Physical Education


Curriculum Cycle A 2022 - 2023 Curriculum Cycle B 2023 - 2024



At Chaddleworth St Andrew’s and Shefford C.E. Primary Schools, we are passionate about delivering a PE curriculum which gives all the children the tools to lead physically and mentally healthy and active lives into adulthood. The curriculum enables the children to participate in a wide range of competitive and non-competitive team and individual sports and physical skills. We believe that every pupil should have the opportunity to develop a real passion for the great outdoors and celebrate their local, natural environment and learn how to look after and nurture it, embracing the physical and personal challenges that working outside can present.

Within our framework, we provide opportunities for the children to demonstrate transferable life skills such as leadership, teamwork, trust, endurance, friendship and compassion. We strive to inspire our pupils through fun and engaging physical education lessons that are challenging and accessible for all.


Teaching Time

Physical Education (PE) is timetabled for a minimum of two separate hours each week. Each class accesses Outdoor Learning education every year, led by a Forest School teacher to ensure quality first teaching. These sessions are two hours long; the pupils have one additional hour of PE when they are accessing Outdoor Learning. In Year 3 and 4, the pupils have a weekly swimming lesson for 10 weeks. If they are not able to swim 25 metres, they continue with 10 weekly sessions each year until they have achieved this target. The pupils attend a residential adventurous activity week when in year 5 and also in year 6 so that they can build on their previous learning. A coach works in partnership with our teachers so that the pupils receive quality first teaching.



Our PE lessons are planned using the Get Set 4 PE platform, which aligns with our core values, our whole child approach to PE and the objectives laid out in the National Curriculum. Get Set 4 PE is planned so that progression is built into the scheme which ensures our children are increasingly challenged as they move up through the school. The curriculum planning in PE is carried out in three phases (long-term, medium-term and short term). The long-term plan maps out the PE activities covered in each term during the key stage. The PE subject leader works this out in conjunction with teaching colleagues and pupils in each year group. Together we create a broad and balanced curriculum that is exciting for our children to learn through. Our medium-term plans give details of each unit of work for each term. These schemes of work provide an overview of the unit, links to other areas of the National Curriculum and assessment criteria for that unit. The short-term lesson plans provide opportunities for children of all abilities to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in each activity area. We also offer enrichment opportunities with the provision of competitive events through the West Berkshire School Sport Affiliation, so competing against other local small schools. In addition, we also participate in opportunities to increase engagement through personal best challenges such as archery. Our after school club programme includes a sport club based on competitions coming up and also on pupil voice, outdoor learning club and yoga. Each year we celebrate sport through Sports Day, led in partnership with our pupil Sports Leaders.



Our pupils are taught subject specific vocabulary linked to each sport or skill that they are learning about.


Health and Safety

We recognise that participation in PE and Physical Activities contains an element of risk. Staff are responsible for ensuring that they are familiar with safe practice to reduce the element of risk to the absolute minimum within their control. Staff are aware of pupils who have special needs with regards to physical activity and make special provision for needs where appropriate e.g. physical disability, asthma. Staff know about the safe practices involved in moving and using apparatus. Pupils wear appropriate clothing, remove jewellery and tie back long hair. If the removal of jewellery or studs is not possible they should be securely taped and the teacher is confident this strategy is effective. Our School provides an appropriate PE kit for all children and keeps spare sets in school.

  • Pupils may be asked to remove shoes when participating in indoor activities such as gymnastics, dance and yoga.
  • Correct use of equipment is taught along with any potential hazards, including completing a risk assessment for each area/ space that PE and school sport takes place in.
  • Equipment and apparatus are stored safely at the end of each lesson.
  • Pupils are taught to consider their own safety and that of others at all times.

Teaching staff should be appropriately dressed to teach PE. We undertake an annual Risk Assessment of the school premises and areas where PE is taught and equipment including PE equipment (PE Lead) as necessary. Risk Assessments are in place for all school sporting trips.



Our teachers assess the children’s work in PE, both by making informal judgements, as they observe them during lessons, and through assessing against the specific objectives set out in the National Curriculum and recorded using the Get Set 4 PE assessment software. We have clear expectations of what the pupils will know, understand and be able to do at the end of each Key Stage. Teachers are supported with resources to know how to prepare children for their next phase of education. These resources include the Get Set 4 PE progression of skills document, progression ladders and knowledge organisers.



From the teaching of PE, our pupils learn to:

  • Develop a variety of skills in a variety of physical activities
  • Use subject specific vocabulary related to different physical activities
  • Have a sense of responsibility for their own health and fitness
  • Show leadership, teamwork, trust, endurance, friendship and compassion



The planning and coordination of the teaching of PE is the responsibility of the subject leader, who: The quality of teaching and learning in PE is monitored and evaluated by the subject leader and is overseen by the curriculum leader.