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Physical Education


At Gifford Primary School we recognise the importance PE plays in the curriculum and are committed to providing all children with opportunities to engage fully in Physical Education. The aim of out PE programme is to develop pupil’s basic physical competencies, build confidence in their ability and build the foundations for a lifelong love of sport, physical activity and a healthy lifestyle. PE lessons encourage pupils to compete against themselves and others whilst being challenged to improve their physical, social, emotional and thinking skills. 


These skills are embedded in the heart of our planning. Our objectives in the teaching of PE align with the National Curriculum in that we aim to ensure 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



At Gifford Primary School, we have recently adopted the Complete PE scheme to teach out PE across the school. This scheme ensures that pupils are given a wealth of opportunities to develop their physical movement skills as well as achieving whole child objectives.


In Nursery, pupils begin to develop the foundations of movement through accessing the Physical Development strand of development matters. This is taught discretely within the continuous provision throughout the day and through some focus activities. This continues into Reception. Reception begin formal PE sessions using the Complete PE scheme. They also continue to develop these skills within their continuous provision. 


In KS1 and KS2, pupils have at least 2 hours of quality PE sessions a week following the prescribed Complete PE plans. Every fortnight, pupils have a PE lesson taught by our PE specialist. Pupils’ class teachers teach all other lessons.


In a PE session, you will see:

  • Consistency in routines including an introduction and warm up, skill development and plenary
  • Collaboration and opportunity for partner discussion
  • Opportunities for pupils to work independently and together
  • Opportunity for children to perform and give and receive feedback
  • Subject specific vocabulary that builds on previous learning/year groups
  • Progression in equipment used with year groups



Our curriculum is designed so that pupils are taught a variety of activities throughout their key stage and there is a progression journey throughout all of these. Each area of PE also has an assessment tracker for EYFS to Year 6.


Pupils also deepen their understanding of PE, year by year, by being introduced to specific vocabulary that is mapped out in planning for each area. Pupils have the opportunity to take part in extra-curricular activities and demonstrate their new skills in intra and inter sports competitions. All pupils also have the opportunity, in the summer term, to take part in a sports day.


Pupils will become confident within the different strands of PE and show resilience when tackling new skills.


Early Years

In the Foundation Stage PE is covered in Physical Development, Personal Social and emotional development and Expressive Arts and Design.


Children's gross motor development is supported through a range of physical activities as well as weekly PE lessons. The Fine motor skills are developed through activities which include cutting and sewing.


They develop their understanding of a healthy lifestyle through managing daily routines and becoming independent with their personal hygiene.