Cannon Lane

Primary School

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Physical Education




At Cannon Lane we value the impact that a high quality Physical Education curriculum can have on the development of the child and the impact it offers for supporting our aim of having, ‘Happy, Safe and Successful children’.


Our Physical Education curriculum adheres to the aims of the National Curriculum and is planned intentionally to include: motor competence, the understanding of rules, strategies and tactics and finally the promotion of healthy participation.


In addition, we expose children to a wide variety of school sports and opportunities to learn how to be physically active.


We hope that this experience will lay the foundations for children to have healthy and active lifestyle with a  passion for physical activity and participation in sport in the future.  


How is PE taught at Cannon Lane?
The curriculum offer has been designed so that skills and knowledge of what pupils are learning and why are built on each year. This gives children the opportunity to develop depth in their performance and understanding, whilst providing opportunities for children to, ‘Share, Try, Aspire, Respect and Shine’.


At Cannon Lane children in KS1 and KS2 access two PE lessons a week delivered either by the class teacher, our specialist PE coach or an external sport specialist. In EYFS, pupils challenge their physical development through continuous provision in the learning environment and with one lesson a week delivered by the class teacher.


We use ‘Complete P.E’ - an interactive, primary Physical Education resource designed to support the implementation of a high quality Physical Education curriculum and product partner of the Youth Sports Trust.


EYFS and KS1 

As children move through Reception (EYFS) to Year 1 and 2 (KS1) they learn about the fundamentals of movement; revising and refining movement skills that they have already acquired in the early years. The fundamentals of movement form the building blocks for more complex movement skills are broken into three areas:

  • locomotor skills, for example running and jumping
  • stability skills, for example twisting and balancing
  • manipulation skills, such as throwing and catching 


Children in these year groups have a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination whilst working individually and with others. They participate in modified team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending and perform in both gymnastics and dance, using simple movement patterns or sequences.



The curriculum focus is on children applying their previously learnt skills and developing a broader range of skills. Children then learn how to apply them within; invasion games, striking and fielding, net/ wall games and in dance, gymnastics and appropriate athletics disciplines. We also teach children how to officiate games and events, give and receive respectful feedback which allows them to show a deeper understanding of their skills, rules and sportsmanship.


In KS2 we teach lessons to help children:

  • develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others.
  • engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations
  • apply and develop a broad range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement
  • enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other
  • develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success



Cannon Lane currently provides children in Year 5 with a one-week intensive swimming course at a local swimming pool. They are assessed by qualified swimming teachers and are then grouped to provide them with personalised learning matched to their ability and previous experience.

They are taught to;

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over at least 25 meters
  • use a range of strokes effectively such as front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke
  • perform a safe self-rescue in different water-based situations