Sample PE Lesson Plans – 8

For the past few months you’ve been able to access for free on The PE Hub as sample PE lesson plans the following:

  • Dance Year 1
  • Hit catch run Year 3
  • Tennis Year 5
  • Swimming Advanced lesson
  • Athletics Year 6

Today we are sharing Reception Physical Literacy, Year 2 Hit, catch, run (striking and fielding games), Year 4 Athletics, Year 5 rounders and a beginners swimming lesson plan.

Reception – Physical Literacy

Although you are not required to teach ‘PE’ during Reception, our focus at The PE hub is to get pupils prepared for the rigours of Key Stage 1. This is done in a relaxed, informal, and fun way.  Taking part in focused activity that helps develop children’s physical literacy is an excellent way for them to become confident.  Watch Sport Wales brilliant video that explains what physical literacy is all about!

Year 2 Hit, Catch, Run

What is hit, catch, run I hear you ask?  It’s our unit description for striking and fielding games.  At Key Stage 1, we focus on the fundamental skills needed to play striking and fielding games competently. This includes working in partners, small teams and as an individual.  We’ve made lesson 2 from Unit 1 available which covers defending a target.

Year 4 Athletics

Athletics can often be an activity area that teachers are retiscent to teach, believing it is dangerous.  Fear not, delivering athletics is exceptionally safe.  Creating the correct lesson organisation and following necessary safety precautions means pupils can develop their skills in a relaxed and safe environment.  If you want to know more about safety, check out AfPE’s Safe Practise In PE, all schools in England should have a copy for reference.

Year 5 Rounders

One of my fondest memories from school and a contributing factor in wanting to become a PE teacher was my love of playing rounders.  It is an extremely inclusive and fast-paced game which can easily be adapted to ensure everyone achieves success.  By changing the equipment or size of the pitch, the number of players or merely reducing the rules all pupils will learn to love this exciting game.  If you want further details, Rounders England have excellent courses and updates – as well as their 10 reasons to play rounders!

10 reasons to play rounders
10 reasons to play rounders

Beginners Swimming

Our swimming lesson plans are not linked to a particular year group as children’s experiences of swimming vary so widely.  We have 3 units available, beginner, intermediate and advanced.  Today we’re sharing a beginners lesson plan to show you the expectations needed of new swimmers to ensure they make good progress.  It is rewarding to take a pupil who cannot swim and get them confidently swimming widths and lengths.  However, it is also vital that we challenge children to become more swimmers and develop a love of water.  Lesson 6 looks at focusing on areas of the stroke to improve and working with a partner to develop keen observation skills.

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