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Physical Education (PE)


At Shaw-cum-Donnington CE Primary School, we recognise the importance of regular physical activity and aim to give children the tools and understanding required to make a positive impact on their own physical health and well-being.

Our ambition is that all children experience a wide variety of sports and physical skills which will enhance life-long fitness, life choices and self -confidence.  We believe that participation in sporting activity is a key element of developing a school community where children feel they belong.  Sporting opportunities are an important part of our provision beyond the lesson.  Children are encouraged to engage in competitive sports and activities in lessons and through other sporting events, learning how to be fair, be part of a team and have respect for others.

Through our Physical Education programme of study, we encourage the children to:

Meet the requirements of The National Curriculum, which states that ‘a high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all 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 demand values such as fairness and respect.

Its aims are to enable all pupils to:

  • Develop competences to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • Be physically active for sustained periods of time
  • Engage in competitive sports and activities
  • Lead healthy, active lives

In addition, we aim:

  • To motivate and inspire
  • To build confidence and self-esteem
  • To develop successful learners who enjoy making progress
  • To build on concentration
  • To encourage communication with others
  • To develop a positive attitude to winning and losing
  • To support positive behaviour
  • To engage in physical activities during the day and build on this in other areas outside of the school day e.g., after school clubs, evening and weekend activities

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters. Skills and processes specific in the relevant programme of study.

According to the National Curriculum, children will build on their prior knowledge and skills, developing their fundamental movement, creative and evaluative skills alongside their agility, balance and coordination.  Children will be challenged to gain competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities both in individual and team or group situations.  Across the school children develop their knowledge and understanding in gymnastics, dance, team games, athletics, outdoor adventurous activities and swimming.


Our PE curriculum map balances all the required subject areas.  Every child across KS1 and 2 receives two PE sessions a week.  Physical Education is taught in school by our experienced teaching staff, our sports coach HLTA and specialist teachers from Trinity Secondary School.  The PE coordinator aims to support staff through their teaching by supporting them before, during and after PE lessons.  Building on what they know, and enriching their teaching.  Our sports coach oversees and develops both the quality of sports provision across our school and helps foster an enthusiasm for life-long physical activity. 


  • All staff have high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge our pupils
  • ​Staff have good subject knowledge and maintain pupil’s interest
  • Staff are able to  adapt teaching to the strength and needs of pupils
  • Experience of physical education are positive
  • Motivation levels are sustained and built on to ensure engagement across the primary phase

Pupils have strong foundations for continued participation into their secondary education and beyond in order to support life-long healthy lifestyles.

Teachers in collaboration with the sport coach and Trinity specialist staff assess through observation all children and track their progress according to the objectives.  Teachers informally identify who meets the objectives.  This information is passed on to subsequent teachers and coated by the PE subject leader.  This provides an understanding of pupils’ achievements and where further teaching might be required.

The Physical Education subject leader undertakes the following monitoring to ensure PE is effectively taught and what can be done to improve in the future:

  • Reviewing assessment information
  • Monitoring assessment procedures
  • Learning walks to see learning of PE
  • Feeding back to the Head Teacher and Governors
  • Pupil Interviews
  • PE work scrutiny, where appropriate.
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