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At Sudbourne Primary School, we believe that Physical Education plays an vital part in children's all round education.  We strive to create a culture which inspires an active generation who will encourage each other to live a healthy lifestyle and enjoy physical pursuits. We make sure that children are not only active but also physically educated.  

We aim to achieve this through our shared vision for physical education: 

Educate ⧫ Innovate ⧫ Captivate

We aim for all our children to receive a positive experience of sport and physical activity and to create the belief that ‘anyone can succeed at sport.’ We pride ourselves on providing a supportive environment for children to experience a varied menu of physical activities for children to try and experience.  The school also offers a growing number of after-school activities which are delivered by qualified and experienced coaches.

Through fun and engaging learning opportunities, we seek to captivate children into forming positive routines and habits in relation to physical activity. 

Inclusion is at the heart of PE lessons at Sudbourne and children are encouraged to participate in PE at their own level of development, with teachers and coaches ensuring that lessons cater for individual needs. In our supportive environment, effort as well as success is recognised and rewarded. 

Our PE curriculum aims to provide high-quality lessons that develop fitness and skills to be able to compete in competitive and non-competitive game situations but also helps build ‘character.’ Children are taught to observe and demonstrate the conventions of fair play, honest competition and good sporting conduct as individual participants, team members and spectators. Thus aiming to embed life-long values which mirror our school values.  



We deliver a rich and progressive curriculum for all children to develop skills and techniques as well as an understanding of sports physiology including an understanding of how their own bodies work and how to stay healthy. We plan for progression from EYFS to Year 6, through the careful mapping of curriculum content which allows children to build on skills and knowledge each year through a cyclical approach. As well as developing a range of skills, children also develop knowledge of the basic rules and tactics of a sport. 

We implement our physical education curriculum through 2 x 45 minute lessons per week focussing on different units of work.  Each unit  will introduce 3-5 key skills and is sequenced in the following way: 

  1. Introduce new sport: - encourage discussion of prior knowledge between children. 

  2. Learn new skills - effective teacher/peer modelling followed by experimenting with the skill. 

  3. Apply new skills - planned activities/games for children to use the skill in mixed ability groups. 

  4. Live feedback - partner/other group members help support each other as the teacher assesses children and provides verbal feedback. 

  5. Game/performance - children will apply their skill in a game or performance setting. 

Phase 1

Every lesson is inclusive and we make sure that each child participates in all areas throughout the year. Gymnastics, Dance, Athletics, Invasion games, Target games, Net and Wall games are taught based on their previous knowledge. Children are taught simple tactics and strategies on how to outwit their opponent. Children are regularly assessed at the end of each half term.

Phase 2 and 3 

Children continue their learning and development in six main areas: OAA and Orienteering, Dance, Gymnastics, Invasion games, Net and Wall games, Athletics. Swimming is taught in year 3 and year 4, where the main focus is on a child to be able to swim 25m, use different swimming strokes and child safety in and around water.

Children also get a chance to be involved and compete in the inter or intra competitions.

At the end of year six we want our pupils to have a strong knowledge of how to play a number of invasion games. Children will be able to perform and combine gymnastics elements fluently, effectively and safely. Children will have a secure understanding of simple map reading and orienteering.  Pupils will use good imagination to create, combine and improvise movement ideas fluently to create a whole dance. Children will show great understanding of skill and techniques in athletics.

Our approach to inclusion is implemented using the STEP Framework (2014) which was created to develop good practice within the teaching of physical education and aims to vary the following to meet individual needs. 

  • Modifying the space

  • Task

  • Equipment 

  • and/or people


Extracurricular activities

Our enrichment offer also acts as an extension of our curriculum through a variety of after school clubs and school and community competitions for KS1 (including Reception in the summer term) and KS 2 (Y3-Y6). These opportunities allow children to further progress and foster an interest in a particular sport.  All clubs are run by appropriately qualified coaches. We also have a football team who trains once a week and play their matches in the Lambeth league.


How successful is our P.E. curriculum

Outcomes in PE are assessed through children’s practical skill and knowledge retained through end of unit observation of competitive sport and performance. ‘Sticky Skills’ will be assessed by the teacher to identify whether a child has met or exceeded the expected standard, these assessments will be used to inform the teacher’s end of year summative assessment.