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"Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships." - Michael Jordan

The member of staff responsible for P.E. is Miss Reeves.


How Dovecotes Primary School’s P.E. Curriculum Promotes Our Core Values:


Be Creative - Through the P.E curriculum, we will provide the opportunities for pupils to develop their problem-solving skills so that they can work out how to operate successfully as part of a team, as well as create their own games, dances and sequences as a means to express themselves (Be creative).


Be Honest - We encourage our pupils to be open about their physical abilities and will support them to improve their fitness, appreciating that all pupils have different starting points.


Be Kind - We encourage pupils to co-operate and collaborate with each other as part of an effective team, recognising the importance of fairness, equity of play and the value of giving peer feedback in a respectful way.


Be Ambitious - At Dovecotes Primary School, we celebrate the sporting successes of all pupils, including those achieved within PE lessons, during extra-curricular clubs and outside of school. We develop leadership skills and promote healthy competition on both a personal and team level so that pupils are equipped with the skills to flourish in future PE learning.


Be Brave - We want pupils to take part in PE Lessons in an environment where there is no fear of making mistakes and to push themselves outside of their comfort zone safely trying new forms of physical education that they would not otherwise attempt and to challenge themselves to beat their personal bests.


Intent – What Do We Aspire For Our Children? 


At Dovecotes, we have designed our physical education curriculum with the intent to: maximise children’s physical activity; develop their movement skills in a range of disciplines and sports; and build confidence and enjoyment in the activities they undertake in order to develop a life-long love of sport and physical activity, regardless of their starting points. We aim to give all children the knowledge and skills required to lead healthy lifestyles, so that they recognise the benefits of exercise to both their physical and mental health, and understand how it can keep them safe, such as being able to swim. (Be healthy). We will deliver a broad and balanced PE curriculum that systematically develops the practical skills required for gymnastics, dance, athletics, swimming, invasion games, net and wall games, striking and fielding games and outdoor adventurous activities arching across the whole primary age range.


Our children are given enrichment opportunities to embed essential learning in PE.  We intend for all our children to experience:

  • A range of after school clubs to promote physical activity;

  • Participation in inter-school competitions;

  • Enhanced opportunities for physical activity at break times;

  • Residential visits to explore the great outdoors.


By the end of EYFS, pupils will:

  • demonstrate strength, balance, agility and co-ordination when playing;

  • negotiate space and obstacles safely, with consideration for themselves and others;

  • confidently and safely use a range of large and small apparatus;

  • move energetically, such as running, jumping, dancing, hopping, skipping and climbing;

  • refine their ball skills further to throw, catch, kick, pass etc.

  • combine different movements with ease and fluency (For example; crawling through a tunnel, climbing onto a chair, jumping into a hoop and running and lying on a cushion)

  • communicate with a partner, for example to let them know I am passing a ball.


By the end of Key Stage 1, pupils will:

  • master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching;

  • develop balance, agility and co-ordination;

  • apply these movements to a range of activities;

  • participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending;

  • be able to perform dances using simple movement patterns;

  • communicate with a partner, for example to make my team aware that I am available or that I am passing the ball in team games.


By the end of Key Stage 2: pupils will:

  • use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination;

  • be able to play competitive games such as 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 through athletics and gymnastics;

  • take part in outdoor adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team;

  • be able to compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best;

  • communicate with a partner for both tactical and motivational reasons when involved in team games.


Implementation – How Will We Deliver The Curriculum? 


Knowledge at the Heart of the Curriculum - Understanding Different Types of Knowledge in P.E 


Substantive Knowledge


Substantive Knowledge in PE is based on deliberate practice and development of specific skills that can be used in a variety of disciplines, sports and games such as:

  • Running, jumping, throwing and catching

  • Tactics within a team game e.g. strategies for attacking and defending

  • Being able to perform specific actions, balances and movements in line with year group expectations

  • Being able to swim confidently and competently over 25 metres

  • Being able to perform a safe self-rescue in water.


Disciplinary Knowledge


Disciplinary knowledge in PE comes through opportunities for children to choose and apply their own actions, balances, movements and skills. Once they have mastered the specific skills, they have opportunities to apply these within sports and games, choosing different strategies and the best ways to approach specific challenges.


We use the Get Set 4 PE scheme of work to plan and deliver P.E. lessons. This is used to give teaching staff the confidence and necessary subject knowledge to deliver P.E. lessons competently. Each class has access to 2 hours of high-quality PE lessons every week. One lesson is delivered by the class teacher, or a sports specialist HLTA, and the second lesson is delivered by sports coaches. Teachers in school observe the sports coaches delivering weekly P.E. lessons to their class in order to further support their professional development. In addition to weekly PE lessons, children in Key Stage 2 receive swimming lessons at the local swimming baths with the aim that each child will confidently swim 25 meters or more by the time they leave our school. 


In Early Years, P.E is delivered by class teachers and pupils take part in the Healthy Movers programme which is designed by the Youth Sport Trust to support two to five-year-olds physical literacy, development and wellbeing.


To further raise engagement in P.E, the PE lead liaises with sports coaches to organise an intra-school house competition each half term. The PE lead also links closely with the School Games Organiser to enter inter-school competitions across a range of sports throughout the year within the local area (at the local high school and Aldersley Leisure Village).


Children are also encouraged to participate in a variety of extra-curricular sporting activities, such as Dodgeball (run by our Soccer 2000 coaches) as well as football and Wild Tribe club. Outside of term time, our Soccer 2000 coaches run multi-skills holiday camps.


To support the P.E Lead, we have a number of Sports Pupil Leaders in school who encourage physically active playtimes and lunchtimes, support the sports coaches, organise equipment and help to raise the profile of P.E in school.


Impact - How Do We Know Our P.E Curriculum Is Effective? 


Pupil Voice


We use pupil voice discussions to ensure that children find PE lessons motivating,  engaging and fun. We check that children know how to take responsibility for their own health and fitness and understand how good physical health supports good mental health, making adjustments to the curriculum as necessary.




Assessment of skills, identified within the P.E. National Curriculum, is carried out lesson by lesson. The Get Set 4 P.E. scheme has clear success criteria for each lesson enabling staff to identify skills acquired and plan future lessons to build on those skills. Children are encouraged to peer assess, offering constructive feedback to aid further development during each lesson.These judgements will be quality assured by subject leaders using first-hand evidence of how pupils are doing, drawing together evidence from lesson observations, evidence through photographs and pupil voice to monitor ongoing progress.

Dovecotes Whole School P.E Curriculum


  • Autumn 1 - Fundamentals, Team Building

  • Autumn 2 - Ball Skills - Target Games

  • Spring 1 - Net and Wall, Striking and Fielding

  • Spring 2 - Sending and Receiving, Invasion

  • Summer 1 - Athletics, Dance

  • Summer 2 - Gymnastics, Yoga


  • Autumn 1 - Fundamentals, Team Building

  • Autumn 2 - Ball Skills, Target Games

  • Spring 1 - Net and Wall, Striking and Fielding

  • Spring 2 - Sending and Receiving, Invasion    

  • Summer 1 - Athletics, Dance

  • Summer 2 - Gymnastics, Yoga


  • Cycle A

    • Autumn 1 - Hockey, Netball

    • Autumn 2 - Tag Rugby, Football

    • Spring 1 - Dance, Dodgeball

    • Spring 2 -Yoga, Gymnastics

    • Summer 1 - Athletics, Cricket

    • Summer 2 - Rounders, Tennis

  • Cycle B

    • Autumn 1 - Netball, Hockey

    • Autumn 2 - Tag Rugby, Football

    • Spring 1 - Dodgeball, Dance

    • Spring 2 - Gymnastics, Yoga

    • Summer 1 - Cricket, Athletics

    • Summer 2 - Tennis, Rounders


  • Cycle A

    • Autumn 1 - Hockey, Basketball

    • Autumn 2 - Yoga, Football

    • Spring 1 - Dodgeball, Volleyball

    • Spring 2 - Dance, Badminton

    • Summer 1 - Athletics, Cricket

    • Summer 2 - Tennis, OAA

  • Cycle B

    • Autumn 1 - Basketball, Hockey

    • Autumn 2 - Football, Yoga

    • Spring 1 - Volleyball, Dodgeball

    • Spring 2 - Badminton, Dance

    • Summer 1 - Cricket, Athletics

    • Summer 2 - OAA, Tennis


For further information about the P.E. curriculum please contact Miss. Reeves our subject lead through the school email address.

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