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Physical Education (PE)

Physical Education (PE) Intent, Implementation and Impact


PE Intent

At Greatfield Park Primary School, we recognise the importance of PE and the role it has to play in promoting long-term healthy lifestyles. The intent of our PE curriculum is to provide all pupils with high-quality PE and sports provision. It is our vision for every pupil to succeed and achieve their potential as well as to lead physically active lifestyles. We will provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident, in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities will be offered to all pupils, in order to build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.


We focus on a ‘child-centred’ approach to the delivery of PE lessons, that challenges and supports every pupil across the school. This approach is achieved through the use of the ‘Real PE’ scheme of work, which covers all year groups from the Early Years through to Year 6. Real PE is fully aligned to National Curriculum and Ofsted requirements. It focuses on the development of agility, balance and coordination, healthy competition and cooperative learning through a unique approach to teaching and learning in PE. Pupils are able to apply their skills within a range of sports, including rounders, cricket, netball, basketball, tennis, football, rugby, hockey, dance, gymnastics and athletics. By the end of Key Stage 2, all pupils will also have had the opportunity to experience taking part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges, both individually and within a team.


At Greatfield Park Primary School, we use subject-specific vocabulary during our lessons and it is developed as the pupils progress through the school. Our PE lessons also offer cross-curricular opportunities, such as measuring distance in long jump and timing races with stop watches during athletics. During Key Stage 2, pupils will have a series of structured swimming sessions.  As a school, our expectations are that pupils should achieve the expected standard in PE by the end of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and that pupils should be able to swim, competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres. We also have specific interventions for children who need support or more time to develop. As well as this, we also offer our more able pupils the opportunity to be challenged by using their skills in competitions against other schools. At Greatfield Park Primary School, our vision and values run through all PE lessons and activities. Pupils are recognised for showing determination in learning new skills, respect for teachers and peers, excellence in mastering a new skill, being aspirational to achieve, mindful of others and being supportive of fellow pupils.

PE Implementation

PE is taught at Greatfield Park as an area of learning in its own right as well as integrated where possible with other curriculum areas. Every class across the school are undertaking two hours of PE per week, one outdoor real PE session as well as a daily mile. Each class completes one Real PE lesson per week focusing on different skills needed to play a team game at the end of term. (football, rounders, hockey etc.).


We teach lessons so that children:

  • Have fun and experience success in sport
  • Feel challenged
  • Can develop the following in order to be successful within PE – Creativity, cognitive skills, health and fitness, physical skills, social and personal skills
  • Develop good sporting attitudes
  • Understand basic rules
  • Experience positive and healthy competition
  • Learn in a safe environment
  • Have a foundation for lifelong physical activity, leaving primary school as physically active.

Opportunities for children to compete in sport are organised throughout the year which help build character and embed values such as fairness and respect. Children across the school, especially in Key Stage Two, are given the opportunity to take part in internal and external competitions.


PE and sporting activities are inclusive at Greatfield, where every child has the opportunity to perform and compete. External coaches, local clubs and organisations and educational visits are also planned to support the PE curriculum and to enrich the pupil’s sporting experience.


Wherever possible, meaningful links are made to other areas of the curriculum in terms of children’s physical and mental wellbeing. We use ICT during our PE lessons at Greatfield, so children can record themselves and improve their own technique.

PE Impact

PE is taught as a basis for lifelong learning, where the children have access to a wide range of activities in the belief that if taught well and the children are allowed to succeed, then they will continue to have a physically active life. A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all children to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. At Greatfield, 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 within after school clubs and external competitions help to develop good sportsmanship and team work