For EYFS please see Physical Development parts of the Nursery and Reception Curriculum Overviews here: http://www.holywell.northumberland.sch.uk/website/reception_and_nursery_eyfs/437184

PE at Holywell Village First School

Holywell Village First School has been awarded School Games Gold status five years in a row. As a result we are a platinum School Games award holder and very proud of this achievement. PE provision underpins our school vision:

At Holywell Village First School we have high aspirations for our children to become well-rounded, respectful and responsible future citizens. They are happy, independent and have positive self-esteem. They have a thirst for learning and are emotionally regulated so they are ‘Ready to Learn’. They are curious about the world around them and are confident to ‘have a go’. They are reflective learners who persevere and demonstrate good communication and social skills. They are thoughtful, caring and kind.  

PE Curriculum Intent

Why do we teach 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.” (DfE (2014), Physical Education programmes of study: key stages 1 and 2 National curriculum in England).'

Our curriculum is unique to HVFS

We believe that Physical Education lessons should be fully inclusive of every child. And reduce inequalities. Our intent is to: fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for PE but also :

  • Ensure the curriculum from Nursery to Year 4 is coherently sequenced so that all children develop their:

    • Fundamental Movement skills

    • Rules, strategies and tactics

    • Healthy participation 

  • Ensure children are physically active and they have sufficient time to be able to develop the competencies which build proficiency and motivation. 

  • From their very first day in school, ensure children have the appropriate declarative (the ‘what’) and procedural (the ‘how’) knowledge by KS 2 to engage in meaningful competition unique to the interest and facilities available to children at HVFS. 

  • Ensure children are active for sustained periods of time so that they can lead healthy active lives. 

  • Ensure children have opportunities to lead activities and games in order for them to develop their leadership qualities. 


 How do we teach PE?

Our PE curriculum and lessons are effective and age appropriate.  We implement PE in the following ways:

We have a progression of skills across the year groups, ensuring children learn new skills every year and develop previously taught skills.

The curriculum content is sequenced so that it maximises the likelihood of pupils making meaningful connections. In order to do this teachers will ensure that pupils have secure prerequisite knowledge before moving on to more complex ideas. 

Throughout EYFS and Key Stage One children are taught the basic skills needed for PE and games through multi-skill sessions including aspects of agility, balance and coordination. These form the fundamental movement skills.

Rules, strategies and tactics begin to be introduced in KS1. Small-scale competitive games are introduced with children playing fun games as individuals and small groups.

In Key Stage Two, formal competitive games are introduced, allowing children to develop and build upon the declarative and procedural knowledge acquired in EYFS and Key Stage One. Children learn the rules, strategies and tactics of a carefully selected range of games; they apply this knowledge into small team games such as cricket, tag rugby.

Dance, Gym and yoga/pilates are taught discretely in blocks through the year across Key Stages One and Two.

We aim for children to be as active as possible in PE sessions, with teachers and coaches intervening at key times during learning sessions to teach and develop key skills and ideas.

The curriculum is designed so that depth can be achieved. This allows for lots of opportunities for practice within one context so that children can master the learning intended by the curriculum

We have an inclusive approach to PE; all children are included in all sessions, with support when necessary, ensuring every child benefits from, and understands the importance of, healthy active lifestyles.