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Earlham Primary School




At Earlham Primary School, we aim to provide a PE curriculum that pupils from Reception to Year 6 enjoy and allows them to experience a range of activities that help them to develop their health, fitness and wellbeing.

We intend to offer a high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It provides opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.

The PE curriculum at Earlham aims to equip all pupils with a greater sense of confidence and competence in their physical activities when they leave school, as well as educating them on the importance of movement and staying active.

The curriculum specifically aims to emphasize breadth, participation, individual progress, and competition. A broad range of movement activities allow pupils of different interests and abilities to intermingle, contribute and participate. Organised team sports and Earlham’s partnership with Impact Sport provide avenues for competition and development in specific sporting disciplines, while maintaining emphasis on individual progress.



Overview and Implementation

Our curriculum aims to improve the well-being and fitness of all children, not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes. We aim to deliver 2 hours of high quality teaching and learning opportunities a week that enable all children to achieve their personal best. Children will be given opportunities to assess their skills and understanding at the beginning and end of a unit.


Key stage 1 Pupils will be given the opportunity to explore and 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. They should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.

Pupils should be taught to:

  • 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

Key stage 2 Pupils should 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. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.

Pupils should be 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 gymnastic) 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.
  • 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

Tottenham Hotspur Foundation Premier League Primary Stars

This year we are thrilled to be participating in the THF Premier League Primary Stars programme which inspires our pupils to be active and develop important life skills. Our pupils and staff, in years 3, 4 and 5 participate in bespoke sports lessons with a Tottenham Coach. In addition to the PE sessions, we also provide our pupils with the opportunity to attend Premier League Reading stars and to take part in a weekly social action project which focuses on local issues.