Subject Policy



Physical Education Policy




Physical education is a statutory requirement of the National Curriculum and an essential contributor to the development of the whole child. Through a high quality physical education programme pupils develop physical competence and confidence and are given opportunities to be physically educated and become physically literate. Through a combination of entitlement and choice of activity, the physical education provision will contribute to the personal development, health and well being, enjoyment, success and achievement of all pupils across the whole curriculum and beyond.

Physical Education(PE) develops pupils’ physical competence and confidence and their ability to use these to perform in a range of activities. It promotes skilfulness, physical development and knowledge of the body in action. Physical Education provides opportunities for pupils to be creative, competitive, cooperative and face up to different challenges as individuals and in groups and teams. It promotes positive attitudes toward healthy and active lifestyles.

Pupils learn how to think in different ways to suit a wide variety of creative, competitive, cooperative and challenging activities. They learn how to plan, perform and evaluate actions, ideas and performances to improve their aptitudes, abilities, preferences and make choices about how to get involved in lifelong physical activity.

National Curriculum for England and Wales; Physical Education; p15

1. Aims and objectives

1.1  Physical education develops the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding, so that they can perform with increasing competence and confidence in a range of physical activities. These include dance, games, gymnastics, swimming and water safety, athletics and outdoor adventure activities. Physical education promotes an understanding in children of their bodies in action. It involves thinking, selecting and applying skills and promotes positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle. Thus we enable them to make informed choices about physical activity throughout their lives.

1.2  Objectives:

• to enable children to develop and explore physical skills with increasing control and co-ordination;

• to encourage children to work and play with others in a range of group situations;

• to develop the way children perform skills and apply rules and conventions for different activities;

• to increase children’s ability to use what they have learnt to improve the quality and control of their performance;

• to teach children to recognise and describe how their bodies feel during exercise;

• to develop the children’s enjoyment of physical activity through creativity and imagination;

• to develop an understanding in children of how to succeed in a range of physical activities and how to evaluate their own success.

• provide an out of school hours programme of activities which extends and enriches curriculum provision.

  1. • challenge pupils to select and use skills, tactics and compositional ideas
    • establish good habits and awareness of safety and personal hygiene
    • develop pupils’ stamina, suppleness, strength and the mental capacity (determination and resilience) to keep going.

2. Teaching and learning style

2.1  We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in PE lessons. Our principal aim is to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding and we do this through a mixture of whole-class teaching and individual/group activities. Teachers draw attention to good examples of individual performance as models for the other children and we encourage the children to evaluate their own work as well as the work of other children. Within lessons we give the children the opportunity both to collaborate and to compete with each other, and they have the opportunity to use a wide range of resources.

2.2  In all classes there are children of differing physical ability. Whilst recognising this fact, we provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We achieve this through a range of strategies:

• setting common tasks that are open-ended and can have a variety of results, e.g. timed events, such as an 80m sprint;

• setting tasks of increasing difficulty, where not all children complete all tasks eg gymnastic work

• grouping children by ability and setting different tasks for each group, e.g. different games;resources

• providing a range of challenge through the provision of different resources, e.g. different gymnastics equipment.

3. PE curriculum planning

3.1 All pupils are entitled to a progressive and comprehensive Physical Education programme which embraces the Statutory Orders of the National Curriculum and takes into account individual interests and needs.  Our school uses the Lancashire scheme of work as the basis for its curriculum planning in PE.  As required in Key Stage 1, we teach dance, games and gymnastics.  In Key Stage 2 we teach compulsory dance, games and gymnastics, plus three other activities: swimming and  water safety, athletics and outdoor and adventurous activities.

3.2  The curriculum planning in PE is carried out in three phases (long-term, medium-term and short-term). The long-term plan maps out the PE activities covered in each term during the key stage following the Lancashire scheme.

3.3  Our medium-term plans, again follow the Lancashire scheme,  give details of each unit of work for each term. These plans define what we teach and ensure an appropriate balance and distribution of work across each term..

3.4  Class teachers follow the short term plans for each PE lesson. These list the specific learning objectives for each lesson and give details of how the lessons are to be taught, outlining how teachers can challenge or offer more support as appropriate. Teachers may use these as a base and use their own creativity in lessons to make appropriate cross curriculum links, whilst still ensuring that the core tasks and skills are being taught.

3.5  The planning and delivery of each unit of work will ensure that each pupil will have the opportunity to:

 Acquire and develop skills: explore basic skills, actions and ideas with increasing understanding; remember and repeat simple skills and actions with increasing control and coordination;

 Learn how to select and apply skills, tactics and compositional ideas: explore how to choose and apply skills and actions in sequence and in combination; vary the way they perform skills by using simple tactics and movement phrases; apply rules and conventions for different activities;

 Take the initiative, lead activity and focus on improving aspects of their own performance: describe what they have done; observe, describe and copy what others have done; use what they have learnt to improve the quality and control of their work;

 Develop a knowledge and understanding of fitness and health: how important it is to be active; to recognise and describe how their bodies feel during different activities;


 Receive teaching which ensures that when 'evaluating and improving performance', connections are made between 'developing, selecting and applying skills, tactics and compositional ideas', and 'fitness and health'.



4. The Foundation Stage

4.1  We encourage the physical development of our children in the reception class as an integral part of their work. As the reception class is part of the Foundation Stage of the National Curriculum, we relate the physical development of the children to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals, which underpin the curriculum planning for children aged three to five years of age. We encourage the children to develop confidence and control of the way they move, and the way they handle tools and equipment. We give all children the opportunity to undertake activities that offer appropriate physical challenge, both indoors and outdoors, using a wide range of resources to support specific skills.




5. Cross curriculum links

Although the links are not always overtly displayed, staff will draw attention to them whenever an opportunity arises.


1. Science

a. Health and Fitness

b. Drugs and Abuse.


2. Maths

a. Speed

b. Distance

c. Time

d. Measuring

e. Recording

f. Handling Data.


3. English

a. Speaking and Listening

b. Subject-specific vocabulary.


4. Geography

a. Map-reading.


5. Music

a. Rhythm

b. Tempo.


6. ICT

a. Use of stop watches

b. Use of digital camera and digital video

c. Use of spreadsheets for recording and interpreting data

d. Use of the internet.



6. Single Equality

6.1 All pupils can access a broad and balanced PE curriculum, which meets the specific needs of individual and groups of pupils including those who have diverse special educational needs, disabled youngsters, gifted and talented children and those with English as a second language. This is inline with our Single Equality Policy where adjustments are made to remove any barriers to children’s learning and development. Lesson planning, delivery and assessment tries to ensure that children are provided with appropriate and effective opportunities to actively participate and succeed. Needs of individuals are met by appropriate support staff, a range of equipment, appropriate groupings, safe spaces to work and differentiated tasks which enable all pupils to make progress.

6.2 Intervention through School Action and School Action Plus will lead to the creation of an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for children with special educational needs. The IEP may include, as appropriate, specific targets relating to PE.


7. Assessment and recording

7.1   Teachers will formally assess the progress of pupils at the end of each unit of work. Informal assessment is carried out on a lesson-by-lesson basis and may or may not be recorded, according to the preference of the individual teacher. Teachers complete a tracker each term outlining the attainment of the children for that area. The tracker also enables the teacher to make an annual assessment of progress for each child, as part of the child’s annual report to parents.

8. Resources

8.1  There is a wide range of resources to support the teaching of PE across the school. We keep most of our small and large equipment in the PE store, and this is accessible to children only under adult supervision. The outside garage also contains some equipment specific to outdoor work. The hall contains a range of large apparatus and we expect the children to help set up and put away this equipment as part of their work. By so doing, the children learn to handle equipment safely. The children use the school playground and school field and local swimming pools for swimming lessons.

9. Health and safety


The effective management of safety for  Longton Primary School is as follows:


1. Risk Assessment and planning before a lesson


2. Organisation of routines during and between lessons to include:

a. The use of appropriate kit

b. Checking PE areas are free from sharp objects and broken glass

c. Location of safety equipment

d. Reporting accidents


3. Control to include:

a. Where to find safety information

b. Regular safety checks


4. Monitoring and Review – including procedures for reporting hazards/suspected hazards and those for reviewing risk assessments and safety in general.



1. PE Equipment is annually checked by appropriate agencies.

2. Staff to be vigilant and report any  damage to PE equipment to the PE co-ordinator

The general teaching requirement for health and safety applies in this subject. We encourage the children to consider their own safety and the safety of others at all times. We expect them to change for PE into the agreed clothing for each activity area. The governing body expects the teachers to set a good example by wearing appropriate footwear  when teaching PE. The policy of the governing body is that no jewellery is to be worn for any physical activity.


10. Monitoring and review

10.1 The monitoring of the standard of children’s work and of the quality of the teaching in PE is the responsibility of the subject leader. The subject leader supports colleagues in the teaching of PE, informing them about current developments in the subject. The PE subject leader gives the head teacher and governors a termly review.

10.2 An action plan for PE is drawn up outlining areas for development. This is regularly reviewed throughout the year and reported to governors.

10.3 Pupil interviews are undertaken


11 The role of the Governing body

11.1 The Governing body review action plans and their progress. They are welcome to attend staff Inset and observe lessons in school.


12. Extra-curricular activities

12.1  The school provides a range of PE-related activities  including netball, football, rugby , rounders, bowling and kwick cricket for children at the end of the school day. These encourage children to further develop their skills in a range of the activity areas. The school also welcomes other sports coaches into school to further enhance the children’s experiences these include dance, jujit and yoga..

The school also plays regular fixtures against other local schools and participates in area knockout competitions.  This introduces a competitive element to team games and allows the children to put into practice the skills that they have developed in their lessons. These opportunities foster a sense of team spirit and co-operation amongst our children.

12.2 We have a strong link with a local high schools which gives the children across both Key stages the opportunity to try out a range of different sporting activities and to learn and to develop new skills. It is also a great opportunity to work with other children from local primary schools.



Adopted Summer 2018

Review date Autumn 2018



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