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Curriculum: Physical Education

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the national curriculum requirement is for the provision of physical education in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools. (138883)

Physical education (PE) is a compulsory part of the national curriculum for all pupils aged 5-16. Within national curriculum PE, programmes of study have been drawn up for six different activity areas: athletic activities; dance activities; games activities; gymnastic activities; outdoor and adventurous activities; and swimming activities. During each key stage, pupils should be taught the programmes of study for the following activity areas:

Key stage 1—dance activities; games activities; and gymnastic activities.

Key stage 2—dance activities; games activities; gymnastic activities; and two activity areas from: athletic activities; outdoor and adventurous activities; and swimming activities. Swimming activities must be chosen unless pupils have completed the full key stage 2 swimming requirements during key stage 1.

Key stage 3—games activities; and three of the following (at least one of which must be dance or gymnastics): athletic activities; dance activities; gymnastic activities; outdoor and adventurous activities; and swimming activities.

Key stage 4—any two of the six activity areas.

When delivering these compulsory requirements, teachers should ensure that pupils make progress in the following key aspects of PE: acquiring and developing skills; selecting and applying skills tactics and compositional ideas; evaluating and improving performance; and knowledge and understanding of fitness and health.