Arundel CofE Primary School

Physical Education (PE) and

Sport  @ ACE

                                                                                          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

This summary outlines the knowledge, language and concepts that should be taught in physical education. It includes:

 Other supporting documents for PE at ACE can be found on this page too.

However, we would like to share two significant awards, before continuing.

 ACE has the Platinum School Games Mark award - the highest possible level.

 Greenpower, Goblin Electric Go-cart event at Goodwood June 2024

ACE Slalom Winners


Intent (What we are aiming for)

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.


Our Curriculum

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.

How we designed our curriculum

  • 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.



When designing our curriculum, we have considered knowledge in PE through several lenses: the disciplines that PE draws its knowledge from, along with declarative knowledge (knowing what) and procedural (knowing how) knowledge.


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.

We implement our intent using Get Set for PE for most aspects of PE. Get Set for PE offers a comprehensive programme for Primary PE from Early Years to Year 6. Get Set for PE considers PE to be much more than just the physical, and is created around the core basis of head, hand and heart. These domains of learning, which are using in other areas of school life can be categorised as

  • cognitive domain (head - What did it make you think?) – this includes the rules, strategies and tactics of different sports
  • psychomotor domain (hands (and heart)- What will you go and do as a result?) – this includes the range of movements used in sports and physical activity
  • affective/social domain (heart - How does it make you feel?).

Through adopting a whole child approach,  in line with our Vision Statement, we place a focus on developing the whole child from foundation stage through the Year 6, and we allow pupils to grow, develop and excel in areas outside just the physical. The process also allows children to analyse, challenge and consider the ethical aspect of their learning. 

The Get Set PE curriculum runs a progressive scheme, providing full PE coverage, with units covering key substantive concepts. This allows pupils to have a broad and enriched experience in their Physical Education curriculum, to create a positive relationship with physical activity to last long after they leave our schools. We use other external providers to support teacher development and additional CPD is available through the Get Set for PE portal. Swimming is implemented using an external provider to deliver extended lessons in all year groups at the Arundel Lido.

Learning Sequences 

Lesson Structure



Progression Grid, Concepts and useful Supporting Grids

PE progression

Concepts in PE

Vocabulary pyramids