P.E. & Sport

At Yardley Primary School, Physical Education is a fundamental part of the National Curriculum and we endeavour to create strong values, aiming to inspire an active school who enjoy PE, encourage one another and achieve. Our school provides a safe, fun, supportive and encouraging environment in which the children are able to flourish via a varied and fully inclusive range of physical activities. This helps to support their physical, emotional, spiritual, social and moral development.

The P.E. curriculum is designed to encourage physical activity. In P.E., pupils are taught the principles of physical activity, the precision of techniques, different topics and the rules that go with them. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped with the skills to lead healthy and active lifestyles. P.E. ensures that pupils are physically active, are given the opportunity to express themselves and can both independently and within teams. 

What are we aiming for?

We aspire for our pupils to adopt ‘positive mind-sets’ and to believe that, with willpower and resilience, anything is possible. Through the primary values and disciplines PE promotes our aim is to improve the well-being and fitness of our children, not just through the sporting skills taught, but we aim to deliver high quality teaching and learning that enable all children to achieve. 

It is our vision for all pupils to prosper and achieve their best and to lead physically active lifestyles. We want our pupils to understand the benefits of physically active lifestyle. Through our delivery of PE, we will offer chances for pupils to develop values and transferrable life skills such as fairness and respect.

We aim to provide a balanced curriculum which has been carefully planned to meet the knowledge and skill requirements of the National Curriculum programme of study.  

We believe that the teaching and learning of P.E. is essential to all pupils to prepare them for life now and beyond. Pupils are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of P.E and to take that further into sporting activities outside of school. We also focus on developing the skills necessary for pupils to be able to assess their own and other’s achievements, as well as understanding how to be safe and conscious of those around them. 

  Our aims are: 

How do we achieve this?

Our P.E. curriculum not only takes into account the needs, the interests and the desires of our pupils but helps develop young, confident children.  It is taught with two topics covered over approximately half of a term and is designed to support primary teachers to assess pupils at the end of each topic/sport.

Units of work are planned progressively in order to deepen pupils’ knowledge and understanding of different areas of the curriculum and to help refine and improve skills previously learnt. Through a sequence of lessons, pupils are able to develop skills, transfer techniques from other topics and develop a greater understanding of the concept and rules that support the topic they are learning about.

What does success look like?

The following outcomes are a result of our P.E. curriculum: 

P.E. in the early years

The Foundation Stage is integral to the development of young pupils. As our Reception classes follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, we relate the P.E. curriculum to the Early Learning Goals which underpin the curriculum planning for pupils aged three to five. 

Throughout the year the pupils gain in confidence and begin to:

To find out more about our early years curriculum, visit our E.Y.F.S. page here.

Primary P.E. & Sports Premium

The Government provides additional funding for schools to improve the provision of P.E. and sport in primary schools.

Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of P.E. and sport they offer.  This means that schools should use the premium to:

For further information on how we use our funding, visit our Primary P.E. & Sports Premium page here.


Every child who attends Yardley Primary School and goes through Year 4 will receive school swimming lessons.

As swimming is part of the National Curriculum, all pupils must participate in lessons.

We always take every child, regardless of their ability, to complete a block of swimming lessons in Year 4.

For further information on school swimming, visit our Swimming page here.

Topic/Sport Progression Overview

Topic/Sport Overview

Please note:  This overview outlines the approximate order and length of topics/sports covered and is subject to change throughout the school year, especially as teachers assess classes and pupils.


PE Topic-Sport Progression Overview.pdf
PE Topic-Sport Overview.pdf

If you require any further information about this curriculum area or any other, please do not hesitate to contact us.