Physical Education


Through PE at Michaelchurch we aim to instil a lifetime love of sport and keeping fit in a safe and supportive environment. Our PE and sport aspires to build determination, resilience, passion, respect, honesty, self-belief and teamwork. These values will endeavour to improve health and well-being to ensure they are happy, strong individuals who can build upon solid foundations they have been taught and use these skills to adapt to different situations when continuing their life journey after Michaelchurch. We believe in providing a broad range of high quality opportunities and outcomes for all, through a PE curriculum that is ambitious and designed to give all learners, particularly the most disadvantaged, the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. We want to teach children skills to keep them safe such as being able to swim.  Additionally, we want to teach children how to cooperate and collaborate with others as part of an effective team, understanding fairness and equity of play to embed life-long values and disciplines PE promotes.

At Michaelchurch we follow and incorporate the national curriculum into all lessons. The main physical education aims are 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



At Michaelchurch we deliver a PE curriculum which is clearly sequenced with progression from Early Years through to Year 6.  The rigorous Long Term Planning across the school is designed to focus on each individual child’s mastery of:  ball skills, striking & fielding, target, athletics and dance, swimming and outdoor learning; which ensures the requirements of the National Curriculum are met through fun and engaging lessons. Subject matter is presented clearly, and promotes appropriate discussion about the skills being taught. Learners’ understanding is checked systematically, and misconceptions are accurately identified – leading clear and direct feedback. Students have the chance to develop, improve and build on these skills each year throughout their time at school whilst also cultivating the core British Values through the opportunities to focus on respect, values, team ethic and going for goals. At Michaelchurch we understand that all children have different interests and abilities, therefore, we tailor our lessons to inspire children to reach their own personal goals and to flourish in a broad range of physical activities. Encouragement is at the heart of our curriculum so we use this calm, supportive approach to reassure reluctant participants where necessary.

The curriculum is further enhanced through participation in numerous sporting tournaments with other schools in the area and after school clubs which are available every term. Children are taught to observe and produce the conventions of fair play, honest competition and good sporting behaviour as individual participants, team members and spectators.  Teachers assess children’s knowledge, understanding and skills in Physical Education by making observations of the children participating during lessons. As part of our assessment for learning process, children will receive verbal feedback in order to aid progress in the subject. Children are also encouraged to be critical of their own performance, highlighting their own next steps.

We also offer Real Leaders training opportunities to the Year 5/6 children through a comprehensive programme whereby the children learn the important leadership values and direct a range of sporting activities to participate in at lunchtime. Playtimes are fundamental to our pupils being happy, healthy and ready to learn. We have a wide range of sports equipment and structured games available to enrich and encourage additional physical activities during these times, through a child led approach which follows their interests and sparks their natural curiosity. As an active school, we aim to ensure that children participate in active lessons outside of their regular PE lessons. This involves incorporating moments into lessons whereby the children can be active and by adopting the ‘Daily Mile’ initiative across the school supporting the physical and emotional wellbeing of all and providing the opportunities for children to be physically active for sustained periods of time.

In swimming children will be taught to; develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities by including other water based activities in swimming lessons.e.g. water polo and relay races; Be physically active for sustained periods of time through the delivery of fun, challenging activities so pupils want to remain longer in the water; Engage in competitive sports through the introduction of a push and glide challenge see who can travel the furthest; Lead healthy, active lifestyles by making lessons fun and engaging so pupils want to swim outside of school. Children will progress through the following skills to be able to become competent and able swimmers ensuring they can keep themselves safe. The swimming programme will progress through 8 main skills which are paramount in meeting the National Curriculum; Entries and Exit, buoyancy and balance, rotation and orientation, streamlining, aquatic breathing, travel and coordination, health and fitness and water safety.



We continue to check the impact of our PE curriculum throughout each term by reviewing our action plan. The PE action plan is available on the school website. An overview of the impact from 2019-2020 academic year.


  • We have increased opportunities for all children to be engaged and motivated to be more active throughout the school day; by partaking in more physical activity during lessons, break times and after school, with children going from an average of 30 minutes activity to 60 minutes (See activity timetables for each term)
  • The EYFS children have increased their active play with the introduction of more equipment providing not only more opportunities for play but a variety of different activities which have stimulated more interests and in turn increased active play by around 10%. (See EYFS active play timetables).
  • Increased attendance at After-School clubs by an average of ___%. (Please see club attendance registers throughout the Year which show a steady increased in participation).
  • Staff feel more confident in their delivery of PE activities (Staff voice in response to CPD training they have attended).
  • Children have joined external sporting clubs outside of school (pupil voice)



The School uses the principle of STEP for adjusting lesson activities for differentiation. Some children with particular needs may require alterations to activities.

  • S = change the space available
  • T = change the time allowed
  • E = change the equipment, e.g. softer or larger balls, different sized bats, etc…
  • P = change the people, e.g. size of the groups


Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and British Values

Developing a positive attitude generally is not simply about celebrating sporting success and learning to lose well; but also encouraging children always to do their very best regardless of their ability; praising progress and achievement in a way that does not cause fear or upset for lack of performance or failure; and treating team mates, opponents and referees with respect. Essentially, using every opportunity to maintain and raise self-esteem all round.