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Physical Education

PE Curriculum

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At Barley Lane Primary School, we believe in teaching a high quality physical education curriculum that inspires all children to succeed and excel in physical activities. We strive to inspire our pupils through fun and engaging PE lessons that are enjoyable, challenging and accessible to all. We provide opportunities for children to become physically confident to help their fitness and health. We also provide opportunities to compete in sport to build on our school values such as respect and fairness. We are passionate about the need to teach children how to cooperate and collaborate with others, as part of a team. In addition to PE lessons, pupils from Year 1 to 6 have the opportunity for physical activity during morning and lunchtime breaks, with the playground stocked with resources. Playground Leaders (trained pupils from Year 5) are on duty to co-ordinate a range of active playground games.



P.E. is taught at Barley Lane Primary School as an area of learning in its own right as well as integrated where possible with other curriculum areas. A minimum of two PE sessions a week are taught to each class.Children are taught regularly by a combination of their class teacher and a dedicated PE teacher. The curriculum is further enhanced by participation in numerous sporting tournaments with other schools in the area and after school clubs.

We follow the guidelines set by the national curriculum to ensure we offer a range of PE activities that allow each child to feel challenged and offer opportunities to progress further. We are in the process of introducing the Cambridgeshire Scheme of Work or Physical Education which will be fully in place by September 2020. As an Active School, we aim to ensure that the children participate in active lessons outside of their regular PE lessons. This involves incorporating moments within other lessons where the children can be active.


As part of the EYFS statutory framework pupils are taught:

  • Physical development - involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
  • Moving and handling: children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively.
  • Health and self-care: children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe.


Key stage 1

Pupils 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 are able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations. Pupils are 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 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 enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.

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.



Each year group in Key Stage 2 will attend swimming lessons for one term, usually in Year 5.




Our curriculum aims to improve the wellbeing and fitness of all children at Barley Lane Primary School, not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes. Within our lessons, children are taught about self-discipline and that to be successful you need to take ownership and responsibility of their own health and fitness. Our impact is therefore to motivate children to utilise these underpinning skills in an independent and effective way in order to live happy and healthy lives. We measure the impact of our PE delivery by analysing fitness levels of our children, reviewing height and weight data and obesity reports and by providing a summative assessment at the end of each academic year.