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P.E. Physical Education




At Carterhatch we recognise the importance and benefits that physical activity has not only on overall physical health, growth and development but also the contribution and positive impact it has on mental health. We believe that well planned, high-quality physical education allows our children to have fun, reduce stress, improve concentration in the classroom and provide opportunities for all to exceed.

Early Years

In Nursery and Reception, physical education is delivered through the continuous access of the outdoor environment and equipment. This gives children the time, opportunities and space to practise the skills set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.

Children are encouraged to take risks, be active and make healthy choices. Staff support children to develop their fine and gross motor control, co-ordination and how to handle equipment and tools effectively in positive, relevant ways. The children have continuous opportunities to ride bikes, climb, balance, move to music and develop basic ball skills daily. This lays the physical foundations for our youngest children, which they will continue to develop through more formal sessions in Key Stage 1.

Key Stage 1

We follow the National Curriculum programme of study for PE and deliver an inclusive and progressive PE curriculum throughout the school. Year 1 and Year 2 have two hours of curriculum PE weekly. In addition to this many of our children are active members of our sports clubs and activities run at our school. We are fortunate to have two specialist PE coaches to support in delivering the PE curriculum alongside class teachers.

Key Stage One are 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.

P.E. Curriculum overview