Year 1 Content

Physical Education

The content of the curriculum will enable the following outcomes.

Dance

Acquiring and developing skills

At the end of the year most children should

  • use space well and be aware of others
  • improvise to an idea
  • respond to stimuli
  • show good footwork and  “go” and “stop” with control
  • perform basic dance actions with some understanding of mood and feeling, e.g travelling in a hurry, jumping for joy…
  • change and vary the weight of actions-  move lightly,  move with strength
  • copy, remember and repeat simple dance phrases

Selecting and Applying Skills

At the end of the year most children should

  • change and vary the direction and pathway of movements- forwards, backwards, sideways, straight, curved
  • change to different levels- high, medium and low
  • change and vary the size and shape of actions- large, small, curled, stretched, spiky, twisted
  • change speed to move quickly and slowly
  • copy and perform simple movements and rhythmic patterns
  • choose appropriate movements to create short phrases and simple dances
  • perform a whole dance which has a simple structure
  • explore a range of movements suitable to the idea
  • perform with appropriate dynamics to interpret the idea

Games

Acquiring and Developing skills

At the end of the year most children should

  • use a basic underarm throw,
  • demonstarte rolling and hitting skills
  • begin to use overarm skills
  • intercept, retrieve and stop a ball with some consistency
  • begin to catch a ball or beanbag with some frequency
  • throw, hit and kick a ball in a variety of ways, depending on the needs of the game
  • participate in team games

 

Selecting and Applying skills

At the end of the year most children should

  • track balls and other equipment sent, moving in line with the ball to collect it
  • choose different ways of hitting, throwing, striking or kicking the ball

 

Gymnastics

Acquiring & Developing skills

At the end of the year most children should

  • hop, bounce, spring and skip in different directions
  • demonstrate different ways of travelling on small and large parts of the body   
  • show which parts of the body can be used for spinning and rocking
  • rock on different body parts to stand up or turn over
  • travel showing long, narrow, wide and short shapes
  • use a wide variety of ways to travel in a curled up shape
  • show a tucked jump

Selecting & Applying Skills

At the end of the year most children should

  • find and use space safely and be aware of others
  • jump from one foot to two feet and understand how to land safely
  • work at high and low levels and link two jumps with a low-level movement
  • identify and copy a few basic gymnastic actions
  • hold balances on large and small body parts
  • link two balances together showing control and change of speed
  • roll safely sideways in curled and stretched shapes
  • move into and out of a sideways roll in different ways
  • plan and link a series of movements together

Knowledge and Understanding of health and fitness

At the end of the year most children should

  • explain how lungs and heart work when exercising
  • describe how the body feels and is affected by exercise
  • understand how strength, stamina and speed can be improved by physical exercise
  • know why it is important to be active
  • understand the need to warm up and cool down before and after exercise

Evaluating and Improving Performance

At the end of the year most children should

  • describe activity using appropriate vocabulary
  • comment constructively on own performance and that of others
  • talk about similarities and differences between own and others’ performance
  • suggest ways to improve performances
  • express likes and dislikes and give reasons