Manor Park Infant and Nursery School

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At Manor Park Infant School we provide a high-quality Physical Education curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. We provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. We believe that opportunities for pupils to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.


We aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities.
  • Are physically active for sustained periods of time.
  • Engage in competitive sports and activities.
  • Lead healthy, active lives.

Attainment targets

By the end of Year 2, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.

Subject content

Key stage 1

Pupils 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. They have opportunities to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.

Pupils 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 patterns.

Swimming and water safety

We provide swimming instruction in Year 2.

At their own level pupils are taught to:

  • Swim competently, confidently and proficiently.
  • Use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
  • Perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.


Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

In the Foundation Stage we value the importance of: Playing and Exploring, Active Learning, and Creating and Thinking Critically to support children’s learning across all areas.

To do this we:

•Provide time and space to enjoy energetic play daily.

•Provide large portable equipment that children can move about safely and cooperatively to create their own structures, such as milk crates, tyres, large cardboard tubes.

•Practise movement skills through games with beanbags, cones, balls and hoops.

•Plan activities where children can practise moving in different ways and at different speeds, balancing, target throwing, rolling, kicking and catching

•Provide sufficient equipment for children to share, so that waiting to take turns does not spoil enjoyment.

•Mark out boundaries for some activities, such as games involving wheeled toys or balls, so that children can more easily regulate their own activities.

•Provide activities that give children the opportunity and motivation to practise manipulative skills, e.g. cooking, painting, clay and playing instruments.

•Provide play resources including small world toys, construction sets, threading and posting toys, dolls’ clothes and material for collage.

•Teach children skills of how to use tools and materials effectively and safely and give them opportunities to practise them.

•Provide a range of left-handed tools, especially left-handed scissors, as needed.

•Support children with physical difficulties with nonslip mats, small trays for equipment, and triangular or thicker writing tools.

•Provide a range of construction toys of different sizes, made of wood, rubber or plastic, that fix together in a variety of ways, e.g. by twisting, pushing, slotting or magnetism.