Physical Education

Our children have a rich introduction to the world of physical activity and sport because of the breadth of experience in Physical Education. The opportunity to try fencing alongside traditional ball games, for example, ensures that the children develop a sustainable view that achievement and enjoyment of physical activity can happen in different ways - all leading to lifelong healthy habits. Children are fully engaged in their learning and strive for personal success. This leads to exciting discoveries about themselves and their peers, driven by strong Olympic values: an inclusive experience of continually making adaptations and developing unique approaches is the norm of sporting performance at our school. Disability sport is discussed and explored as part of their knowledge and experiences of sports. Residential opportunities in Key Stage 2 provide a further context for developing essential cross-curricular skills, alongside developing physical confidence.  

There is clear progression of each skill, and the variety of equipment ensures inclusion and challenge for all. A well-resourced gymnasium motivates the children and is an essential part of the children’s skill development.  Our Sports Crew are trained to deliver active sport games with children, promoting our key values of working together in a caring environment and being aspirational role models to others in school.

Links to the local community are evident in pathways made through lessons, extra curricular sessions and local clubs. An established health week and after schoolclub programme ensure that children are exposed to a broad variety of sports. The use of technology by children enables reflections and celebrations, and is used to capture class creations of dance, for example, during achievement assembly. The strong balance between competition and participation in Physical Education encourages each of the school values. Our school’s great sense of community inspires our children to work together to aim, believe, achieve. 

Why do we love Physical Education at Grappenhall Heys?

 At Grappenhall Heys, Physical Education promotes active and healthy lifestyles, physical skills, physical development and knowledge of the body in action.  It enables children to learn and develop confidence, perseverance and resilience,  team spirit, positive competitiveness, positive relationships and organisation.   

Long term plans and progression statements




Knowledge Organisers and Key Vocabulary

How can you support your child at home? 

Take a look at the long term plan to see what your child will be learning in Physical Education this term. Practise skills linked to the sport such as throwing and catching, balancing and co-ordination with your child. Discuss the rules of sports and how attacking and defending skills can be deployed in game situations.  

Pupil Voice 

''I love PE because we get to take part in fun activities like fencing and yoga. We learn new skills whilst having fun with our friends and we do really well when we compete against other schools. Exercise takes my mind off work and helps me to focus on myself and my friends.'' - Year 4 student   

What does my child learn in school?

The fundamental skills, knowledge and concepts of the subject are set out in the EYFS and Physical Education Curriculum and National Curriculum 2014, where they are categorised into programmes of study.  At Grappenhall Heys, teachers’ planning ensures that children are engaged in a programme of Physical Education that encourages fitness, improves children's strength and teaches them the rules of games. Physical Education is an integral part of our school practice, allowing all children to gain a sense of achievement and develop positive attitudes towards themselves and others.

We believe that all children should...

In order to develop positive attitudes and relationships, we believe that  all children should...

- Respect the conventions of fair play and honest competition.

How does the school meet my child’s needs in Physical Education?

All Physical Education lessons are differentiated to meet the needs of individual pupils. Where appropriate, the Early Years’ Curriculum and the National Curriculum 2014 will be used to identify suitable objectives to be incorporated into Intervention Plans and/or individual pupil targets. More able and talented pupils will be identified through a range of activities and their needs will be met through the development of individual or group programs that encompass a range of learning styles and are designed to enrich the curriculum. 

Across the Curriculum


In Early Years, the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Curriculum and Development Matters document are used for planning and assessment. In the Foundation Stage, pupils experience a wide range of activities linked to Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Communication and Language. Activities are planned for children to play, explore, actively learn and develop their skills in PE through focused, continuous and enhanced provision.


In Key Stage 1 and 2, in line with the National Curriculum, lessons are planned and taught to ensure cross-strand coverage of all of the curriculum areas. Planning for PE is outlined in our in long-term plan. This incorporates The PE HUB scheme, which provides a full breadth of relevant, plentiful and high quality PE planning from Foundation to KS1 and KS2. Lesson overviews and plans (annotated from the schemes of work) show differentiation, cross curricular links, skill development, tactical opportunities, key questions (both open and closed) and next steps in learning. 

Key Stage 1

Pupils develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.

Pupils are taught a variety of skills:
- 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

-  To participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending

-  To perform dances using simple movement patterns

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. They develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.

Pupils are taught a variety of skills:
-  To use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination

- To play competitive games, modified where appropriate, and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending

- To develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance

- To perform dances using a range of movement patterns

- To take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team 

- To compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best


Swimming and water safety
When in Year 3 and Year 4, our children are taught to swim:
- Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres

- Use a range of strokes effectively

- Perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations

What do we do make Physical Education even more special?

Please visit our Schools Sports Page and School Residentials Page to see how enrichment within curricular and extra-curricular activities enhance our provision. Through commitment, motivation and demonstration of positive attitudes towards Physical Education and School Sports, we are very proud to announce that we have been recognised as a Gold Standard School in the Sainsbury's School Games for the third year running.

Extra Curricular Active Clubs this term include: 




Circuit Training