PE & Sport

Physical Education in the Curriculum

Physical Education (PE) contributes to the overall education of all children by helping them to lead full and valuable lives through engaging in purposeful and high-quality activity.  It promotes active and healthy lifestyles, physical skills, physical development and knowledge of the body in action.  PE enables children to learn confidence, perseverance, team spirit, positive competitiveness and organisation.  Children must engage in a programme of PE that encourages fitness, improves their strength and teaches them the rules of games. PE is an integral part of Firs Primary School allowing all children in the school to gain a sense of achievement and develop positive attitudes towards themselves and others.


In order to promote active and healthy lifestyles all children will:

  • be physically active
  • adopt the best possible posture and appropriate use of the body
  • engage in activities that develop cardio vascular health, flexibility, muscular strength and endurance
  • understand the need for personal hygiene in relation to vigorous physical activity

In order to develop positive attitudes all children will:

  • follow the conventions of fair play and honest competition
  • cope with success and limitations in their performance
  • persevere with and consolidate their performances
  • be mindful of others in their environment

Central Coaching 

The school employees Central Coaching to deliver PE lessons and extra curricular activities.  Central Coaching are a team of professional, qualified and enthusiastic sports coaches who provide high-quality, progressive and inclusive programmes of sport, dance and gymnastics to schools and communities across the UK. The ultimate mission is to improve children’s and young adult’s lives through sport and physical activity.

Role of Central Coaches in delivering PE:

  • With the Deputy Headteacher, to share a role in the monitoring and evaluation of the PE curriculum throughout the school.
  • To keep up to date with current good practice and with national changes within the PE curriculum.
  • To assist the Headteacher and Governors in the development of the School Improvement Plan.
  • To support members of staff in the use of effective planning, assessment and recording systems.
  • To maintain a high standard of PE teaching and ensure that PE keeps a high profile within the school, through sports activities, external support.


Children are entitled to high-quality PE lessons. Children at Firs Primary School will participate in 2 hours of PE per week.  Children in year 3 attend additional swimming practice.


The areas of physical activity (games, gymnastics, dance, athletics, swimming and outdoor activities) are set out in the Foundation Stage Curriculum and National Curriculum 2014. The PE curriculum at Firs Primary School is based on these requirements.

Each year group will learn PE in accordance with the long term planning. This will ensure continuity and progression through school in order to continue to improve standards in PE.

Areas of activity

Early Years

Pupils should be taught:


  • Spatial awareness
  • Basic motor skills
  • Co-ordination and control
  • Aiming, predicting and estimating


  • Using their imagination in art, design, music, dance, imaginative role-play and stories


  • Travel around, under, over and through balancing and climbing apparatus

Games (KS1 and KS2)

Pupils should be taught:

  • Simple competitive games
  • A variety of ways to send, receive, strike and travel with/without a ball
  • Games which include running, chasing, dodging, avoiding and awareness of space and other players
  • To develop core skills in attacking, defending, invasion, striking and fielding
  • To play small-sided and simplified versions of net/wall and target games

Gymnastics (KS1 and KS2)

Pupils should be taught:

  • To use technical vocabulary
  • To perform basic actions of travelling (turning, rolling, jumping, balancing, climbing)
  • To link movements on the floor and apparatus
  • To repeat movements / develop sequences
  • To develop complex movements

Dance (KS1 and KS2)

Pupils should be taught:

  • To compose and control movements by varying shape, size, direction, level, speed, tension and continuity
  • Investigate different genres of dance
  • To express feelings moods and ideas
  • To respond to various stimuli including music

Athletics (KS1 and KS2)

Pupils should be taught:

  • To develop and refine basic running, jumping and throwing techniques using a variety of equipment
  • To measure, compare and improve their own performance

Swimming (Year 3)

Pupils should be taught:

  • To swim unaided, competently and safely for at least 25m
  • To develop confidence in water and
  • To develop floating skills and support positions
  • To develop an effective and efficient swimming strokes on the front and back
  • To understand and follow basic water safety and survival skills

Outdoor Activities (KS2)

Pupils should be taught:

  • To perform outdoor and adventurous activities in a variety of environments
  • To face physical and problem solving challenges individually and collaboratively

At Firs Primary School PE will be taught through;

  • Exposition (demonstration, explanation and instruction) by the teacher to the class, groups or individuals
  • Practical activity and related discussion
  • Co-operative group work
  • Consolidation and practice of fundamental skills
  • Opportunity to discuss and reflect on their work through a plenary
  • Use of professional/qualified coaching to enhance current provision within school
  • Links made to Every Child Matters and Healthy Schools
  • Extended high-quality provision through after school activities making use of professional / qualified coaches
  • Use of community facilities – local swimming baths

Curriculum Overview 2020 to 2021 – please click below:

PE Curriculum

Physical Education Progression Grids – please click below:

Athletics Progression Grid

Dance Progression Grid

Games Progression Grid

Gymnastics Progression Grid

OAA Progression Grid

After-school clubs – Please click below: