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Physical Education Statement of Intent.
At Medlar with Wesham C of E primary school, we recognise and value the importance of Physical Education.  PE at Medlar with Wesham aims to develop a fun, high quality physical education curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sports and other physical activities. We do this by creating a broad and balanced curriculum that is underpinned by the aims of the national curriculum for Physical Education to ensure that all children:

  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • lead healthy, active lives

It is our intention to build a curriculum that enables children to develop knowledge skills and vocabulary in a broad range of sporting activities as well as developing values and transferable life skills such as tolerance, fairness and respect.

Through enrichment activities and intra-school competitions, we aim to raise the profile of PE and expose our children to sports they may never have had the opportunity to engage with.

Our PE curriculum is based on an enhanced model of the Early Years Framework and the national curriculum with a clear progression structure from Reception to Year six. This progression of knowledge and skills has been planned in order to build on the skills needed to meet the end of Key stage objectives in the National curriculum.


Additionally, an imperative element of the curriculum at Medlar with Wesham shows a need for healthy lifestyles, balanced diet, positive growth mindset and the resilience to persevere. We are passionate about the need to teach children how to co-operate and collaborate with others as part of a team, understanding fairness, and show good sportsmanship to embed lifelong values.   

PE Curriculum 



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:

1. 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

2. participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending

3. perform dances using simple movement patterns.



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:

1. use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination

2. 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

3. develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics]

4. perform dances using a range of movement patterns

5. take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team

6. 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:

1. swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres

2. use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]

3. perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.