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At Holy Innocents, it is vital that we promote both a healthy and active lifestyle for children, therefore the planning and teaching of PE is an essential part of the curriculum. The children have access to a sports coach who comes into school on Monday’s and Tuesday’s to deliver high quality physical education lessons to all of the children. The second lesson is taught by teachers who use The PE Hub to deliver impactful lessons which further develop children’s skills and progression in PE. During these lessons, they will develop vital teamwork, communication and fairness skills along with the opportunity to complete a broad range of activities individually, in partners, in groups and in teams. High quality PE lessons ensure that children leave school with fundamental movement skills, the ability to develop competence in a wide range of physical activities, an understanding of how to keep up a healthy lifestyle through both a healthy diet and fitness, and have had access to a wide range of sports and activities. This sets children up to live healthy, active lives, and pursue different sports and activities in the future. We assess the children at the beginning and at the end of each unit to ensure that progress is being made and identify any gaps to be further developed. 



The teaching and implementation of the PE Curriculum at Holy Innocents Primary School is based on the National Curriculum and sports and skills taught at specific ages to provide the best skill development. We use The PE Hub to support teachers in delivering high quality lessons.


EYFS and Key stage 1:

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.


Key stage 2:

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.



Through the high-quality delivery of physical education at Holy Innocents, children have the knowledge and understanding to develop healthy habits in the future and understand the fundamentals of living a good, active lifestyle. The opportunity to access a variety of activities promotes teamwork, respect and unity among children which reflects in everyday tasks. Through the learning and development of different sports, the children have the ability to continue to develop these sports and learnt skills further outside of school and in the future, to become team and club members both inside and outside of school.



PE Progression of Skills

PE Curriculum Map