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  2. PE & Sports


Subject Co-ordinator:  Mr Wilson

Link Governor: Mrs Dover


We believe that physical education plays a vital contribution to pupils’ physical literacy and wellbeing. We teach an engaging, high-quality P.E. curriculum that inspires all pupils to enable rapid and sustained progression in a stimulating, enjoyable and appropriately challenging environment. This teaches children the required skills, allowing them to manage themselves and their bodies within a variety of movement situations growing in confidence as they progress. All of this is experienced in a safe and supportive environment.

Our broad and balanced PE curriculum is sequenced in line with the EYFS Statutory Framework (2020), Development Matters (2020) and the National Curriculum for Physical Education (2013) ensuring children are taught a variety of sports, in both indoor and outdoor P.E. lessons. Through this they will:

  • Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • Be physically active for sustained periods of time
  • Engage in competitive sports and activities
  • Lead healthy, active lives.

A balance of individual, team, co-operative and competitive activities, aims to cater for individual pupil’s needs and abilities. In addition to the importance placed on P.E. lessons, we also promote our wider curriculum offer that includes the opportunities for pupils to take part in extra-curricular sports and activity clubs and competitions.

Daily physical activity and health enhancing activities also play a crucial role in our offer to pupils. This includes: active lessons, active break and lunchtimes, “k-a-day” runs and extra-curricular activities




We aim that every child leaves Coldean able to keep themselves safe in water and swim confidently is enabled by our onsite swimming pool. This ensures that children from Years 1 to 6 receive regular lessons taught by fully trained teaching staff throughout the summer term.

Annually, children have the chance to compete in a wide variety of intra-school house competitions. These include football, tag rugby, basketball, cycling, swimming and Sports Day.

Furthermore, through our regular involvement in The School Games, we offer our children many opportunities to compete at a wide variety of inter-school events such as athletics, gymnastics, football, hockey, cricket, tri-golf and tennis.



Our curriculum provision is carefully structured and sequenced through The PE Hub scheme. The PE Hub provides our staff with detailed planning and skill-based guidance, aiding high quality teaching, with consistency in its progression. Each year, children have the chance to develop their skills in gymnastics, dance, swimming and their core games skills.

In Early Years and Key Stage 1, lessons focus on developing physical literacy and core skills such as throwing, catching, movement, striking and agility. Learning opportunities include play-based activities, personal challenge and small group games.

In Key Stage 2, children utilise these core skills in a variety of disciplines: athletics, gymnastics, dance and games (invasion, striking and fielding, and net/wall). Learning opportunities include personal challenge, team-based games and peer-evaluation.

To differentiate children’s learning in P.E. we use the STEP principle.  By altering Space, Task, Equipment or People all children are given the opportunity to develop their skills from their starting point. Skilled teaching, along with peer support can help children who are below age-related expectation, and appropriate challenge is given to stretch children working at greater depth.

Our after-school clubs in football, basketball, street dance and cricket give children opportunities for specialised, extra-curricular learning.

Enhanced engagement and enjoyment is provided with the chance to represent the school at external sporting competitions.  Further physical education and healthy living enrichment is added through our strong links with outside professionals, such as Albion in the Community, Bike-it-Ben, Bikeability and Sussex Cricket Club, who often further inspire our children to enjoy sport and to value physical development highly.

For details of how we use the PE and Sports Premium to enhance our PE implementation click the link above.

Assessment in physical education at Coldean takes various forms. The most immediately beneficial to the learner is the skilled teacher assessment given to individuals, small groups and whole-class during PE lessons. This gives children an immediate ‘next step’ that they can aim to achieve helping the learners to make rapid progress.

Our PEAC (PE Assessment Criteria) give children opportunities to peer assess, using child-friendly language which give a clear targets which will help children to progress for each strand of a PE discipline. The PEAC also gives teachers a tool for formative assessment. They are required to record their assessments for each PE unit against the PEAC upon completion.

For swimming, we have developed SWAC (Swimming Assessment Criteria) that are used to level children. The SWAC is based on the School Swimming Charter, with our children enjoying working through the 8 swimming awards over their time at our school. We also assess our Year 6 children and record on our website the percentage who can complete 25 metres unaided and the percentage of children who can perform safe self-rescue.

Finally, class ‘K a Day’ leader boards encourage personal challenge among our children, giving them an incentive to push themselves each day to improve their running.

We regularly give all of our teachers CPD opportunities to develop their PE teaching skills, most recently in Dance, cricket and swimming. Swimming is taught by two fully qualified ASA Level 2 Swimming Teachers supported by class teachers who have attained the NCTP Swimming Award.



Children will leave Coldean Primary School as skilful and intelligent performers who have acquired and developed knowledge and skills to perform with increasing physical awareness. They will:

  • have the ability to select and apply skills, tactics and compositional ideas to suit activities that need different approaches and ways of thinking.
  • set targets for themselves and compete against others.
  • understand what it takes to persevere, succeed and acknowledge others’ success.
  • take the initiative, lead activities and focus on improving performances.
  • have the competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities.
  • lead healthy and active lives and make positive life choices.
  • have developed positive attitudes to participation in physical activity and embed values such as fairness and respect.

Training, planning and teaching our PE curriculum ensures:

  • Knowledgeable and skilful teachers able to formatively evaluate pupils’ learning against our Progression Map objectives.


We attained the School Games Platinum Mark for our P.E. and School Sport provision in 2018 and ensure our provision continues to maintain these exceptional standards. 


Swimming attainment

We are required to publish the percentage of pupils within our Year 6 cohort (2020-2021) who met the national curriculum requirement to:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres


  • use a range of strokes effectively


  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations