PE curriculum statement

A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.”  

Department of Education National Curriculum PE programme of study.

At The Oaks Primary School, PE is a vital part of school life and ultimately children’s future well-being.  We want to provide an inclusive, broad and balanced PE curriculum that ensures all children will benefit, whether through enhancing existing skills, learning new skills or being introduced to new sports, clubs, teams and organisations.  

We aim to provide a PE curriculum that pupils from Reception to Year 6 not only enjoy but also allows them to experience a range of activities that help them to develop their health, fitness and wellbeing. We intend to offer a high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It provides opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. 



At The Oaks, we want our children to have high aspirations, a belief in themselves and realise that anything is possible if they put their mind to it. 

What do we want for our pupils?

  • To lead a healthy and active life
  • To engage in competitive sports and activities 
  • To develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • To be physically active for sustained periods of time
  • To develop a positive attitude and sportsmanship
  • To develop a love for physical activity and the keenness to pursue this outside of school life through outside organisations and clubs

What do we want from our curriculum? 

  • To provide children with a wider range of activities and skills …….
  • To develop a progressive curriculum which builds on prior skills and knowledge and allows the children to develop and flourish as young athletes
  • To engage in competitive sports and activities both in house and against local schools



PE at The Oaks is taught by the class teacher from Reception to Year 6 (on occasions there may be exceptions to this when ). PE is taught as an area of learning on its own, where possible it is integrated with other curriculum areas and is taught for 2 hours per week across all year groups except reception where they also have access to continuous provision and enhancements in their learning to support this. The Oaks have purchased a scheme of work called ‘Complete PE’ and this has been mapped out by the lead for all year groups to focus on progression of key knowledge and skills across each year group. This ensures that children develop their knowledge of games, dance and gymnastics and (from KS2) athletics and outdoor and 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. The varied curriculum is designed to enable all children to enjoy physical sports and activities and to have the opportunity to experience success in sport. The curriculum also allows the children to participate in sporting activities that they might not have otherwise taken part in. The mapping out of the curriculum has also been carefully designed to ensure that the children have the knowledge and skills to be able to participate in sporting festivals, competitions and events against other local schools through our sports partnership. All children have the opportunity to participate in PE at their own level through the planning used teachers are able to ensure that all lessons cater to individual needs. The children also experience positive competition and a focus is placed on developing good sportsmanship and attitudes. Children learn in a safe environment and have a good foundation for lifelong physical activity and wanting to participate and take part in sports and physical activities outside of school.



The impact of a high quality PE curriculum ensures that:

  • The ability to acquire new knowledge and skills and develop an in-depth understanding of PE.  
  • The ability to understand the importance of needing to make appropriate choices about their physical and mental health.
  • High levels of physical fitness.  
  • A healthy lifestyle, achieved by eating sensibly and exercising regularly and knowing the importance that each of these plays in their daily lives.  
  • The ability to remain physically active for sustained periods of time and an understanding of the importance of this in promoting long-term health and well-being.  
  • High levels of originality, imagination and creativity in their techniques, tactics and choreography, knowledge of how to improve their own and others’ performance and the ability to work independently for extended periods of time without the need of guidance or support. 
  • A keen interest in PE both in lessons, extra curricular activities inside and outside of school and other parts of the day such as break times
  • A willingness to participate eagerly in every lesson, highly positive attitudes and the ability to make informed choices about engaging fully in extra-curricular sport.  
  • The ability to swim at least 25 metres before the end of Year 6 and knowledge of how to remain safe in and around water.

All children will be assessed against the National Curriculum objectives for PE. Staff also upload videos and pictures of their classes during each half term to show skills and progression in lessons. Termly observations are also completed by the PE Coordinator. 

By the end of each key stage the children are highly proficient in each aspect of PE. Children are aware of the link between physical activity and good mental health and understand its significance as part of a healthy lifestyle.


Visitors and visits for this subject to support curriculum enrichment include:

  • Young Mental Health Champions Training
  • Sports Ambassador Training
  • Dodgeball Leadership
  • Football Competitions (KS2)
  • Tag Rugby Festival (Year 3/4)


As we enter into a period of being at home, please give consideration to excercise. Being active can improve your physical health, help manage stress and anxiety and just generally make you feel better. Please find some advice from Sport England that will help support both children and adults to stay fit.

At The Oaks Community Primary School our physical education sessions are delivered primarily through Vara Sports. The company provide PE sessions that are progressional for our children not only as they move through school but also as the school year progresses. This is supported through our scheme of work ‘Complete PE’. We have a highly trained coach who teaches the lessons and also provides professional development for staff. At present he also offers before and after school clubs 5 nights a week and they structured games at lunch times daily. 

The children have also received a range of sporting sessions delivered by The Oaks Schools Sports Partnership including Curling and Sports Leader Training and Progressive Sports who have been in school to work alongside the children in Year 2 and Year 5.

All of our Key Stage Two children benefit from swimming lessons at our local swimming pool at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village. Children attend lessons on a Friday afternoon and these are delivered by training swimming instructors at the centre. As we recognise the importance of being able to swim, children who can not swim unaided by the end of their year groups sessions attend additional swimming lessons.

Academic Year of Year 6


No. of Children in the cohort Children who accessed additional swimming  Total Number of children who could complete 25m of unaided swimming (inc additional sessions) Total Number of Children who can use a range of strokes effectively Total Number of children who can perform safe self – rescue in different water based situations
2016/17 15 27% (4 children) 87% (13 children) 80% (12 children) 80% (12 children)
2017/18 20 15% (3 children) 85% (17 children) 80% (16 children) 75% (15 children)
2018/19 21 38% (8 children) 90% (19 children) 90% (19 children) 90% (19 children)
2019/20 18 0% ( 0 children due to Covid 19) 67% (12 children) 61% (11 children) 61% (11 children)
2020/21 26 0% (0 children due to Covid 19)  35% (9 children )  89% (23 children) 12% (3 children)


PE and Sports Funding 2018/2019 PE and Sports grant funding, which is in addition to the main school funding, is allocated by the Department for Education to improve the quality of PE and sporting activities offered to pupils. For more details regarding this please view the Sports Premium page of the website.

Impact of Sports Premium 2021-22

Evidencing-the-Impact-of-the-Primary-PE-and-Sport-Premium 2020-21.docx

Sports Premium Strategy 2020 – 2021

Sports Premium Strategy 2019 – 2020

Sports Premium Strategy 2018 – 2019

Sports Premium Strategy 2017 – 2018

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