Vittoria Primary School recognises the value of Physical Education (P.E). We fully adhere to the aims of the National Curriculum for physical education 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.



P.E. is taught at Vittoria Primary School as an area of learning in its own right, as well as being integrated where possible with other curriculum areas. P.E is taught across two sessions, one led by a sport coach and the other led by the class teacher.  The key knowledge and skills of each topic are mapped across each year group. This ensures that children develop their knowledge of games, athletics, dance, gymnastics and outdoor adventurous activity progressively. The skills in these areas are also therefore developed systematically, with the programme of study for each year group building on previous learning and preparing for subsequent years. Knowledge and skills are informed and linked to enable achievement of key stage end points, as informed by the 2014 National Curriculum. We teach lessons that: 

  • 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. 
  • engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.
  • apply and develop a broad range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement.
  •  enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. 
  • develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.

Each new unit of work begins with a recap of the previous related knowledge from previous years. This helps children to retrieve what they have learnt in the earlier sequence of the programme of study, and ensures that new knowledge is taught in the context of previous learning to promote a shift in long term memory. Key vocabulary for the new topic is also introduced gradually throughout the scheme building on prior learning. Staff are encouraged to use strategies from other areas of learning to share vocabulary, for example phonics and Widgit. This approach also means that children are able to learn and apply new or prior vocabulary in a practical setting. Lessons are planned to utilise cross curricular links, as well as the context of the school (including school grounds and community role models, such as sports coaches with specialist skills).

Assessment is carried out using the skills progression, National Curriculum aims and the units of study. The record of this process, including photographs of the children demonstrating key skills are kept in the planning folder. Teaching staff also record half termly the progress of children using the previously stated assessment criterias.

The varied curriculum is designed to enable all children to enjoy physical activity and to experience success in sport. An extensive extracurricular provision also provides further challenge and access to a range of physical activity. All children have the opportunity to participate in PE at their own level of development, with teachers ensuring that lessons cater for individual needs. As well as securing and building on a range of skills, children develop knowledge of the basic rules of a range of games and activities. They experience positive competition and a strong focus is placed on developing good sporting attitudes. Children learn in a safe environment and have a foundation for lifelong physical activity, leaving primary school as physically active.


  • There is an increased number of pupils active in the playground at play times
  • Pupils will enjoy PE across a range of sports
  • Pupils engage in a wide range range borough of competitions and activities
  • Pupils’ engagement in lessons reflects their strong attitudes towards a healthy, active lifestyle
  • Pupils will use correct the vocabulary in lessons
  • Pupils will have a good knowledge of how to improve in lessons
  • Pupils will leave primary school knowing the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle and go on to play sports in the future
  • There will be no significant gaps in the progress of different groups of pupils (e.g. disadvantaged vs non-disadvantaged)
  • Children engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day on the playground and through movement breaks
  • The profile of PE and sport is raised across the school
  • There is increased confidence, knowledge and skills across all teaching staff
  • Broad experience of a range of sports and activities available


PE Curriculum Statement 2023-24

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