P.E includes all forms of physical movement e.g. gymnastics, dance, games skills. P.E develops children’s physical competence and confidence and their ability to use these to perform in a range of activities. Physical skills, physical development and knowledge of the body in action are promoted. Children have opportunities to question and explore; experience success; establish a positive self-image; develop confidence to move adventurously; learn to consider others, be encouraged to develop the personal qualities of commitment, fairness and enthusiasm and to work co-operatively with others.
The basic skills and techniques for more formal sports activities are gradually introduced to the children and simple team games involving turn taking and co-operation may take place.
A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.
The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:
By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.