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Physical Education

We believe that Physical Education and sport have a vital role to play in the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of children.

We are committed to providing a wide range of sports both in and out of school. It is our goal that 100% of children will take part in a sports or fitness club out of school. We will support and encourage families to increase levels of fitness and health in the day to day activities and also with PE promotion events. We actively encourage competitive sports and we encourage children to aspire to be part of our school teams.

Physical education and sport are important in giving children the knowledge, understanding and the tools to make a positive impact on their own health and well-being.

Working collaboratively, the cluster PE Partnership aims to provide for pupils’ increasing self- confidence through an ability to manage themselves successfully in a variety of situations.

Children will have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of sports and physical activities, carried out in a safe and supportive environment, where effort and hard-work, as well as success, is celebrated.

During their time in the cluster, children will be able to take part in a wide range of physical activities including: games, dance, gymnastics, swimming and athletics.


At Grimley and Holt we use a thoughtfully designed sequence of lessons so teachers ensure that they have progressively covered all the requirements of the PE National Curriculum. Our scheme of work guarantees that children receive a varied and well-planned PE curriculum, providing the opportunity for growth across the full breadth of the PE National Curriculum for KS1 and KS2, both indoors and outdoors. The progression is clearly mapped. In KS1, the focus is on the development of fundamental skills, which will be built upon in KS2 when applied to specific sports. Our goal is to instill a lifelong love of physical activity, sport, and PE in all young people. We aim to help ensure a positive and healthy physical and mental outlook in the future and assist young people in developing essential skills such as leadership and teamwork. Within each lesson, we strive to give every child the opportunity to develop skills in PE, consider the impact on their health and fitness, compete/perform, and evaluate. These elements are clearly identified in both lesson plans and progression maps. All lessons are carefully differentiated, ensuring that learning is as personalized and inclusive as possible. It is our intention to ensure that every child has access to at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.


Our comprehensive curriculum ensures that teachers have the necessary knowledge and skills to provide modern and high-quality teaching and learning experiences for all areas of the PE National Curriculum. Technical glossaries, skill posters, and adult guidance through peplanning support teachers in their subject knowledge, enabling them to share technical vocabulary and skills confidently and concisely. Our primary objective is for teachers to have the confidence to teach all areas of PE, regardless of their main areas of expertise.

Our lessons in Physical Education are designed in accordance with subject-specific progression maps, which guarantee that children get the chance to reinforce existing skills and acquire new or advanced ones. We always take into account prior learning and provide opportunities for revision and practice within the lessons, which is vital for building depth in children’s knowledge, skills, and understanding of PE. This practice is crucial and ensures that children make progress and develop their skills over time.

Key assessment questions are integrated into the teaching sequence to assess different levels of understanding at various points in the lesson. This allows teachers to recap concepts where necessary, helping to embed learning. Formative assessments are supported through the inclusion of assessment grids on lesson plans where teachers can record notes to show individual children’s achievements and identify where challenge or support is required in future lessons.

PE learning journeys serve as a personal formative record from the child’s perspective. Additionally, a more formal summative assessment spreadsheet is included to help monitor the impact against National Curriculum aims. PE and sports resources are utilised to ensure children have access to at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Home learning tasks designed to encourage physical activity for 15 minutes each day, and active break resources to break up sedentary learning time.


The curriculum content of each unit is aligned with the progression documents to ensure that learners acquire detailed knowledge and skills across the entire Physical Education (PE) curriculum. Our indoor units are often centred around themes with strong cross-curricular connections to other subjects and topics, such as Romans and Traditional Tales, that form part of Mantle of the Expert themes. This approach helps to make learning memorable, establish links, and ultimately create a higher level of engagement and understanding. Progress and achievement are tracked against knowledge and skills objectives. The consistent and high-quality approach to PE teaching is expected to have a significant impact on the achievement of knowledge and skills in PE. The use of a range of resources, including display materials, will increase the profile of sport, PE, and physical activity across the school. By displaying, speaking, and using technical PE vocabulary, the learning environment is more consistent across both key stages. The use of active assemblies, interschool competitions and PE-specific home learning tasks improve whole-school and parental engagement.

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