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  2. PE & Sports


Subject Co-ordinator:  Mr A Wilson

Link Governor: Mrs Dover

Check out our coverage documents to see what the children will be learning in our Physical Education curriculum, term by term.


Key Stage 1

Key Stage 2


Our five key drivers underpin our Computing curriculum:

Enriched vocabulary

“Sticky” knowledge

Creative and critical thinking



 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.

It is our intention that pupils become more expert as they progress through the curriculum, accumulating and connecting declarative and procedural knowledge.

  • Declarative knowledgeKnowing what – The factual knowledge concerning movement, rules, tactics, strategies, health and participation.
  • Procedural knowledgeKnowing how -  The know-how to apply declarative facts. This knowledge in a PE setting is best put into practice through physical demonstration or physical participation.

We aim for all of our pupils to be 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 has three main pillars:

  • motor competence and the acquisition of fundamental movement skills,
  • understanding of rules, strategies and tactics, and
  • healthy participation.

We teach a varied and balanced provision carefully structured and sequenced through The PE Hub scheme. The PE Hub provides our staff with detailed planning, skill-based guidance, and sport-appropriate knowledge, 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. They are also exposed to age-appropriate vocabulary which relates to their learning in PE as well as in other physical activity and sport.

In Early Years, a strong foundation of fundamental motor skills is developed, through PE lessons and play in our recently enhanced outdoor areas. In Key Stage 1, lessons focus on developing physical literacy and motor competence with 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 and knowledge 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. Previous learning is revisited and built upon so children can re-encounter knowledge and develop it within a context. Understanding of rules, strategies and tactics are given particular focus here, as children learn and develop sport-specific understanding. Through this knowledge and understanding children learn to move intelligently and successfully, appropriate for the context.

To provide support and challenge in children’s learning in PE 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, including instruction, practice and feedback, along with peer support, can help children who are below age-related expectation, as well as challenge and stretch children who are working at greater depth. We ensure that all pupils feel included and are able to succeed within the subject.

Our wide variety of after-school clubs give all children opportunities for specialised, extra-curricular learning. Check our our Clubs page for this term's provision. These after school opportunities provide opportunities to build, develop and refine knowledge learned in curriculum PE lessons.

Healthy participation is hugely important at Coldean, and children are taught that physical activity matters. We have a range of House sports competitions (whole school, key stage or phase specific) where all children participate and enjoy taking part. We teach our children the important knowledge linking health, participation and physical activity.

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, Brighton & Hove's Road Safety Team (Scooterability, Bikeability and Pedestrian Training), Sportscool, The Dance Hub and Sussex Cricket Club, who often further inspire our children to enjoy sport and to value physical development highly.

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 self-assess and 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, which is on-going throughout a unit and is used to inform subsequent teaching. They are required to record their assessments for each PE unit against the PEAC upon completion, giving teachers and pupils an accurate picture of what each pupil can do and what they need to improve.

For swimming, we have developed SWAC (Swimming Assessment Criteria) that are used to level children. The SWAC is based on the School Swimming Charter, so that children progress 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 gymnastics and multi skills. This allows all teachers to have high levels of subject knowledge and pedagogical knowledge. Swimming is taught by 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 retained the School Games Platinum Mark for our PE and School Sport provision in 2023 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  who met the national curriculum requirement. Check our Performance Data page for details.