Physical education

Statement of Intent for Physical Education


At Eldene School, we will provide a high-quality Physical Education curriculum that inspires all pupils to participate in fun sporting activities to develop a love of physical activity for life.  Children will know more and do more as they progress through the school. We teach children to work together so that they can learn and succeed.

Swindon Borough Council Risk Assessment for PE

Use of Exterior Areas for PE

Use of internal areas for PE


PE Protocol

Skills Progression 2023-24

PE teaching overview 2023-24


Physical Education content

In Physical Education, we teach at least the expectations of the EYFS Framework using Development Matters and the Key Stage 1 & 2 National Curriculum Programmes of Study. Many children have become less active outside of school, so we have adapted our plans and responded to this. We have adapted our provision to increase opportunities and to support mental health this year.

Below you will find an overview of what your child will be expected to learn in each of the Key Stages:

Development Matters 2023

Years 1-6 National Curriculum: Physical education

Curriculum design for Physical Education:

The design of our Physical Education curriculum is supported by the Real PE programmes.  We also use experienced PE specialists to deliver a range of sporting activities across the Key Stages and to provide CPD for staff.   As the children progress through the school, we teach layers of knowledge and skills for Physical Education and named sports.

Starting in the Early Years, 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. Children have the opportunity to engage in competitive and cooperative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.

In Key Stage 2, pupils continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and how to link them to make actions and sequences of movement.  They are taught to work safely. They enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They begin to learn rules, strategies and tactics. Children develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success. Links are made between physical activity and health.

There are extra-curricular clubs for children to attend from Y1 upwards. These complement and enrich the PE curriculum, for example, a unit of 'ball-skills' taught in Y1 can then be applied by the same children, on the same day, after-school at 'multi-sports' club. Similarly, teamwork skills taught in REALpe, can be applied at Netball club in Y4/5 and 6.

Curriculum Choices for Physical Education:

  • Real PE and Real Play, Real foundations and Real gym
  • Soccer Excellence PE specialist teaching
  • Extended school clubs and specialised coaches (Yoga and  Pilates)
  • Teacher led sports clubs/ external sports providers
  • Swimming for year 3 and 4
  • Festivals and competitions
  • Fortius Sports membership and support


Our Starling Class have recently attended the Panathlon competititon. We won! Well done Starlings!