Year 1 Content

Physical Education

Dance

Acquiring and developing skills

At the end of the year most children should be able to:

  • use space well and be aware of others
  • improvise in response to an idea or stimulus
  • 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 demonstrating they can  move lightly,  move with strength
  • copy, remember and repeat simple dance phrases.

At the end of the year some children could also be able to:

  • select and use skills, actions and ideas and use them with control and coordination.

Selecting and Applying Skills

At the end of the year most children should be able to:

  • 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

At the end of the year some children could also be able to:

  • work with a partner showing compositional skills such as copying movements, follow side by side, back to back and moving at the same time or one after the other
  • show understanding of composition and vary response.

Games

Acquiring and Developing skills

At the end of the year most children should be able to:

  • use a basic underarm throw
  • demonstrate 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.

By the end of the year some children will also be able to:

  • maintain a continuous game

Selecting and Applying skills

At the end of the year most children should be able to:

  • 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
  • decide where to stand to make it difficult for an opponent.

At the end of the year some children could also be able to:

  • Find ways of attacking successfully when using other skills
  • use a variety of simple tactics for attacking well, keeping possession of the ball as a team and getting into positions to score.

Gymnastics

Acquiring & Developing skills

 At the end of the year most children should be able to:

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

At the end of the year some children could:

  • repeat a pattern of movements
  • join together a jump, turning movement and stretched balance
  • apply and transfer skills and linked movements onto apparatus

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

At the end of the year some children could:

  • apply, adapt and transfer actions and linked movements safely to simple, low level apparatus
  • make a simple balanced shape for a partner to step over or travel underneath