FS & Early KS 1 Planning

Inspired to Move looks at planning around EYFS outcomes and skills children need to develop.
Planning as suggested below will allow you to ensure children have the opportunity to develop to their potential at a level that is suited to your group of children.

Use the Framework to Plan PE Lessons

Once you have given these a try, use the framework to start planning your own PE lessons and the whole week.

Go to the following sections:

Physical Skills

Identify the 3 skills you would like to focus on

Social and Emotional Skills

Identify the 2 skills you would like to focus on


Identify what outcomes from your curriculum you would like to focus on and use this section to identify how you will be impacting on other areas of learning/subjects.

Differentiation and Progression

Use PATTER to make activities easier or more challenging for your group of children


This section will give you topic ideas and explain how you can amend activities to link to this

Holistic Planning (see below)

Ensure children receive many opportunities for child initiated and adult let activities throughout the week


You can either use activities you already know or use our bank of activities

Reception PE Lesson 1

Planning for the full Week

The more opportunities children have to try out new moves and skills the more they will develop.

Download an outline of a Weekly Physical Development Plan

PE Plan

Physical Education/Activity focussed sessions in the school hall or outdoors.

Weekly Plan

Repetition is necessary for young children to master and develop skills and abilities. It is therefore important for children to have the opportunity to practice skills and repeat activities.
Offer opportunities for children to try the activities they did in their PE lesson that week throughout the week, either as daily spontaneous adult-led or child-led activities.

Regular Sessions

Plan short focussed sessions throughout the day and week based on activities from your PE lesson.  This will reinforce aspects of the main PE lesson and give children the opportunity to repeat the activities on numerous occasions.

Child-Initiated Skill Development

Place skill cards in the outdoor area after children have tried them during the ‘PE’ Lesson.  This will allow them to try the skills of the week on their own.

Inform parents of the skills you will be focussing on to allow children to try them out at home.

Cross-curricular Learning

Identify an Area of Learning / Subject to include in your PE planning each week.

A “Physical Activity” section can be added to the planning of all areas of learning/subjects.  This will enhance children’s learning through activities.  Children can then learn subjects such as mathematics and literacy through traditional means, as well as through movement and play.

Continuous Provision and Outdoor Timetable

Activities that children do throughout the week, indoor and outdoor, can all interlink.  A timetable for outdoor play and lunchtime supervisors can ensure children have access to many more opportunities and, once again, underpin what they learnt in their PE lessons.

Home Link

Send skills, topics and any other ideas of the week home for children to try with their parents.  The more opportunities children receive the more and faster they will develop.

Resources and Equipment in the Outdoors

Create a weekly timetable of outdoor resources.  Rotating resources will encourage children to try new activities, which will support the development of a wider variety of skills and abilities.
Timetable in resource-free days, which will encourage children:

  • To use their imagination more
  • To be more creative
  • To explore the environment
  • To try things they might not when being prompted by an object


  • Plan around Curriculum Outcomes and Skills
  • Use PATTER for Differentiation and Progressions
  • Use animals and imagination to create more interesting and fun activities
  • Use props to gain children’s focus and to make activities more interesting
  • Plan main ‘PE’ lesson and link further daily activities to this plan
  • Identify regular daily activities, e.g. ‘Wake up Shake up’,  Active stories/rhymes, Mini Yo!, etc.
  • Try to include a child led challenge in every ‘PE’ lesson