During the Foundation stage the main focus is on exploration through play and physical activity. By watching, listening and experimenting students develop their skills in movement and co ordination. During the Foundation stage children develop their basic motor skills, knowledge and understanding through a variety of practical activities including dance and movement, ball skills, games, basic Gymnastics and learning to swim. There is clear progression from Pre School to Early years then into Reception stage where skills and activities develop in structure and complexity.

Key stage 1 (Year 1-2)

During Physical Education lessons in Year 1 children develop their knowledge, skills and understanding through dance activities, games, gymnastics, and learning to swim. Full and specific games and complex skills are not played and used at this age. However there is clear progression from Pre Nursery and the Reception stage to Year 1 where skills and activities develop in structure and complexity.

Key stage 2 (Year 3-6)

During Physical Education lessons in Year 3 students are encouraged to develop their creative imagination in physical activity. They learn new skills, find out how to move in different ways and link them to actions in a variety of activities. They develop an understanding of greater tactical and technical understanding of how to succeed in different sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise success. Activities in Year 5 focus specifically on more complex activities and skills. Students develop the knowledge, skills and understanding through dance, games, gymnastics, athletics and learning to swim.


In the Secondary P.E. curriculum students experience a wide range of activities over an academic year. Here are some examples -

  • Swimming
  • Football
  • Dance and Movement
  • Gymnastics
  • Athletics
  • Fitness
  • Yoga and Pilates
  • Volleyball
  • Badminton
  • Table Tennis
  • Basketball
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Softball / Tee Ball
  • Cricket

Teaching Styles and Philosophy

Students are encouraged to learn independently in all lessons. There is a strong focus on ‘Assessment for Learning’ in all lessons with peer and self assessment skills actively developed. Every half term the activities change so students follow a very broad and balanced curriculum.

In Key stage four students are actively encouraged to lead and coach parts of lessons where appropriate. IGCSE P.E. is also offered and is a very popular subject.

‘Children made good progress with their physical development through specialist PE lessons and play. They confidently and safely show good control and coordination. Adults provide planned group activities that are often student led.’ Education Development Trust (EDT) Accreditation Report, June 2017

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