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At Oak Farm Junior School, we recognise the vital contribution of Physical Education to a child’s physical, cognitive, social and emotional education. All children are given the opportunity to participate in a broad, balanced programme of physical education with activities designed to be enjoyable, vigorous, purposeful and regular and enabling pupils to experience enjoyment and success at their own level.

Throughout the programme, there is an emphasis on planning, performing and evaluating within an active environment. Our programme endeavours to foster the acquisition, development and application of skills and an understanding of fitness and health.

Physical Education provides opportunities for pupils to be creative and competitive and face up to different challenges, as individuals, in groups and in teams. It promotes positive attitudes towards active and healthy lifestyles and allows children to grow in self-confidence and self-worth.

At Oak Farm Junior School all children will receive a minimum of 2 hours of physical education per week, with a high-quality programme designed to satisfy the needs, abilities and interests of all children. Additionally, pupils will be given the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities, structured play and competitive sport.


Curriculum Aims

  • To develop the ability to plan, perform and evaluate actions, ideas and performances to improve their quality and effectiveness.
  • To develop physical competence and confidence and the ability to use these to perform in a range of activities.
  • To promote physical skillfulness, physical development and a knowledge of the body in action.
  • To develop an understanding of fitness, health and hygiene and to promote positive attitudes to these.
  • To develop a knowledge and appreciation of the importance of safe practice.
  • To develop communication skills and the ability to cooperate effectively.
  • To develop an understanding of how to succeed in different activities and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own and others’ success.

Physical Education - Curriculum Overview

By the end of Year 6, we want pupils to:

  • Play competitive games and apply principles of attacking and defending
  • Pass, receive and control a ball, with accuracy, in a range of games
  • Develop the use of tactics and strategies in small-sided game situations
  • Apply effective techniques for running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
  • Demonstrate flexibility, coordination, technique and balance
  • Perform effective movement sequences, in gymnastics and dance, when working alone, in a pair or as part of a group
  • Compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement
  • Have developed their leadership skills
  • Be able to explain why exercise is good for fitness, health and well-being
  • Swim competently over a distance of 25m, using a range of strokes
  • Have an awareness of water safety and be able to perform safe self-rescue