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At Roebuck Academy, we believe that every child should enjoy a range of experiences within physical education and sport. Through our curriculum, extra-curricular clubs and active opportunities, we promote positive attitudes to health, exercise and wellbeing, the development of physical skills and a love for being active and having fun.


The main vision of Physical Education at Roebuck Academy is to enrich the lives of individuals through active lifestyles. This is achieved by encouraging the children to access as many sporting opportunities in school as possible. In addition, the children are encouraged to access their chosen passion through attending and participating in local clubs, sporting events and festivals.

The lessons in a unit aim to progress the children quickly through a range of stimulating activities. They also include differentiated activities to allow for different abilities within the class. Pupils start units of learning by playing the game, where the teacher assesses prior knowledge and build future lessons from this starting point. The end goal is to participate in a competitive situation, such as competition or house challenge.

We also hold various sports clubs for children across the school, such as Football, Basketball, Hockey, Netball, Multi-Sports, Athletics and Tennis. These are run and organised by the teachers either during or after school.


During the academic year, the children spend time with their teacher and sports coaches for PE lessons. The sports and topics have been carefully devised to allow children to access a range of skills and situations. The skills they will be learning will be transferable skills to use in other similar games.

Similarly, to last year, children in Upper Key Stage Two children have many opportunities to access Level 2 competitions throughout the year. Therefore, topics in these year groups have been selected to help prepare the children for these situations. In addition to this, Key Stage One children have accessed some sporting opportunities on a wider scale so that informal practice opportunities have also been put in place to prepare these children suitably.

From September, we need to recognise that the COVID-19 pandemic could have an effect on the fitness levels of many children in the school. They will be encouraged to participate in active learning sessions and vigorous PE lessons that focus on raising the heart rate sufficiently to improve fitness levels.


At the end of each unit, teachers are asked to assess their children based on skills developed throughout the unit. These skills are represented as ‘I can’ statements which are child and teacher friendly to use. In dance sessions, teachers can observe the children more closely and intervene when necessary.

The children are encouraged to pursue their passion for PE and sport by being signposted to relevant sports clubs out of school as well as in school. The current sports mark level of ‘Bronze’ (July 2019) reflects a sound grasp of opportunities offered. Going forward, the School seem well set to achieve ‘Silver’ and have ambitions to achieve even higher in the coming years.


Physical Education programmes of study: Key Stages 1 and 2

Purpose of study

A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.


The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils::

  • 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
  • lead healthy, active lives.

Attainment targets

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.

Schools are not required by law to teach the example content in [square brackets].

Subject content – Key stage 1

Pupils should develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.

Pupils should be taught to:

  • master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
  • participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
  • perform dances using simple movement patterns.

Subject Content – Key Stage 2

Pupils should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.

Pupils should be taught to:

  • use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
  • play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
  • develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics]
  • perform dances using a range of movement patterns
  • take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
  • compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.

Swimming and water safety

All schools must provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2.

In particular, pupils should be taught to:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.