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Physical Education

The Department for Education states that the purpose of study for the Primary PE curriculum is:

"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."


"The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • lead healthy, active lives.”

At Grove Road we strive to provide the children with a broad and balanced competitive PE curriculum, which embeds the schools values and educates as to how to live healthy, active lives. We aim to support our teachers through a well structured, clear and scaffolded scheme of work to ensure that their CPD needs are also met, allowing them to teach PE with confidence. 

Intent Statement

Our broad and balanced PE Curriculum aims to…

Ensure all children, regardless of ability, achieve optimum physical and emotional development and a full understanding of physical and mental well-being. All staff will deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities in a safe and supportive environment, which is developed through a clear sequence of skills. The aim is to ensure that all children succeed in physical education to enable them to develop a life-long love of physical activity and lead healthy and active lives. Our curriculum aims to improve the wellbeing and fitness of all children at Grove Road, not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and  disciplines PE promotes and through skills for life and life-long values; such as friendship, courage, inspiration, determination, equality, respect and excellence. 

Intended Impact:

  • All PE lessons use the Primary PE Planning scheme of work, which builds on the progression of skills throughout the key stages. 
  • When pupils leave Year 6 they will have experience a range of PE disciplines and will be able to speak about the skills they have built, using appropriate vocabulary and where they want to develop. 
  • Pupils self assess against each lesson's learning questions, they self and peer assess and teachers assess each pupil in each unit using the recording and assessment function within the scheme of work. 
  • All children participate in the full PE lesson with resources to support their understanding and mobility. All lessons aim to use 80% of the time being fully active. 
  • Teachers and subject leaders adapt planning according to the children's needs. 
  • Children learn to take responsibility for their own health and fitness, as well as engaging in competitive sports. They will hopefully grow up to live happy and healthy lives utilising the skills and knowledge acquired through PE. 
  • All children participate in a variety of sports through quality teaching that is engaging, progressive and skills based. 
  • All children have the opportunity to participate in at least one sporting event each year. 
  • Teachers are well skilled, through quality professional development, to deliver high quality PE lessons and encourage all children to reflect on the skills they are developing and how they can improve further.

Pupil Views

"PE is exciting and pushes me to improve my strength and understanding of lots of different sports. I work well in a team and love to try new things like yoga" - Year 6 child

"I love PE because we’re outside playing games and I really enjoy sports" - Evyn, Year 5 

"In PE we do lots of exercise and learn new things, I have loved learning Tag Rugby for the first time" - Eloise, Year 4

"I know I have done enough exercise after PE because sometimes I am hot and my legs ache" - Thea, Year 2

"PE is fun and I love learning in it" - Rowan, Year 2

"I like learning new sports and practising sports I already know how to play” - Ellie, Year 4

"In PE we learn new skills to help us get better at different sports" - Elsie, Year 4

"I like that we have lots of PE and we learn new games in different skills. I really like learning a new skill" - Charlie, Year 5 

"In PE my teacher gives me harder challenges and pushes me more to be better" - Jacob, Year 5 

"I like that we get to run around and be energetic" - Year 4 child


Subject Documents Date  
PE Skills and Knowledge Progression 2023 2024 13th Sep 2023 Download
PE Vocabulary Progression 2023 2024 13th Sep 2023 Download
PE at Grove Road 2023 2024 13th Sep 2023 Download


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