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Physical Education

At Holly Spring Primary school, we have a specialist member of staff who delivers Physical Education lessons from Reception through to Year 6.  We use the P.E hub curriculum which has high quality planning resources and engaging lesson plans.  In Years 4 and 6 children get the opportunity to have swimming lessons (these are not currently taking place due to covid-19).

P.E overview for KS1

Foundation Stage Overview

Our Reception lesson plans encourage your youngest learners to develop their agility, balance and coordination in fun team- and partner-based activities in dance, gymnastics and physical literacy. Physical literacy is broken into themed six-week units.

All our lessons at this level support the Early Years Framework for Reception and Foundation Stage. You may also find lesson plans at this level useful for Key Stage 1 pupils who need additional development.

Every lesson includes skill development, conditioned games and tools for future questioning or learning. Every unit includes a learning assessment.

Year 1 Overview

In Year 1, we introduce the elements of competitive sports in a way that’s fun and supportive. Your pupils will take part in activities in gymnastics, swimming, dance, athletics and structured games. They’ll learn to construct and develop movement patterns in gymnastics and dance, then reflect on their performances and suggest improvements.

They will also be introduced to principles of invasion games such as netball to prepare them for more organised play at Key Stage 2. Finally, they will extend their understanding of how activity contributes to health and enjoyment.


Year 2 Overview

Year 2 PE lesson plans build on Year 1 concepts with more development activities for coordination, agility, and balance, as well as preparing pupils further for games like rounders, cricket, and netball beginning in Key Stage 2. Children will develop striking and fielding skills for ball games and explore more complex movement patterns in dance and gymnastics.

Lessons for this year group include more emphasis on evaluating form and identifying ways to improve one’s own performance or make suggestions for improvement to others. Children will also be able to explain the principles of a healthy lifestyle and the role physical activity plays in keeping people healthy.

P.E overview for KS2 lower years

Year 3 Overview

In our PE lesson plans for Year 3, pupils are introduced to formal games like football, cricket, rounders, and netball through fun and supportive activities that teach rules, skills and simple gameplay tactics, such as defending as a team. Pupils extend their abilities in dance and gymnastics to include observing and reflecting on their own and others’ performances.

In addition to formal games, units include plenty of opportunities to help you build your pupils’ overall fitness through additional agility and flexibility activities.

Year 4 Overview

In our PE lesson plans for Year 4, pupils advance their experience and skills in formal games, including football, hockey, racquet sports, and more. Alongside skills development, pupils begin to take greater ownership of their performances by judging their technique, measuring times and distances, and recognising rules violations such as footwork fouls in netball.

They also have the regular opportunities to compete against others as well as set and pursue goals for themselves. In OAA, children will participate in trust games and get to grips with the fundamentals of orienteering: map-reading and using a compass. We also introduce tag rugby through a fun, safe skills development progression.

P.E Overview for KS2 upper years

Year 5 Overview

In our Year 5 PE lesson plans, pupils extend their understanding of games and fitness to include complex skills and tactics. Through fun, engaging activities, your pupils learn to apply more sophisticated, organised approaches to attacking and defending, whether it’s in doubles tennis or netball.

You’ll work with them to develop their fitness further, suggesting suitable activities for improving flexibility and strength, as well as improving confidence and stamina in athletics and gymnastics. Finally, pupils will begin to understand how strength, flexibility and other principles of fitness apply to different games.

Year 6 Overview

Our lesson plans for Year 6 help you encourage your pupils to become active, self-evaluating participants in whatever game or activity they undertake. You’ll guide pupils through achievable target-setting exercises, help them develop an understanding of how to judge their current performance or skill level, and help them develop plans to improve.

Pupils will work on developing fluent technique, recording distance and time data, and comparing and contrasting performances in a constructive manner with others.

At this level, lesson plans assume pupils have a more sophisticated understanding of rules, laws, and judging criteria for games and activities. They will be encouraged to communicate and collaborate with others to achieve goals and solve problems throughout their lessons.



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