Danecourt School

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Physical Education

Class Activities:
Physical Education is an important part of life at Danecourt School. All children participate in a variety of sessions and sports that are in line with the recommended Department of Education coverage. The children are encouraged to lead active and healthy lifestyles that go beyond the class learning. 


Physical education – key stages 1 and 2

Key stage 1

Pupils are encouraged to 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 should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.


Pupils should be 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.


Key stage 2
Pupils are encouraged to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.

Pupils are taught to:

  • Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination 
  • Play competitive games, modified where appropriate for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis, and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending.
  • Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance for example, through athletics and gymnastics.
  • Perform dances using a range of movement patterns.
  • Take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a
  • Compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
All of these areas are encouraged and developed with the Greenacre Sports partnership scheme of delivery. These lessons are developed with differentiation in mind which is essential to ensure all individuals at Danecourt School get the appropriate skills they need.
Children that excel in a certain sports also have the opportunity to represent the school at the DYG (Disability Youth Games). These include swimming, football, athletics and dance and take part across the academic year against other schools.

The whole school is participating in 'The Daily Mile' and classes have been setting themselves challenges and seeing if they can beat them.