Physical activity not only improves health, reduces stress and improves concentration, but also promotes correct physical growth and development. Exercise has a positive influence on academic achievement, emotional stability and interaction with others.


The aims of physical education at Wellesbourne are;

  • to promote a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle by developing self-motivation to take part in physical activity outside school as recreation; by developing a positive attitude and interest in a wide range of physical activities, by raising awareness of issues regarding Health Related Fitness.
  • to contribute to the physical development of each child: size, strength, fitness, speed, gross and fine motor skills.
  • to contribute to the intellectual development of each child:
  • aesthetic appreciation and understanding of Dance and Gymnastics.
  • to help establish the individual child’s self-esteem and confidence. To develop social skills (co-operating in groups, playing fairly to rules, mixing with children from other schools).
  • to ensure that every class includes Level 1 competition (competition within the school) at the end of every unit of work.
  • to ensure every child has the opportunity to take part in breakfast and after school sports clubs, as well as external competitions and tournaments.

Through high quality teaching, we intend to develop the following essential characteristics amongst our children:

  • Hard working
  • Confident
  • Disciplined
  • Resilient


Our curriculum has been carefully planned and learning opportunities and assessment milestones for each year group built in to ensure progression. We believe in a spiral approach and children may revisit, in an age appropriate way, key learning, knowledge and skills so as to embed these.

High quality teaching and learning:

At the moment classes are timetabled to have at least one Physical Education session per week.  These sessions will be taught by a qualified sports coach employed by the school. Key Stage 1 pupils also have access to extra half hour sessions focussing on the development of core motor skills. These sessions are delivered by qualified sports coaches from an outside agency.

The sessions will contain elements required by the National Curriculum of:

Key Stage 1 pupils should be taught to:

  • master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
  • participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
  • perform dances using simple movement patterns. (New National Curriculum)
  • Pupils to develop fundamental movement skills, pupils becoming increasingly confident and competent.
  • Access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others.


Key Stage 2 pupils:

Pupils should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.

Pupils should be taught to:

  • use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
  • play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton,

basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply

basic principles suitable for attacking and defending

  • develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics]
  • perform dances using a range of movement patterns
  • take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and

within a team

  • compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best. 


The curriculum is structured so that pupils can revisit and build upon the skills they have gained as they progress through school. They are offered a wide range of opportunities to put these into practise through clubs and teams. Quality teaching from a PE specialised means that our children gain a rich and deep understanding of the knowledge and skills they are learning. We ensure that our curriculum is fun and engaging and gives pupils the chance to enjoy their learning and develop a love of sport. We also ensure that they develop a knowledge of how health and safety underpin their physical development. In addition to these, we show our children how physical activity can support the development of positive mental health and wellbeing. We hope that this will help our pupils grow into confident, healthy and resilient individuals.


To see our progression in skills in Physical Education please click on the link below. 

Progression in skills in PE (document opens in new window)

PE Curriculum Map (document opens in new window)

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