Physical Education (P.E.)

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At Woodcocks’ Well CE (VA) Primary School we are discovering a world of wonder, empowered by God’s spirit. We develop pupils who will be physically active and can be aspirational in a range of different physical activities. Our PE curriculum is to develop pupils who: 

  • Are willing to practise skills in a range of different activities and situations, alone, in small groups and in teams, and to apply these skills in chosen activities to achieve exceptionally high levels of performance; 

  • Have and maintain high levels of resilience and physical fitness; 

  • Lead a healthy lifestyle which is achieved by eating sensibly, being aware of the dangers of drugs, smoking and alcohol and exercising regularly; valuing their mental health and wellbeing

  • Are able to remain physically active for sustained periods of time and have an understanding of the importance of this in promoting long-term health and well-being; 

  • Take the initiative and become aspiring young leaders, organising and officiating, and evaluating what needs to be done to improve, and motivating and instilling excellent sporting attitudes in others; 

  • Employ imagination and creativity in their techniques, tactics and choreography; 

  • Are able to improve their own independence and others’ performance; 

  • Can work independently an  for extended periods of time without the need for guidance or support; 

  • Have a keen love and interest in PE - a willingness to participate eagerly in every lesson, highly positive attitudes and the ability to make informed choices about engaging fully in extracurricular sport; 

  • Can swim at least 25 metres before the end of Year 6 and know how to remain safe in and around water.


Teachers are provided with an additional management time per year on top of their PPA, to plan their curriculum. As part of this planning process, teachers need to plan the following:

A cycle of lessons for each subject, which carefully plans for progression and depth in the different subject areas.  A wide range of sports and activities are delivered to classes enabling pupils to develop their knowledge and skills in physical education in a variety of different areas.

Specialised sports coaches deliver some of our physical education lessons. We have a resident sports coach in school that provides P.E. lessons during teacher’s subject leader management time.  We also invite other external sports coaches into school to work alongside teaching assistants.  This ensures pupils are receiving high quality Physical Education in sport specific areas and teaching assistants are receiving CPD whilst the sessions are being delivered.  ASM currently work with us in school.

Alongside our curriculum provision for P.E. we also provide all pupils with the opportunity to participate in at least 2 different sports clubs weekly.  These clubs may be provided by our sports coach, class teacher or external coach. Pupils are consulted termly about which sports club they would like to be offered.  

Pupils are encouraged to take part in competitive sport during their time at Woodcocks’ Well CE (VA) Primary School.  Upon joining the school each pupil is allocated a ‘House’.  At the end of the school year pupils compete in a competitive school games event.  Each pupil is given points to add to their house total with the winning house at the end of the year being crowned “CHAMPIONS!!!”.

Woodcocks’ Well CE (VA) Primary School also encourages pupils to apply their skills and knowledge in sports against other schools.  Pupils from take part in team games against other schools.  Sports that we compete in during the academic year are football, School Sport Hall Athletics and Rugby.

Special Educational Needs Disability (SEND) / Pupil Premium / Higher Attainers

All children will have Ordinarily Available Inclusive Practice (OAIP). Any children with identified SEND or in receipt of Pupil Premium funding may have work additional to and different from their peers in order to access the curriculum dependent upon their needs. As well as this, our school offers a demanding and varied curriculum, providing children with a range of opportunities in order for them to reach their full potential and consistently achieve highly from their starting points.


Our PE Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. We focus on progression of knowledge and skills in the different physical activity areas and alike other subjects discreet vocabulary progression also form part of the units of work.

We measure the impact of our PE curriculum through the following methods: 

  • A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes; 

  • Pupil discussions about their learning; 

  • Video analysis through recordings of performance in lessons.

  • The annual tracking of standards across the curriculum.

  • Subject Leader monitoring in-line with the school’s monitoring arrangements I

  • Annual report to Governors

The impact of our P.E. curriculum is also measured in the uptake of our sports after school clubs and participation in inter school sports competitions.  Each year we aim for 75% of pupils to have attended a sports club or competed against another school in a sport.  Participation levels are tracked on the school sport organising board.

External measures are also used to measure the impact of out P.E. curriculum.  Each year we apply for the School Games Award.  This recognises high quality provision in school with either a bronze, silver or gold award.  

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Woodcocks' Well CE VA Primary School

Church Street, Mow Cop Stoke-on-Trent, ST7 3NQ