Curriculum Statement: PE

 ‘Excellence, Truth and Grace’

‘Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.’

Philippians 4: 8-9 


Curriculum Intent

At Middleton Parish, we are athletes! We want our children to love physical education and sport. We want them to have no limits to what their ambitions are and grow up wanting to be personal trainers, nutritionists, sports journalist or gold medal winners. We want them to embody our core values. We all believe that: “if you can DREAM it, you can do it”. The PE curriculum has been carefully crafted so that our children develop their sporting capital. We want our children to remember their PE lessons in our school, to cherish these memories and embrace the opportunities they are presented with! Bringing physical education alive is important here at Middleton Parish. We want to equip children with not only the minimum statutory requirements of the physical education National Curriculum but to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

Middleton Parish Church School’s children will be:

  • Ready to Learn: Children will have prior knowledge of fundamental movement skills, and be able to apply this to a range of sports, enabling cumulative knowledge and effective learning. Children will also develop sport specific vocabulary and learn to use a variety of sporting equipment appropriately and safely.
  • Respectful: Children will be aware of, and respectful towards, others’ views and decisions in regards to rules that apply to different sports and any decisions made against them during the delivery of a sporting competition. They will understand how to use equipment and to use it in a respectful, safe and controlled manner. They will work in collaboration with others, developing their social and emotional skills while promoting positive mental health.
  • Reflective: Children will be able to make connections between what they have learnt and how skills can be transferable from one sport to another. They will begin to question how physical education and nutrition may impact their own lives in the future. Children will be able to reflect upon and evaluate how successful they were carrying out sport specific and transferable skills and if they would make any changes in the future in order to be more successful.
  • Aspirational: Children will be aware of future career opportunities relating to physical education in modern society. We enrich their time in our school with memorable, unforgettable experiences and provide opportunities which are normally out of reach – this piques their interests and passion. They will understand the need for physical education in the contemporary world and understand how physical education and nutrition impacts their lives. They will discover the importance of sporting events and athletes and how such events and athletes, both past and present, can lift and inspire a nation. Children will look to these events and athletes with awe and wonder and inspire to be them.


Curriculum Implementation

At Middleton Parish, we follow the National Curriculum for PE using the PE Passport. It is a knowledge rich curriculum underpinned within a carefully planned and sequenced framework to enable cumulative knowledge and effective learning. The PE curriculum has been carefully planned with learning opportunities and assessment milestones for each year group; crafted to ensure progression and repetition in terms of embedding key learning, knowledge and skills. Children are encouraged to showcase their sporting ability and are given opportunities to play both inter and intra school competitions.

Middleton Parish Church School’s children will be:

  • Ready to Learn: Children will show a willingness to practise skills in a wide 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.
  • Respectful: children will use their initiative and become excellent young leaders, organising and officiating, and evaluating what needs to be done to improve, and motivate and instil excellent sporting attitudes in others.
  • Reflective: children will 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. They will demonstrate exceptional levels of originality, imagination and creativity in their techniques, tactics and choreography, and have the knowledge and understanding of how to improve their own and others’ performance and the ability to work independently for extended periods of time without the need of guidance and support.
  • Aspirational: Children will have a keen interest in PE. A willingness to participate in every lesson, demonstrate a highly positive attitude and show the ability to make informed choices about engaging fully in extra-curricular sport.


Curriculum Impact

We use both formative and summative assessment information in every PE lesson. Staff use this information to inform their short-term planning and short-term interventions. This helps us provide the best possible support for all of our pupils, including the more able. The assessment milestones for each phase have been carefully mapped out and further broken down for each year group. This means that skills in PE are progressive and build year on year. 

Our staff use the PE knowledge organisers to assess what the children know as the topic progresses and inform their future planning. This formative assessment then informs summative assessment judgements for each topic.

Assessment information is collected frequently and analysed as part of our monitoring cycle. This process provides an accurate and comprehensive understanding of the quality of education in PE. A comprehensive monitoring cycle is developed at the beginning of each academic year. This identifies when monitoring is undertaken. Monitoring in PE includes: lesson observations and/or learning walks, pupil/parent and/or staff voice.

All of this information is gathered and reviewed. It is used to inform further curriculum developments and provision is adapted accordingly.