Physical Education (PE)

At Chollerton First School, we place a great emphasis on the importance of Physical Education within our curriculum. It is our intention to develop a lifelong love of physical activity, sport and PE in all pupils. Physical Education contributes to our health and emotional well-being, which supports and facilitates our academic and social development.  We believe that we help to develop essential skills like leadership and teamwork throughout our PE curriculum. Throughout the delivery of our PE lessons we ensure that learning is as tailored and inclusive as possible.



Our intent is that all children:

  • Be physically active and find enjoyment in physical activity;
  • Develop physical skills, habits and interests that will promote a healthy lifestyle;
  • Develop a variety of physical skills appropriate to their ability and an understanding of how to apply them
  • Find a lasting sense of purpose, achievement and fulfilment in physical activity;
  • Develop positive attitudes to physical endeavour including perseverance, fair play and sporting behaviour and the ability to cope with success and failure;
  • Develop their skills of communication and the ability to work independently and with others.


 In our Early Years Foundation Stage, we aim to:

  • Develop the co-ordination and control of our pupils to enable them to demonstrate a variety of movements and handle equipment and tools proficiently. 
  • Develop their ability to move in a range of ways and negotiate space safely and effectively.  


In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, children study the National Curriculum for Physical Education and we aim to:

  • Inspire all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities.
  • Provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness.
  • Provide opportunities for children to compete in sport and other activities.
  • Build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.
  • Provide regular opportunities for our children to be physically active for sustained periods of time.




At Chollerton, we have developed a physical education curriculum which provides the opportunity for progression of physical skills. We deliver the following areas of physical education;






Outdoor and Adventurous Activities (KS2)

Swimming (Reception, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, and Year 4)



Through improvement of physical, cognitive, creative, health and fitness the children are given opportunities to become confident, healthy and an enthusiastic partaker in PE.


In Early Years Foundation Stage, focus is on development of fundamental movement skills, ensuring children become increasingly competent and confident. They access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others.


During Key Stage 1, children learn to achieve the following outcomes:


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.


In Key Stage 2, pupils 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 enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other, and they develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.


During Years 3 and 4, children learn to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination.
  • Play competitive games, modified where appropriate (for example; tag-rugby, cricket, football, hockey, rounders, basketball and tennis) and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending.
  • Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control 
  • Perform dances using a range of movement patterns.
  • Take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team.


At Chollerton, swimming and water safety is provided from Reception to Year 4 at Wentworth Leisure Centre on a weekly basis for half of the academic year. The children follow a specific programme as set by Swim England. Learn to Swim (FUNdamentals; 4 years to 8 years). The programme encompasses the ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) Learn to Swim Pathway.


Lessons are taught across the whole school build on the development and progression of core skills through a range of different sports.

Lessons challenge and further develop the pupils’ acquired skills.

Teachers present knowledge clearly, and effectively model and teach skills.

Children explore and use resources and equipment efficiently.

Lessons facilitate competition both in school and externally within Tynedale and Northumberland events. 

Clubs are aligned with lessons to support skill development.

Children are signposted to local sports clubs/organisations.

Promote an active healthy lifestyle at school and target children for additional participation through clubs and events.

CPD for staff to support teacher subject knowledge.



Children are engaged and challenged.

Children are involved in school clubs and provided links to amateur and professional clubs

Children aspire to lead active and healthy lives.

Staff subject knowledge supports skills development of children

We will measure the impact of our physical education curriculum through the following methods:

A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes.

Pupil discussions about their learning; which includes discussion of their thoughts, ideas, processing and evaluations of work and skills development.

Discussion with our PE provider; Active Northumberland.


 At Chollerton our P.E. curriculum focusses on developing and celebrating the whole child and is not wholly focussed on developing sporting skills.