Autumn Term Progression of Skills

At Blakehill Primary, our PE curriculum is designed to allow children to build upon the skills and knowledge they develop each year and take them from specific skills based tasks to the application of skills in specific areas of sports. 
In Key Stage 1 pupils develop their initial skills to become physically literate. This is then developed into Key Stage 2 where pupils apply their skills to sports and activities within the following 5 areas of sport: 

  • Games
  • Gymnastics
  • Dance
  • Athletics
  • OAA
Autumn Term

Progression of Skills: Games (Autumn term) 

Year 1: 

  • Develop catching skills
  • Develop bouncing skills
  • Return a ball that has been rolled or bounced.
  • Develop the skills needed to throw to a teammate
  • Develop the skills needed to catch a ball sent by a teammate
  • Develop hitting and kicking skills

Year 2:

  •          Use rolling, hitting, running, jumping, catching and kicking skills in combination
  •          Begin to compete with others

Year 3:

(Striking & Fielding and Target games)

  • Throw and catch with a degree of control and accuracy.
  • Strike a ball and field with some control. 
  • Follow the rules of the game.
  • Choose necessary skills to aim at a target.
  • Consistently aim and hit targets.     

Year 5:

(Net & Wall games)

  • Use forehand and backhand when playing racket games.
  • Understand and perform the necessary skills required to uphold a non-competitive rally.
  • Learn from others how to improve skill.
(Invasion games)
  • Develop the appropriate passing skills to combine with teammates in a range of games/ activities. For example passing of a netball, passing of a football.
  • Use the passing technique to accurately send the ball towards a teammate.
  • Use the techniques to progress in games/ matches.
  • Use different defending techniques to try and obtain possession.
  • Choose the necessary skills to attack.
  • Choose the most appropriate tactics for a game.
  • Work alone, or with team mates in order to gain possession.
  • Dribble a ball using a variety of techniques/ equipment. For example, dribble a football, dribble a basketball.
  • Transfer skills into a range of invasion games.
Year 6

(Net and Wall games)

  • Serve a ball/shuttle over a net to the opposition.
  • Demonstrate and explain the importance of the ready position in racket sports.
  • Use forehand and backhand when playing racket games.

(Invasion games)

  • Develop the appropriate passing skills to combine with team mates in a range of different invasion games. For example passing of rugby, netball, hockey.
  • Pass a ball to a partner/ team mate using a range of techniques.
  • Use running. jumping and throwing in combination to achieve a goal.
  • Work alone, or with team mates in order to gain points or maintain possession.
  • Understand and demonstrate the concept of an invasion game.
  • Use different passing and moving skills to maintain possession.
  • Apply a variety of techniques when dribbling the ball with different equipment. For example, dribbling a hockey ball with a hockey stick, dribbling in basketball, dribbling with different parts of the foot in football.
  • Transfer skills into a range of invasion games. 

Progression of Skills: Gymnastics (Autumn Term)

Reception - Movement development. 

  • Begin to move with coordination and control.
  • Move confidently in space.
  • Be aware of others when moving in small spaces.


  • Begin to balance on different points of the body.
  • Create different shapes using different parts of our body.

Year 1

  • To copy actions.
  • Move with some awareness of space.
  • Climb safely on equipment.
  • Jump in a variety of ways and land with some success.


Year 2

  • Copy and remember some actions.
  • Move with some control and awareness of space.
  • Show contrasts. For example, small/ tall, straight/curved, wide/narrow).

Year 3

  • Can create shapes with the body.
  • Stretch and curl to develop flexibility.
  • Can balance on different body parts.
  • Hang from equipment safely (using hands).
  • Balance on a variety of different body parts, showing different strategies to help balancing.
  • Balance as an individual.
  • Copy and remember actions.
  • Link two or more actions to perform a sequence.
Year 4
  • Plan, perform and repeat sequences.
  • Show changes of direction, speed and level.
  • Travel in a variety of ways.
  • Hang from equipment safely (using hands).

Year 5

  • Plan, perform and repeat sequences.
  • Refine movements into sequences.
  • Swing and hang from equipment safely (using hands).
Year 6
  • Create sequences that include a full range of movements including:
    • Travelling
    • Balancing
    • Flight
    • Stretching
  • Hold shapes that are strong, fluent and expressive.
Progression of skills: Dance (Autumn Term)

Year 2

  • Move with careful control and coordination.
  • Link two or more actions to perform a sequence.
  • Choose movements to communicate a mood, feeling or idea.
Progression of skills: Athletics (Autumn Term)
Year 2
  • Develop running technique.
  • Use running a jumping skills in combination.
  • Develop a range of throwing skills.

Year 4

  • Jump in a number of ways using a run up where appropriate.
  • Use a range of throwing techniques, such as under-arm and over-arm.
  • Throw with accuracy to hit a target or cover a distance. 
Progression of skills: OAA (Autumn Term)
Year 4
  • Show an ability to both lead and form part of a team.
  • Use maps compasses and digital devices to orientate themselves.
  • Support pothers and seek support if required when the situation dictates.
  • Show resilience when plans do not work and initiative to try new ways of thinking.