Our Physical Education curriculum has been designed to enable our children to develop their physical fitness, stamina and understanding of the body during exercise and to instil in them a lifelong love of physical activity, sport and PE, alongside a positive healthy and physical outlook. Opportunities for children to compete in sport enables them to develop leadership and teamwork skills; build character and feel a sense of personal success in an atmosphere of healthy competition.

Our Physical Education curriculum provides a coherent, structured, curriculum that leads to sustained mastery for all and a greater depth of knowledge and skills for those who are capable. It sets out a clear list of what will be covered for each year group which ensures each teacher, even as a non-specialist, has clarity as to what to cover, the threshold concepts children should understand, criteria for progression within the threshold concepts and criteria for the depth of understanding.

Our Key Physical Education concepts: Movement, tactics and strategy, personal and social, leadership and a healthy lifestyle are organised so that children are able to return to the same concepts over and over to enable children to reinforce and build upon prior learning, make connections and develop subject-specific language.

Our Physical Education milestones define the standards for the threshold concepts. We expect children in year 1 of each key stage to develop a basic understanding of the concepts and an advancing or deep understanding in year 2 of the milestone.

Our teaching of Physical Education is taught as a discrete subject, daily in reception and twice weekly in KS1 following the Jasmine Active scheme. Our Physical Education concepts are revisited in both years, in each key stage so they are built upon across the 4 years of our children’s time here to ensure progression and help build depth to their knowledge, skills and understanding.

Physical Education activities are planned for within our continuous provision which enables application and replication of physical knowledge and skills taught in different contexts, with pertinent cross-curricula links, offering a more open-ended approach to learning which challenges and empowers children to demonstrate their learning and skills in imaginative and different ways. It also builds on previously taught knowledge, both day-to-day and across year groups.

The impact of our curriculum is that by the end of each milestone, the vast majority of children have sustained mastery of the content, that is, they remember it all and are fluent in it; some children have greater knowledge and skills. Our assessment ensures that teachers and children assess their learning continuously throughout the lesson.

Opportunities for the future

We ensure our children are made aware of careers they could aspire to do in the future through their love of physical education: professional athlete, sports coach/teacher, physiotherapist, sports and fitness nutritionist, sports news reporter.

Whole school overview

Books to read
  • Oliver’s Vegetables by Vivian French
  • See inside your body by Colin King
  • First encyclopedia of the human body by Fiona Chandler