St Richard's CE Primary

Physical Education

Curriculum Intent

We want children to develop and refine the necessary skills to become lifelong participators in sport and physical activity. Our curriculum educates, improves and sets pupils up for an active and healthy lifestyle by teaching about the relationship between physical activity and good health and by providing opportunities to engage in a wide range of physical activities. Our curriculum places the pupils’ social and emotional development at the centre of their learning, ensuring that all pupils are able to gain confidence, raise their self-esteem and become active, healthy citizens.

Curriculum Implementation

The school uses the Get Set 4 PE curriculum and has carefully selected and organised the units to ensure progression and that our pupils have exposure to a wide range of sports. 

Early Years Foundation Stage

We recognise the importance of physical development in the Early Years as a key area of learning. Physical education is delivered through the continuous access to the outdoor environment . The activities planned allow our children to be active and interactive and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children also learn about the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food. Children in Nursery and Reception class also have a weekly PE lesson, where they learn the fundamental and basic skills required for KS1. 

Key Stage 1

In KS1, children build on the confidence gained in the EYFS.  Children learn to 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. Children engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, exploring the skills of sending and receiving and learning the principles of invasion games. The effect of exercise on their body is also explored.

Key Stage 2

In KS2, lessons focus on developing and applying the broad range of skills children have learnt during their time in KS1. More emphasis is placed on applying these skills in game situations and performance related tasks. Children begin to learn rules and scoring systems for these games, and start to think about how they can work best as part of a team. Children learn about teamwork, but look more deeply into the tactical side of games. Children are also encouraged to analyse their own performance, so that they can compare their performances with previous ones to achieve their personal best.


In Year 3, children attend swimming lessons at Lampton Leisure, Hanworth Air Park. Lessons are taught by specialist swimming instructors who assess the children at the start and end of the swimming course. 

Children learn how to:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metre
  • use a range of strokes effectively
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities (OAA)

In upper Key Stage 2, a residential and on-site visit provide our children with the opportunity to participate in many different outdoor activities, which include orienteering and teambuilding activities. 

In addition to our PE curriculum, children are offered a range of sporting activities through both lunchtime and after-school clubs. These include martial arts, gymnastics, netball, football and tennis. We also work in partnership with sporting organisations, such as Harlequins RFC, Brentford FC and the LTA to enhance our offer.

PE Curriculum Overview 2022-23