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Free PE KS1 Teaching Resources for Primary Teachers

Development and Skills in KS1 Physical Education

Children at Key Stage 1 work with others in pairs and small groups. They develop their skills in movement and coordination. They also develop communication skills as they will have to interact with other children when it comes down to team work and contest sports. Pupils will have to be taught how to compete fairly.

Children develop skills by remembering and repeating actions, increasing their control and coordination in doing so. They put actions into sequences and combinations. During Key Stage 1, children use simple tactics. Developing strategies and tactics on a basic level is key when playing ball games (like football, basket ball, etc…) and also it provides a basis when moving onto KS2 PE sports and games.

As part of PE at KS1, children learn why it is important to be active and recognise how their body feels during activities they take part in. This can link with Science lessons as children learn about healthy diets and how to stay fit.

The Breadth of Study

The breadth of study in Key Stage 1 includes Dance. Children respond to music through travelling, making shapes, jumping and turning. They change the speed, level and direction of their movements. Children create dances to perform. Games are another element in the breadth of study with children taught skills for attacking and defending, fielding and striking. KS1 PE includes gymnastic activities with children using balances, turns and rolling.


The resources in this section contain ideas for group games that can be used when delivering the Key Stage 1 programme of study.

Playground Fun provides great suggestions and ideas for KS1 PE classes. There are contest games which will teach students how to compete fairly and this will also develop communication skills. There are also ball games like dodge ball and basketball which will teach students how to work as a team.


5 Key Free Teaching Resources

Aviva Athletics Academy

Aviva Athletics Academy

The Aviva Athletics Academy offers a range of programmes, resources and information for teachers, parents, coaches and young athletes wanting to find out more about delivering and taking part in athletics!

Find out more about Aviva Athletics Academy

British Red Cross

British Red Cross

‘Life. Live it. First aid education for children’ - helping you teach first aid

Find out more about British Red Cross Primary


Premier Sport

A PE site that is aimed at Primary School pupils and offers ideas and information on activities.

Find out more about Premier Sport


Playground Fun

Playground Fun has a wide choice of games that children can play.

Find out more about Playground Fun



Selection of Free Resources related to the 2012 Olympics from LCP.

Find out more about LCP


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