Emmaville Primary School

Physical Education

Physical Education Curriculum Overview


We intend to provide a high-quality physical education curriculum which inspires all pupils to enjoy, succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. We strive to provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness.


Curriculum Drivers


The School’s Curriculum Drivers are reflected in our physical education:


Learning from the past

Sport has been a significant element of life throughout history, with sporting events and individuals reflecting both culture and  society, as well as influencing them. These events and people have been used as political tools and catalysts for social change. They have also served the to duel purpose of providing joy and inspiration to billions. History is full of inspirational sportsmen and women who have not only excelled in their fields and set new standards, but also people who have overcome significant challenges to achieve their dreams. They have pushed the boundaries of excellence and commitment to become the best. At Emmaville, we ensure that children study a variety of significant sporting events and individuals that have changed history and the world we live in. These provide an example and inspiration for our children to not only strive for their dreams but to also know what is required to be able to do this.


Living in the Present

PE at Emmaville gives children the opportunity to engage in activities that promote both physical and mental well-being. It is taught as a lifestyle, not just a subject, and an essential element of daily life. Our children have regular exercise, develop new skills, learn how to lead a healthy life and engage in a wide range of sports that stimulate their passions (during school time and with after-school clubs). They learn how and why exercise is important, the impact it can have on their physical and mental wellbeing, and the values it can instil (friendship, respect, excellence, determination, courage, inspiration and equality). A love of sport is promoted as well as an intrinsic motivation to better one’s own achievements. Throughout the year, our learners take part in competitive sport both within school and against other schools. Emmaville also has strong links with local sports teams for the girls and boys to further their interests outside of school.


Preparing for the Future

We endeavour to ensure that our children develop a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards PE that will continue with them throughout life. We endeavour to prepare children to lead healthy and active lifestyles and educate them about how to make healthy lifestyle choices. We endeavour to encourage children to make physical and mental exercise a daily part of life. For those with the passion and determination, we expect them to build on the foundations from Emmaville and continue their development in the pursuit of competition and excellence. 




Children at Emmaville from reception through to year 6 receive two hours of timetabled PE per week. Through these sessions we develop the six activities as set out in the National Curriculum i.e. dance; games; gymnastics; athletics; outdoor and adventurous activities and swimming.

Children are given the opportunity to swim during Year 5 and we aim for all pupils leaving the school to be able to swim at least 25m.




The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:

  •        develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  •        are physically active for sustained periods of time
  •        engage in competitive sports and activities
  •        lead healthy, active lives

Subject content


Key stage 1

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


Pupils should be taught 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

Pupils should 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 should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.

Pupils should be taught to:

  •        use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
  •        play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
  •        develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics]
  •        perform dances using a range of movement patterns
  •        take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
  •        compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best


Swimming and water safety

All schools must provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2.


In particular, pupils should be taught to:

  •        swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  •        use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
  •        perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations



We offer opportunities for children throughout school to compete in sport on an intra- and inter-competitive level. All pupils take part in a range of festivals and tournaments. We believe that this builds character as well as embedding values such as fairness and respect.  


We offer coaching opportunities within PE lessons and we have a varied sports extra-curricular clubs programme that runs throughout the year.




Through the explicit teaching of the PE skills, both the teachers and the pupils assess their learning continuously throughout the lesson. Our assessment systems enable teachers to make informed judgements about the depth of their learning and the progress they have made over time. We assess skills (physical, social, emotional and thinking) and use assessment criteria as well as progression documents to help support this.