Physical Education


Physical Education is a vitally important and compulsory area of the curriculum. All pupils are entitled to 2 hours of high-quality PE every week. Physical Education at Carfield intends to provide pupils with lifelong skills and values related to physical activity aswell as skill and health-related fitness. Pupils will leave Carfield as motivated PE performers, confident in their own ability and bodies; physically competent in a range of invasion games, striking and fielding sports, dance/gymnastics and fitness activities, and reflective practitioners who understand that mistakes are the first steps to success.

In Physical Education lessons, pupils will develop social skills that will positively impact them throughout all areas of their life. This includes skills such as: teamwork, resilience, problem solving, determination and self-efficacy. Our PE curriculum is designed to encourage enjoyment and engagement for all pupils and gives pupils the opportunity to experience positive, early experiences of all PE, school sport and physical activity.  

Physical Education lessons are underpinned by our Physical Education Key Concepts or ‘Big Ideas,’ to not only provide children with vital knowledge but also develop their Physical Education skills allowing them to know more, do more and understand more. Physical Education units are planned to ensure that lessons build upon these Big Ideas and that units reflect children developing their understanding and skills in these key areas. There is a clear progression of content and intended outcomes that allow pupils to face challenges and achieve success.

Physical competence

Children will develop their skills in relation to different activity areas. This includes; fine motor skills, gross motor skills, agility, balance and coordination

Children develop social and emotional qualities through interacting with a partner and/or in small groups. They learn how to accept defeat and be humble when winning

Children can identify how the activities in which they participate will have a positive impact on their health and help to inspire an active lifestyle

Children understand the values of fair play and sportsmanship and how this develops their all-round character


Children will take part in activities which involve problem-solving. This will help children to foster a creative approach when dealing with challenges

Children will become better at making decisions through playing warm-up games, skill development and small-sided games

Children will develop a creative approach to tasks and will work hard to reach a solution

Children will be expected to perform in certain activity areas (gymnastics and dance) and will be able to do so with confidence in their ability


Children will develop a metacognitive approach which will enable them to understand how to perform as an individual and in small groups

Children will experience a variety of levels of challenge which will help to develop a more ‘can-do’ attitude to learning

Children will understand that they are on a physical literacy journey, whereby their acquisition of skills (physical, mental) are developed throughout the life course

Children will become reflective learners and develop an open mindset to all aspects of Physical Education

PE lessons – Autumn Term 1
Please see the list below for pupils PE days for this half term
Foundation (Butterflies & Bumblebees) Wednesday
Foundation (Ladybirds)  Friday
Year 1  Tuesday and Thursday
Year 2  Tuesday and Friday
Year 3  Monday and Thursday
Year 4  Wednesday and Thursday
Year 5  Friday (all Y5) and Tuesday (Y5V only)
Year 6  Monday and Wednesday
Physical Education schemes of work will be appropriately pitched and challenging for all pupils, regardless of ability. We will have the highest expectations of all pupils and will support them to achieve their personal best in the subject. All pupils will be expected to adhere to the correct dress code and rule of the PE lesson. Lessons will be progressive and will support the ‘Big Ideas’ for PE. Assessment of pupils will take place formally at the end of each half term block, yet pupils will be continually, informally assessed during lessons, activities/tasks adapted to best suit their needs, sporting fixtures and extra-curricular clubs. Enrichment opportunities will be offered throughout the year with pupils encouraged to access at least 2 sporting clubs per a year. Our commitment is to have maximum participation in as many fixtures/festivals or competitions, as is feasible, to give pupils positive and meaningful early experiences of sport and competition.
Our PE curriculum will equip pupils with the necessary skills to succeed in PE at Carfield and the foundation to be successful at secondary school. Carfield pupils will be able to think independently, while relying on their own judgement; become accomplished decision makers and solve complex problems within a PE context; they will display excellent inter-personal skills and develop their ability to work in small/large groups understanding group dynamics. Pupils will have the opportunity to develop leadership skills, while understanding how to follow as well as lead. Pupils will understand the extreme emotions involved in sport/PE/physical activity and learn to be gracious winners and accepting losers. Pupils will adopt a personal philosophy that PE and sport will positively enhance their lives in and outside of school.