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Physical Education, including Physical Activity


Physical Education at Lovers' Lane

At Lovers’ Lane Primary School, we deliver a broad and balanced Physical Education (PE) curriculum which encourages children to become healthy, happy and confident individuals, who enjoy sport. Our PE curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils develop the fundamental skills and competence to excel in a wide range of physical activities, including:

- Dance

- Gymnastics

- Games

- Swimming

- Outdoor adventurous activities


In line with our SWAN values of Show respect, Work together, Aspire and Nurture, our high quality PE curriculum will develop physical literacy and will allow pupils to learn about themselves, the importance of a healthy active lifestyle, self-expression and concepts such fair play and respect. It also contributes to the development of a range of important cognitive skills such as decision-making and analysis, and social skills such as teamwork and communication.


At Lovers’ Lane, we believe all children should have access to a high-quality Physical Education (PE) curriculum and PE should be an integral part of the whole school curriculum. Our School values the positive impact physical activity can have on emotional well-being and recognises that high quality PE and physical activity can benefit all pupils, across the curriculum. 


We are fortunate to have our own PE coach who supports PE development in school. We follow the Leicestershire Scheme of Work and encourage children to find out about a range of sports. 


Progression and sequence of learning in PE

Progression of knowledge and skills is threaded through our scheme of work, developing knowledge of tactics, positioning etc as disciplinary (conceptual) knowledge, and also the development of skills over time, including all aspects of the National Curriculum for PE.

In EYFS, pupils follow the curriculum for Physical Development in line with latest expectations.


At KS1, pupils 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. Pupils also participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending. The children will also learn to perform dances using simple movement patterns. 


At KS2, pupils 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. Pupils learn to communicate, collaborate and compete with each other. Enjoyment of physical activity is developed. Pupils learn how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own successes. 


During KS2, pupils use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and combination. They play competitive games, modified where appropriate and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending. They develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance (eg through gymnastics and athletics). Pupils also perform dances using a range of movement patterns, take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team. Pupils compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement, striving to improve personal best. 


Swimming and Water Safety

During KS2, pupils are given the opportunity to learn to swim.

Our aim is to support our pupils in learning to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres by the end of Year 6 when they leave our school.


Pupils are taught to use a range of strokes effectively, for example, front crawl, back stroke and breast stroke. 


Pupils are also taught how to perform safe self-rescue in different water based situations. 


Our pupils learn to swim at Newark Leisure Centre and we buy into the Nottinghamshire County Council Swimming Service, which means that our pupils are all taught by trained lifeguards employed by the County Swimming Service. The majority of swimming teaching is provided during lower Key Stage 2 (Year 3 and 4), which gives some potential for additional sessions for pupils needing this in older years where this is possible in timetabling. 


Physical Activity

Lovers’ Lane Primary School aims to reduce sedentary behavior and increase physical activity outside of timetabled curriculum PE through:

  • Active break times and lunch times
  • Active lessons 
  • Boost sessions - this can be the daily mile walk/jog, Just Dance, Joe Wicks, supermovers, cosmic kids etc.
  • A range of after school sport & physical activities
  • Variety of inter school competitions