Introduction to Physical Education

“A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils 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.”

Quote from The National Curriculum


At Redhill Primary Academy, Physical Education is a core priority; our intention is that children develop a lifelong love of physical activity. We aim to achieve this by building independence, confidence and leadership qualities in the children, for example by leading warm-up sessions or small group work. When the children at Redhill Primary Academy enter Year 6, they are given the opportunity to apply to be a House Captain, representing their sporting house in a range of ways throughout the year, for example leading charity sporting events, sports days and even assemblies. This in turn allows the children to learn to speak confidently and articulate the importance of physical activity to the younger years and gives the children an aspiration for when they approach Year 6. Through Physical Education, our children will have the opportunity to build character and we promote the hidden values such as respect, fairness and collaboration alongside our school’s A Valued Me system and British Values. It is our mission to ensure Physical Education at Redhill Primary Academy is inclusive to all, ensuring all our children can succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities.  We believe our curriculum goes beyond what is taught during lessons: we offer a broad and varied extra-curricular programme to all children, from traditional sports such as football and netball to sports that are not widely taught in schools such as cheerleading and boxing. This outstanding offer allows a large number of children to be active both within the school day and outside of it and allows the children the chance to compete and develop in a range of sporting disciplines.


The teaching and implementation of the Physical Education curriculum is based on the National Curriculum, ensuring a well-structured approach to the subject which covers a range of sporting applications including dance, gymnastics, outdoor adventurous activity, invasion games, net and wall activities, athletics, and swimming which are taught by our full-time sports coach or the class teacher.

We teach a range of units each year which are carefully planned to not only deliver engaging curriculum content which is relevant to our children, but also to build upon key knowledge that the children have been taught in previous year groups, starting in the EYFS. Throughout each application, teachers carefully assess the children’s knowledge and application of knowledge in various contexts, adapting lessons where necessary so that the key knowledge and skills can not only be applied in that application but also applied in different sporting contexts.

Below is on outline of our curriculum offer in Physical Education from EYFS to Year 6.

PE Outline


We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • Observing the children’s fundamental movement skills in isolation and within sporting activities.
  • Observations of the children competing in competitions within a safe environment.
  • Interviewing children about their learning and experiences (pupil voice interviews)
  • Learning walks.

As Physical Education is a prime area within EYFS children in Foundation Stage have their progress tracked termly using the EYFS curriculum. Parents will be informed at the end of Reception if their child is on track or off track for Physical Education.

We use summative assessment within our lessons to determine our children’s understanding and to inform future planning. As a team we will adapt each lesson according to these assessments to enable every child to succeed.