A partner academy in the John Taylor MAT
A partner academy in the John Taylor MAT

Physical Education

Subject Leader

Mr T. Bishop

My name is Mr Bishop and I am the subject leader for Physical Education at Shobnall Primary & Nursery School. I am passionate about PE as I feel that all aspects of physical education should involve cognitive challenge as well as providing a vast amount of opportunities for personal development. I feel it is paramount that children develop the understanding, that many factors must interact in order to keep us healthy and that these are all important! It is my vision that PE should be taught in a way to encourage children to think about their fundamental movement knowledge by mastering the foundations of stability, object control and locomotion. By embedding these concepts into their long term memory they will then be able to think about the key components of physical education as well as how to develop their sport-specific knowledge.

Therefore, we have carefully planned our PE curriculum at Shobnall Primary & Nursery School and it now offers each and every learner the skills they need to establish a healthy lifestyle, which incorporates physical fitness and competitive sport. We have taken the key content from the National Curriculum and considered how this may best be used to ensure an understanding of health and fitness. We strive to ensure that our PE curriculum allows our pupils to reach their full potential and develop lifelong skills. To achieve this shared goal and ensure that learning is meaningful, we also offer a range of CPD opportunities for all staff and have a culture of knowledge sharing across the academy.


At Shobnall Primary & Nursery School, we want all our pupils to develop their practical skills in order to participate, compete and lead a healthy lifestyle. Our vision is to inspire all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. We aim to provide opportunities for our pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness, opportunities to compete in sport and other activities as well as embed values such as leadership, fairness, teamwork and respect.

Aims and Goals

Our aims and goals are to ensure that our students experience a wide breadth of study and have, by the end of each key stage, long-term memory of an ambitious body of procedural and semantic knowledge. We understand that learning is a change to long-term memory and therefore this is key to ensure pupils reach their full potential. In order to achieve this we use the three main headings fitness, fun and future as our basis for our curricular goals.

  • We want to equip our pupils with the willingness to practise skills in a wide range of different activities and situations, alone, in small groups and in teams and to apply these skills in chosen activities to achieve exceptionally high levels of performance and physical fitness.
  • We ensure our pupils have a keen interest in PE through 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. Pupils have the ability to take the initiative and become excellent young leaders, instilling excellent sporting attitudes in others.
  • We aim to instil our pupils with the knowledge of how to lead a healthy lifestyle, achieved by eating sensibly, avoiding smoking, drugs and alcohol and exercising regularly. They should have 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. They will be able to swim at least 25 metres before the end of Year 6 as well as the knowledge of how to remain safe in and around water.


At Shobnall Primary & Nursery School we aim to provide a Physical Education curriculum that is creative, inclusive, challenging and inspired by the real-world.  Every class receives two PE lessons per week, usually comprising of one indoor and one outdoor lesson.


In the Early Years Foundation Stage, physical development is taught as an integral part of their learning by teaching them how to control their movements and become competent movers.

Ongoing experiences and opportunities linking to the children’s physical development world are planned from the objectives set out in the Early Years Framework, which underpin the curriculum planning for children aged 3-5 at Shobnall Primary & Nursery School. By the end of the Reception year, they will be able to:

  • Negotiate space and obstacles safely, with consideration for themselves and others;
  • Demonstrate strength, balance and coordination when playing;
  • Move energetically, such as running, jumping, dancing, hopping, skipping and climbing;
  • Hold a pencil effectively in preparation for fluent writing – using the tripod grip in almost all cases;
  • Use a range of small tools, including scissors, paint brushes and cutlery;
  • Begin to show accuracy and care when drawing.


Pupils should develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.

The Primary National Curriculum for PE aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
  • participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
  • perform dances using simple movement patterns


Pupils should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.

The Primary National Curriculum for PE aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
  • play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
  • develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics]
  • perform dances using a range of movement patterns
  • take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
  • compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best

In relation to swimming, pupils within KS2, will be taught to:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations


At Shobnall Primary & Nursery School we all agree that the effective assessment of children’s learning helps us to ensure that each child makes good or better progress. This section therefore outlines the various assessment methods and practices that we use to monitor pupil progress and attainment in PE at Shobnall Primary & Nursery School, and also ensure that the activities that we plan for our children are suitably matched to their ability and level of development.

Formative Assessment (AfL): In every lesson, the children are given feedback to help them achieve their best. This information is used by class teachers to construct the planning and teaching of each unit.

Summative Assessment: By the end of each unit, all of the children at Shobnall Primary & Nursery School should show an improved understanding of the National Curriculum content that has been taught and learned. Children therefore have a ‘core knowledge overview’ and this is used to track their understanding of National Curriculum objectives.


Fundamentally, everyone’s experience of the world is cross curricular, as everything that surrounds us can be seen and understood from multiple perspectives. Our Physical Education curriculum at Shobnall Primary & Nursery School therefore aims to take advantage of a range of opportunities for children to make links between different subject areas, supporting the use and application of what has already been taught and learned in new and different ways and providing opportunities for deep, meaningful learning.

Visits and Enrichment

At Shobnall Primary & Nursery School we place great emphasis on the importance of educational visits and visitors to truly enhance the teaching and learning of PE as well as endorsing a plethora of enrichment activities. These visits and visitors, which provide valuable opportunities for learning through first-hand experience, are therefore an integral part of the curriculum and allow our children to make valuable connections between what they have learned in class and their first hand experiences in the real-world. For example, competing in a range of different sporting tournaments, learning to swim in Year 5, yoga, sponsored sporting events as well as attending workshops to help develop our understanding of wellbeing and mental health awareness.

To enrich our curriculum, we have carefully chosen experiences that allow our children to enjoy hand-on activities linked to our whole school long term plan by offering a variety of sporting clubs after school or at lunch time so that our children are provided with more opportunities to develop their personal and social skills as well as applying their understanding of tactics and strategy. For example, tag rugby, netball, football, boccia, etc.

Pupil Voice

At Shobnall Primary & Nursery School we believe that the view of every pupil is important to ensure that we provide the best education possible. Therefore, we capture the views of the children in our care to create an inspiring and purposeful curriculum.

Documents and Useful Links

Please see below a selection of documents that relate to the intent, implementation, and impact of Physical Education teaching and learning at Shobnall Primary & Nursery School. Click on the links below for useful resources too!

Approach to the Teaching of Physical Education – Shobnall Primary & Nursery School

Physical Education Programme of Study – Shobnall Primary & Nursery School

Physical Education Primary National Curriculum Programme of Study Key Stages 1 & 2