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Subject Leader - Mrs Newbold



The National Curriculum for physical education (PE) aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • lead healthy, active lives


During Key Stage 1, pupils should develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.


Pupils should be taught to:

  • master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities such as football, multi-skills, handball, playground athletics, athletics, tag rugby, cricket, tennis and gymnastics.
  • participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending such as football, handball, cricket and tag rugby.
  • perform dances using simple movement patterns.


Continuing into Key Stage 2, pupils should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.


Pupils should be taught to:

  • use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination.
  • play competitive games, modified where appropriate such as handball, Tag rugby, Tee-ball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis, and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending.
  • develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through playground athletics, athletics and gymnastics].
  • perform dances using a range of movement patterns.
  • take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team.
  • compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.



  • All children take part in two 60 minutes PE lessons a week allowing for our PE intentions to be met.
  • Our PE skill based curriculum allows for clear skill progression for each activity taught within each year group.
  •  Children’s skill development can be assessed accordingly influencing future lesson planning.
  • Planning enables all children access to activities covering the requirements of the National Curriculum.
  • Children have the opportunity to attend different sports and activity clubs at lunchtime and after school. Clubs are offered by school staff and external sporting organisations.
  • Pupils are encouraged to take part in competitive sport. Inter house competitions take place including our annual Sports Day in the Summer Term.
  • Pupils are encouraged to represent the school in inter school competitive events organised by our cluster schools and CWSSP (Central Warwickshire Schools Sports Partnership). Sports we have competed in include cross country, girls’ and boys’ football leagues, agility multi-skills festivals, handball, rowing, archery, table tennis, tennis, athletics, rounders and netball.
  • Inter school virtual competitions for 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 organised by CWSSP allow more of our children to take part in events against schools across Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull.
  • The Daily Mile initiative is encouraged across the school.
  • Swimming lessons are offered to all KS2 children with the aim of meeting the National Curriculum expectations of being able to:
    • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres;
    • use a range of strokes effectively (for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke);
    • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
  • Year 6 are provided with “Bike-ability” sessions which aims to develop mastery in cycle handling in an off road environment and prepare riders for cycling on the road.
  • Our subscription to “Active Maths” allows opportunities for maths and English learning to be more active so increasing children’s daily access to physical activity.
  • Sport Premium Funding has provided opportunities to support our implementation.



We hope to encourage children to develop a life-long love of physical activity which ultimately benefits their physical and mental health. Physical education and physical activity can reduce stress, tension and anxiety and is proven to improve attention in the classroom. It gives children opportunities to develop and shine in areas outside of academic subjects, improving their self-esteem and overall well-being.

The PE curriculum is planned to offer a progression of skills in a wide variety of physical activity areas as well as introduce children to a wide range of new and different sports and activities which they hopefully will continue with competitively and socially outside their school day for years to come. Well planned inclusive PE lessons encourages teamwork and leadership skills as well as fairness and tolerance of everyone from different starting points. Everyone is included; everyone plays their part in the team; everyone can progress.