Physical Education

Subject Leader: Mrs Darch

Senior Leadership Team Link: Mr Jackson

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At Avonwood, we teach the Physical Education curriculum though the planning and assessment programme ‘Get Set 4 PE’. The programme provides teachers with outstanding lesson plans that have been written with careful consideration of the aims of the National Curriculum, to ensure that children are given a wealth of opportunities to develop their physical movement skills as well as achieving whole child objectives. Each lesson plan has a range of progressive activities that are designed to inspire and engage the children in physical activity. There are differentiation tasks that provide activities which can be adapted to appropriately challenge all pupils. The programme includes activities that cover the breadth of the curriculum and include gymnastics, dance and yoga, as well as more traditional games such as tag rugby, cricket and tennis. 


At Avonwood Primary School, we offer a diverse range of sporting and physical opportunities, which enables children to develop their fundamental movement skills and increase their competence and confidence. This is accomplished in three ways:

  • The PE curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop the core knowledge and skills necessary to participate, and over time excel, in a broad range of sporting activities.
  • We develop children’s stamina, so they are able to be physically active for a sustained period of time. We then aim to provide opportunities for children to use these skills to develop a tactical awareness of sport, an understanding of how to work as a team and an appreciation of good sportsmanship.
  • At Avonwood, we aim for all children to have had experience of a range of competitive sports and the opportunity to represent Avonwood Primary School at local competitions. By the time they leave Avonwood, our curriculum aims to support pupils’ in developing a lifelong enthusiasm for sport and a desire to lead a healthy, active life and the skills and knowledge needed to thrive at sport in secondary school and beyond.


EYFS, KS1 and KS2 – 1 hour each week will be taught by our PE specialist. The other hour will be taught by the class teacher.

Scheme of work

For PE, we predominantly use the ‘Getset4PE’ scheme of work. We use this scheme because it has been written with careful consideration of the aims of the National Curriculum and ensures that children are given a wealth of opportunities to develop their physical movement skills by participating in progressive activities that are designed to inspire and engage children. Each lesson plan has specific information on key teaching points to support teachers with their subject knowledge and further guidance is given on how to deliver activities or specific skills.

PE content in EYFS

The new EYFS Framework lists physical development as one of its prime areas of learning and makes some specific Early Learning Goal links to physical development.

Physical activity is vital in children’s all-round development, enabling them to pursue happy, healthy and active lives. Gross and fine motor experiences develop incrementally throughout early childhood, starting with sensory explorations and the development of a child’s strength, co-ordination and positional awareness. Gross motor skills provide the foundation for developing healthy bodies and social and emotional well-being.

To help frame these opportunities, here are the six EYFS Key Objectives for Physical Education:

  1. Negotiate space and obstacles safely, with consideration for themselves and others.
  2. Demonstrate strength, balance and coordination when playing.
  3. Move energetically, such as running, jumping, dancing, hopping, skipping and climbing.
  4. Progress towards a more fluent style of moving, with developing control and grace.
  5. Combine different movements with ease and fluency; 6. Develop and refine a range of ball skills including: throwing, catching, kicking, passing, batting, and aiming.
  6. Children in EYFS will be taught by our PE specialist once a week, as well as their class teacher. Both lessons will follow the GetSet4PE EYFS lessons.


The PE curriculum is high-quality, well-sequenced and is planned to demonstrate progression through the different key stages. Due to the skills-heavy nature of the subject, much of the evidence for impact is observed through learning walks and child chats.

The learning walks will provide evidence for the delivery of PE, and child chats allow us to understand how much knowledge the pupils have gained.

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