Physical Education

Subject Leader - Mrs Baron

At St. Aidan's 'Every child matters and more importantly, they know they matter!'

Physical Activity

It is vitally important that at St Aidan's that we offer all children access to 60 minutes of physical activity a day. All children have a 15 minute playtime in the morning and afternoon. Children also have an hour at lunchtime. During this time, a wide variety of play equipment is put out for ALL children to use, such as skipping ropes, balance boards, buckets stilts, catch a cups, a variety of balls and rackets. 

Our Key Stage 2 Playground Leaders take it in turns to come on to the Key Stage 1 yard and play a variety games with them. 

We also have our new Forest School area which children have timetabled access to throughout the year for them to play and explore. 


At St. Aidan’s we strive for all children to achieve the aims of the National Curriculum through an inclusive, broad and balanced curriculum that they not only enjoy but thrive on. The national curriculum for PE 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 St. Aidan’s we intend to offer an exciting and engaging, high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. There is a commitment from all staff to develop all areas of our pupils not just physically but psychologically, socially and cognitively too. The long-term plan begins by focussing on the fundamental skills and then moving onto skills and activities that can lead to different sports. Further up school, we start making the links between sports and finally in years 5 and 6, it becomes more sport specific as we get them ready for high school. Children are given plenty of opportunities to build upon prior knowledge, allowing children to know more, and remember more. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect. We strive to develop children's interest and curiosity within our lessons. Children experience a mix of traditional and ‘new’ sporting activities both within and outside the curriculum.


Each class has access to 2 hours of high-quality PE lessons every week. These are either taught by the class teacher or TA, who have received training and support, through a variety of teaching styles and strategies used to deliver the curriculum. We have a commitment to all children being active, providing spare kit means no child misses out. If for any reason a child cannot take part in the lesson fully children are included by being involved in an activity related to the lesson. Children are provided with opportunities and experinces to practice skills in a variety of ways and each lesson builds upon the previous skills, allowing them time to embed it. Children are able to apply their skills and knowledge in small modified games. Different skills are recapped throughout and across the years, each time they are being built upon. The curriculum is further enhanced by participation in numerous sporting tournaments with other schools in the area and after school clubs. We aim to ensure that the children participate in active lessons outside of their regular PE lessons. This involves incorporating moments within lessons whereby the children can be active. We follow the guidelines set by the national curriculum to ensure we offer a range of PE activities that allow each child to feel challenged and offer opportunities to progress further. 


As part of the EYFS statutory framework pupils are taught:

Physical Development

ELG: Gross Motor Skills

Children at the expected level of development will:

    • -  Negotiate space and obstacles safely, with consideration for themselves and others;

    • -  Demonstrate strength, balance and coordination when playing;

    • -  Move energetically, such as running, jumping, dancing, hopping, skipping and climbing.


ELG: Fine Motor Skills

Children at the expected level of development will:

  • -  Hold a pencil effectively in preparation for fluent writing – using the tripod grip in almost all cases;

  • -  Use a range of small tools, including scissors, paint brushes and cutlery;

  • -  Begin to show accuracy and care when drawing.


 Key stage 1

Pupils develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They are able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations. Pupils are taught to:

  • master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities 
  • participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
  • perform dances using simple movement patterns.

 Key stage 2

Pupils continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.

Pupils are taught to:

  • use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
  • play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
  • develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics]
  • perform dances using a range of movement patterns
  • take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
  • compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.


Currently Year 5 attend swimming for the year. 


All children’s achievements at St. Aidan’s are valued. Their progress is measured across different domains of learning not just physical but social, cognitive and psychological. Support and challenge are provided for all learners during PE. We use we use summative and formative assessment to determine children’s understanding and inform teachers planning. Parents are made aware of their child’s level of attainment in their end of year reports and verbally at parents’ evenings. Festivals and competitions ensure all of our children have the opportunity to take part in a range of sports both in and outside of school whether that be at a competitive or non- competitive level.

Please note that the attached curriculum overview is subject to change and is being reviewed half termly.



Why not visit the Change 4 Life website for some activity and recpie ideas.

Joe Wicks PE

Cosmic Yoga

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