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Physical Education (P.E.)




At Buswells Lodge, we believe Physical Education is a vital part of school life and ultimately pupils’ future well-being. We value Physical Education as an important part of pupils’ entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. We believe that a high quality Physical Education curriculum shapes well rounded pupils who understand how to take care of themselves, both physically and mentally in order to be successful as adults. We aim to provide a progressive and enjoyable Physical Education curriculum that meets the needs of pupils from Reception to Year 6. The curriculum allows pupils to experience a range of activities that help them to develop their health, fitness and wellbeing. We aim to give our pupils opportunities to compete in sport and other activities that build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect. Physical Education should inspire all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. We ensure that all pupils, wherever they start in life, have a high quality Physical Education experience and education as we believe this should be a right, not a privilege.

The aims of our Physical Education curriculum is to deliver a curriculum that is accessible to all pupils, so they know more, remember more and understand more. Our Physical Education (PE) curriculum aims to:

  • Support pupils to understand the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle (food, nutrition, physical activities, positive mindset etc.), and equip them with the tools to do so through health and well-being education.
  • Give pupils the opportunities to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness.
  • Enhance existing skills, learn new skills and give pupils the opportunity to be introduced to a range of sports, clubs, teams and organisations.
  • Engage with our local community and be active citizens to help promote a sense of belonging and pride in our local area, e.g. asking local sports people to come into school to work with pupils, utilising local amenities to support physical activities.



At Buswells Lodge, our Physical Education curriculum follows The PE Hub scheme of work. Physical Education lessons follow a clear and consistent teaching sequence and is taught as an independent subject. We use the PE Hub scheme of work to develop pupils’ physical and mental health education.

Please see the PE curriculum overview for further details of the skills covered in each year group.

Pupils begin their journey in EYFS where they progress through the EYFS curriculum with Physical Development and onto the National Curriculum in Key Stage One and Two.

Through our engaging Physical Education curriculum, we give our pupils many opportunities to succeed physically and mentally, so they feel confident that they will leave primary school with the skills and knowledge necessary to progress to the next stage of their Physical Education  journey.

Pupils  are taught a variety of techniques and skills as they progress through the Physical Education curriculum: Gymnastics, Dance, Body Management, Speed Agility Travel, Manipulation & Co-ordination, Co-operate & Solve Problems, Attack Defend Shoot, Hit Catch Run, Send & Return, Run Jump Throw, Athletics, Racket Sports and Team Games. This allows lots of opportunities for pupils to practise and embed key skills and concepts.

The curriculum is further enhanced by participation in sporting tournaments with other schools in the area, inter-house competitions, as well as after school clubs. A strong focus for teaching is the use of correct technical vocabulary and physical skill.


Extra-Curricular Activities:

We provide our pupils with the opportunity to take part in a range of extra-curricular sports clubs, including: multi-sports, gymnastic, Girls’ Football and Boys’ Football.


Cultural Capital:

Where possible, we do our best to make Physical Education (PE) come alive! We plan trips, visits, invite speakers in and create links within the sporting community to provide first-hand learning experiences to support and develop life-skills. We recognise that to have impact, the planned cultural  capital must be clearly linked to current learning, so it can be acquired and applied to what pupils already know.



As there are no national standards for Physical Education, we assess the subject holistically and over time. To do this, we use our school’s Physical Education progression map to assess progress along with PE Hub assessments. Teachers use this information to inform future lessons; ensuring children are supported and challenged appropriately. This data is analysed to inform and address any trends or gaps. Final end of year assessments are made using teacher judgements. Teacher judgements are based on progress made in Physical Education lessons and by using the Physical Education progress maps.


Children in Foundation Stage are assessed within Physical Development, and their progress is tracked termly. Age related expectation levels are reported to parents at the end of the Reception year. By the end of KS2, we aim to produce active pupils who value the importance of physical fitness as well as healthy minds and bodies. Our aim is that through Physical Education , pupils will develop skilful use of the body engaging in opportunities to revisit and repeat skills throughout their Physical Education journey. Through our inclusive teaching methods, we aim to develop pupils who see sport as a platform for bringing together people from all different cultures, ethnicities and backgrounds, and in turn, produce pupils who demonstrate acceptance and appreciation of diversity in sport.


Ultimately, the impact of each pupils’ Physical Education curriculum journey will enable them to:

  • Know more, remember more and understand more about Physical Education, and be ready for the next phase of their Physical Education journey.
  • Develop strong skills, knowledge and understanding of Physical Education as outlined by the National Curriculum, the school’s Physical Education progress map and be able to transfer their learning in school and beyond.
  • Understand and demonstrate how to be a “Good Sport”, and use this to build character and embed values such as fairness, respect and teamwork. These values are also underpinned through the use of our school Learning Powers.
  • Reflect on their learning and use this to influence the decisions they make now and in the future.


PE National Curriculum Key Stage 1 and 2

PE Curriculum Map