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Physical Education

At Coltishall Primary School, we intend to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding of Physical Education, so that they can perform with increasing competence and confidence in a range of physical activities. PE promotes an understanding in children of their bodies in action. It involves thinking, selecting and applying skills, and it promotes positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle. Thus, we enable the children to make informed choices about physical activity throughout their lives. 



  • Develop knowledge, skills and understanding across a range of sporting activities.
  • Engage in moderate to intense physical activity over sustained periods of time.
  • Participate in competitive sports and activities.
  • Lead healthy and active lives, picking up positive habits for their future lives.
  • To compete in games and activities in a collaborative team.
  • To develop Staff competence and confidence in the delivery of high quality PE lessons
  • To promote safe practice in all activities.
  • To use sport to build pupils self-confidence and self-esteem.
  • To encourage involvement in extracurricular sporting activities and develop community and club links
  • Increase participation in competitive sports both in and out of School


We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in PE lessons. Our principal aim is to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding. Teachers draw attention to good examples of individual performance as models for the other children, and we encourage the children to evaluate their own work as well as the work of other children. Within lessons, we give the children the opportunity both to collaborate and to compete with each other, and they have the opportunity to use a wide range of resources.

In all classes, children have a wide range of physical ability. Whilst recognising this fact, we provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child.


We achieve this through a range of strategies:

- Setting common tasks that are open-ended and can have a variety of results (e.g. timed events, such as balancing on one leg)

- Setting tasks of increasing difficulty, where not all children complete all tasks (e.g. developing jumping and landing techniques, leading to long jump and triple jump);

- Grouping children by ability, and setting different tasks for each group (e.g. different games, additional rules);

- Providing a range of challenge through the provision of different resources (e.g. different gymnastics equipment). 


At Coltishall Primary School, we use the National Curriculum Programme of Study in conjunction with the PE Passport scheme of work.  Each class will have two hours of high quality PE lessons each week throughout the year. A specialist PE Coach will deliver one hour a week and the other will be delivered by the class teacher.


PE activities are built upon the prior learning of the children. While there are opportunities for children of all abilities to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in each activity area, there is progression planned into the scheme of work, so that the children are increasingly challenged as they move up through the school. 


Swimming is taught in years 3 and 4 on an alternate half-termly basis. Children are transported to Broadland High School where the session is led by a qualified swimming instructor / lifeguard and supported by the PE Coordinator. In these sessions the children are taught to:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • use a range of strokes effectively
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations



In the Foundation Stage, we encourage the physical development of our children in the reception class as an integral part of their work. As the reception class is part of the Foundation Stage of the National Curriculum, we relate the physical development of the children to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals, which underpin the curriculum planning for children aged three to five years of age. We encourage the children to develop confidence, control of the way they move, and care in the handling of tools and equipment. We give all children the opportunity to undertake activities that offer appropriate physical challenge, both indoors and outdoors, using a wide range of resources to support specific skills; both gross and fine motor.


These include:

Physical Development ELG: 

Gross Motor Skills Children at the expected level of development will: 

- Negotiate space and obstacles safely, with consideration for themselves and others; 
- Demonstrate strength, balance and coordination when playing; 
- Move energetically, such as running, jumping, dancing, hopping, skipping and climbing. 

Fine Motor Skills Children at the expected level of development will: 

- Hold a pencil effectively in preparation for fluent writing, using the tripod grip in almost all cases; 
- Use a range of small tools, including scissors, paint brushes and cutlery
- Begin to show accuracy and care when drawing.