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River Primary School

River Primary School

Physical Education

Subject Leader - Mrs A Salisbury




The aim of our PE curriculum is to equip children with the tools and understanding required to make a positive impact in their own physical health and well-being and inspire children to participate and succeed in competitive sport and physically demanding activities. Through PE lessons and extra-curricular activities, children develop both physical skills and an understanding of how sports and physical activity contribute significantly to both physical and mental wellbeing throughout all stages of life. Our inclusive PE curriculum ensures that children of all abilities access the range of activities we offer and that they are physically active for sustained periods of time. We provide a wide range of sporting opportunities, we endeavour to enable all children to experience sports which they enjoy and can succeed at, increasing the likelihood of them engaging in those sports through secondary school and into adulthood.


Our curriculum focuses on developing the basic fundamental movement skills through EYFS and KS1 to enable children to participate effectively in team games, athletics, dance, gymnastics, swimming and outdoor and adventurous activities. Striving for success and evaluating performance in order to improve are integral to all lessons. The curriculum is carefully sequenced throughout EYFS and Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 to equip children with the skills and knowledge necessary for them to fully participate in the Key Stage 3 PE curriculum. Teaching specific PE vocabulary enables children to discuss and evaluate their own and others’ performance and articulate ways to improve. It also supports learning in Science and PSHE about the impact of exercise on the body and ways to maintain good physical and mental health. In addition to the links between PE and aspects of the Science and PSHE curriculum, we value the contribution of physical activity to positive classroom learning. PE plays a significant role in children’s personal and social development and as part of our commitment to PE, active play is planned for and set up to encourage children’s involvement. Through participating in sport, children build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect. And to reinforce this, children are given leadership opportunities e.g. organising and leading events, and are encouraged to recognise different roles and responsibilities in sport. Our school values and learning attributes are embraced through PE and we explicitly talk about them and identify them in lessons. They develop communication, collaboration and problem-solving skills: skills they can apply across the curriculum and throughout life.

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