Through the teaching of Physical Education at Gulworthy Academy, and the range of free sport clubs that we offer, we aim to develop the children’s processes of collaboration, coordination, agility, balance spatial awareness, technical skill, fitness and general well being and enjoyment. The ultimate goal of which is to enable all children to make informed choices and engender a love of physical activity which will stay with our youngsters throughout their lives and to promote physical positive attitudes towards fitness and health. We provide children with exposure to a variety of different sporting disciplines, including swimming, dance, gymnastics, climbing, outdoor pursuits, orienteering and a wide range of net/ wall, striking and fielding and invasion games. We intend to provide the children with opportunities to take part in competitive sport and games in annual and half termly events inside and out of the academy and for them to compete with a sense of fair play, respect and sportsmanship. We believe that P.E. should give all of our children, regardless of ability, an enjoyable experience, which they will continue on into their adult lives.


The curriculum is led and overseen by the PE lead. As PE lead, a regular programme of monitoring, evaluation and review and the celebration of good practice will contribute to the ongoing commitment to evolve and improve further. Our vision and intent for PE are implemented in the following ways:

  • We fully adhere to the aims of the National Curriculum for Physical Education to ensure all children; develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities, are physically active for sustained periods of time, engage in competitive sports and activities and lead healthy, active lives.
  • All pupils from Year 1 to 2 have at least 2 hours of planned physical exercise each week with teachers planning and delivering lessons using Complete PE and other high-quality resources as well as high quality outside coaching, focusing on the development of the children’s fundamental movement skills (balance, agility, co-ordination, speed, running, jumping and catching). The teaching of lifestyle behaviours helps the children to understand what it means to be healthy and this is embedded in the sequence of learning.
  • All pupils from Year 3 to 6 have at least 2 hours of planned physical exercise each week with teachers planning and delivering lessons using Complete PE and other high-quality resources as well as high quality outside coaching. Pupils continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills such as running, jumping, throwing and catching. These skills are incorporated into competitive games (invasion, net/wall, striking and fielding) in order to develop the application of learned skills and strategical awareness, performances using movement patterns and evaluations of their own and others’ work.
  • In addition, pupils engage in adventurous activities including a 6 week block of climbing sessions. Pupils communicate and collaborate with each other and develop an understanding of how to improve in physical activities. Children record their progress and set themselves goals and challenges. There are many opportunities for children to take part in inter and intra school competitions, as well as festivals, where children’s successes in sports are celebrated.
  • Children’s interests and achievements outside of the academy are celebrated in classes and assemblies as well as by giving them the opportunity to take part in the Children’s University. This keeps track of the number of hours a child completes in wider sporting activities, including the wide variety of sport related clubs we offer. These are all run by members of staff and outside agencies. Therefore, the children have a foundation for lifelong physical activity, leaving Primary School as physically active and fully engaged in sport. The academy actively supports and celebrates pupils who are gifted in a particular sporting field, for example recently in swimming, horse riding and football.
  • As a small academy we place great importance on joining in with local competitions in many sporting disciplines, giving our pupils many opportunities to compete in a wide variety of sports. We also take part in wider opportunities such as a Year 6 residential.  Inclusion is carefully managed to allow all children access to PE, regardless of ability.  Our lessons are adapted towards individual needs and opportunities such as events for pupils with SEND are attended.
  • The academy’s sporting values of: determination, honesty, passion, respect, self-belief and teamwork are built into our teaching throughout each term. These are prominently focused on throughout the year but also highlighted during our competitive, supportive and inclusive sports day where families are in attendance.
  • PE is a vital part of the curriculum and promotes a healthy lifestyle for all of our children encouraging them to be alert and active. In the Spring Term a large percentage of the children take part in the Tavy 13 half marathon which is built up by the children running a mile each week. Many children achieve greater distances through our Running Club.


  • Children are able to enjoy the competitive nature of sport in a safe environment.
  • Children are positive about PE and sport and are able to discuss why it can play an important role in developing a healthy lifestyle.
  • All children experience success whatever their ability, and no matter who they are. Children are able to create and attain their own personal sports targets.
  • Children are proficient in sport specific skills, strategic understanding, teamwork and evaluation.
  • Children understand the importance of aesthetics in dance and gymnastics.
  • Children have developed ability in ABCS – agility, balance, coordination and appropriate speed
  • Increased % of children take part in competitive sport organised through academy and external to the academy.
  • Children exhibit the academy’s sporting values in PE lessons and wider events and competitions.


Physical Education starts from birth, within the area of Physical Development in the Early Years Framework. This area of learning is split into the two areas of Moving and handling and Health and self-care. Firstly, within Moving and handling the child will focus on their balance and different ways of movement, i.e. running, skipping, jumping etc as well as throwing, catching and kicking balls. Furthermore, this includes being able to hold and use tools, including pencils and scissors correctly.

In addition, children are taught to manage their self-care needs such as hygiene, toileting and dressing and undressing independently as well as recognising and making healthy choices linked to food choices and exercise and ways to stay safe. By the end of Reception, the aim is for children to show good co-ordination and control in both small and large movements, move confidently in a range of ways and handle equipment and tools effectively and manage their needs in a hygienic and healthy manner for the transition to Year One.

Long term overview plan for p.e. at Gulworthy

Progression in gymnastics

Progression in athletics

Progression in outdoor adventures

Progression in games

Progression in dance.