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.

Subject leader

Mr Cooke is responsible for P.E. This means ensuring there is an ambitious curriculum set, supporting teachers to implement it through high-quality lessons and checking that everything is helping children to know more, remember more and do more.

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Oakfield's Approach


We are setting out to help our pupils be ...

  • Active - Pupils are physically active for sustained periods of time and understand the importance of being healthy.

  • Sportsmanship - Pupils build characteristics and values linked to fairness and respect through competitive sports and activities.

  • Confidence - Pupils develop competence in skills and understanding and are able to apply to a wide range of physical activities.


We will do this by ensuring ...

  • Children are taught the importance of leading an active life and the significance this has in being healthy.

  • Content is taught progressively through ... ‘threshold concepts’ these are the ‘big ideas’ we want all children to know.

  • Children engage with a range of equipment and variety of sports or activities to develop competence and sportsmanship.


We will have made a difference when ...

  • All pupils are physically active - they understand the importance being active has to health and can sustain activity for a length of time which is appropriate for their age.

  • All value and enjoy the curriculum we offer - they tell us what they enjoy and apply independently.

  • All pupils are taught a varied curriculum, therefore demonstrating a clear understanding of the ‘threshold concepts.’

Threshold Concepts

These are our big takeaways called ‘threshold concepts’ - an overview of what we want pupils to know. They are the same for every year group and help us to ensure we build learning on the same ideas, that way we help children to be able to remember more meaningful connections rather than remembering isolated facts.

  1. Running, jumping, throwing and catching requires developing control, stamina and coordination.

  2. Body shapes and balances can be connected by movement.

  3. Sending and striking an object requires control and accuracy.

  4. Effective team work is essential for development and success.

  5. Movement can be created as a reaction to a stimuli.

  6. Outdoor spaces and adventurous activities can be navigated independently or with a team.

Progression on a Page ...

Here is an overview of what we expect children to be taught, know and do by the end of each year group.

Year 1

  • Children will practise running, jumping, throwing and catching techniques.

  • They will create a basic sequence of body shapes, balances and movement whilst negotiating space safely.

  • Children will explore patting, throwing, kicking, stopping and catching a ball.

  • They will learn the importance of following rules when playing a game to making it fair.

  • Children will create movement patterns and show awareness of rhythm. They will follow a simple route around a familiar outdoor space.

Year 2

  • Children will now show more control with running, jumping, throwing and catching techniques.

  • They will create a sequence of linked balances and know a range of body shapes.

  • Children can confidently send and receive an object such as a bean bag or ball.

  • They will play simple team games demonstrating an awareness of the rules and developing basic tactics.

  • Children will perform movements to express ideas and feelings changing level, speed and direction.

  • They will move over, under and through spaces and obstacles outdoors.

Year 3

  • Children apply a broad range of running, jumping, throwing and catching techniques in isolation and combination, with improving accuracy and competence.

  • They can create a gymnastic sequence beginning to use flexibility, strength, technique and balance.

  • Children use different techniques to pass, bat, dribble, travel with and strike a ball with some control, coordination and accuracy.

  • They take part in competitive team bag, communicating with others and using tactics.

  • Children beginning to improvise movements and motifs that express the meaning and mood of the music.

  • They work as part of a team to safely navigate an outdoor space and solve problems.

Year 4

  • Children will run for extended periods at a range of distances and varying pace.

  • They will combine movements, actions and balances and equipment to create a fluid routine.

  • Children will now throw, catch, strike and field with control and accuracy.

  • They will take part in competitive games and create their own. They will use and develop team tactics through effective communication.

  • When responding to a stimuli, children will compare, develop and adapt movements and motifs to create movement patterns.

  • They will respond to challenges in a positive way.

  • They will work effectively with other team members, showing the ability to listen to and act on feedback.

Year 5

  • Children understand how power and stamina are developed and how this improves performance.

  • They create increasingly complex sequences, including changes of direction, travelling and varying speeds and levels, showing good precision, stability, flexibility, technique and strength.

  • Children will confidently and consistently use striking, fielding and racket skills.

  • They will play competitive games with skill, coordination and control whilst applying a range of rules and tactics.

  • Children will improvise and move with precision, control and fluency in response to a range of stimuli.

  • In outdoor spaces, they will plan routes and orientate maps, responding positively to increasing challenges, problems and working as a team.

Year 6

  • Children will demonstrate a high level of control, speed, strength and stamina when running, jumping and throwing, in isolation and combination. They will be able to suggest ways to improve performance.

  • Children will plan and perform gymnastic sequences, using a wide range of movements and balances to create a polished routine.

  • Children will confidently use ball skills with some precision in a wide variety of competitive games. During competitive games, children will develop and refine strategies and tactics for attacking and defending.

  • They will vary dynamics of movements or dance, developing actions in time to music with a partner or as a part of a group.

  • Children will use and apply strategies for solving problems, listening to others and being a good team player when engaged in outdoor or adventurous activities.

Detailed Progression in P.E.

1e - Threshold Concepts - PE.pdf

We're so proud!

We are delighted to announce that we have achieved the School Games Mark Silver Level Award for the 2019/20 academic year as well as two special awards that recognise our commitment to high quality P.E. at home during lockdown.

The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.

With a considerable amount of young people competing in local inter-school competitions this year, we are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible.

As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year.






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We're proud to take part and take home SILVER in 2019 and SILVER 2020 ... Gold next, right?

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