Subject Overview

At PRL, we are committed to promoting active lifestyles which will not only improve children’s physical fitness, but also social and emotional wellbeing.  Our broad and balanced Physical Education offer is suited to the needs of all children and gives them the opportunity to improve their self-esteem, communication skills, confidence, resilience and teamwork.  Children will develop these skills through a range of competitive and non-competitive sports in PE lessons, including: athletics, invasion games, target games, striking & fielding games, swimming (Year 2), gymnastics, dance and team building. 

We are passionate about children’s learning extending beyond the classroom; therefore we encourage children to participate in sports clubs after school, (including, tag-rugby, multi-sports, ball sports and Boogie Pumps(dance)) the daily mile and our annual school fun runs and Sports Day.  Our PE lead works collaboratively with subject leads across the school to provide children with further opportunities, such as linking Physical Education to Science experiments in order to understand the effects of exercise on our bodies; using physical exercise in PSHE lessons to reduce anxiety, stress and depression.  

Curriculum Intent

We recognise the importance Physical Education plays in the curriculum and are committed to developing the whole child, providing all children with opportunities to engage fully in the subject.  At the heart of our physical education offer, our aim is to develop children's fundamental skills, improve confidence in their ability and build the foundations for a lifelong love of sport, physical activity and a healthy lifestyle.  Everything we offer within our Physical Education curriculum is underpinned by our whole school values:

‘Respect, Try Your Best, Succeed’

Through good physical education and a whole child approach, we aim to nurture confident, resilient children who will strive for their personal best.  We listen to our children's wants and needs and provide them with a range of active experiences and clubs.  We want to aid our children in obtaining the values and skills to celebrate and respect the success of others, as well as modestly celebrating their own successes.

Our objectives in the teaching of PE align with the National Curriculum in that we aim to ensure all pupils:

  • Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities

  • Are physically active for sustained periods of time 

  • Engage in competitive sports and activities 

  • Lead healthy, active lives

At PRL, we aim to ensure that our delivery of Physical Education allows all children to leave primary school with the skills, tools and mindset to be successful in their sporting challenges and active lifestyles at junior school and beyond. We strive to educate both our children and families to develop a greater understanding on how to live healthy lifestyles and make healthy choices. We are dedicated to ensuring healthy minds, as well as bodies and will continue to support our children's well-being within Physical Education and across the curriculum. We have strong links with local clubs and partnerships within our community to ensure the children and families receive the support and knowledge they need.


Curriculum Implementation

Our PE lessons are planned using the Get Set 4 PE platform.  This is planned so that progression is built into the scheme which ensures our children are increasingly challenged as they move up through the school.

All children receive a minimum of 2 hours a week of Physical Education.  Each half term, children will learn two new sports from our broad and balanced curriculum offer.

Our Key Stage 1 programme includes a rich and varied scheme of team sports and individual skills development.

Curriculum Impact

By the end of Key Stage 1 our pupils will have experienced a wide range of sporting activities and developed basic skills in both individual and team sports and had exposure to a variety of sporting equipment.  As well as developing the pupil’s sports skills and understanding the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, we talk about the importance of sportsmanship and enjoyment rather than just winning.  Our ambition at PRL is for children of all abilities to enjoy PE and to have an active lifestyle outside of school.

What a ‘typical’ lesson looks like:

At PRL all our PE lessons begin with a gentle warm up before moving onto the main activity of the lesson.  The lesson content progresses on a week-by-week basis based on the National Curriculum.

Teaching & Learning

At PRL, children receive two hours of PE a week.  Lessons will take place outside and inside depending on the activity.  Lessons vary in form from team sports to focusing on the development of individual sports skills such as throwing and catching and striking a ball.  Lessons are split into two 1 hour lessons, one taught by the class teacher, the other by a specialist sports coach from In2Sports, an external Physical Education teaching agency.


At PRL, we aim to meet the needs of all our children by differentiation in our PE planning and in providing a variety of approaches and tasks appropriate to ability levels.  This involves providing opportunities for SEND children to complete their own tasks, with support.  This will enable children with learning and/or physical difficulties to take an active part in lessons and to achieve the goals they have been set.  Some children will require closer supervision and more adult support to allow them to progress whilst more able children will be extended through differentiated activities.  By being given enhancing and enriching activities, more able children will be able to progress to a higher level of knowledge and understanding appropriate to their abilities.

Link to policies

PE Key Stage 1 Curriculum Coverage 2022/23