Physical Education

Our Intent

Physical Education is an integral part of our curriculum. We strive to create a culture which inspires an active generation to enjoy PE, encourage each other and achieve. We provide a safe and supportive environment for children to flourish in a range of different physical activities which are essential in supporting their physical, emotional, spiritual, social and moral development. We aspire for children to adopt a positive Growth Mindset and believe that anything can be achieved with determination and resilience. At Southwark, we offer a dynamic and varied program of activity to ensure that all children progress physically through a unique and fully inclusive PE curriculum. Our curriculum aims to improve the well-being and fitness of all children, not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes. We aim to deliver high quality teaching and learning opportunities that enable all children to achieve their personal best. Sport at Southwark underpins the principles of respect and fairness at school, home and in the community therefore instilling an inner self discipline that children can apply in their home life, wider school life and future.  We want to equip children with the determination and aspiration to make their own choices regardless of the barriers they may face. All children participate in competitive sport which can be against themselves and/or others. We encourage children to transfer the school values to sporting and physical activity, ensuring that they aim to be the very best that they can be. We aim for all children to be physically active for sustained periods of time and to be able to make informed decisions to lead healthy and active lives. Thus, embedding life-long values

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At Southwark, our PE Curriculum is in line with expectations set out in the 2014 National Primary Curriculum which provides a broad framework outlining the knowledge and skills taught in each Key Stage. Lessons are sequenced so that children’s Knowledge and Skills of PE builds over time. All children will have the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and understanding of key concepts in sports and games, team sports, dance, outdoor and adventurous activity and swimming.

PE Throughout Southwark


In Nursery children begin to develop the foundations of movement through accessing the Physical Development strand of development matters. This is taught discretely within the continuous provision throughout the day and through focus activities. This continues into Reception through weekly PE lessons as well as continuing to develop these skills within their continuous provision. At the end of EYFS, pupils will understand their physical attributes and control of fine and gross motor skills whilst exploring how their body can move and how their physical ability can be both harnessed and developed. They will understand how to exercise self-discipline in managing risks when faced with new situations when participating individually or within a group or team. Children will exercise both physical and mental self-discipline to reinforce, contradict and challenge their own experiences and perceptions about their life experiences up to date. Children will be exposed to new situations in order to understand how resilience can affect confidence and vice versa. They will understand, remember and talk about how to lead healthy lifestyles


Pupils will develop their own self-awareness and their contribution within the dynamics of a team and in increasingly more complex physical situations. They will continue to use their underpinning knowledge in order to hone and refine their gross and fine motor skills and hand-eye co-ordination. Pupils will select appropriate equipment to facilitate the best outcome and be able to select appropriate moments to self-challenge. Pupils will understand the component parts of a healthy lifestyle and are confident to challenge themselves and those in their immediacy, including family members


Children will develop upon skills from earlier key stages and apply them to game situations which involve tactics, rules and strategies. Children will take an active role in a wide range of experiences and sports understanding their own talents and skills and the destinations these can lead to. Pupils will show high aspirations for their future as they have been exposed to a variety of individual and team experiences. Pupils will be role models for others demonstrating respect and fairness. They will be able to communicate effectively in a team or as a leader, laying
foundations for the future. Children will make informed choices relating to their own healthy lifestyles at home and at school. Children will be empowered to challenge community and national factors which are affecting the ability to lead healthy lifestyles.

Our curriculum is designed so that children are taught a variety of activities throughout their key stage and then build on these as they progress through school. In the Autumn and Spring Terms, all children have one indoor PE lesson and one outdoor. From years 2-6, teachers become experts in one area of PE, teaching it over a 12-week period whilst the children rotate round allowing all children to have in-depth, quality PE teaching. All lessons include key vocabulary, prior information of the sport or activity being taught, a recap of knowledge and skills taught as well as how new skills can be applied.

Children also have the opportunity to take part in extra-curricular activities and demonstrate their new skills in intra and inter sports competitions. All children have the opportunity in the summer term to take part in a sports day as well as enrichment activities such as boxing and Zumba throughout the year. Children also have access to sporting equipment at break and lunchtimes and are encouraged to use these.

PE Long Term Plan 2022 - 2023