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Physical Education Curriculum Design

Obstacles don’t have to stop you. 

If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it or work around it.    

Michael Jordan (former professional basketball player)


At Thorpe Willoughby CP School, we recognise and value the importance and impact being physically active can have on our children’s overall health and well-being. To reflect this, we have designed a fun, engaging and high-quality Physical Education (PE) Curriculum that inspires all pupils to participate, succeed and excel in a variety of competitive and non-competitive sports and other physical activities. 


We aim to provide a wide-range of opportunities and experiences for pupils to become physically active and confident in sports, which will build character and help to embed our six school values of community, challenge, aspiration, caring, respect and resilience.  We intend that all children will understand the importance of leading a healthy, active lifestyle and know how to take care of themselves both physically and mentally in order to grow into healthy and active adults.  


We have designed our whole school curriculum in half-termly themes. We have intentionally designed some of these half-termly themes such as ‘Healthy Body, Healthy Mind’ and ‘Adventure & Explore!' to purposely inspire and promote active, outdoor healthy lifestyles as well as sports.


We have planned for progression to ensure children build on skills, knowledge and understanding practised each year.  In KS1 Pupils develop fundamental movement skills to extend their agility, balance and coordination.  They master basic moves in running, jumping, throwing and catching, participate in team-games and perform simple dance patterns.


In KS2 Pupils continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways.   They will play competitive team games  such as football, hockey, rugby, rounders and develop further balance, flexibility and control through gymnastics, dance and athletics. They develop an understanding of how to improve their skills in different physical activities and learn how to communicate and collaborate with each other.


We recognise through our PE Curriculum that subject-specific vocabulary is important for children to acquire. This will support their knowledge and understanding of different sports, skills and knowledge. 


We aim to use the PE and Sports Premium funding to enhance our PE Curriculum and offer children opportunities to build confidence and capability in Physical Education. We intend to foster a love of sports for children and for this to be a life-long commitment to take them through to their adulthood.


What PE Looks Like at Thorpe Willoughby

In our Foundation Stage, we teach Reception-aged children to be physically active and engage in health and fitness through the EYFS Statutory Framework and the Development Matters non-statutory guidance. Physical Development is one of the three Prime Areas within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and develops moving and handling skills. It aims to develop children's control and coordination in large and small movements ensuring they move confidently and safely in a range of ways.


Our Key Stage 1 & 2 PE Curriculum is developed around the Primary National Curriculum, England. PE skills are explicitly taught, practised and developed through our half-termly themes over our 2 year curriculum cycle. To ensure a cohesive and progressive PE Curriculum through school from Reception to Year 6, we use the 'Suceedin...' Online PE Platform to support our planning, teaching and learning  in PE.



Within our PE Curriculum, we ensure:

  • All children enjoy a wide-range of sporting opportunities and experiences including school sports days, celebrating sporting events and specialist PE days/workshops.
  • Children experience competitive sports - both intra and inter school competitions and tournaments. We are part of the Selby Cluster of schools and take part in tournaments against local schools.
  • Children have access to a range of quality extra-curricular sports clubs at school.
  • Children reach the National Curriculum level for swimming and water safety by Year 6.
  • Children are encouraged to be active throughout the school day with access to quality outdoor play equipment for break-times and play leaders in UKS2 are trained to encourage participation in games and active play.
  • We continue to build strong links with the local community (tri-golf, cricket, football, tennis) and work together to encourage and celebrate children's participation in extracurricular sporting activities.
  • Children will have the opportunity to attend a Residential trip whilst at Thorpe Willoughby CP School where they will take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team.
  • Children will have the opportunity to attend an Residential trip whilst at Thorpe Willoughby CP School where they will take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team

Physical Education - Whole School Overview

PE - Progression