Intent – Why does our PE curriculum look like this?

At Barley Fields Primary we recognise the importance PE plays in the curriculum and are committed to providing all children with opportunities to engage fully in Physical Education (PE). PE should provide opportunities for all children to become physically literate and confident in a way which also supports their health and fitness.  Children should acquire not only physical skills, knowledge and understanding, but also the awareness and importance of leading healthy, active lives as well as the values of sportsmanship, fairness and respect through the sports and activities they undertake.

We intend to consistently delivery of high-quality PE lessons which are exciting, challenging and enjoyable and provide many varied earning opportunities:

  • 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 promote safe practice in all activities.
  • To use sport to build children self-confidence and self-esteem.
  • To encourage involvement in extra-curricular sporting activities and develop community and club links.
  • Increase participation in competitive sports both in and out of school

Implementation – How will we achieve this?

Our children follow a carefully structured Physical Education curriculum which has been designed to ensure children know more, do more and remember more as they progress through our school.  Our content is supported by advice, requirements and guidelines presented in the National Curriculum, the Complete PE curriculum and advice and support offered by our local Sports School Partnership. 

Our curriculum ensures children progress and develop their knowledge and skills in several key sporting areas.

Our Teaching Approach

A large proportion of our PE curriculum is delivered by qualified teachers specialising in PE and sport coaches who are specialists in their fields.  We have excellent PE facilities with a range of PE resources both small and large, a large hall for indoor activity, an interactive ISports Wall and a Multi-use games area (MUGA) for outdoor activity. All children participate in a minimum of two hours PE weekly.

The curriculum at Barley Fields covers the National Curriculum Programmes of Study and through our curriculum provision, children have opportunities to participate in and experience sports such as Dance, Football, Hockey, Gymnastics, Tennis, Cricket, Tag Rugby and Athletics.

Children are offered progressive opportunities to develop their physical skills, knowledge and understanding as well as learn about fitness, cooperation and fair play.   In Year 3 and 4 (as part of the KS2 curriculum), all children take part in Swimming lessons at the local swimming pool.  Outdoor Adventurous activities are included in our curriculum and are enhanced through residential visits in Year 4 and Year 6 (activities include beck scrambling, rock climbing, canoeing, abseiling) and with our Forest School Curriculum.

We participate in the local School Sports Partnership and engage in sports festivals, intra, and inter school competitions.

To increase opportunities and inspire children to be active, we enhance our PE curriculum with sports activities after school and during lunchtimes.  Clubs include as Dance, Running, Football and Netball.  We have a daily mile and climbing equipment accessed at breaktimes and each key stage has a range of play equipment to promote active and purposeful playtimes.

Our children understand the core skills and attitudes needed to learn in PE with the use of the school curriculum character – PE Peter.  This character is regularly used to encourage children to reflect on the key skills, attitudes and knowledge needed when learning in PE.

Further details of our long term schemes of learning and curriculum pathways can be downloaded below.

Impact – How will we know that our children are achieving?

By the end of each key stage, children are expected to know, apply and understand the skills and techniques as specified in the PE curriculum plans.

Children’ are assessed using our SONAR tracking system which identifies clear and progressive end points.  This ensures progress is maintained and end of key stage expectations are met by all children. Children are formatively assessed termly and a final summative assessment made at the end of the academic year.  Children will be assessed as either Emerging, Developing, Secure or Exceeding, in accordance with Age Related Expectations.

Swimming will be assessed by the swimming instructors at The Ingleby Barwick Leisure Centre. The Curriculum Lead will be responsible for publishing Swimming data on the School Website, as per National Guidance.

In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes;
  • A celebration of learning for each term which demonstrates progression across the school (Curriculum Floor book);
  • Child discussions about their learning (Child Voice);
  • The annual tracking of standards across the curriculum. In KS1 and KS2
PE Long Term Scheme of Learning
PE Curriculum Pathway
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