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Primary and Nursery School

Physical Education

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live” Jim Roh

Our Vision for PE:

At Downsview Primary and Nursery School we are fully committed to ensuring that our children are fit, healthy and active learners. We aspire to be a school that offers every child the opportunity to fulfil their absolute potential and we realise the vital role that sports and outdoor learning needs to play in realising those goals. We want our children to make healthy choices, to enjoy physical activity and to appreciate its benefits, whilst embodying our core values of collaboration and fair play. The Sports Premium money that we are going to receive will be spent in a number of ways with the ultimate intention of providing high quality sustainable PE provision for all. The impact will be measured through participation and achievement in sport, but also through pupil’s engagement in every other area of the curriculum: through improved self-esteem, health and well-being. The PE team have the responsibility for developing PE, School Sport and Physical activity within the school and deciding the effective use of Sport Premium funding. Downsview Primary and Nursery School have an excellent reputation for delivering outstanding sport provision in school, attending numerous competitions and providing opportunities for all to take part in physical activity throughout the academic year.  For four consecutive years, Downsview Primary and Nursery School has achieved School Games Gold Award which acknowledges the school’s commitment to promoting healthy and active lifestyles and competitive sport.

Intent- Why do we teach Physical Education?

The opportunity to embed physical activity in the life of our school by

  • Improving the quality of and variety within PE lessons and activities,

  • giving all children access to a wider range of School Sports activities so that they can find their niche,

  • teaching our children about the School Games values and how they underpin sporting performance

  • providing leadership opportunities through Sport

  • providing specific sports opportunities for children with SEN and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.


A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.

Implementation- What do we teach?

‘Physical Fitness is not only one of the most important keys to healthy body, but it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity’ John.F. Kennedy


We teach PE to encourage children to become actively involved in sports as well as to recognise the benefits of health and fitness. Physical Education gives us the perfect chance to build on children’s ability to be part of a team and additionally to support the building of individual character. Physical Education is also the ideal opportunity to solidify our school rule of respect as children learn the values of fairness and respect within sport.

An opportunity to succeed and excel in competitive sport, learn how to deal with the highs and lows of winning and losing is also a reason for teaching PE. It is of great importance to s that children experience the enjoyment of PE and how it can help us to feel good about ourselves, consequently gaining skills that last a lifetime.

Lessons involve a range of team work predominately in houses -led by Sports leaders in Upper Key Stage 2-paired work and some individual activities.

At Downsview, we are committed to provide opportunities to learn to swim. Swimming is the only sport which can save a child's life. Drowning is still one of the most common causes for accidental death in children, so being able to swim is an essential life-saving skill.  Swimming also keeps children's heart and lungs healthy, improves strength and flexibility and it increases stamina, balance and posture.  Another great thing about swimming, other than the fact that it is lots of fun, is that children of any age or ability can take part in this form of exercise. 

Impact- Our Expectations

In PE, the children will develop fundamental movement skills and are encouraged to become increasingly competent and confident in their physical abilities, agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others.  Further on in the school pupils continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways, find ways to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They will be taught to communicate, collaborate and compete with each other. The children will evaluate and recognise their own success.


Progression of each of the skills. In multi- skills we look at basic movements such as running, jumping, throwing and catching. Cognitive, Social, Creative, Personal, Physical Health and fitness. In Dance we look at accurate replication, we cover Bollywood, bhangra, hip hop, afro beats, carnival and cover some ballroom (develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance) dance/gymnastics vault creative, beam balance and skills, acro partner and group balances, rhythmic gymnastics. focus. In net games we play tennis and badminton working on Spatial awareness. court positioning, sending an object, receiving an object. hitting objects to open space. Invasion games such as football, basketball and netball using skills in isolation, apply basic principles in attacking and defending in competition). In Outdoor Adventurous Activities we look at Identifying & Solving Problems (individual and as a team). In athletics pupils are taught how to explore movement techniques with increased control. How to run, throw and jump and perform these with increased control and co-ordination.


Should you have any additional questions about the curriculum, please contact Ms Hussey, Deputy Headteacher via sec1