King's College School

Coeducational Independent Prep school in Cambridge


Physical Education

Department Objectives

Physical Education is concerned with the skilful management of the body. At King’s we aim to develop children’s physical competence and literacy in a safe and supportive environment. A balance of individual and group work, as well as co-operative and competitive activities, caters for the preferences, strengths and needs of each pupil through a broad and balanced curriculum.


· To be a fun, inclusive and positive experience for all children;

· To facilitate the development of children’s skills, knowledge and understanding; confidence and competence in a range of activities;

· To enable children to become skilful observers of movement, and know how to improve their work through teacher and peer feedback;

· To develop personal and social skills, and to help children appreciate the joy of moving in practical and aesthetic ways;

· To help children discover their aptitudes, abilities and preferences, and ultimately to be able to make choices about how to get involved in lifelong physical activity.

Programme of Study

Reception: movement development- dance and gymnastics.

Year 1: dance and gymnastics.

Year 2: dance and gymnastics; and swimming during the Summer Term.

Year 3: gymnastics (individual and partner work, using the floor and apparatus) and country dancing.

Year 4: gymnastics (individual, partner and small group work, using the floor and apparatus); country dancing (including dances from the UK and more complex dances, figures and formations, culminating in a Year 4 Ceilidh); and swimming (water confidence activities and water safety skills, stroke development and the Junior Swimming Gala).

Year 5: orienteering (children are encouraged to participate in local events, as well as the British Schools and East Anglian Schools Championships); games from around the world; gymnastics and swimming.

Year 6: problem solving, communication and initiative activities; health related fitness and skipping challenges; and swimming.