Physical Education

Physical Education coordinator – Miss Taylor


At Moat Farm Infant School, we recognise the value of Physical Education (P.E) and the essential part that this plays in a child’s everyday life and in their future well-being. We aim to support children in finding an enjoyment for physical activity and aim to provide them with a wide range of opportunities so that they can discover the right kind of activity for themselves, allowing them to pursue an interest in physical activity. We aim to provide children with opportunities to develop personal skills, teamwork and the ability to compete with themselves and others. We will provide children with essential skills and experiences in order for them to be in the best possible position to further engage in physical activity and to pursue sports further both within and outside of education. Our aim is to prepare and support children towards healthy and active lifestyle choices for their future mental and physical well-being.

A key part of our aim is to provide the children with a broad and balanced curriculum within physical education and to provide the opportunities for children to develop skills in a variety of sports and begin to compete in events, both within school and with other schools.

The aims of Physical Education at our school are that all children:
– develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
– are physically active for sustained periods of time
– engage in competitive sports and activities
– adopt an active lifestyle and understand the benefits it provides
– engage in a range of sports and physical activities
– enjoy sporting activities and have fun, developing resilience and perseverance


P.E. is taught at Moat Farm Infant School as an area of learning in its own right as well as integrated where possible with other curriculum areas, as well as extra time allocated to physical activities throughout the day. We deliver an engaging PE curriculum that is designed to introduce and develop competency in a board range of physical activity. Our curriculum overviews identify the breadth and depth of the activities delivered across the school to ensure coverage of the national curriculum. We ensure that children revisit prior learning to practise skills and then build on these as they move through the year groups. We encourage our children to participate, compete and lead a healthy lifestyle within and beyond the school setting.

PE is taught through 3 key areas:
– Dance
– Gymnastics
– Games/Athletics

Through these themes we encourage the concepts of:
– Space
– Movement
– Control
– Balance
– Co-ordination
– Invasion
– Defence
– Weight & Diet

Children in KS1 access 2 hours of PE sessions, taught by their class teacher or an external coach weekly.

We encourage physical activity in addition to taught PE sessions through:
– Lunch time sessions, taught by Sports Coach
– Daily Brain breaks in the classrooms
– After school clubs
– Playtime and lunchtime activity including scrap play, climbing frame, traversing wall, dancing & performance stage, playground games, a throwing area, chalking zones and penalty shootout.

In Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) the physical development of our children is an integral part of their work. As part of the Early Years Framework we work to ensure physical activity is vital in children’s all-round development, enabling them to pursue happy, healthy and active lives. Gross and fine motor experiences are provided to develop incrementally throughout childhood by creating games and providing opportunities for play both indoors and outdoors, adults can support children to develop their core strength, stability, balance, spatial awareness, co-ordination and agility. Gross motor skills provide the foundation for developing healthy bodies and social and emotional well-being. Fine motor control and precision helps with hand-eye co-ordination, which is later linked to early literacy. Repeated and varied opportunities to explore and play with small world activities, puzzles, arts and crafts and the practice of using small tools, with feedback and support from adults, allow children to develop proficiency, control and confidence. Children are able to access physical development opportunities though:

– Trim Trail
– Bikes
– Gross Motor Trolley
– Fine Motor Table
– Playground Games during taught sessions and outdoor learning sessions
– Sports Challenge week

Children in EYFS also access specific physical development through timetable PE lessons in Reception (in preparation for Year 1) which give the children the opportunity to learn and practice fundamental movement skills. They participate in activities where they can practise moving in different ways and at different speeds, balancing, rolling, throwing balls and bean bags as well as catching and kicking.

As a school we have emphasis on our PE curriculum being inclusive for all children regardless of sporting ability. We provide suitable learning opportunities for all children and tasks are adapted where necessary. Nursery children and children accessing our SEND Hub have sensory sessions throughout the whole academic year.

P.E. at Moat Farm Infants provides children with the opportunities to:
– Have fun and experience success in sport
– Have the opportunity to participate in P.E at their own level of development and ability
– Secure and build on a range of skills with increasing control and co-ordination
– Develop good sporting attitudes
– Understand basic rules
– Experience positive competition
– Learn in a safe environment
– Have a foundation for lifelong physical activity, leaving primary school as physically active.


P.E is taught as a basis for lifelong learning where all children should lead full and valuable lives through engaging in purposeful and high-quality activity. Physical Education contributes to the overall education of promoting active and healthy lifestyles, physical skills, physical development and knowledge of the body in action. PE enables children to be confident, have perseverance, team spirit, positive competitiveness and organisation skills. Children engage in a scheme of PE that encourages fitness, improves their strength and teaches them the rules of games. Activities enable children to build character and help embed British values such as fairness and respect. P.E. is an integral part of our school practice, allowing all children in the school to gain a sense of achievement and develop positive attitudes towards themselves and others. Through P.E. children gain the opportunity to learn for life by learning how to get along, work together and build relationships.

Non-negotiables for Physical Education

• Children are provided with a minimum of 2 hours physical activity each week (lessons, play times and brain breaks)
• All children are taught a variety of sports and games throughout EYFS and KS1. These include gymnastics, dance, ball games and athletics.
• Planning ensures that children are able to progress their skills each year, building on prior learning.
• We provide all children with SEND access to the curriculum through adapted planning and support.
• Subject specific vocabulary is shared in lessons.
• Assessments are completed in all PE lessons by the teacher or sports coach.
• All lessons consist of a warm up, stretches, skill based teaching and cool down stretches.
• Equipment is provided at playtimes for children to engage in further physical activity.
• Brain breaks are used in class by all teachers to provide movement opportunities throughout the day.

End of Key Stage Intentions for Physical Education

By the end of EYFS children will have had the opportunity to:
• Revise and refine the fundamental movement skills they have already acquired (crawling, walking, rolling, jumping, running, hopping, skipping and climbing)
• Develop the overall body strength, co-ordination, balance and agility needed to engage successfully with future physical education sessions and other physical disciplines including dance, gymnastics, sport and swimming.
• Develop their small motor skills so that they can use a range of tools competently, safely and confidently. Suggested tools: pencils for drawing and writing, paintbrushes, scissors, knives, forks and spoons.
• Use their core muscle strength to achieve a good posture when sitting at a table or sitting on the floor.
• Confidently and safely use a range of large and small apparatus indoors and outside, alone and in a group.
• Further develop and refine a range of ball skills including: throwing, catching, kicking, passing, batting, and aiming.
• Develop the foundations of a handwriting style which is fast, accurate and efficient.

By the end of Key Stage One children will have had the opportunity to:
• 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

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