Curriculum – Physical Education (PE)

Intent Statement

PE is instrumental in promoting health and wellbeing in young children. At Wingate Primary School, we believe that PE should promote development of key skills and participation in a variety of games, activities and sports. At our school, PE is used to give children an opportunity to work as a team, develop leadership skills and tactical awareness as well as fostering an enthusiasm for sport. We provide a safe and supportive environment for children to flourish in a range of different physical activities and encourage their physical, emotional, social and moral development. Competitions are used across school which allow children to compete individually and as part of a team, allowing the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills. No child is left behind and all children are involved in competitions, giving them the opportunity to develop their skills and showcase their talents (UNCRC Article 15 – every child has the right to join groups or organisations.)


Our PE curriculum is varied and we have developed long-term plans to ensure that all National Curriculum objectives are covered. All pupils receive at least two hours of high quality PE per week. PE in each year group is sequenced precisely to ensure progression of knowledge and skills and also to ensure that children have the opportunity to experience a wide range of sports during their time in Primary Education. Children are given the opportunity to further develop their skills in after school clubs that focus on specific sports which are provided by teachers and external coaches. In addition to this, we have extra-curricular after-school clubs which have proven very popular, these clubs include: gymnastics, girls football and boys football.

We have successfully integrated inter and intra sports competitions into the school year, which gives children the opportunity to showcase their skills and enjoy the competitive nature of the sports. In our school, we celebrate our competitions being inclusive and we ensure that all children are involved. All competitions are relevant to the children’s learning throughout the year and are embedded into medium-term planning.

Physical Education is fundamental in developing healthy lifestyles in young people and we are passionate about providing children with a wide range of opportunities to develop this. We recognise the importance of being physically active throughout the day to reduce sedentary learning. To reduce this, as a whole school, we have pledged and are committed to being an Active 30 school. We are ensuring all children are active for at least 30 minutes during the school day, and are encouraging children to be active for 60 minutes per day. This is achieved in school by having active break and lunch times and by integrating ‘active bursts’ into the school day, as well as ‘active learning’ where possible. Break and lunch times are very important and we have well-staffed and equipped playgrounds to support children in being active, healthy, happy and ready to learn when they return to the classroom.

The importance of sport and being physically active in school is continually encouraged by Sports Ambassadors which have been appointed in every year group. These children are responsible for auditing outdoor equipment, initiating ideas and activities, being a positive role model and encouraging all pupils to get involved in physical activity. This has allowed children to develop their leadership and communication skills.


The promotion of a language rich PE curriculum is essential for successful skill understanding, development and progression in PE. Children have access to skill-specific language and are encouraged to use this during PE lessons. All children understand the language used within lessons and key vocabulary is consistently used throughout their time at Wingate Primary from Reception to Year 6.

PE Vocabulary

Sports Competitions

EYFS/KS1Y3/Y5Y4/Y6Whole schoolInter-school



Running challenge Football tournament
Hockey tournament
Tag Rugby tournament
Basketball tournament

Penalty Shootout
Throwing and Catching challenge SAQ ChallengeSAQ ChallengeDance Festival
Team games RoundersCricket OrienteeringAthletics


In our school, we motivate children to participate in a range of sports which are fun, engaging and help children to develop a range of skills. We encourage children to apply these skills and their knowledge during PE lessons, but we also provide children with the confidence to apply these skills to many different life experiences both now and in their future. We motivate children to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing, inspiring children to lead a happy and healthy life.

Pupil Voice

In PE we do lots of different sports and learn new skills.  Finn

PE is very fun and teaches us lots of different skills.  It also keeps us healthy.  Bradley

I like doing PE because I like doing different sports.  William

I like that I get to exercise to keep healthy.  Rosie

PE is fun and educates us.  Lacey


Celebrating P.E.

PE Curriculum Overview