Curriculum Intent

At Victoria Primary Academy, we aim to create a learning experience that inspire children to be active and lead a lifelong healthy lifestyle through fun, inclusive and competitive PE. We provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident, promote curiosity and express their creativity. We deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities that inspire and enrich all children to succeed in physical education and in developing life skills, both in the curriculum and as part of extracurricular provision. Our children will have opportunities to compete in sport and other activities that build skills such as resilience, communication and initiative to help embed our Victoria Values. We recognise the importance of teaching children how to cooperate and collaborate with others as part of an effective team, understanding fairness and equity of play to instil these life-long values. 

Victoria Primary Academy understands and values the benefits of PE: we will support our children to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for social, emotional, mental and physical wellbeing, now and for their future, to truly create ‘Learners Without Limits’. 

Curriculum Aims

Children at Victoria Primary Academy participate in weekly PE and sporting activities. To ensure high standards of PE teaching across the school, we ensure that the objectives of the National Curriculum are met and that we implement a curriculum which is progressive, inclusive and engaging. 

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.

We provide opportunities for all children to engage in extra-curricular activities during and after school, in addition to competitive sporting events. To further promote leading a healthy, active lifestyle, we participate in the daily mile. We incorporate the importance of good nutrition and maintaining a healthy diet into Connected Curriculum topics.

Children are taught skills to keep them safe, such as being able to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres. This is an inclusive approach which endeavours to encourage not only physical development but also well-being for all pupils.

Minimum Standards

Teaching a Broad and Balanced curriculum for educational recovery DfE June 2021 states:   

When making decisions about curriculum prioritisation, schools may need to adjust the curriculum to give priority to supporting pupils to be physically active and confident in fundamental movement skills, as well as developing the complexity and accuracy of movement patterns.   

Schools should use time to revisit knowledge of the conventions of specific sports and activities, through which pupils’ enjoyment and confidence will be rebuilt.   

At key stage 1 and 2: 

  • It is a priority to develop and refine pupils’ fundamental movement skills in a variety of contexts, including dance and game-based activities. 

Moving into key stage 2: 

  • Each context will require different knowledge to develop competency. For example, developing attacking and defending strategies in netball and football will require pupils, in each case, to remember and understand different knowledge.  
  • Swimming and water safety should remain a priority at key stage 2, if not secured at key stage 1.

At Victoria Primary Academy:  

  • The curriculum map outlines each year group’s topic for each half term across the year, including both indoor and outdoor slots. This allows children rich opportunities to explore, develop and master fundamental movement skills and apply them to specific sports and activities.  
  • A whole school planning system allows teaching staff to utilise high quality planning that includes a range of aspects which are essential for a successful lesson (warm up, skill acquisition, skill development and practise (independent or group), application in game scenario (competitive context) cool down and plenary. 
  • Children receive a minimum of 2 hours of physical activity per week through both PE lessons and the Active mile. Year groups follow the timetable allocated to ensure that are maximising their timeslots and children being active.  
  • Specific language is modelled and taught to children in the context of the lesson/ activity. Children are exposed to a range of vocabulary choices which describe and identify their movement, skills and activities they participate in. Each year group is assigned command words which specifically relate to the topics and activities they explore over the course of the academic year.  
  • Pupils have the opportunity to attend a range of extra-curricular sports clubs which allows them to further develop skills in areas they have particular interested in, as well as explore their social skills and establish new friendships.     
  • Pupils with additional needs are supported to access the learning as appropriate depending on their need. Pupils with physical disabilities may need access to specialist tools or resources. Some pupils will benefit from pre teaching of key vocabulary. Some pupils may benefit from additional time or support from an adult to fully immerse themselves in an activity.  

Subject Leader

For more information, please contact the PE Subject Leader:

Miss Claire Husbands

Useful Documents

PE Subject Coverage Map for Key Stage 1 and 2