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Physical Education  


At Blackpool CE Primary, our main goal is to provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way, which supports their health and fitness. We want to ensure our curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. As well as following a key-stage appropriate programme of progression, we also plan for opportunities across the school day and after school for pupils to participate in physical activity.    

PE is a key component in providing our children with opportunities to develop under our Curriculum Drivers. 



Early Years 

In the early years our PE curriculum focuses on the fundamental skills for movement and games in accordance with ‘Development Matters’ in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Physical Education is one of the three prime areas for learning within the EYFS framework, which has two strands of ‘Moving and Handling’ and ‘Health and Self-care’.  


Key Stage 1 attainment targets 

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 engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations. 

The main outcomes of the national curriculum for children in KS1 are 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 attainment targets 

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. Pupils develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success. 

The main outcomes of the national curriculum for children in KS2 are to: 

  • use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination  

  • play competitive games and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending 

  • develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance  

  • perform dances using a range of movement patterns 

  • take part in outdoor and adventurous activity both individually and within a team 

  • compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best. 


Progression of skills: 

Our progression of skills and knowledge in Physical Education is developed upon as pupils move through their primary school journey. To see the progression of skills and knowledge across our three assessment focuses of ‘Acquiring’, ‘Personal and Social Development’ and ‘Applying’, and the progression of skills and knowledge in our units of work, please see our PE progression of skills and knowledge.  


PE time: 

Pupils in both KS1 and KS2 take part in one 1 hour indoor and one 1 hour outside lesson per week. Pupils in EYFS take part in 1 hour explicit PE sessions per week, with daily physical development opportunities provided in continuous provision, ensuring coverage of the EYFS curriculum.   


PE curriculum: 

Each half term, pupils complete two units of work, which consists of six lessons. The units of work over the course of each year are varied in order to ensure pupils experience a range of PE opportunities. For further information about our two year rolling programme of PE units of work, please see our PE coverage document.  

For teaching and assessing PE we use the PE Primary Passport APP. We have chosen this APP based programme due to the interactive lessons for each year group with lessons containing clear, progressive objectives and differentiated activities. The APP allows teachers to assess through formative and summative methods and monitor the progress of each pupil.  

As pupils at Blackpool progress through the school, they become familiar in a consistent approach to half termly units of work, which is outlined below: 



Our assessment focuses on the holistic development in PE and not merely on performance. Assessment of PE is an ongoing process against the lesson objectives and unit outcomes. At the end of each unit, teachers use their formative observations to ensure pupils are challenged or supported as appropriate. Assessment against curricular goals in each key stage are made, to ensure pupils are on track. As each lesson and unit of work progresses, teachers carefully observes and assesses, intervening as necessary, to ensure that each child makes the full progress of which they are capable. Lessons are planned to ensure that lessons are fully inclusive and take account of children’s differing needs and physical ability. 


EYFS PE objectives: 

In EYFS the assessment focus is on: 

a.Physical Development through the strands of Moving and Handling and Health and Self-Care 

b.Personal and social development through making relationships, self-confidence and self-awareness and managing feelings and behaviour. 

In EYFS, there are 29 objectives that are assessed:  


EYFS assessment foci 

Moving and Handling 


Health and Self Care


Personal and Social


KS1 assessment outcomes: 

In KS1, there are 18 objectives that are assessed: 


Key Stage 2 assessment outcomes: 

In KS2, there are a further 18 objectives that are assessed: 


Daily Physical Activity: 

Our daily physical activity (DPA) gives every child the opportunity to be physically active for at least 10 minutes in addition to play and lunch times. On days that pupils are not participating in PE lessons, they will complete one of the following activities: 

  • Daily mile run, jog or walk 

  • Yoga activities 

  • An active workout eg Go Noodle 


School Sport: 

In addition to our PE curriculum, we provide a range of additional physical activities to our pupils, including: 

  • School Sports Partnerships (SSP) events, festivals and competitions 

  • Lunch time and after school clubs 

  • Inter school competitions 

  • Federation fixtures 

  • Local league and cup fixtures 

  • Structured and free choice of physical activities led by our Year 6 play leaders at lunchtime.  


Swimming and water safety: 

We ensure all year 5 and 6 pupils who are unable to swim 25 metres attend weekly coaching during the summer term. All year 6 pupils attend swimming lessons in the summer term. Those that are able to swim 25 metres receive coaching to build on current swimming attainment, including life saving.  

Pupils are taught to: 

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres  

  • use a range of strokes effectively  

  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.  


School Sports Partnership: 

We are part of the Dartmoor School Sports Partnership (SSP) and as such have access to curricular support, competitive opportunities for pupils, opportunities to be inspired by sporting ambassadors, and training for staff via the partnership. Accordingly, the School aspires to the 7 High Quality National Outcomes which guide the work of all SSPs:  

  • Increased participation in high quality PE.  

  • Increased participation in high quality out of school hours learning. 

  • Increased participation in high quality informal activity.  

  • Increased attainment and achievement through PE and sport. 

  • Improved behaviour and attitude in PE, sport and whole school. 

  • Increased participation in competitive and performance opportunities.  

  • Increased involvement in community sport and improved quality of community life. 


PE and School Sport Funding: 

The government is providing additional funding to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding is provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport. 

There are 5 key indicators that we aim to see improvement across: 


  • the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity - the Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that all children and young people aged 5 to 18 engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, of which 30 minutes should be in school. 

  • the profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement. 

  • increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport. 

  • broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils. 

  • increased participation in competitive sport. 


For further information on the impact of this funding, please see our Impact of Primary PE and Sport Premium funding and our Action plan documents.  

PE Rolling School Long Term Plan (Rolling Programme of Study)

This is what our children say about PE in our school...

'We are really lucky that we get to try lots of skills to help us get better at lots of sports' Year 5


'We have 2 lessons of PE every week, which is brilliant because we can get really fit and healthy.' Year 2


'I like PE lessons because my teacher helps me to learn new sports that I have not done before.' Year 3


'We learn about teamwork and helping each other in PE lessons which is like the words in our school motto.' Year 6