PE Curriculum

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Caedmon Primary recognises the value of Physical Education (P.E). Following the National Curriculum for physical education, we believe all children should develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities. We want children to be physically active for sustained periods of time. They should have the opportunity to engage in competitive sports and activities and lead healthy and active lives.


PE is delivered by our specialist PE Lead or by class teachers.

Our PE sessions will be both indoor and outdoor for EYFS and Key Stage 1 and may also visit facilities such as Redcar leisure centre. They focus on mastering basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and coordination. Pupils are encouraged to participate in team games and to develop simple tactics for being an effective team member. Key Stage 2 pupils will also complete lessons inside and outside and may also visit other facilities including the local swimming pool. Swimming is introduced to the timetable from Key Stage 2. We ensure wider participation in the community by involvement in the Schools Sports Partnership.

Key Concepts

Skills, flexibility, technique, challenge, control, teamwork, strategy, opposition, competence, physical activity, competition, accuracy, agility, coordination, tactics, performance.

Skills Progression

Our curriculum takes children on their journey from Nursery right through to Year 6.

In Nursery and Reception:

Our Early Years curriculum for Nursery and Reception pupils follows the ‘Early Years Framework’ which then links into Years 1-6 where we follow the National Curriculum for PE. We have designed a sequenced and progressive long-term planning format to ensure that lessons build on prior knowledge and enable our pupils to know more and remember more. Please visit our Early Years page within this section of the website to find out more.

In EYFS and Key Stage One children will:

  • develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others.
  • They should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities in a range of increasingly challenging situations.

In Key Stage Two children will:

  • 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. These skills are developed through the focus on individual sports including Tag rugby, Dance, Gymnastics, Football, Athletics, Rounders and Cricket.

Core Skills

In PE, children will develop their skills over time. Starting in EYFS by focusing on the basics of movement, moving onto developing multi skills and basic gymnastics skills in KS1. Finally, developing these skills into competitive game situations when they enter KS2. KS2 children also have the opportunity to experience the variety of inter school festival events. These events involve meeting with other schools from across the local area to compete.

Literacy Skills

Within PE, there are many opportunities for pupils to use their literacy skills, particularly those linked to oracy. There are many opportunities for children to discuss tactics, explain and justify chosen strategies or skills, or communicate with their peers throughout team games. This in turn develops their ability to reflect on both their own performance and that of their peers, developing analytical thinking skills.

Mathematical / Numeracy Skills

Within PE, numeracy opportunities are more difficult to spot however are still relevant. The most common skill is their understanding and use of positional language, particularly when playing competitive games, where spatial awareness, positioning and communication are key to success. An understanding of number is also consolidated throughout PE, with children being asked to complete tasks with numerical values, work within groups or certain numbers, and complete tasks which may use numerical restrictions (for example, 5 passes before you can shoot).


Strategies and Teaching Resources

P.E. is taught at Caedmon Primary as an area of learning in its own right as well as integrated where possible within other curriculum areas. We have developed our playtimes so that children can use the skills learned in PE, during their playtimes where they can still be physically active. We have playground leaders to support with this. We have well planned after-school clubs, so that they support areas of PE which children are learning about, at different times of the school calendar.

We teach lessons so that children:

-Have fun and experience success in a range of sports and activities

-Have the opportunity to participate in P.E at their own level of development

-Secure and build on a range of skills

-Develop good sporting attitudes

-Understand basic rules

-Experience positive competition

-Learn in a safe environment

-Have a foundation for lifelong physical activity, leaving primary school as physically active.

-Experience team sports

-Experience sport in a different setting – Redcar and Cleveland Sports Partnership.


Our learners will …

Be taught PE as a basis for lifelong learning, where the children have access to a wide range of activities in the belief that if taught well and the children are allowed to succeed, then they will continue to have a physically active life. A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all children to succeed and excel in competitive sports and other physically demanding activities. At Caedmon Primary, we provide opportunities for children to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.

Additional information

Children will take part in PE lessons each week. Please ask your child’s class teacher which day their lesson is on or contact our school office.

We provide shorts and a t-shirt free of charge (which is kept in school and washed by school staff) or you may provide your own – these must be black shorts and a white t-shirt.  

Please ensure that your child brings their trainers with them on the morning of each lesson. PE lessons may take place outside; if you would like to send tracksuit bottoms and a hoodie on their PE day, please ensure that it is in a bag with their name clearly written.

Swimming and Water Safety

Caedmon Primary School will provide swimming instruction for all Year 2 and Year 4 children.

In particular, pupils will be taught to:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations


Along with other schools and in collaboration with Redcar & Cleveland Sports Partnership, our children have the opportunity to take part in events and competitions throughout the year.

Primary Events Calendar 23-24

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