Arundel CofE Primary School

Physical Education (PE)

At Arundel Church of England Primary, we recognise the importance of PE and the role it has to play in promoting long-term, healthy lifestyles. The intent of our PE curriculum is to provide all children with high-quality PE and sport provision. It is our vision for every pupil to succeed and achieve their potential as well as to lead physically active lifestyles. We strive to inspire our pupils through fun and engaging PE lessons that are enjoyable, challenging and accessible to all. We want our pupils to appreciate the benefits of a healthy and physically active lifestyle. Through our teaching of PE, we provide opportunities for pupils to develop values and transferable life skills such as fairness and respect, as well as providing them with opportunities to take part in competitive sport.

 By subject leads:- Mrs H Meyer and Mr A Simpson


In KS1, pupils at ACE will:


  • 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.
  • Have opportunities to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and cooperative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.
  • Master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and coordination, 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.


In KS2, pupils at ACE will:


  • 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.
  • Enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other.
  • Develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.
  • Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination.
  • Play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, 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.


Implementation - how we teach it

The curriculum follows a natural progression of developing fundamental movement skills in KS1 to ensure that children are physically literate. When children enter KS2, they will then focus on and develop skills which can be applied to a range of different sporting contexts. Teachers are applying their growing knowledge of Physical Education to adapt lessons to make them appropriate for their cohort and to ensure that they do not overwhelm children with skills or requirements that may be too advanced. At the same time, they know when pupils need to be challenged.


This approach to PE at ACE is to tackle the current adverse circumstances of the pandemic which has affected children's physical and mental wellbeing. Our curriculum ensures that children improve their motor skills, muscle strength and bone density, which in turn means students are more likely to engage in healthy activity and play outside of the school environment.


  • Through PE, our children think analytically, take responsibility and see beyond their own horizon.
  • Through PE, our children know more, remember more and do more.
  • Through PE, our children have the opportunity to grow spiritually, to be resilient and challenge themselves and each other in order to succeed together.
  • Through PE, our children are encouraged to be courageous advocates who challenge inequalities in society and are able to articulate spiritual and ethical issues.


Progression Grid

PE progression

PE skills and knowledge

Vocabulary pyramids