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Physical Education (P.E.) at Windmill Primary


Windmill Primary School recognises the vital contribution of physical education to a child’s physical, cognitive, social and emotional development as well as the role it can play in a child’s spiritual, moral and cultural development. We provide a broad and balanced P.E. curriculum to aid children’s increasing self-confidence in their ability to manage themselves and their bodies within a variety of movement situations. 


Through a balance of individual, paired and group activities, we aim to cater for the different strengths, needs and preferences of each child, using differentiated activities where appropriate. We believe that through the variety of opportunities that P.E. offers, children can develop a sense of personal achievement, fair play, teamwork and an understanding of the ways in which sport can transcend social and cultural boundaries. 


We plan a range of activities that aim to provide children with a broad base of movement knowledge, skills and understanding, which they can refine and expand throughout their primary school years. We encourage children to develop their creative and expressive abilities, through improvisation and problem-solving. We have high quality facilities and equipment, lesson plans, resources, schemes of work and training opportunities for staff. As well as our permanent teaching team, we welcome visiting coaches specialising in a variety of sports.


Children are taught to appreciate the importance of a healthy and fit body, and begin to understand factors which affect health and fitness. To support this we offer a wide range of after school outdoor and sporting education opportunities for children throughout the school. All children are encouraged to join clubs and extend their interest and involvement in sport. Different experiences for different age groups ensure all will get a range of appropriate challenges as they move through the school. Pupils are consulted and directly involved in improving P.E. in the school through School Council, the Learning at Windmill (L.a.W.) group, whole-school pupil surveys and informal discussions.


The P.E. Curriculum - Implementation

At Windmill Primary we use the ‘Real P.E.’ scheme of work to ensure a balanced, progressive PE Curriculum, which covers the statutory requirements for the Early Years Foundation Stage and the PE National Curriculum. The Real P.E. approach blends stories, themes and topics with physical activity, skills, games and personal challenges. Teachers also select from a variety of other resources available to support particular aspects of the subject or curriculum, especially sport-specific lessons and schemes created by professional bodies of that sport. Pupils in both KS1 and KS2 engage in two hours of high quality PE during the course of each week. We also enrich children’s experiences through opportunities for outdoor and adventurous activities, such as Forest School and the year six residential activity week (caving, rock climbing, canoeing, surfing).

Overall P.E. Aims (from Reception to Year 6)


Physical development 

• To develop physical competence and confidence by acquiring and developing a range of fine and gross motor skills. 

• To develop knowledge, skills and understanding, and the ability to remember, repeat and refine actions with increasing control and accuracy. 

• To promote fitness and a healthy lifestyle by understanding the effects of exercise on the body and the importance of developing strength, endurance and flexibility. 


Social and emotional development

• To develop a love of physical exercise and confidence in their own skills and abilities. 

• To develop the ability to work independently and communicate with, and respond appropriately towards others using verbal and non-verbal communication. 

• To realise that the right exercise for you can be fun and will give you energy.

• To create and plan games and teach them to one another. 

• To develop a sense of fair play and sporting behaviour. 

• To learn to manage the emotions of victory and defeat.


Cognitive development 

• To develop decision making, problem solving, and reasoning skills.

• To improve observational skills, the ability to describe and make simple judgements on their own and others’ work, and to use this knowledge and understanding to improve their own performance.

• To understand that using the correct technique will improve accuracy and individual performance.


Spiritual, moral and cultural development 

• To develop a positive attitude to themselves and others.

• To experience a range of differing activities.

• To realise that physical activity doesn’t have to be about winning a competition - doing your best is as important.

• To treat your team, the opposition and the referee with respect.

• To raise self-esteem through opportunities to celebrate sporting success.