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Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School

To be the best you can be:for God, for others and for ourselves


Curriculum Vision and Physical Education

All of the elements of our curriculum intent statement underpin our teaching of Physical Education (PE) However, PE provides particular opportunities for teaching the following aspects of our intent statement.

●    Strand 1a) i) having a strongly agreed consensus of the knowledge and skills our pupils need in order to take advantage of opportunities later in later life and a through this powerfully address social disadvantage.


●    Strand 1a) vi) ensuring our curriculum meets the specific needs of our community, particularly widening vocabulary and broadening children’s experiences and

horizons through systematically extending their knowledge of the wider world.

●    Strand 1c) i) equipping our pupils with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life, introducing them to the best that has been thought and said to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement

●    Strand 2b i) ensuring all pupils have curriculum opportunities to look beyond themselves, ask ‘big questions’ and think globally about life

●    Strand 2b) ii) developing an understanding of disadvantage, deprivation and the exploitation of the natural world.


Purpose and Aims of Physical Education


A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. It should 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 build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect. 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 and lead healthy, active lives.


Organisation of Teaching

The Physical Education curriculum is carefully and coherently sequenced to enable our children to develop a growing knowledge of the themes outlined above. Pupils’ knowledge builds towards clearly defined end points so everyone knows what we expect our pupils to achieve by the end of each unit of PE, each year and each key stage. To meet the educational needs of our school community we have selected the following core knowledge concepts as a focus for our teaching. These are explored in increasing depth as pupils move through the school.


In Reception and KS1, pupils should develop fundamental physical skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of activities to extend their basic understanding of their physical capacities and their health and well-being. This will give the children the skills and understanding to enable them to access more sport specific concepts in KS2.  All PE is taught through practical lessons, but elements of theory will be incorporated in those practical sessions. Examples of the units taught in KS1:

  • Hit, catch and run
  • Send and return
  • Defend, attack and shoot.


KS2 pupils should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills and knowledge, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them with previously taught knowledge. They should enjoy further exploration in more game and sport specific concepts. They should develop an understanding of how different physical activity can impact their lives. Pupils should be taught to:

  • Gymnastics, swimming, dance, athletics, OAA, cricket, games (including rugby, cricket, tennis, handball, basketball, Lacrosse and football) and skipping. Across the school PE is taught as a discrete subject, though meaningful links are made with other subjects in our curriculum. The topics we teach are outlined in the curriculum map for PE (see Appendix 1). This is published on our website.

Click below to view our PE Curriculum Map:

Click below to view our PE Progress Map: