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Lowton West Primary School

PE at Lowton West

Curriculum Statement

'Aiming High Together'

During their time at school, children are taught and encouraged to develop sporting, gymnastic and dance skills, which will enable them to take part in a variety of physical activities in later years. We also help children to reach their full potential and to feel as positive as possible about this aspect of their lives. Wherever possible, opportunities will be taken to teach pupils the importance of looking after their own body, and the benefits of exercise and a balanced diet. During the year, pupils from Year 3 and 4 attend the swimming baths for swimming lessons.

We utilise Sports Funding to ensure that opportunities are created for pupils to be physically active and can flourish in a range of different physical activities. The aims of our PE curriculum are to develop:

  • Pupils who are willing to practise skills in a range of different activities and situations, alone, in small groups and in teams and to apply these skills in chosen activities to achieve exceptionally high levels of performance.
  • High levels physical fitness.
  • A healthy life style, achieved by eating sensibly, being aware of the dangers of drugs, smoking and alcohol and exercising regularly.
  • The ability to remain physically active for sustained periods of time and an understanding of the importance of this in promoting long-term health and well-being.
  • The ability to take initiative and become excellent young leaders, organising and officiating, and evaluating what needs to be done to improve, and motivating and instilling excellent sporting attitudes in others.
  • Imagination and creativity in their techniques, tactics and choreography, knowledge of how to improve their own and others’ performance and the ability to work independently for extended periods of time without the need of guidance or support.
  • A keen interest in P.E. by participating in games, dance, gymnastics, athletics and outdoor and adventurous activities where appropriate.
  • A willingness to participate eagerly in every lesson, highly positive attitudes and the ability to make informed choices about engaging fully in extra-curricular sport.
  • The ability to swim at least 25 metres before the end of Year 6 and obtain knowledge of how to remain safe in and around water.
  • Children's skills by participating in a range of after school sports clubs and to encourage children to participate in competitive sport within school and in the local area.

Sports at Lunch time and After School Clubs

School offers a variety of sporting activities at lunchtimes through two specialist coaches where pupils practise a range of skills, e.g. hockey, football, etc. and provide a range of after school clubs throughout the year, including: Football, Basketball, Dance, Zumba, Tag Rugby, Judo, Multi-sports, Fencing, Cricket and Cross-country.


Physical Education at Key Stage 1

During Key Stage 1 pupils build on their natural enthusiasm for movement, using it to explore and learn about their world. They start to work and play with other pupils in pairs and small groups. They master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing, and catching. By watching, listening and experimenting, they develop their skills in balance, agility and coordination, and enjoy expressing and testing themselves in a variety of situations.

Physical Education at Key Stage 2

During Key Stage 2 pupils enjoy being active and using their creativity and imagination in physical activity. They play competitive games and develop flexibility, technique, strength, control and balance. They learn new skills, find out how to use them in different ways, and link them to make actions, phrases and sequences of movement. They enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They participate in outdoor and adventurous activity and challenges and develop an understanding of how to succeed in different activities; comparing performances and learning how to evaluate and recognise their own success.


Year Group




Year One



Games – Ball Skills (bouncing, catching)


Gymnastics Travelling (pathways, directions)

Games – Receiving (hands. feet)


Gymnastics Balance (body parts)

Games – Travelling (chasing games)


Gymnastics – Rolling/ Rotating (transferring weight)


Games – Sending (kicking, receiving)


Dance – Robots or Houses and Homes (Rhythm)

Games – Creating Games (in pairs)


Dance – Clothes (space)

Games – Game forms (jumping, skipping)


Dance – The Sea (relationships)


Athletics (Sports Day)


Year Two



Games: ball skills (dribbling)


Gymnastics: Balance (arches, bridges)

Games: Receiving (sticks, bats)


Gymnastics: Rolling/ Rotating (pivoting, rocking)

Games: Travelling activities (dodging, avoiding)


Gymnastics: Jumping/ Landing (directions, body parts)

Games: Sending (hitting, striking)


Dance: Inventions (actions) (barn dances, rhythm)

Games: Creating Games (small groups)


Dance/ Cultural/ Historical: (barn dances, rhythm)

Games: Game forms (relays, races)


Dance: The Seaside (space)


Year Three



Games: Invasion; Netball (passing, receiving)


Gymnastics: Travelling (speeds)

Games: Understanding Basketball (creating space)


Gymnastics: Balance (moving into/out)


Athletics 1 and 2: Running; Jumping (continuous; long, high)


Swimming: propulsion (ability groups)

Dance : Ancient Egypt (Tension, quality)


Games: Invasion; Football (dribbling, travelling)

Games: Net/Wall; Tennis (throwing, hitting)


Games: Tag Rugby (Wigan Warriors led sessions)


Dance: The Romans (Contrasting levels)


Games: Striking/ Fielding; Rounders (retrieving, fielding)


Swimming: propulsion (ability groups)


Year Four



Games: Invasion; Hockey (controlling, stopping)


Gymnastics: Rolling/ Rotating (partner match, mirror)


Swimming: propulsion (ability groups)


Games: Understanding (protecting the ball)


Gymnastics: Jumping/ Landing (flight)


Swimming: propulsion (ability groups)

Games: Striking/ Fielding; Cricket (throwing/ catching)


Athletics: Jumping (combination jumps)

Games: Invasion; Football (marking, tackling)


Dance: Barn Dance (body sounds)


Swimming: propulsion (ability groups)

Outdoor activities: Orienteering/ Problem Solving (cooperation)


Games: Tag Rugby (Wigan Warriors led sessions)


Dance: Rivers (The Environment)


Swimming: propulsion (ability groups)

Games: Net/Wall; tennis (fielding/ footwork)


Athletics: Throwing (pushing)

Year Five



Games: Invasion; Netball (shooting, keeping, scoring)


Gymnastics: Travelling (transferring weight)

Games: Understanding (invading, protecting)


Gymnastics: Balance (counter balance, support)

Games: Striking/ Fielding; Rounders (Positioning, moving)


Athletics: Running (Relay racing)

Games: Invasion; Rugby (support play, spatial awareness)


Dance: Machines (Percussion, music)

Games: Understanding (invading, protecting)


Dance: Colour (Pathways, flight)

Games: Net/Wall; Tennis (Forehand, backhand)


Athletics: Jumping (Take-offs)

Year Six



Games: Invasion; Football (Teamwork, formations)


Gymnastics: Rolling/ Rotating: (Symmetrical, Asymmetrical)

Games: Understanding; Basketball (Retaining possession)


Gymnastics: Jumping/ Landing (Partner, matching, mirroring)

Games: Striking/Fielding; Cricket (Bowling, striking)


Athletics: Throwing (Sling)

Games: Invasion; Hockey (Tactics, attack, defence)


Dance: Ancient Greeks

Outdoor activities: Orienteering/ Problem Solving (Group tasks)


Dance: Keeping Healthy

Athletics: Running (hurdling)


Games: Net/wall games; Tennis (partner work, tactics)


Cycling proficiency





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