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Southcote Primary School Soaring to Success



At The Kennet Federation we aim to develop pupils who will be physically active for life and who can perform in a range of different physical activities. This be achieved through a broad and balanced curriculum, focusing on the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of all our pupils. We intend to deliver a high-quality, inclusive teaching and learning opportunities that inspire all children to succeed in physical education and in developing life skills. The aims of our PE curriculum are to develop pupils who:

  • Are physically confident in a variety of activities and sports;
  • Compete in sport and other activities showing key values such as fairness and respect to others;
  • To express themselves creatively in their choice of techniques, tactics and choreography in order to improve their own and others’ performances.
  • Are able to improve their fitness levels and be physically active for a sustained period of time
  • Have a keen interest in PE - a willingness to participate in every lesson, highly positive attitudes and the ability to make informed choices about engaging in extracurricular sport;
  • Lead a healthy lifestyle, exercising regularly and value lifelong participation in physical exercise;
  • Develop their physical skills in a number of activities and are able to perform in a broad range of sports and competitive situations;
  • Compete in sport and other activities showing key values such as fairness and respect to others;
  • Are able to build on previous physical experiences and develop their leadership skills in Year 5 and 6 to create their own practices;
  • Can swim at least 25 metres before the end of Year 6 and know how to remain safe in and around water.



Our PE curriculum is planned to include a range of sports and dance, fitting in line with the National Curriculum and supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. A wide range of sports and activities including; invasion games, net & wall games, striking and fielding games, gymnastics, dance, fitness, swimming and outdoor & adventurous activities are delivered from EYFS to Year 6 enabling pupils to develop their knowledge and skills in physical education in a variety of different areas. Teachers are able to access all plans easily and these allow for skill progression throughout the school, in some areas we follow the Rising Stars (Champions) programme, others have been implemented by the PE lead to improve the coverage of a range of activities. As well as this we follow Val Sabin for dance and gymnastics.

All children from EYFS, Key Stage One and Key Stage have weekly PE sessions. Each year group has a number of different activity areas, which carefully plan for progression in the different physical activities and sports.  The lessons develop children’s skills and physical fitness across the year as well as from one year to another. In EYFS the focus is on the children’s fundamental movement skills, they are given opportunities to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement, the basic skills required to support their growth in physical activity. They are also helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food. This is the first step in their education that builds the importance of PE and allows children to become physical learners.

In KS1, children continue to develop their fundamental movement skills, focusing on building these into sport specific skills with children beginning to compete in competitive situations. In KS2, we focus on development of the children’s skills across a range of sports and physical activities. We make links across different sports and teach children to use their cognition in regards to using tactical approaches and also building on their creativity within dance and gymnastics. Where possible we also make cross-curricular links between themes and sports. In Key Stage 2, the children will also get an opportunity to learn how to swim competently and confidently as well as being able to perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.

The children are actively encouraged to participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day through break times and lunch times, where a range of sporting equipment is provided and teaching assistants are encouraged to engage children to be physically active.

Alongside our curriculum provision for P.E we also provide all pupils with the opportunity to participate in afterschool and lunch time curricular activities. These clubs are provided by a local coaching company, the children are offered opportunities across a range of sports and activities. The same coaching company also provide lunchtime activities for different year groups, again to increase participation in physical activity, but using a more structured approach. The sports coaches also offer CPD for teachers, any teachers that need support in a particular area are given the opportunity to work alongside a coach. This enables them to develop their confidence teaching a specific activity as well as improving the quality of PE being taught within the school (NOTE: This won’t be applicable this year due to pandemic)

Pupils are encouraged to take part in competitive sport during their time at The Kennet Federation.  Upon joining the school each pupil is allocated a ‘House’. These houses are represented by different gemstones; Topaz, Emerald, Rubies and Sapphires. At the end of the school year pupils compete in a competitive school games event. House and Sport Captains are recruited from the Year 6 pupils each year.  These pupils will also help to organise sporting events during the school year.

Intended impact:

Our PE Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. We focus on progression of knowledge and skills in the different physical activity areas.

The expectation is that children leave The Kennet Federation with the physical skills, knowledge and experience of many different physical activities and sports. They will have a positive attitude to physical activity, leading to lifelong participation as well as leading a healthy and active lifestyle. They will enjoy physical activity and still continue to participate in competitive situations, striving to achieve success and understanding their strengths. They will have learned the value of communication, fairness and respect and continue to show these throughout their lives, implementing them in all aspects of their lives not just sport.