Curriculum aims

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. 

Additional Hazeldown aims

In addition to the aforementioned National Curriculum aims, we strive to ensure that all of our pupils have access to a broad variety of sports through a range of extra-curricular festivals/tournaments, an annual sports week and extra-curricular clubs. 

Planned content – Key Stage One

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. 

Planned content – Key Stage Two

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. 


Pupils should be provided with swimming instruction in KS1 or KS2. At Hazeldown, pupils have the opportunity to take part in swimming lessons in Years 4, 5 and 6. Pupils will be provided with the opportunity to participate in catch-up sessions after the Covid-19 pandemic.  
Pupils should be taught to: 
•    swim confidently, competently 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 situations.  

One Minute Guide

For further information on the PE curriculum, please contact our subject leaders, Niall Crispin and Megan Bruce, on [email protected] or [email protected].

Hazeldown Primary School
Maudlin Drive, Teignmouth,
Devon, TQ14 8SE
Stuart Ludford | Headteacher

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