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Physical Education


At Highfield Community Primary School, we recognise the importance of physical education (PE) to promote a positive attitude towards an active and healthy lifestyle. We aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum, giving all children the opportunity to develop their physical competence and confidence. The intent of our PE curriculum is to provide every pupil with high quality PE and sport provision. It is our vision that all children succeed and achieve their full potential. We aim to ensure all of our children leave primary school with the passion, knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for lifelong participation in physical activity and competitive sport.


We aim to ensure that our PE lessons are engaging, allowing children time to discover, play and spend time on a task when learning a new skill, as well as being progressive in order to challenge every pupil to fulfil their unique potential. It is essential children go through the process of attempting, failing and succeeding to build resilience and determination to achieve personal challenges. Our children have the opportunity to experience a wide range of activities arranged through teaching by highly skilled teachers and quality specialist coaches who attend school to deliver coaching sessions to both our children and our staff. Children in Key Stage 2 also access swimming lessons to ensure they meet the minimum requirement at the end of KS2. Catch up swimming is also offered in Upper Key Stage 2 in order to help all children to meet this requirement. As we are a coastal school, we feel it is especially important to be able to swim and understand the importance of water safety. In order to emphasise this importance we annually take part in ‘Drowning Prevention Week’.

Our curriculum is further enriched through children taking part in PE events and competitions, which take place in a host of different locations around our area. Children’s skills, abilities and talents are enriched by providing opportunities to showcase the talents of those who are Gifted and Talented, and build up the skills of our disadvantaged pupils, who may otherwise not have such opportunities.

Children have access to after school sports clubs which are led by specialist coaches and a sports TA. We also promote competitive sport and have a number of teams who compete locally throughout the year which gives the children an opportunity to develop their communication and team working skills. 

During our Summer Term each year, we hold a Sports Day where families and carers are invited to share and celebrate the success of our children and their talents in sport. Children complete a range of activities both competitively and non-competitively.

We use a range of formative assessment tools and strategies within our PE curriculum and believe wholly that self and peer assessment during lessons is just as, if not more, effective. Allowing children to reflect upon their own performance and solve problems for themselves is key to their independence and growth. Peer assessment provides children the opportunity to appraise one another and suggest constructive feedback for each other’s work. Children’s progression is evidenced through photographs and videos as well as regular oral feedback. 

Alongside formal assessment, we actively encourage our children to speak out using our pupil voice strategy. This ensures that we are providing the best opportunities for all pupils by listening to how they feel the PE curriculum is being delivered as well as suggestions they might have going forward to guarantee the utmost engagement from all of our pupils.

To help engage children with sporting events and opportunities we often share local clubs with our pupils, which has proven successful, this helps those children who have shown a particular skill or engagement in an area of PE to develop this further. We aim to encourage those who appear to be particularly in their element to seek these opportunities out to enable them to showcase their skills and talents beyond school.


By the end of KS2 children will have:

The ability to acquire new knowledge and skills exceptionally well and develop an in-depth understanding of PE.  

The willingness to practise skills in a wide range of different activities and situations, alone, in small groups and in teams and to apply these skills in chosen activities to achieve exceptionally high levels of performance.  

High levels of physical fitness.  

A healthy lifestyle.

The ability to remain physically active for sustained periods of time and an understanding of the importance of this in promoting long-term health and well-being.  

The ability to take the initiative and become excellent young leaders, organising and officiating, evaluating what needs to be done to improve, motivating and instilling excellent sporting attitudes in others.  

Exceptional levels of originality, imagination and creativity in their techniques, tactics and choreography, knowledge of how to improve their own and others’ performance and the ability to work independently for extended periods of time without the need of guidance or support.  

A keen interest in PE. 

A willingness to participate eagerly in every lesson, highly positive attitudes and the ability to make informed choices about engaging fully in extra-curricular sport.  

The ability to swim at least 25 metres before the end of Year 6 and knowledge of how to remain safe in and around water.