Roman Hill Primary School

Inspiring Achievement



At Roman Hill, Physical Education (PE) is underpinned by a progressive curriculum, which allows learning in the physical, social, cognitive and affective domains. Students are offered the opportunity to enrich their physical literacy journeys through a series of activities which promote free movement, skill development, creativity and cognitive awareness, all taught through a series of sports and physical activities, based on the curriculum from Get Set for P.E.


At Roman Hill Primary School, we believe that Physical Education (PE), experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is essential to ensure children attain optimum physical and emotional development and good health. We intend to deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities that inspire all children to succeed in physical education and in developing life skills. We want to teach children skills to keep them safe such as being able to swim. We also want to teach children how to cooperate and collaborate with others as part of an effective team, understanding fairness and equity of play to embed life-long values. Our curriculum aims to improve the well being and fitness of all children at Roman Hill, not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and disciplines that we hold dear. The aim of Physical Education is to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles. Children are taught about fair play and good sporting behaviour as individual participants and team members. Life-long values such as co-operation and collaboration are embedded. Alongside PSHE and Science, PE teaches children about the importance of healthy living and learning about the need for good nutrition. At Roman Hill we aim for children to develop the necessary knowledge and skills which will have a positive impact on their future by becoming physically active citizens to benefit their long-term health and well-being.


National Curriculum Aims for PE:

The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:

- 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

- lead healthy, active lives.


In the Early Years, children are encouraged to be active and develop their fine and gross motor skills. PE lessons and outdoor learning during continuous provision provide planned opportunities to develop their basic skills. These are the building blocks for their later skills development in PE.

Physical Development ELG:

Gross Motor Skills Children at the expected level of development will:

- Negotiate space and obstacles safely, with consideration for themselves and others;

- Demonstrate strength, balance and coordination when playing;

- Move energetically, such as running, jumping, dancing, hopping, skipping and climbing

In Key Stage 1 pupils should be 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.

Key Stage 2 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 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.



At Roman Hill, our PE curriculum is varied and a whole school scheme of work ensures that we not only meet the requirements of the National Curriculum but provide a clear progression of skills throughout a child’s journey through the school. All pupils receive at least two hours of high quality PE per week, with a variation of lessons weekly with their class teacher and one with a qualified coach. Children develop skills to enable them to take part in a range of invasion, striking & fielding and net & wall games. We promote imagination and creativity in gymnastics and dance. The children also learn athletics skills and take part in outdoor adventurous activities through extra-curricular opportunities, such as water sports. We provide the opportunity for children to learn how to stay safe by providing swimming lessons in KS2 ensuring that children are confident in the water, know how to keep safe and meet the National Curriculum requirements of swimming 25m by the end of Year 6. The lessons planned are full of content, providing high quality activities and a fast pace for learning. Teaching and safety notes are provided, as well as expectations and extension activities. Focused vocabulary for each lesson ensures that PE adds to our whole school vocabulary rich curriculum, and follows the lesson structure that is followed in other subjects. 



The impact of our curriculum is measured by ongoing assessment of the acquisition of skills and knowledge. Individuals are challenged or supported as a result of this. Peer and self-assessment are used and children become skilled in reflecting on their learning and performance. Questioning is another way in which the impact of teaching and learning is measured. This is used during PE sessions to reinforce learning and specific vocabulary. Pupils are assessed each lesson against the learning objective to ensure gaps can be targeted and closed to ensure progress for all pupils. 

P.E. Curriculum Sequence and Progression