How do we teach PE at Abbeyfield?


Our school aims to inspire all children to develop a love of physical activity and sport. Through good physical education, whole school values and a whole child approach, we aim to nurture confident, resilient, physically literate children who will strive for their personal best. We aim to ensure that our delivery of physical education allows all children to have the skills and mind-set to leave primary school with the capabilities to be successful in their sporting challenges and a drive to engage in an active lifestyle at secondary school and beyond. We are dedicated to ensuring healthy minds, as well as bodies and will continue to support our children’s well-being.


As a school we use the Get Set 4 PE scheme of work to support our teaching of PE.

In EYFS the focus is very much around fundamental movement skills, negotiating space safely with and around others and learning how to handle and use different equipment. This prepares them for KS1 in which children are taught in like with the NC requirements in that they further develop fundamental movement skills, understanding principles of defence and attack, using simple tactics etc. By KS2 they continue to develop these skills by adapting them to different situations and activities. These are evidenced in the long term progression map. Each unit is sequenced to build on skills or difficulty. Within each lesson plan the learning is sequenced so that children can explore and develop a skill and then apply it to a game, sequence or choreography.

Pupils participate in two PE lessons per week from KS1.

The KS1 National Curriculum

Pupils should develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.

Pupils should be taught to:

  • master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
  • participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
  • perform dances using simple movement patterns.

    The KS2 National Curriculum

    Pupils should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.

     Pupils should be taught to:

    • use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
    • play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
    • develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics]
    • perform dances using a range of movement patterns
    • take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
    • compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.

      Core Concepts

      We have broken up our PE curriculum into the following core concepts.

      We use the ‘Get Set 4 PE’ scheme of learning to support with our planning of sequential lessons that progress over time.


      Curriculum Overview

      We have then used these strands to map out our curriculum overview for PE.

      The strands are colour-coded to show how they build over time.

      Pink = invasion games

      Dark Blue = Target games

      Purple = Striking and fielding games

      Light green = Net and wall games



      Vocabulary Progression

      For each subject within PE (for example invasion games or striking and fielding games) key vocabulary is identified.

      Here is an example for the vocabulary progression in Athletics from EYFS to Y6. This is taken from the Get Set 4 PE scheme of learning.


      Our curriculum aims to improve the well being and fitness of all children at Abbeyfield, not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes. Within our lessons, children are taught about self-discipline and that to be successful you need to take ownership and responsibility of your own health and fitness. Our impact is therefore to motivate children to utilise these underpinning skills in an independent and effective way in order to live happy and healthy lives.