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"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


The value of PE within our Curriculum


Our vision for PE at Prestolee


Every child leads a healthy, active lifestyle and displays confidence and interest in exercise and sports, both in and outside of school. To display values such as fairness and respect through competitive sports and have the desire to succeed in physically demanding activities.


At Prestolee we ensure that the curriculum and teaching of PE develops the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding, so that they can perform with increasing competence and confidence in a range of physical activities. Pupils are encouraged to be ambitious and have a respectful and resilient approach to PE and sport, which ensure high achievement for all pupils including disadvantaged pupils and those with SEND. Pupils will have the essential skills and knowledge to build upon and prepare them for the next stage, this in turn:


  • Enable all learners to develop and explore skills with increasing control and coordination.
  • Provide opportunities for the learner to improve the quality and control of their performance.
  • Encourage the learners to work and play as a team in a range of group situations.
  • Improve the quality and control of their performance, applying rules for different activities.
  • Teach learners how to recognise and describe how their bodies feel during exercise.
  • Develop the learner’s understanding in how to succeed in a range of physical activities, and how to evaluate their own success.
  • Support the learner’s in becoming team player and how to make effective decisions as part of that team.
  • Develop the learner’s enjoyment of physical activity through creativity and imagination.



Prestolee aims to provide all children with the opportunities and resources to develop them as sportsmen and sportswomen. Our high-quality PE curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. It provides opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. It also provides opportunities to compete in sports and other activities to build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.   Each year, opportunities for pupils to extend their knowledge, skills and experience are delivered through carefully planned additional events, visitors and workshops. These include: 


  • Fixtures/events/competitions within the local school cluster with pupils representing Prestolee in a range of sporting activities and competitions.
  • Pupils representing Prestolee in the School Games competitions/events.
  • SEND pupils representing Prestolee at sporting fixtures/events through the School Games.
  • Active lunchtime provision in place to ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to part the meet the Chief Medical Officers recommendation of 60 minutes of physical activity on a daily basis.
  • Inter-house system enabling 100% of pupils’ access to competitive sport on a regular basis.


At Prestolee we strive to achieve and maintain a School Sports Mark Gold Award. By providing opportunities such as these are invaluable, as they encourage the pupils’ passion for PE to thrive. Pupils are given every opportunity to develop into confident learners who understand the importance of health and fitness, fairness, respect and develop their abilities to their full potential.




We provide our pupils with a first class PE education by ensuring that the planning scheme is of a high quality and delivers progressive, challenging and engaging lessons. Our PE curriculum provides opportunities for the pupils to build upon prior learning, progressing in their skills with an appropriate level of challenge at all stages. Their knowledge content is repeated and revisited to ensure that pupils know more and remember more. There are opportunities for all pupils of all abilities to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in each area of the curriculum. As a result, as they move through school the   pupils make connections to PE skills previously taught, which leads to further learning and develops new skills. As pupils develop knowledge, they need to practise and master skills throughout the year.  


Our PE curriculum has been designed by exploring the expectations of the National Curriculum and applying this guidance to the context, barriers and needs of the school and its pupils. This enables all pupils to access the lesson objectives and excel at an age-appropriate level. The progressive skill based scheme of work ensures that all pupils are increasingly challenged as they move up through the school. Pupils’ skills are continually reviewed and assessed so that the progress of the pupils is monitored and that needs of the individual are met. 




We believe the physical development of our children in both nursery, including pre-school, and reception classes as in integral part of their work. As the reception class is part of the Foundation Stage we relate the physical development of the children to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals, which underpin the curriculum planning for the children ages three to five years of age. We encourage the children to develop confidence, control of the way they move, and care in the handling of tools and equipment. We give all pupils the opportunity to undertake activities that offer appropriate physical challenge, both indoors and outdoors, using a wide range of resources to support specific skills. These skills provide the foundations of the fundamental movement skills to be developed and mastered in KS1 and applied into sport specific activities in KS2.  

The PE scheme focuses on key areas to build the fundamental movement skills, these are:


  • Body Management
  • Manipulation and Coordination
  • Speed, Agility, Travel
  • Dance
  • Gymnastics


At Prestolee we ensure all our pupils are next stage ready and provide opportunities for the pupils in EFYS to perform and begin to work in groups. This provides an opportunity to apply the fundamental movement skills they have achieved through body management, manipulation and coordination, speed, agility and travel. We believe this ensure our pupils in EFYS are next stage ready for KS1.    




Building upon the fundamental movement skills acquired in EFYS, pupils in KS1 will be continue to develop fundamental skills, becoming increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. As the pupils move through KS1 there is a strong emphasis on mastering the basic fundamental movement skills. The basic fundamental movement skills are, running, jumping, throwing and catching. Pupils will continue to develop balance, agility and coordination. Across KS1 pupils will participate in team games enabling the pupils to begin to develop simple tactics for attacking and defending and provided the opportunity to perform dances using simple movement patterns. Pupils across KS1 are engaged in competitive, both against self and against others, and co-operative physical activities. These are within a range of increasingly challenging situations.


The PE scheme ensures all the elements of the curriculum and fundamental movement skills in key areas of:


  • Run Jump Throw
  • Send and Return
  • Hit Catch Run
  • Attack Defend Shoot
  • Dance 
  • Gymnastics.


At Prestolee we provide the opportunity for the children to revisit and apply the fundamental movement skills to a broad range of activities and sports across KS1. By doing this, there is a greater focus on mastering basic fundamental movement skills whilst continuing to progress in new skills. We believe this will enable our pupils to next stage ready for KS2 and have an increased confidence in further applying their sporting skills.  




Our pupils in KS2 at Prestolee will be able to continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learn how to use them effectively in different ways, activities and specific sports. Pupils will link the range of skills acquired in KS1 to make actions and sequences of moment. We endeavour that all our pupils in KS2 enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. Pupils will develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports, evaluate and recognise their own success. In KS2 pupils will use running, jumping, throwing and catching in insolation and in combination. There is a greater emphasis on pupils participating in competitive games, modified appropriately for every pupil to be involved. During the competitive games, pupils will be encouraged to apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending. Throughout KS2 all pupils will have the opportunity to develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance through athletics and gymnastics, with opportunities to revisit and master across the key stage. Pupils will be given the opportunity to demonstrate a range of movement patterns in performing a variety of dances and build upon skills and techniques across the key stage. Throughout KS2 pupils will participate in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team. OOA will allow our pupils to apply teamwork skills, communication skills, problem solving skills and resilience in challenging situations.


The PE scheme ensures all the elements/skills of the curriculum and opportunities to apply the skills in a range of sporting activities in key areas of: 


  • Dance
  • Gymnastics
  • Athletics
  • Invasion
  • Net/Wall
  • Striking and Fielding
  • Outdoor and Adventurous Activity (OAA)
  • Swimming   


At Prestolee we encourage all our pupils to build upon their skills each year and apply the skills in a broader range of sporting activities. We want all of our pupils in KS2 to strive to be the best they can be, developing a healthy competitive nature as they aim to perform to achieve their personal best. 


At Prestolee the teaching and development of SMSC and British Values is not a separate subject that is taught explicitly but an aspect of learning that should be present throughout the school in both its lessons and the behaviour from everyone in and around school. 


Swimming and Water Safety 


We endeavour for all our pupils at Prestolee to be competent, proficient and confident swimmers over a distance of at least 25 metres by the end of KS2. Pupils should be able to use a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different waster-based situations. We take into the account the environmental location of the school we consider swimming and water safety a high priority in the PE curriculum. Pupils are given the opportunity to receive swimming provision during lower KS2 allowing the additional opportunity, if needed, to continue to access swimming provision as they progress through the key stage in order to achieve the desired results by the end of KS2.




At our school an important objective is for all pupils to develop as young sportsmen and sportswomen, we achieve this by recognising and planning for what becoming better in PE entails – progression - and consequently challenging and supporting our pupils to develop and master skills as they progress through the school. Pupils will have the confidence to apply these skills to a wide range of activities and sports. Our pupils will gain a greater understanding of the importance of sport and physical activity at all stages within the school. They will have a greater understanding of the benefits of sport and physical activity on health and fitness and wellbeing leading healthy, active lives. At Prestolee we strive for all our pupils to develop the skills and attributes they can use beyond school and into adulthood, having embedded the core values such as fairness and respect.