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Physical Education

Delivery of Physical Education (PE) and Physical Development (PD)

PE and PD are different things. Physical development skills are not just limited to
physical education sessions. Throughout the day we encourage the children to be
physically active. Many of our lessons are delivered in a physical or practical manner
so our children are continually developing their physical skills, their agility (how they
move around school as well as how they handle objects, manipulate tools etc), their
balance and their physical co-ordination in large movements as well as with more
intricate activities. Physical development can cover outdoor learning time, play times,
soft play and sensory room sessions.

Physical Education lessons are often more structured and give the children the
opportunity to be taught a range of skills and they will then learn to apply these skills
in a broad range of physical activities. We encourage the children to be physically
active for sustained periods of time and we aim for the children to lead active healthy
lives and we hope to embed an enjoyment in physical activity which will inspire them
to remain active outside of school. Children are also given the opportunity to engage
in competitive sports and activities.

The children are taught how to master basic movements, such as running, jumping
throwing and catching as well as how to develop their balance and control over
themselves and other objects, such as balls and bats. These may be taught through
traditional sports or through games or activities specific to the level and development
of the group.

As children progress they may also learn about the effect of exercise on the body, how
to handle equipment safely and social skills such as how to work with others, as part
of a team. They may also learn simple tactics for attacking and defending.
PE is taught through discrete PE lessons as well as during “fitness” sessions, often
first thing in the morning. PE may also be taught through the International Primary

Ideas for activities to do with the children outside of school.




In the park or your garden you could:

  • Climb on the climbing frames at the park.
  • Hang a swing, rings or something safe for your child to hang and swing from.
  • They are always in a hurry, so it is important that they are given the space to move. Keeping them safe, while still allowing them to try, is important.
  • Run up and down gentle slopes. Make sure there is a safe place to land when coming down!
  • Go for a walk and have him jump over cracks in the footpath and over (or in) the puddles.


Inside the house you could:

  • Walk up and down steps and try teaching him to turn and come down backwards.
  • Walk backwards and sideways.
  • Put a sock (or similar) on the floor. Have her stand on the sock and jump her feet wide and back onto the sock again.  Older children may like to try jumping backward and sideways. While folding the washing, lay the socks on the floor a little apart. Ask him to jump over the socks. Count them as he jumps.
  • Try making a challenge course of things around the house to jump over in different directions.
  • Put a towel on the carpet (or other non-slip flooring) and try helping him to jump into the middle, onto a corner, jump backwards off the towel etc.


With equipment you could:

  • Sit with child between your legs. As the ball is rolled, use both legs to catch the ball between her legs.
  • Roll a ball to your child. Ask him to trap the ball with different body parts e.g. knee, foot, head etc.
  • Throw a balloon into the air and try to catch it.
  • Blow up a balloon and, using a foil tube or clean fly swat, have him hit the balloon up and down as many times as he can.
  • Try jumping, kicking, clapping, flicking bubbles.
  • Chase bubbles.
  • Hold her hand to assist her to swing a poi (or a stocking/sock stuffed with tissue). Start by swinging the poi from side to side at below waist height, then try swinging in a full circle.


There are lots of types of balls that are great for children. Other things can also be used instead of balls:

· tactile balls e.g. with rounded bumps

· koosh balls

· foam balls

· large soft balls

· bubbles


You can bat these with your hand, hit them with a fly swat or the end of a cardboard tube, rolled up newspaper or a ruler.


Most importantly: Enjoy the time with your child, being active indoors and out.

Useful links for PE

Information on the Local Offer