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PE Curriculum Intent


At Dunston Primary and Nursery Academy, we believe that all children should have equal opportunities to be successful in PE. With our Enhanced Resource Section (ERS) children being included in all lessons throughout our PE curriculum. Furthermore, we understand the issues that the children have faced during the pandemic, the opportunities missed, and we aim to use PE as an important tool to help support a child’s personal development. The aim of our PE programme is to ensure that the confidence of all children is developed through improving their agility, balance and coordination through a range of activities that focus on key areas of physical education. We will encourage children to compete against themselves and their peers through challenging activities, which are centred on - health and fitness, physical, cognitive, social, personal and being creative. This will give the children the opportunities to help build character and embed values such as fairness and respect.

In line with the national curriculum, our teaching of PE will ensure that children will;

  • 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 to encourage tolerance and respect of other people’s skills and abilities. In addition, to deepen the children’s understanding of the importance of following rules and laws in competitive sport and transferring this to the community and following rule of law.
  • Lead healthy, active lives
  • Promote a healthy and active lifestyle
  • Encourage physical activity and exercise
  • Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities and allow children to celebrate success and evaluate failure. Which in turn, will build self-esteem, confidence and resilience to help prepare them for adult life


PE Curriculum Implementation


At Dunston Primary and Nursery Academy, we follow the Real PE scheme to help aid our teaching of PE across the school. This scheme ensures that children are given a wealth of opportunities to develop their physical movement skills as well as achieving whole child objectives.

There are opportunities for all children to participate in a wide range of extra-curricular clubs throughout the year.

In Nursery children begin to develop the foundations of movement through accessing the Physical Development strand of development matters. This is taught discretely within the continuous provision throughout the day and through some focus activities. Reception begin formal PE sessions and use the Real PE plans. They also continue to develop these skills within their continuous provision.

In KS1 and KS2 children have at least 1 hour of quality PE sessions a week.

In a PE session, you will see:

  • Consistency in routines including a warm up, skill development, skill application and plenary
  • Collaboration and opportunity for partner discussion
  • Opportunities for children to work independently and together
  • Opportunity for children to perform and feedback
  • Subject specific vocabulary that builds on previous learning/year groups
  • Progression in equipment used with year groups


PE Curriculum Impact


Our curriculum is designed so that children are taught a variety of activities throughout their key stage and there is a progression journey through all of these. Each area of PE also has a progression ladder which shows progression from EYFS to Year 6. Children also deepen their understanding of PE, year on year, by being introduced to specific vocabulary which is also mapped on a vocabulary pyramid for each area.

Children have the opportunity to take part in extra-curricular activities and demonstrate their new skills in intra and inter sports competitions. All children also have the opportunity in the summer term to take part in a sports day.

Children will become confident within the different strands of PE and show resilience when tackling new skills.