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Curriculum Intent

At Gunton, we aim to provide a PE curriculum that pupils from EYFS to Year 6 not only enjoy but also allows them to experience a range of activities that help them to develop their health, fitness and wellbeing. We intend to offer a high-quality physical education curriculum that 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. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build self-belief and help to embed values such as teamwork, honesty and respect.

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 extra curricular activities
  • lead healthy, active lives


Curriculum Implementation

Children are taught regularly by the PE instructor from Nursery to Year 6. The curriculum is further enhanced by participation in a variety of sporting competitions and festivals with other schools in the area and after school clubs. Sports Leaders from Year 6 are offered a programme to complete to lead physical challenges and activities for children to participate in at lunchtime.

At our school, 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 - involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, awareness, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and how it can benefit their well-being.

Moving and handling: children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively.

Health and self-care: children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe.


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, basketball, cricket, 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 team building activity challenges both individually and within a group
  • compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.



Each class from LKS2 will attend swimming lessons for one term. 

In particular, pupils should be taught to:

  •   swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres.
  •    use a range of strokes effectively.
  •    perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.


Curriculum Impact

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to apply and understand the skills, actions, and sequences specified from the relevant programme of study.  We use pupil assessment reporting to determine children’s attainment level and understanding to then identify how to progress the children further for future planning.

Sporting Spirit of the School Games Values Stickers & Certificate

We use the 6 Sporting Spirit of the School Games Values from Year KS1 to KS2 to underpin our learning in PE snd encourage children to go above and beyond during their PE lessons and Sports Clubs. These stickers can be achieved by showing outstanding effort, attitude or behaviour during school. Children who consistently show these values will be awarded with the sporting spirit star certificate in superstar assembly by the PE Instructor.


The school uses a mixture of Primary PE Planning, PE Umbrella & Real PE to support the curriculum.