Physical Education


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Curriculum Intent

At Christleton Primary school we like to keep mentally and physically fit. We want our children to live a healthy lifestyle, love physical education and enjoy a range of sports. We want them to be the best they can be and not to set limits to what their ambitions are. 

At Christleton Primary School, we aim to ensure that every child has the opportunity to access at least two hours of high quality physical activity week, while covering all aspects of the PE national curriculum. We believe, through experiences and a broad balanced and progressive curriculum tailored to all children, they will continue to have the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for their engagement in physical activity, sport and PE.      

Our intention is to develop a lifelong love of physical activity, sport and PE for every child as well as an in-depth understanding of living a healthy life. Our curriculum supports the children to make progress in their physical, social and mental development which in turn supports them in maintaining a positive physical and mental outlook for the future.



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How we teach (Implementation)  

At Christleton Primary school our PE curriculum is based on the National Curriculum and aims to provide children with knowledge and skills across a broad range of sports. 

Teachers / external coaches are supported in their delivery through the use of a scheme GetSet4PE. Our experienced teaching staff use this as the base for their teaching and may supplement this with other purchased resources. 

The GetSet4PE scheme is inclusive, progressive and emphasis is placed on a whole child approach, where every child can achieve and develop. The structure of the scheme promotes knowledge and competency in motor competence, rules, strategies and tactics and healthy participation. 
GetSet4PE allows flexibility when curriculum mapping, allowing us as professionals to adapt the curriculum to the needs of our children 

The scheme is organised into progressive blocks that allow core declarative and procedural knowledge to be built upon in complexity. 


We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in physical education lessons such as a mixture of whole-class teaching and individual/group activities. Teachers / or external coaches model sporting skills then provide pupils with opportunities for them to practise their newly learnt skills.  Teachers / or external coaches draw attention to good examples of individual performance as models for the other children and we encourage children to evaluate their own work as well the work of other pupils. 

Curriculum coherence allows knowledge, skills and vocabulary to be introduced and revisited in each block. The knowledge, skills and vocabulary increase as they are revisited ensuring clear progression as the children move through the school. The scheme is very detailed and is user friendly, it can be picked up by an experienced or novice teacher due to its clear structure and detail

The scheme has been chosen as the 'whole child approach' enables them to develop their social, emotional thinking (SAT) skills. Lessons develop physical and mental capabilities that allow children to self-reflect, motivate and challenge themselves. 

We teach lessons so that children:

  • Have the opportunity to participate in P.E. at their own level of development
  • Have fun and experience success in a variety of sports
  • Secure and build on a range of knowledge
  • Develop good sporting attitudes
  • Understand basic rules
  • Learn in a safe environment
  • Have a foundation for lifelong physical activity, leaving primary school as physically active.

Our schemes of work from GetSet4Pe allows our experienced practitioners to adapt and change lessons to suit the needs of our children whilst having the structure to be picked up by a non-PE specialist teacher to follow with enough detail and support to deliver a high quality lesson



Additional PE Opportunities 

We aim to provide a variety of sporting opportunities. These encourage pupils to further develop their skills in a range of the activity areas. The focus sport in each lesson changes each term in the school year. As well as sporting opportunities within the school community, we also enter partnership and county sporting events. The pupils have opportunities to competitively play in tennis, athletics, dodgeball, football, rugby, cricket, hockey and netball (this is not an exhaustive list). These experiences allow for our children to apply their sporting skills, develop team skills and learn how to play competitively. 

Our Enhancing PE page (accessed via the link below) provides more details of our opportunities.


Pupils have a wide range of physical ability. Whilst recognising this fact, we provide suitable learning opportunities for all pupils by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child and in doing so raise pupil’s health and fitness levels, improve skills and develop pupil’s resilience, teamwork and perseverance. 
The document attached Adaptations for SEND pupils in ‘Physical Education Lessons’ provides further details regarding how our taught PE curriculum is adapted to ensure inclusion.




At Christleton primary school our assessment focusses on the holistic development of a child in physical education not merely on performance. We use a combination of formative and summative assessment. These assessments are based on observations made by the teachers during each unit and may include evidence of children’s learning such as photos or video clips taken to illustrate progress.

Assessment for learning strategies are employed to enable teachers to identify children’s performance in lessons and to support or extend children’s skills as necessary and ensure children are making progress across a unit of work.

Teachers track the progress children are making against National Curriculum objectives over time across a range of units to ensure all strands of the PE curriculum contribute to a child’s overall assessment. Following each taught unit of work, children are assessed against the assessment criteria of the unit. The teacher or coach records these on the GetSet4PE site.


At the end of each term a summative assessment of each child is compiled. At this point in time children are assessed as either working below, working at the expected standard or working with potential to exceed the expected standard.

Swimming lessons are provided as part of our PE curriculum in the junior year groups. The sessions are delivered by fully qualified swimming teachers at Christleton High Schools Swimming Pool. At the end of their sequence of lessons the children are assessed against the National Curriculum expectations by the teacher. Should children not achieve the expected standard additional swimming sessions are provided in smaller groups.

In EYFS children’s progress is assessed through their physical development. Children are assessed as either emerging or expected.



Our Physical Education curriculum.

The documents below outline our Physical Education curriculum. 

Physical Education Curriculum 

This document outlines how we have planned to deliver the National Curriculum in Physical Education across Years 1- 6. 

Physical Education and EYFS

The EYFS framework is structured very differently to the national curriculum as it is organised across seven areas of learning rather than subject areas.
Whilst we prefer not to refer to Physical Education as a discrete subject on the Early Years and Foundation Stage curriculum, it can be found within various areas of learning.

For example, relevant statements can be found in the following areas:
•    Personal, Social and Emotional Development 
•    Physical Development 
•    Expressive Arts and Design

This development of knowledge and understanding does not happen in isolation without simultaneously and symbiotically developing other areas of learning. 
Our EYFS curriculum document provides the overview of how we deliver the EYFS framework in school and prepare our children for the National Curriculum covered from Year 1 upwards.  

National Curriculum Mapping

Our National Curriculum coverage mapping document highlights were the Physical Education National Curriculum objectives are delivered in school.


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