Physical Education

Our PE curriculum

Our Physical Education curriculum aims to inspire, motivate and challenge children to be physically confident and be the best that they can be. We strive for all ​pupils to leave Underwood West physically literate and have the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy, active lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport. 

Our curriculum is designed to: 

  • motivate, inspire and engage pupils in regular physical activity

  • meet the requirements of the national curriculum

  • encourage our pupils to lead an active and healthy lifestyle now and into the future

  • ensure that the pupils’ understand that sport can support and positively impact on their own mental health and well being 

  • Build self-esteem, confidence, resilience and promote teamwork and cooperation amongst pupils 

  • challenge pupils to achieve within the sport they participate in

  • ensure pupils know that they can transfer their skill based knowledge across a wide range of sports 

  • enable pupils to utilise their acquired skills in competition

  • actively encourage pupils to be young leaders and apply the rules and values of sport


At Underwood West Physical Education is delivered by the class teacher. 

Qualified coaches from Crewe Alexandra are utilised to develop teachers professional development and enhance pupil's learning where appropriate. The school has also developed strong links with Cheshire Schools Cricket who teach the children in both key stages. They also provide extra curricular clubs in both the Autumn and Spring terms.

The teaching of P.E. is supported through the use of Primary PE Passport and other resources are used to supplement the planning such as TOPS PE cards. The use of the passport is closely monitored by the subject lead and is tightly followed by teachers. 


EYFS Statutory Educational Programme: Physical activity is vital in pupil’s all-round development, enabling them to pursue happy, healthy and active lives. 

During early years children develop an understanding of  fundamental skills through games and are provided opportunities for play both indoors and outdoors. Physical activity focuses on children developing their core strength, stability, balance, spatial awareness, coordination and agility. Gross motor skills provide the foundation for developing healthy bodies and social and emotional well-being. Fine motor control and precision helps with hand-eye coordination. Physical development is taught discretely through the continuous and outdoor provision and overtly planned for through a variety of media.


In Key Stage One pupils build upon the fundamental skills taught in Early Years. Pupils will develop an understanding of basic skills and apply these competently in a range of physical activities. Pupils will be taught the values of sport and begin to apply these to understand rules and boundaries. The importance of them leading a healthy lifestyle and taking part in regular physical activity is continued to be embedded. Pupils in Key Stage One will know what success looks like for themselves and others. 


In Key Stage Two pupils will apply skills effectively in different situations and within a wide range of physical activities. The values of sport will be utilised by the pupils to extend knowledge of rules and boundaries and apply these in becoming young leaders. Pupils will know how to lead a healthy lifestyle and challenge themselves within regular physical activity. Pupils in Key Stage Two will be able to compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best. Pupils will have a deep and rich understanding of different sports and physical literacy to become Key Stage Three ready and have a positive attitude for lifelong participation in physical activity. 


Dance is taught progressively from Early Years through to Year 6 with pupils progressing from simple to a range of movement patterns. The teaching of dance is thematic and can be cross curricular: providing pupils with a greater understanding of the social and cultural aspects of dance as well as experiencing the diversity within this field.


Gymnastics is taught progressively from Early Years through to Year 6. The units of planning are age appropriate, to reflect and challenge pupils physical competencies -  flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance. The three main strands-movement, balance and partner group work- of gymnastics are carefully planned for, ensuring progression and coverage.  


The planning of games lessons is driven by the key strands: Invasion Games, Striking and Fielding, Net and Wall, Fundamental Movement Skills/Athletics and Outdoor Adventurous Activities. The PE end points have been designed for each strand. 

Games teaching is predominantly skill and fundamental based in Early Years and Key Stage One to ensure pupils can competently apply these in a multitude of physical activities in Key Stage Two.

In Key Stage Two a range of sports are planned for and most sports are replicated; this ensures that skills are revisited and practised in order to apply them to competitive game based situations within lessons, within our own community and beyond.  


Pupils at Underwood West will attend swimming lessons in Key Stage Two. They will receive five weeks worth of swimming each year, utilising a pool that is temporarily erected on the school grounds. Pupils who are not yet swimming at the expected standard may attend additional lessons. This ensures that our pupils have the opportunity to leave Underwood West meeting the national curriculum requirement to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres, use a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.

Extra Curricular and competition

At Underwood West our Physical Education curriculum is tailored to support our extensive extra curriculum provision. Pupils are engaged in a wide range of extra curricular sport and activity; with some of these preparing children for forthcoming competitions. There is a comprehensive calendar of sporting events available via the Crewe and Nantwich School Sports Partnership.

End points

The end points for PE have been designed with the strands and disciplines at the forefront. There is one end point per year group, per discipline: dance, gymnastics, invasion games, net and wall, striking and fielding, OAA, fundamental movement skills and athletics. The end points will be met after a combination of different units, for example: in year 6, pupils will participate in three different sports within invasion games but there is one end point to be met for invasion games. 


Teachers will assess pupil progress against the end points and record judgements and three points of the year, end of: Autumn term, Spring term and Summer term. 

Pupils will reflect on their learning throughout each unit of PE and be encouraged to talk confidently using specific PE vocabulary.

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