Physical Education

The children at Bexton love their PE lessons! In the most recent Pupil Survey 98% of children enjoyed PE and in  it was rated the favourite subject overall. Since September 2016, the teachers have worked closely with our external coach, Mr Roberts to develop and improve their subject knowledge and the impact of this has been children developing skills to a higher standard and children being more active in the PE lessons.

Mr Roberts also works closely with our PE Coordinator  to plan the sessions around the inter-school competitions held, ensuring the children are confident and enthusiastically representing the school. We have had many successes this year, e.g. winning the local netball tournament, a new format for KS2 Sports Day to ensure greater participation and a very well attended KS2 Football Tournament.

Another success is seeing more children joining sports clubs in the local area after Mr Roberts and Miss Hossack have spotted talent and encouragd children to join.

PE Curriculum

A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.


The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • lead healthy, active lives

Key stage 1 (Year 1 and 2)

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

Key stage 2 (Years 3-6)

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

Swimming and water safety

We provide swimming lessons for children in the summer term of Year 3 and autumn term of Year 4.

In particular, pupils should be taught to:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations