Physical Education

Curriculum Area: Physical Education

Subject Leader: Mrs Handley


At the Gates, we aim to provide a PE curriculum which allows pupils to experience a range of activities that help them to develop their health, fitness and wellbeing. We strive to offer a high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. We want to provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness, whilst also providing meaningful cross-curricular links with reading.

SMSC is strongly embedded within the PE curriculum and children are given frequent opportunities to develop this. We believe strongly in daily physical exercise. With the intention of developing a lifelong habit of daily exercise for our pupils, we have adopted and developed the Daily Mile and teach children the importance of exercise for having a healthy body and mind.

We systematically plan opportunities for our children to be competitive within our curriculum, whether striving to achieve a personal best, or competing against others, including at inter-school competitions. We believe such activities build character and help to embed British values such as fairness and respect. We endeavour to provide a range of new experiences for children to discover new sports to engage in and identify with. We believe there is a sport or physical activity out there for everyone. Through offering children unique sporting experiences, we aim to foster a love of being physically active for life and that children will leave us healthy in both body and mind.


The PE curriculum at The Gates has been carefully planned by the subject leader to match the National Curriculum.  Knowledge, skills and vocabulary progress throughout units and across Key Stages to enable the children to build upon prior learning and to prepare them for future learning. The PE curriculum is planned across 2 cycles, A and B.   In each cycle progressive aspects of the curriculum are taught, revisiting strands in order to develop and reinforce knowledge, understanding and skills and develop positive attitudes towards PE.

 At the gates we will teach the children 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.  We will provide opportunities for children to participate in team games and competitive games which will be modified where appropriate [for example, rugby, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis] and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending.  

Appropriate physical activities will be used to develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance through athletics and gymnastics.  Pupils will be encouraged to compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best Children will take part in appropriate outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team.  We will provide opportunities for children to enjoy modern educational dance and to perform dances using simple movement patterns.  Pupils will be taught to apply and develop a broad range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement.  Before they leave school the children will be taught to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres using a range of strokes and how to perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.

Cross curricular links are carefully mapped out on curriculum overviews, including  SMSC, Reading, Maths and Science.  In PE, Reading is developed through the use of key vocabulary, when learning the rules of new sports and activities.  Teachers also plan opportunities to read about sport in the English curriculum. Mathematical skills are developed through providing many opportunities for pupils to apply age appropriate knowledge and skills. 

Many opportunities to highlight science related vocabulary will be embedded during PE classes (i.e. – speed, friction). counting We will identify opportunities for the practical use of experimentation vocabulary when learning about heart rate or burning calories to reinforce these important science concepts in physical education lessons. Physical Education is seen as a tool to be used as appropriate throughout the curriculum to support and enrich children's learning and well-being.

Assessment is an integral part of the planning of teaching and learning. It is used to inform future planning, set appropriately challenging targets for children and to ensure children are making good progress and attainment. Information for assessment will be gathered in various ways; observations, teacher and pupil discussion, teacher questioning, and evidence collected on Seesaw. Data is updated termly and analysed by the subject leader to ensure progression throughout the school. Teachers feed the data from the assessments made into their planning. 

Visitors, extra-curricular clubs, intra-school and interschool sporting events will enable pupils to experience new sports, partake in competitive sport and learn about the world of sport.   Enrichment opportunities are planned in each year to ensure that the children have the opportunity to experience new sports and work with professional coaches.  


At The Gates, pupils will develop an understanding of how to improve their knowledge, skills and understanding of PE in different physical activities and sports.  They will learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success. They will enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other as they exercise their bodies and build their skills. We aim to inspire children’s motivation to make physical activity a part of their daily life. To use it to maintain mental wellbeing and fitness.

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