Physical Education

‘‘Physically educated persons are those who have learned to arrange their lives in such a way that the habitual physical activities they freely engage in make a distinctive contribution to their wider flourishing.’’ – James MacAllister

Purpose of study

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.

DfE Statutory guidance – National curriculum in England: PE programmes of study. Published 11 September 2013

Holland Park Curriculum Intent Statement for Physical Education

The physical education curriculum should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness and allows them to embrace values such as fairness and respect.

They should have the chance to experience a wide range of physical activities and engage in competitive sports and events. Throughout lessons they need to be physically active for sustained periods of time and encouraged to lead healthy, active lives. A key aim should be for pupils to learn to co-operate with one another and work as a team.

At Holland Park Primary School, we aim for children to develop the necessary knowledge and skills which will have a positive impact on their future by becoming physically active citizens to benefit their long-term health and well-being.

Holland Park Curriculum Principles for PE

P.E. is taught at Holland Park Primary School as an area of learning in its own right, as well as being integrated, where possible, with other curriculum areas. It is taught over two sessions per week, one being indoor P.E and the other being outdoors.

The key knowledge and skills of each aspect of P.E are mapped across each year group. This ensures that children develop their knowledge of games, dance and gymnastics and (from KS2) athletics and outdoor and adventurous activity progressively. The skills in these areas are also therefore developed systematically, with the programme of study for each year group building on previous learning and preparing for subsequent years. Knowledge and skills are informed and linked to enable achievement of key stage end points, as informed by the 2014 National Curriculum.

At Holland Park, we teach lessons so that children:

  • 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.
  • engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and cooperative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.
  • apply and develop a broad range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement.
  • enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other.
  • develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.

Lessons are planned to utilise cross-curricular links, as well as the context of the school (including school and local grounds and access to facilities and community role models, such as sports coaches, with specialist skills). The varied curriculum is designed to enable all children to enjoy physical activity and to experience success in sport. A growing extra-curricular provision also provides further challenge and access to a range of physical activity. All children have the opportunity to participate in PE at their own level of development, with teachers ensuring that lessons cater for individual needs. As well as securing and building on a range of skills, children develop knowledge of the basic rules of a range of games and activities. They experience positive competition and are encouraged to develop good sporting attitudes. Children learn in a safe environment and have a foundation for lifelong physical activity, leaving primary school as physically active.

As a result of a strong Physical Education curriculum and wider curriculum offer, Holland Park Primary School leavers will:

  • Become skillful and intelligent performers
  • Acquire and develop skills, performing with increasing physical awareness
  • Develop their ideas in different ways
  • Set targets for themselves and compete against others
  • Understand what it takes to persevere, succeed and acknowledge others’ success
  • Respond to a variety of challenges
  • Take the initiative, lead activity and focus on improving performances
  • Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • Lead healthy, active lives
  • Develop positive attitudes to participation in physical activity
  • Engage in competitive sports and activities
  • Embed values like fairness and respect