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PE Curriculum Statement



The intent of our PE curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child so that they are stimulated physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively. It aims to provide an equal opportunity of learning experiences in games, gymnastics, dance, athletics and outdoor education. Our children will be encouraged to take on different roles and enjoy physical activity as performers, spectators and referees/umpires/officials.


PE helps our children to enjoy exercise and promote a concern for health and fitness through participation in physical activity. Children are encouraged to develop their ability to ‘strive to be their best’. The PE curriculum at Pilsley enables the children to develop an awareness of the environment’s potential for leisure and recreation. We provide our children with opportunities to develop positive attitudes towards self-esteem, co-operative learning, leadership and respect for others’ abilities.


At Pilsley, we want all children to experience a wide variety of sports and physical skills which will enhance life-long fitness and life choices. PE challenges and promote self-esteem through the development of physical confidence and problem solving. It teaches children to cope with both success and failure in competitive, individual and team-based physical activities. The PE curriculum will allow children to explore their personal and spiritual identity.


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. 




PE at Pilsley is taught by a combination of class teachers, PE specialists and qualified sports coaches. Children have equal opportunities to take part in a range of sports and physical activities within a supportive environment where effort as well as success is recognised. Children are encouraged to participate in exercise through-out the day during PE lessons, daily mile, clubs, outdoor learning, lunch provision and special events. Through our provision children can aim to flourish at sports in which they have a particular interest or flair for. Children with additional needs are provided with appropriate support to enable them to access the curriculum and develop confidence in skills, understanding and motivation.


Children gain experience of a variety of fundamental skills. The broad areas are agility, balance, coordination and fitness. Children take part in individual skills, group skills and team games, using PE equipment appropriate for their age. During KS2, children will have a series of structured swimming sessions at a local swimming pool, allowing them to achieve the required standard.


Building vital skills, whether in football, gymnastics or dance is extremely important and every child will continually and consistently develop their own personal PE skills from Nursery up to Year 6. Here at Pilsley, we provide many opportunities for children to access sport, through inter-school sports games, after school clubs, and community links with Cavendish swimming pool. Ensuring our children are active on a daily basis allows them to develop and improve across the whole curriculum and we encourage children to take part in the ‘Daily Mile’ initiative, which contributes to their overall personal health and well-being. Our ‘Daily Mile’ initiative, which the children complete daily, has allowed children to maintain their focus and engagement as well as contributing to children achieving vital skills not only in PE, but across the whole curriculum.


The subject lead and class teachers work together to identify the key knowledge and skills of each strand outlined in the National Curriculum for PE, enabling progression throughout each class across the school. The content of each strand is considered in the long-term planning ensuring that the sports chosen support the whole-school long term curriculum plan. At the beginning of each topic, the class teacher will take into account the children’s different starting points. Our local area is utilised fully to achieve personalised outcomes, with opportunities for outside sports embedded in practice.




A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all children to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. At Pilsley, we provide opportunities for children to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.


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.


Assessment for Learning is embedded in practice, with both staff and children continually reflecting on their learning, allowing for support and extension in both knowledge and sporting skills. Both summative and formative assessment in PE is carried out by our class teachers. It is carried out informally during the course of teaching and through observation at the end of each unit of work. Teachers complete pupil assessments in order to update the children’s attainment and progress in that area of PE. These are then used to assist in reporting to the parents and passed on to the following class teacher to inform future planning.


Furthermore, we measure and evidence the impact of our curriculum through pupil discussions about why PE is important in everyday life and why we need to do at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily and how it helps our body and mind. Also at Pilsley, termly observations are carried out by the subject co-ordinator, to assess children’s progress and to suggest areas for development for staff to the overall teaching of PE skills in all PE lessons. Children will leave Pilsley prepared for their future education.


By the time our pupils leave us, we aim for children to have:

  • The ability to acquire new knowledge and skills exceptionally well and develop an in-depth understanding of PE.
  • The willingness to practise skills in a wide range of different activities and situations, alone, in small groups and in teams and to apply these skills in chosen activities to achieve high levels of performance.
  • A healthy lifestyle, achieved by eating sensibly, avoiding smoking, drugs and alcohol and exercising regularly.
  • The ability to remain physically active for sustained periods of time and an understanding of the importance of this in promoting long-term health and well-being. 
  •  The ability to take the ‘mini-leaders’ initiative and become excellent young leaders, organising and officiating, and evaluating what needs to be done to improve, and motivating and instilling excellent sporting attitudes in others.
  • Exceptional levels of originality, imagination and creativity in their techniques, tactics and choreography, knowledge of how to improve their own and others’ performance and the ability to work independently for extended periods of time without the need of guidance or support.
  • A keen interest in PE. A willingness to participate eagerly in every lesson, highly positive attitudes and the ability to make informed choices about engaging fully in extra-curricular sport.
  • The ability to swim at least 25 metres before the end of Year 6 and knowledge of how to remain safe in and around water



PE Scheme of Work


Daily Mile

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