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PE (Physical Education)


PE:        At Freshfield, we teach our children to be physically confident to set the

foundations for future health and fitness.


"Physically educated persons are those who have learned to arrange their lives in such a way that the habitual activities they freely engage in make a distinctive contribution to their wider flourishing." James MacAllister


Our vision

Freshfield believes Physical Education is vital to inspire children to succeed and excel in physically active activities and competitive sport while preparing children to become confident and knowledgeable about their own health and fitness.


We follow a programme for PE that enables children to acquire substantive knowledge from specialist coaches based on the deliberate practice and development of specific skills before applying these in a range of contexts from EYFS to KS2. The opportunities for practice in competitive games or performance gives children the opportunities to apply these skills and evaluate their own progress. In order to further their personal and social development, the opportunities to show leadership skills are woven into the curriculum, providing each child with the chance to lead in PE.


Physical Education can have profound impact on children’s self-esteem, confidence and mental health and we recognise the importance of being active in every child’s personal and physical development. The PE curriculum makes a significant contribution to children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, their behaviour and safety and the School’s statutory responsibility to promote children’s well-being. 


Through the School’s delivery of PE, we endeavour to provide children with:


  • A positive attitude towards physical activity and enthusiasm for a range of sports and activities
  • Specialist teaching to acquire skills from expert coaches in their field
  • Opportunity to hone these skills in engaging competitive practice and performance
  • Opportunities to evaluate their own progress and suggest improvements to further themselves
  • Opportunities to build confidence and outdoor skills
  • Specialist teaching in swimming confidently and fluently and in self-rescue techniques
  • The skills, knowledge and strategies they need to live healthy and safe lifestyles
  • Opportunities to develop personal attributes associated with the School Values of Respect, Empathy, Perseverance, Enjoy and Achieve and Togetherness


How we plan for and teach PE


Children at Freshfield participate in weekly high quality PE and sporting activities both in curricular time and extra-curricular activities.  Our PE provision incorporates a variety of sports, delivered by our specialist sports coaches, to ensure all children are provided with the opportunity to develop their confidence, tolerance and appreciation of their own and others’ strengths and weaknesses. We provide opportunities for all children to engage in extra-curricular activities before, during and after school in addition to competitive sporting events. This is an inclusive approach which endeavours to encourage not only physical development but also well-being for all pupils. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed school values such as respect, empathy, perseverance, enjoyment, achievement and togetherness.


How we evaluate learning in PE


Throughout all PE lessons, children are formatively assessed with a range of strategies to do so. Whether through questioning, small low-stakes competitive or application games, retrieval of prior knowledge, demonstration or peer/self-assessment, coaches and children will be able to assess progress. 


Where applicable, summative opportunities can provide end-of-unit assessments through competitive games, application tasks, demonstration or presentation, discussion of tactics or strategies or even leadership roles. While these may not be necessary, some knowledge and skills will require these contextual assessment opportunities and more so as children move through Key Stages.


The delivery of our PE curriculum is supported by the Edsential scheme of work.


Please click here for more information about PE learning in each year group.