Physical Education

Michaelchurch Escley Primary School has the benefit of a visiting sports coach providing the children with specialist teaching each week as well as an after school club.

Within Herefordshire the children are able to represent school in a variety of tournaments and competitions throughout the year.


  • Michaelchurch School has constructed 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.
  • Michaelchurch  School’s curriculum is designed and sequenced towards cumulatively sufficient knowledge and skills for future learning and employment.
  • Michaelchurch  School has the same academic, technical or vocational ambitions for all learners in PE.
  • Our curriculum is designed to be ambitious and to meet the needs of every pupil, regardless of their needs.
  • To provide a minimum of 30 minutes physical activity each day.


  • Content of PE curriculum design is focussed on each individual child’s mastery of: ball skills, striking & fielding, target, athletics and dance, swimming and outdoor learning.
  • PE lessons incorporate the skills needed across the curriculum:
  • Use of mathematics to time, measure and sequence.
  • PSHE / British Values is incorporated into each lesson (focus on respect, values, team ethic and going for goals).
  • Geographical skills are implemented through residential visits and orienteering activities.
  • Communication and co-operation is a key focus during PE lessons. Michaelchurch School is committed to developing the skills needs for future progress and employability.
  • 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. Lessons are adapted as necessary, without unnecessarily elaborate or differentiated approaches.
  • In PE lessons, children are challenged to their own level, which they decide based on their own interpretation of their current level of ability.
  • In the case of reluctant participants, lessons are planned to give the same level of opportunity for success on a one-to-one/small group activity either with the lead teacher, or accompanying teaching assistant.
  • An after-school sports club is available to all pupils 2:45-4:00 each week.


  • The children are developing knowledge and skills in PE, which can be utilised across the curriculum.
  • Children are listening more carefully during PE lessons. They are able to comment more confidently about how the skills being taught in PE lessons can be used across their lives:  determination, communication, resilience, personal goals, and health lifestyle.
  • Our new approach to a skills based focus during lessons has resulted in an improved attitude to learning – specifically where team-based and organisational skills are required to succeed.
  • Children are encouraged to make their own decisions as to how they set out their area to practice the skill for the lesson.
  • They challenge themselves and aspire to be the best they can be.
  • Tolerance of others and their abilities is learned.