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Physical Education


Miss Gibson - PE Leader


“Intelligence and skills can only function at the peak of their capacity when the body is healthy and strong.”

- John F. Kennedy


We ensure that the curriculum and teaching of PE develops the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding, so that they can perform with increasing competence and confidence in a range of physical activities. Pupils are encouraged to be ambitious and have a respectful and resilient approach to PE and sport, which ensure high achievement for all pupils including disadvantaged pupils and those with SEND. Pupils will have the essential skills and knowledge to build upon and prepare them for the next stage, this in turn:


  • Enable all learners to develop and explore skills with increasing control and coordination.
  • Provide opportunities for the learner to improve the quality and control of their performance.
  • Encourage the learners to work and play as a team in a range of group situations.
  • Improve the quality and control of their performance, applying rules for different activities.
  • Teach learners how to recognise and describe how their bodies feel during exercise.
  • Develop the learner’s understanding in how to succeed in a range of physical activities, and how to evaluate their own success.
  • Support the learner’s in becoming team player and how to make effective decisions as part of that team.
  • Develop the learner’s enjoyment of physical activity through creativity and imagination.



Mesne Lea aims to provide all children with the opportunities and resources to develop them as sportsmen and sportswomen. Our high-quality PE curriculum, supported by KickStart 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.


Each year, opportunities for pupils to extend their knowledge, skills and experience are delivered through carefully planned additional events, visitors and workshops. These include: 


  • Fixtures/events/competitions within the local school cluster with pupils representing Mesne Lea in a range of sporting activities and competitions.
  • Pupils representing Mesne Lea in the School Games competitions/events.
  • Inter-house system enabling 100% of pupils’ access to competitive sport on a regular basis.


Our PE curriculum provides opportunities for the pupils to build upon prior learning, progressing in their skills with an appropriate level of challenge at all stages. Their knowledge content is repeated and revisited to ensure that pupils know more and remember more. There are opportunities for all pupils of all abilities to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in each area of the curriculum. As a result, as they move through school the   pupils make connections to PE skills previously taught, which leads to further learning and develops new skills. As pupils develop knowledge, they need to practise and master skills throughout the year.  


Our PE curriculum has been designed by exploring the expectations of the National Curriculum and applying this guidance to the context, barriers and needs of the school and its pupils. This enables all pupils to access the lesson objectives and excel at an age-appropriate level. The progressive skill based scheme of work ensures that all pupils are increasingly challenged as they move up through the school. Pupils’ skills are continually reviewed and assessed so that the progress of the pupils is monitored and that needs of the individual are met. 



As the reception class is part of the Foundation Stage we relate the physical development of the children to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals, which underpin the curriculum planning for the children ages three to five years of age. We encourage the children to develop confidence, control of the way they move, and care in the handling of tools and equipment. We give all pupils the opportunity to undertake activities that offer appropriate physical challenge, both indoors and outdoors, using a wide range of resources to support specific skills. These skills provide the foundations of the fundamental movement skills to be developed and mastered in KS1 and applied into sport specific activities in KS2.    



Building upon the fundamental movement skills acquired in EFYS, pupils in KS1 will be continue to develop fundamental skills, becoming increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. As the pupils move through KS1 there is a strong emphasis on mastering the basic fundamental movement skills. The basic fundamental movement skills are, running, jumping, throwing and catching. Pupils will continue to develop balance, agility and coordination. Across KS1 pupils will participate in team games enabling the pupils to begin to develop simple tactics for attacking and defending and provided the opportunity to perform dances using simple movement patterns.



Our pupils in KS2 at Mesne Lea will be able to continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learn how to use them effectively in different ways, activities and specific sports. Pupils will link the range of skills acquired in KS1 to make actions and sequences of moment. We endeavour that all our pupils in KS2 enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. Pupils will develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports, evaluate and recognise their own success. In KS2 pupils will use running, jumping, throwing and catching in insolation and in combination. There is a greater emphasis on pupils participating in competitive games, modified appropriately for every pupil to be involved. During the competitive games, pupils will be encouraged to apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending. Throughout KS2 all pupils will have the opportunity to develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance through athletics and gymnastics, with opportunities to revisit and master across the key stage. Pupils will be given the opportunity to demonstrate a range of movement patterns in performing a variety of dances and build upon skills and techniques across the key stage. 


We endeavour for all our pupils at Mesne Lea to be competent, proficient and confident swimmers over a distance of at least 25 metres by the end of KS2. Pupils should be able to use a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different waster-based situations.  Pupils are given the opportunity to receive swimming provision in KS2.


At Mesne Lea the teaching and development of SMSC and British Values is not a separate subject that is taught explicitly but an aspect of learning that should be present throughout the school in both its lessons and the behaviour from everyone in and around school.