Physical Education

Teaching Physical Education at Over Hall Community School

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Physical Education lead: Mrs Ackerley


At Over Hall we view Physical Education as a great deal more than just sport, games and exercise. We strive to:- 

  • Develop a love of physical activity, promote healthy lifestyles and habits that is fully inclusive. 

  • Ignite interest, engagement and enjoyment through a variety of physical pursuits. 

  • Develop children’s fundamental movement skills and agility, participate in team games, perform dances, promote fair play, teamwork and leadership skills, learn to swim and compare and improve performances to achieve a personal best. 

  • Provide creative and interactive lessons which ignite interest in a range of physical activities, sports and leadership roles; helping the pupils to develop a positive attitude towards Physical Education and physical activity and the associated benefits. 

  • Ensure pupils experience a progressive curriculum that equips them to develop physical skill, social skills, thinking and creativity skills and an understanding of health. 


Pupils at Over Hall receive 2 hours per week of Physical Education. This is taught using the National Curriculum objectives. 

In Key Stage 1  

Pupils are taught 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.  

In Key Stage 2 

Pupils are taught to:  

  • 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. 

In Year 4  

Pupils will  be taught to: 

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres   

  • use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]   

  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations 

If this standard is not achieved by the end of Year 4 there is the opportunity to develop these skills within Key Stage 2. 

The PE Hub provides a scheme of work to deliver the objectives from the national Curriculum, which is progressive, building on skills throughout the subject. 

Leadership - as a result of effective leadership staff receive training and support ensuring they have the knowledge, expertise and skills to effectively implement Physical Education within their cohort. Visits and specialists within the subject are hugely influential in the delivery of the curriculum. Through our involvement with Vale Royal School Sports Partnership specialist teachers and coaches provide opportunities for co-teaching with staff, thus providing high quality session for children. There are also visits from inspirational sports men and women, who share their journeys and experiences to inspire the children.  

Equal opportunities – All children are given opportunity to access the Physical Education curriculum, this may be through adult support or adaptation to activities or roles. 

Planning - The long-term plan is for children to build upon their knowledge and skills, across a broad range of activities and sports which inspire pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activties; building knowledge and awareness of how to become phyiscally confident in a way that supports their health and fitness and promotes healthy, active lives.

Breadth and depth - In all year groups, children are expected to use accurate language and terms related to Physical Education. 

Our curriculum begins in EYFS where pupils explore and develop foundations for Physical Education through their learning and exploration in the Physical Development and Expressive Arts and Design areas of the Early years curriculum. 

In Key Stage One the children are developing their fundamental movement skills which will improve their agility, balance and coordination (ABC). They are being taught how to master basic movements that include running, jumping, throwing and catching. With a stronger emphasis on participation in team games and developing simple tactics in Year 2. 

In Key Stage Two, our pupils continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. Whilst experiencing more sport specific skills.  It is important at this stage that the children develop an understanding of how to improve in different activities and learn to evaluate and recognise their own success. 

As well as their two PE lessons per week, our children are provided with the opportunity to enjoy 30 minutes of exercise per day through a variety of activities, including 5-a-day fitness, tai-chi, active playgrounds, Phys kids, outdoor gym, smile for a mile. Health and Well-Being days are held throughout the school year, provided opportunities to try new activities, food and habits to promote healthy lifestyles. This providing opportunities for enrichment.  

Opportunities are also provided to take part in competitions, both within school and against other schools. Other opportunities to participate in new sports are also provided through our membership of Vale Royal School Sports Partnership. 

Extra-Curricular and Enrichment activities are regularly offered to promote a sharing of skills, confidence and creativity and try out new sports, types of exercise, or learning about healthy lifestyles (Change4Life). Children are given the opportunity to evaluate their own and others work 

Assessment - Subject Leaders monitor the progress of Physical Education through learning walks, pupil voice, work displayed etc. Next steps for the subject then become evident. 


Through our teaching and learning of Physical Education, pupils have a positive view of the subject and are able to enthusiastically communicate their knowledge of fundamental skills, teamwork and the importance of regular exercise and healthy lifestyle. Pupils will know how to keep themselves healthy and how to participate in team games, demonstrating positive sporting values. 


If you require any further information please see the specific year groups curriculum overview, speak with a class teacher or the Physical Education coordinator – Mrs Ackerley.



*Please see class or key stage pages for learning intentions for each year group.

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