We intend to provide a high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should also provide opportunities for pupils to support their health and fitness. We intend to provide a wide range of physical activities each year through specialist teaching in dance; gymnastics; target games; fielding and striking games; swimming; target games; net/wall games and invasion/territory games. Through these opportunities, we aim to build the notion of relilience, persistence, concentration, fairness and respect. The curriculum has been devised to make pupils physically active for sustained periods of time and engage in competitive sports and activities.  

We intend to provide a high-quality dance education to all pupils which fully supports their creative, intellectual, physical, mental, emotional and social development. The place of dance in the curriculum is an entitlement for all. Dance is a part of everyday life. People dance to celebrate, to communicate feelings and emotions, to express cultural identity, to stay fit and healthy and dance is performed in settings where different communities come together to appreciate the art of dance. Dance is not divorced from other subjects taught in the curriculum nor from the fabric of society in the UK and across the world. For example the study of people and places in history and geography gives opportunity to study dances from around the world. Through dance literacy the development of pupils’ dance vocabulary helps them to learn how to reason, explain and critique their own dances and those created by others, their peers and professional artists. 

Dance in our primary curriculum is based on the following key principles which underpin equality of opportunity and entitlement for all pupils to a rich dance education: 

  • Safe working practice – ensure warm up and cool down activities are included in lessons and that teaching is in a safe, appropriate environment 
  • Clear educational purpose – units of work have integrity with clear purpose and challenge 
  • Collaboration and integration – by working with fellow pupils, staff and dance professionals of different backgrounds and abilities all pupils learn to respect others and work well together 
  • Accessibility – all pupils should receive a dance education that challenges prejudice and is inclusive of all needs and abilities. 


The units of work for studying the art of dance in primary education are progressive and recognise that in learning to perform, choreograph and appreciate pupils will repeat, consolidate and develop their learning often in non-linear ways. They are designed to deepen and broaden pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills in dance through the study of different dance genres and styles of dance and help pupils learn how to express themselves and communicate to others.  

In studying the art of dance pupils will study:  

  • Performing 
  • Composing/choreography  
  • Appreciation. 

The dance curriculum ensures that the units of work from Year 1 to Year 6 meet requirements for physical education in the National Curriculum Key Stage 1 and 2: 

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