Curriculum: Physical Education

“Teaching of Physical Education focuses on developing opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Pupils are given opportunities to compete in sport and other activities, fostering the values of fairness and respect.”

PE is mainly taught as a separate subject. All children are encouraged to participate in physical activities that promote an understanding of the importance of an active, healthy life-style. In lessons, pupils are taught how to improve their individual skills in each area of the curriculum: Games, Dance, Gymnastics, Athletics and Swimming (KS2).

A great emphasis is placed on positive attitudes towards themselves and other team members. Where possible competitive involvement against other schools is built into lessons and extra activities after school. Most of the school’s PE sessions are led by the school’s sports specialist.

PE Statement of Intent

At Barlby Bridge Primary School, it is our intent that we offer a high quality PE Curriculum which inspires children to succeed and have an enjoyable learning experience. We encourage children to participate in a variety of sports to give them the opportunity to excel in competitive sports and other physical demands. Our teaching focuses on developing opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Children are given opportunities to compete in sport and other activities where we look at values such as fairness and respect.


Key Stage 1 

The national curriculum for PE aims to ensure that all pupils:

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

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 [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounder 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

Swimming and water safety

Our aim is to give all children the opportunity to be 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

School Sports Premium Funding

We believe a high quality PE curriculum should be an integral part of the whole school curriculum and one that staff, pupils and parents understand and can contribute to. Our school recognises the values that a high quality PE and school sport curriculum gives pupils, using Government school sports premium funding we aim to improve sports provision within our school.


  • For the PE curriculum to develop learning, physical and social skills within all pupils
  • Children will have 2 hours of PE each week
  • Children will take part in PE lessons which develop learning, physical and social skills
  • Children can play participate in games with Resilience and Respect towards others and there selves
  • Children given the opportunity to aspire and achieve whilst competing against each other in structured games
  • Children develop fundamental skill whilst been given the opportunity to become creative problem solvers


For topics which are applicable we will be using sessions plans from the School games websites modified to be inclusive to our pupils, these sessions cover and support aims within the National Curriculum. All Children in Key stage 2 will be given the opportunity to compete against each other within our intra school events at the end of each teaching topic.

PE lesson will be designed to cover multiple outcomes which will have technical, tactical, physical and social coverage within the lessons. Children will have the opportunity to plan-do- review to increase depth of knowledge on the subject.


  • Children wherever possible to achieve age related expectations in PE at the end of their cohort year.
  • Children will develop knowledge and enthusiasm for games and exercise.
  • Children will have the opportunity to compete in Sport and progress in sports they enjoy on a wider basis.

PE Documents

PE skills progression