Physical Education

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From September 2014, a new National Curriculum was be in place. Aylesham Primary School has reviewed and adapted the PE curriculum in light of these changes.

The main changes to PE include:

  • Children should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.
  • Children should develop an understanding of how to succeed in different activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognize their own success.
  • More emphasis is now being placed on swimming.
  • Strands covered  - balance, performance, catching and throwing, running, agility, co-ordination, team games, jumping, attacking and defending.


Through delivery of the PE curriculum, we will ensure that we: eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations.  In order to raise the profile of both physical education and sport at Aylesham Primary School, this policy has been reviewed and updated in the Summer Term 2014.


Through Physical Education we endeavour for the children to achieve:

  • Co-operation and team work
  • Realistic and positive self-image
  • Practical knowledge about exercise
  • Satisfaction and enjoyment
  • Healthy exercise
  • Range of transferable skills
  • Effective body management
  • Confidence
  • Values

The Child and the Learning Process

Aims and purposes

PE offers opportunities for children to:

  • Become skilled and intelligent performers.
  • Acquire and develop skills, performing with increasing physical competence and confidence, in a range of physical activities and contexts.
  • Learn how to select and apply skills, tactics and compositional ideas to suit activities that need different approaches and ways of thinking.
  • Develop their ideas in a creative way.
  • Set targets for themselves and compete against others, individually and as team members.
  • Understand what it takes to persevere, succeed and acknowledge other’s success.
  • Respond to a variety of challenges in a range of physical contexts and environments.
  • Take the initiative, lead activities and focus on improving aspects of their own performances.
  • Discover their own aptitudes and preferences for different activities.
  • Make informed decisions about the importance of exercise in their lives.
  • Develop positive attitudes to participation in physical activity.


Key Stage One
During Key Stage one, children should build on their natural enthusiasm for movement, using it to explore and learn about their world. They start to play and work with other children in pairs and small groups. By watching, listening and experimenting with movement and ideas, they develop their skills in movement and their coordination, and enjoy expressing and testing themselves in a variety of situations.

By the end of Key Stage One, the performance of the great majority of pupils should be within the range of levels 1 to 3. Most pupils might be expected to achieve Level 2 by the end of their time in Key Stage 1.

Key Stage Two
During Key Stage two, children should enjoy being active and use their creativity and imagination in physical activity. They learn new skills, find out how to use them in different ways, and link them to make actions, phrases and sequences of movement. They develop an understanding of how to succeed in different activities and learn how to evaluate and recognize their own success.

By the end of Key Stage two, the performance of the great majority of pupils should be within the range of Level 2 to 5. Most pupils might be expected to achieve Level 4 by the end of Key Stage 2.

Links within other areas of the curriculum

The school’s scheme of work should contribute to the development of literacy, numeracy, ICT, DT, Music, key skills, personal, social, PSHE and citizenship and thinking skills.

Teachers are encouraged to find ways to link PE in creative cross curricular ways with the rest of the learning areas.

Learning and Communication

Children have the opportunity to develop their language skills through working with others to plan and evaluate work, use correct terminology to pass information on to others, read diagrams, maps and instructions, and extract information about techniques and skills that they can use. Children can extract information from the internet about where they can get involved in physical activities and sport.

PSHE and Citizenship

Children have the opportunities to work closely with others, cooperate and collaborate with others, develop an understanding of fair play and fairness through knowing and applying rules and conventions, develop a positive attitude towards the environments and their own health, learn to recognize and value physical differences.

Thinking Skills

The following thinking skills are promoted through our CLS curriculum: Information – processing skills, reasoning skills, enquiry skills, creative-thinking skills and evaluation skills.

Equal Opportunities and Race Relations

Aylesham Primary School adopts an equal opportunities policy. Our aim is to ensure that all our pupils participate in PE lessons and extra-curricular activities regardless of race, gender, class and ability.

Special Needs

Special needs may be a result of:

  • Sensory difficulty
  • Physical difficulty
  • Cognitive Limitations
  • Emotional Disorders
  • Behavioural Disorders

Aylesham Primary School believes that all children should be included and given the opportunity to participate. It is important to focus on the pupil’s abilities and needs. This emphasis aims to improve their movement skills and helps to change feelings of disaffection, under achievement and low self-esteem.

Lessons are planned to include all pupils on a sound knowledge of their abilities.

This involves breaking down an activity into a series of small achievable steps. The pupil should make gradual progress at each stage to overall success as the whole skill is learned.

The Teacher and Structures to Support the Lesson


Aylesham Primary School offers a varied Physical Education and School Sport programme for every child. Incorporated within our PE curriculum are chances for pupils to develop creativity, flexibility, strength, balance, control, competitiveness and co-operation skills through challenges in teams and as individuals.

The PE curriculum is mapped out for every class and is wide-ranging and builds upon previous learning from year to year.  It is accessible to, and aims to meet the needs and interests of all pupils. Children have enjoy lessons in gymnastics, dance, competitive games (sport specific), skills of throwing caching jumping and running, athletics, OAA, swimming and alternative sports such as Ultimate Frisbee.

We have external providers that come in to deliver high quality focused and skilled lessons in street dance and hockey and will be extending this further into the coming year 2014-2015.

All our pupils take part in two PE sessions a week. From September 2014 years 2 and 5 will participate in swimming lessons at SLBS in Canterbury.

We cater for a range of abilities and offer breadth, balance and progression in the PE programme.

Lessons include the following structure:
Preparation in the classroom, organization in the working space, warm up, acquiring and developing skills, selecting and applying skills, tactics and compositional ideas, knowledge and understanding of fitness and health as well as evaluating and improving performance.


We assess our pupils’ development through paired evaluation and we offer positive feedback from teacher, partner and whole class.

  • Watching children work, talking to them about what they are doing and listening to them describe their work generates useful assessment information.

  • The approaches to teaching PE lessons should help teachers acquire knowledge of their children’s needs, their rate of progression and standard of attainment.

  • Learning outcomes indicate what the children have learnt and feedback during lessons will help teachers set appropriate targets for individuals.

  • Significant achievements or weakness may be noted to serve as a basis for planning appropriate challenges or to form part of the annual report on progress.

  • Staff use these key phrases:
    “By the end of this lesson, I would like to see you do…….”
    “You will be successful at the end of this lesson if you can choose, see the difference and be as efficient as possible”

  • Pupil’s progression in PE is monitored and levelled through Classroom Monitor.

Levels of learning in PE

Step one: Observe, Copy, Vocab, Name Actions

Step two: Observe, Copy, Remember, Describe

Step three: Pathways, Explore and control, Choice (clear options available), see differences

Step four: Link actions, choose criteria: speed, direction, shape or degree of difficulty. Answer task.

Gifted and Talented

We have a number of pupils who excel in PE and school sport and opportunities are provided to them throughout the year to aid with running, coaching and leading activities.  We have two sports captains that assist the PE leader with particular events.   Our Gifted and Talented pupils also meet up with other GT pupils from the Samphire Learning Hub and they went to Fowlmead Country Park in June for an enrichment day!

The Child and Support within and outside the School

The Community

The expertise of some parents and members of the community at our clubs and PE lessons are a valuable resource. We have excellent links with local sports clubs who lead coaching sessions at various points throughout the year.

Accompanying pupils to events, football matches and offering to coach various clubs and assist during PE lessons are a few of the ways these adults provide invaluable support to our school.

Community links are established with coaches from Snowdown and Aylesham Football Club, running our school football clubs; Polo Farm Hockey Club teach all of our KS2 classes for a lesson per week in the summer term; Ash Rugby Club coach the pupils for 6 weeks per year; Eximo Street Dance lead workshops and teach pupils for a lesson per week for a term.

P.E. Technician

Since April 2014 our P.E. Technician has been used throughout the school in order to develop the teachers’ knowledge and ability to lead a high quality PE lesson. He delivers high quality PE lessons throughout the school and leads lunch and afterschool clubs. Every morning he leads interventions and works in classes to promote physical literacy through fizzy, clever hands and other interventions.

We offer frequent sports events and our PE technician helps to lead PE throughout he school ensuring we attend inter-school tournaments for every year group.

Play Pals

We have an embedded programme of Play Leaders who actively support break and lunch times with games activities and setting up equipment.  These children are from year 5 and 6 and work in pairs in various locations on a daily rota ensuring that the equipment is varied and exciting to promote physical activities at all times.

School Competitions

A number of inter and intra school competitions / leagues are offered to all our pupils. Our school is part of the Samphire Learning Hub and we have regular competitions between the 7 schools for all year groups.

Throughout the year pupils take part in competitive sport within school and outside of school.  Examples are:

  • Each year group has teams selected to participate in the Samphire Learning Hub competitions.
  • We have a school football team who take part in league and cup matches throughout the year for Dover Deal and Sandwich.
  • On sports day inter house teams compete against each other throughout all year groups.

The Child and the Learning Environment

Facilities and resources

Planning resources, posters, visual aids and information books are available from the PE co-ordinator. Teachers share the PE resources and the co-ordinator ensures that there is sufficient material to use and will order more when needed. New resources are made available to the staff at central locations in both Key Stage 1 and 2.  PE resources are stored in the PE cupboards. The PE equipment is available to the whole school.

The PE co-ordinator takes stock of equipment on a regular basis and makes any further necessary orders for new equipment.

Sporting facilities available to Aylesham Primary School pupils:

  • Field – Running track, Football pitch, Rounders pitch
  • Playground x2– including a quiet area/climbing area/adventure play area/ netball court/tennis court
  • School hall x2 – including gymnastics equipment and resources for various sports.
  • Simon Langton Boys Grammar School (SLBGS) Swimming pool

Health and Safety

Aylesham Primary School has a cross-curricular Health and Safety Policy. This policy is being adhered to throughout all PE and extra-curricular activities and follows the BALPE Safe Practise document.