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We aim, through PE, to ensure that every child leaves our school with a clear understanding of the importance of regular exercise and the impact that it has on our physical and mental health. We want our children to develop an awareness and responsibility for their personal fitness and increase their physical skills in all areas of PE. Our pupils will make connections between exercise, healthy eating and emotional well-being which will provide them with a strong foundation for excellent health throughout life. Check out our P.E. Progression of Skills document and Long Term Curriculum Planning for more details.



The National Curriculum for PE is at the heart of our learning intentions.

We intend to use the PE and Sport Premium funding to provide sustained improvement in PE provision, focusing on the five key indicators:

 1. The engagement of all children in regular physical activity

2. The profile of PE and sport being raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement.

3. Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in assessing PE and sport.

4. Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all children.

5. Increased participation in competitive sport.


In Reception, physical development of the children is separated in two areas: gross motor and fine motor skills. Alongside the planned provision of both these areas of learning in our outside and classroom settings, children are taught one discreet PE lesson a week by our PE specialists. The skills taught in these lessons are developed throughout the year and seamlessly progress into the KS1 curriculum.


PE is taught by PE specialists where we deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities that inspire all children to succeed in physical education and in developing life skills. Our PE curriculum is carefully planned for progression and depth of skills through a series of lessons, in order to build on the skills needed to meet the end of KS1 objectives in the National Curriculum. The EYFS has one formal PE session a week alongside the environmental physical environment of the EY curriculum.

In KS1, children participate in one high quality PE lesson each week and one hour of physical exercise in a combination of Forest School and lunch time activities. We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. Children are given the opportunity to practise skills in a variety of ways and each lesson builds upon the previous skills, allowing them time to embed it.

Our PE curriculum incorporates a variety of sports and activities to ensure all children develop the confidence, tolerance and the appreciation of their own and others’ strengths and PE lessons are inclusive to all and activities are adapted where necessary. All children are given the chance to challenge themselves through making supported and independent learning choices. Children are also given time to reflect on their learning and take part in self, peer and group feedback within the lesson. Opportunities for reading are carefully woven into PE.

Children are encouraged to participate in exercise throughout the day during PE lessons, outdoor learning, lunch provision and special events. We provide opportunities for all children to engage in sports clubs, such as T-ball, taught by both Teachers

Learning Sequences - one lesson or a series of lessons.

  • Assess/Review – What do the children already know? How do you know? Prior Learning

  • Vocabulary – Introduce, rehearse, recap keywords

  • Teach – teaching of the skills needed for success. Ensure there is modelling, checking and questioning,

  • Apply – application of the skills learned in different contexts – these will show appropriate challenge for all.

  • Assess/Review – check what the children know and can do now.


Children will develop their fundamental movement skills over the years at Nelson Infant from where they began to the end of Year 2. They will become increasingly competent and confident, through a broad range of opportunities, to extend their agility, balance and coordination both individually and when working with others. Children will engage in competitive (individual and group) and co-operative physical activities.

Our pupils will:

  • master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and coordination, 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

Through our PE curriculum, children will:

  • be engaged and challenged

  • be able to succeed in all PE lessons because learning will be appropriately adapted

  • make good and better progress from their starting points

  • know why exercise is important to improve physical and mental health

Assessment and monitoring in science:

• Lesson observations, book monitoring and learning walks

• Gathering pupil voice

• Moderating pupils work to ensure accurate assessments are made

*Half-termly assessments of key skills taught in PE units

• Tracking pupils’ progress


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