Dairy Meadow Primary and Nursery School

Subject Overview


Aims and objectives:


At Dairy Meadow, we aim to provide a PE curriculum that pupils from Reception to Year 6 not only enjoy but also allows them to experience a range of activities that help them to develop their health, fitness and wellbeing. We intend to offer a high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It provides opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.

The national curriculum for PE aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • lead healthy, active lives


Children are taught regularly by both teaching staff and a sports coach from Reception to Year 6. The curriculum is further enhanced by participation in numerous sporting tournaments with other schools in the area and after school clubs. We make great use of our Swift Road astroturf pitches.

In conjunction with Ealing Healthy Schools, we aim to ensure that the children participate in active lessons outside of their regular PE lessons. This involves incorporating moments within lessons whereby the children can be active as well as timetabling in the Daily Mile.

We follow the guidelines set by the national curriculum to ensure we offer a range of PE activities that allow each child to feel challenged and offer opportunities to progress further.


As part of the EYFS statutory framework pupils are taught:

Physical development - involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Moving and handling: children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively.

Health and self-care: children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe.


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 are able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.

Pupils are taught 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
  • participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
  • 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 to:

  • use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
  • play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, 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 [for example, through athletics and gymnastics]
  • perform dances using a range of movement patterns
  • take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
  • compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.


Each year group in Key Stage 2 will attend swimming lessons for one term, usually in Year 4.


By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study. At Dairy Meadow we use summative assessment to determine children’s understanding and inform teachers planning. Children can also reflect on their own performance and award themselves a Gold, Silver or Bronze as per the Rising Stars Champion scheme. Each part of the PE curriculum is reviewed on a termly basis by the subject leader and the class teacher. We intend to enthuse the children about sport, movement and hope that they can see the links between a healthy body and a healthy mind.


Teaching and Learning:

Our teaching of PE at Dairy Meadow is completed alongside the Rising Stars Champions scheme. Each lesson comes with a clear learning objective and outcome to aid planning and assessment. A comprehensive resource list is included and the corresponding sports equipment is audited and ordered if there are any gaps. Each lesson is supplemented with online videos, images and flash cards that can aid the teaching. The main part of the Sports and Fitness lessons are split into Warm-up, Skills Learning and Development and Application and Practice. This enables practitioners to structure each lesson and ensure that children are ready for PE, learn key skills, before applying them in a game or sequence.

Additional Support:

Each lesson gives the opportunity to support and extend – this gives brief advice on how to stretch the more able or support children during the lesson. Examples could include changing the amount of space the children are working in, the number of children working, the equipment or using an additional adult wisely


The Champions Sports, Health and Fitness programme uniquely offers effective and engaging assessment for whole school improvement. All materials to run the assessment part of the programme are available online. There is assessment for learning within Champions units and the online assessment offers standalone opportunities to measure and improve fitness. Children can reflect on their fitness scores to lead them towards an overall ‘bronze’, ‘silver’ or ‘gold’ award, and the programme is filled with incentive and rewards for children to improve their self-esteem and inspire them to become Champions.

Staff Development:

Our assessment and monitoring timetable allows plenty of time for AHT, class teacher and sports coach to reflect on the PE provision in the school.

Monitoring and Evaluating:

The AHT and sports coach will ensure that the PE curriculum has sufficient breadth and depth to satisfy the National Curriculum Programme of Study for KS2. This will be completed through drop-ins half termly. Pupil voice and staff voice will be captured and praised/actioned on accordingly.

Enrichment Opportunities:

With our membership of the Featherstone Sports Partnership we aim to compete in as many competitive sports fixtures as possible. We also have regular fitness and dance clubs through our partnership with Lets Leap. Alongside this, children will be given the chance to practice their skills at Sports Day.

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