What is taught in Physical Education?


At Poppleton Road Primary, we are all athletes! We want our pupils to appreciate Physical Education and sport. We want them to have no limits to what their ambitions are and grow up wanting to be personal trainers, nutritionists, sport journalists or gold medal winners! We want them to embody our values of ‘learn today, live tomorrow’ and we respect and value the upmost most importance of physical activity in enabling our children to lead wholesome lives beyond our school. In our school we value and aim to develop and support the ‘whole child.’ We all embrace this and work together to ensure that our children are well rounded and leave us with the skills, inspiration and self-motivation to make informed and conscious decisions to lead healthy lifestyles.


At Poppleton road we intend to inspire children to develop a lifelong love for physical activity and aim to provide them with the tools they need to lead their own healthy lifestyle. We do this by providing inspiring, creative and progressive PE lessons through our specially designed curriculum ‘Complete PE’, we ensure that children secure their fundamental movement skills in EYFS and build on these skills all the way through school. Our PE curriculum is designed to provide children not only with physical skills, but social, emotional and wellbeing.

By sharing the expertise of specialist coaches, offer an extensive range of extra-curricular clubs, as well as enabling all children the opportunity to compete in intra school festivals, sports themed days, as well as wider competitive sporting events within the community, we hope to help every child find a sport or physical activity that they love!

When are specific skills and knowledge are taught?

The National Curriculum states that PE ‘should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way that supports their health and fitness.’ At Poppleton Road Primary School we follow the aims set out by the National Curriculum and ensure that children encounter a wide variety of exciting and inclusive sports.

Beginning with key fundamental movement and the foundations for physical literacy.

In EYFS we support children’s physical development by promoting opportunities for children to develop fine motor and gross motor skills: Through our PE units and in every day provision we teach children how to:

  • Negotiate space and obstacles safely, with consideration for themselves and others.
  • Demonstrate strength, balance and coordination when playing; Move energetically, such as running, jumping, dancing, hopping, skipping and climbing.

In key stage one we teach how 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

  • participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
  • perform dances using simple movement patterns.

In key stage two we develop our secure fundamental movement skills and apply them to a breadth of games that require communication, team work and collaboration.

Pupils are taught to

  • use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
  • play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, 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 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

In addition to this we also ensure that all children are given the opportunity to learn the essential skill to swim and keep themselves safe in and around water.

How do we teach?

At Poppleton Road Primary we teach using ‘Complete PE’ delivering and designing lessons that are active, progressive and inclusive. PE forms a strong aspect of our school ethos, providing all pupils with the opportunity to collaborate in physical activity within our school community and the wider school communities. At a minimum we provide the children with at least two hours of PE per week but are committed to ensure that children are provided with opportunities to be active well beyond these 2 hours if taught sessions.

We effectively develop and invest in our teaching staff to ensure that they are fully equipped with expert subject knowledge in order to support the delivery of the exceptional Physical Education curriculum. All staff can access unit and year group specific training from the scheme. Teaching is highly effective for all pupils. Teachers present the curriculum content clearly through composite and component parts supported by lesson plans which break the unit knowledge, concepts and skills down for each lesson in each year group.

The curriculum is delivered through a subject specific approach which supports pupils to develop the key concepts and knowledge of the Physical Education curriculum. Each lesson within a unit of work is carefully crafted and builds upon what has been previously taught from one year to the next.

Frequent audits of the Physical Education curriculum take place. Following the findings from these audits, the Physical Education curriculum is adapted to build upon the learning opportunities and assessment end points for each year group and ensures progression and repetition in terms of embedding key learning, knowledge and skills.

The way each discipline is taught is revisited in each phase, at a progressively deeper level. All classes use the same scheme of work, this provides a consistency and allows for planning progression to be sequenced.

The teaching of the Physical Education curriculum is planned and delivered to support pupils to transfer key knowledge into their long-term memory and therefore improve the progress they make. Essential vocabulary is identified within each lesson and unit of work to ensure that our pupils can discuss and evaluate the Physical Education content effectively. .

Whilst delivering the curriculum, teachers are constantly checking to ensure that pupils are learning the necessary knowledge and identifying and addressing misunderstandings. Assessment is used as a tool to support pupil learning. The Physical Education curriculum is research evidence informed in relation to the content, delivery and process of learning.

Why do we teach?

At Poppleton road primary we believe that PE is an essential part of a child’s development. We understand that when taught effectively Physical education can build self-esteem, develop physical literacy, encourage communication skills and most importantly promote and teach children how to lead a healthy lifestyle as well as sustain and maintain high levels of personal wellbeing.

Our Physical Education curriculum promotes curiosity and a love and thirst for learning. It is ambitious and empowers our pupils to become independent and resilient. We want to equip all pupils with ambition beyond the minimum statutory requirements of the Physical Education National Curriculum and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.


Curriculum Map

Curriculum intent implementation and impact subject statement

Foundation and KS1 Overview of Learning

KS2 Overview of learning


Physical Education Curriculum