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"Don’t dream of winning, train for it"

Mo Farrah

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At Kingswood, we place value on teaching Physical Education because we recognise it is the only subject whose primary focus is on the body.  It uniquely addresses the physical development of our children and makes a major contribution to their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.



In the EYFS, PE helps the children to learn about their bodies, develop gross motor skills and to discover the effects that physical activity has on their bodies. At Kingswood, EYFS children participate in games which develop key skills such as throwing and catching. Many of the activities require the children to take turns or to work as a team which supports the children in developing positive attitudes towards sharing, co-operation and competition. 


It is necessary that the children engage in physical education and acquire key skills from the EYFS, as it develops overall body strength, co-ordination, balance, and agility needed to engage successfully with future physical education sessions and other physical disciplines including dance, gymnastics, sport, and swimming taught in Key Stage 1 and 2. Gymnastics, Dance, Athletics, Invasion games (multi-sports at KS1) and Swimming, form the core activities of the PE Curriculum in KS1 and 2. 

We believe that at a time when there are growing health concerns over children nationally, we should inspire our children to become healthy, active learners.  Our curriculum aims to be the springboard towards a physically active life by introducing children to different sports and movements.  Moreover, P.E enables children to develop teamwork, leadership and resilience in an alternative setting to the classroom. 

Through the teaching of PE we intend to:  

  • enable pupil’s to develop and explore physical skills with increasing control and co-ordination.  

  • encourage pupils to work and play with others in a range of group situations.  

  • develop the way pupil perform skills and apply rules and conventions for different activities.  

  • show pupil’s how to improve the quality and control of their performance.  

  • teach pupil to recognise and describe how their bodies feel during exercise.  

  • develop the pupil’s enjoyment of physical activity through creativity and imagination.  

  • develop an understanding in pupils of how to succeed in a range of physical activities and how to evaluate their own success.  

  • assess pupil’s learning, analyse and interpret the results to inform future planning and lessons. 


We recognise that children join us with different physical abilities, and ensure that everyone is catered for.  This means providing all children with at two hours of PE a week, as well as other sporting opportunities (in after school clubs, lunchtime clubs, or through competitions) for those that want to pursue particular sports or events.  

Physical Education teaches the key elements of the National Curriculum and allows for them to be applied in a practical context. Our teachers deliver PE using a consistent formula which enables children to succeed, but more importantly, understand the value of this success. Teachers are given CPD training and are supported by expert coaches and can team teach with the PE coordinator.    

Children who meet the National Curriculum objectives by demonstrating aptitude in skill, competitiveness, fairness and respect are chosen to represent the school at cross-school events. Pupils are provided with swimming lessons to ensure they are taught the vital life skills of becoming proficient swimmers with an understanding of water safety. 

We aim to provide a variety of sporting opportunities. These encourage pupils to further develop their skills in a range of the activity areas. The focus sport in each lesson changes each term in the school year. As well as sporting opportunities within the school community, we also enter partnership and Moving Matters sporting events. The pupils have opportunities to competitively play in tennis, athletics, rugby, cricket, hockey, netball and dance. These experiences allow for pupils to apply their sporting skills, develop team skills and learn how to play competitively.  


In KS2, pupils take part in a Federation wide sporting event, either as a participant or as a spectator. 

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Teachers at Kingswood will assess the physical and teamwork skills that the children are developing and plan further lessons to build and strengthen these areas. We are also looking to provide more opportunities for children to take part in competitions to showcase and highlight the importance of these skills. All participation and success will be celebrated across the school.


Pupils have a wide range of physical ability. Whilst recognising this fact, we provide suitable learning opportunities for all pupils by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child and in doing so raise pupil’s health (considering childhood obesity) and fitness levels, improve skills and develop pupil’s resilience, teamwork and perseverance (school values).

The use of assessment and by talking to pupils the quality of lessons and confidence in the teaching of PE improves and as a result the enjoyment and positive outcomes increases. 

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