Physical Education

Curriculum Aims

The PE programme of study provides opportunities to plan sequences of work, learning outcomes and teaching approaches that develop:

Successful Learners

PE helps pupils acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to participate successfully in, and enjoy, physical activities both now and in the future. Pupils develop analytical and evaluation skills by deciding how to improve the quality of their own and others’ work. This is essential in developing learners who are creative, resourceful and able to solve problems. It also helps them to understand how they learn and how to set themselves targets based on their mistakes and successes.

Pupils also have the opportunity to evaluate their own and others’ success. They can use ICT to develop their skills in a range of real contexts, recording, analysing and evaluating data.

By working in a variety of contexts on their own, in groups and in teams, pupils learn to work both independently and collaboratively. By participating as performers, leaders and officials pupils develop the ability to communicate effectively in a range of ways both verbally and non-verbally. They also learn to listen and act on what they hear, understand and appreciate alternative viewpoints and learn to compromise, particularly when working in pairs or groups to create final products.

Confident Individuals

Competence in physical activity and the sense of enjoyment brought about by being active and successful engenders a sense of confidence and self-esteem in pupils and enables them to become increasingly independent. This confidence encourages them to get involved in physical activity for its own sake and as part of a healthy lifestyle choice.

Experiencing a range of activities, roles and contexts helps pupils gain the confidence to try new things, take managed risks and stay safe, make the most of opportunities, recognise their talents and develop ambitions.

Taking on responsible roles like leading, coaching, choreographing, officiating, managing a team or mentoring and being responsible for their own and others’ safety also gives pupils confidence. Working in groups and teams in different activities provides opportunities for pupils to learn to work with others and form good relationships.

In PE pupils engage in competitive, creative, artistic, aesthetic and challenging activities that require them to become self-aware and deal with their emotions, for example when winning or losing or when being supportive of others.

Responsible Citizens

PE encourages learners to be enterprising and work cooperatively and effectively with others. Taking on the roles of leader or official helps develop a sense of respect for others and the ability to apply rules fairly and act with integrity.

PE encourages pupils to make regular physical activity part of their lives and to get involved in healthy physical activity, sport and dance regularly both in school and in the community. PE helps pupils consider the impact of their lifestyle choices on the community, environment and sustainability.

Learning how to perform, lead, coach and officiate provides pupils with a broad range of skills and attributes that they can use within their local communities, allowing them to contribute positively to make them better places in which to live and work

Curriculum Key Concepts


  • Developing control of whole-body skills and fine manipulation skills.
  • Selecting and using skills, tactics and compositional ideas effectively in different types of physical activity.
  • Responding with body and mind to the demands of an activity.
  • Adapting to a widening range of familiar and unfamiliar contexts.


  • Understanding how the components of competence combine, and applying them to produce effective outcomes.
  • Knowing and understanding what needs to be achieved, critically evaluating how well it has been achieved and finding ways to improve.
  • Appreciating how to make adjustments and adaptations when performing in different contexts and when working individually, in groups and teams.
  • Understanding the nature of success in different types of activity.


  • Using imaginative ways to express and communicate ideas, solve problems and overcome challenges.
  • Exploring and experimenting with techniques, tactics and compositional ideas to produce efficient and effective outcomes.

Healthy, Active lifestyles:

  • Understanding that physical activity contributes to the healthy functioning of the body and mind and is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle.
  • Recognising that regular physical activity that is fit for purpose, safe and enjoyable has the greatest impact on physical, mental and social wellbeing.


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For more information on the curriculum at Woodlands School please contact Jules Taylor on 01939 232372 or