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Physical Education

Here at Queen Emma Primary School we take pride in delivering high quality PE lessons, supported by the New Cambridgeshire Scheme of Work. We are fully committed to ensuring that we stretch and challenge all children within their abilities, so that they experience a wealth of fitness, healthy lifestyles, as well as, experience the competitive elements of sport.

School Games Award

For the second year we have been awarded a ‘Silver’ Kitemark award which we are extremely proud of.

Here at Queen Emma Primary School we have a group of keen sports leaders. In the following weeks we will be seeing them support our Premier Sport coach at lunch times, to really promote a love of sports. This half term they will be helping with hockey coaching, to help develop upon skills and build confidence learning new sports.


Queens’ Federation: Physical Education Subject Statement


At the Queens’ Federation we aim to foster ‘Learning for Life.’

We will provide a rich, relevant and inspirational curriculum that promotes a lifelong love of learning and equips our pupils with the key knowledge and understanding, skills and personal qualities that they will need to thrive in a rapidly changing world. Our curriculum is designed to be relevant to our children and is linked to the context of our school and the local community.

Our Physical Education curriculum is designed to be progressive, developing pupil’s knowledge, skills, understanding and physical competence. It is our intent that all pupils will enjoy being physically active and build positive attitudes and resilience when involved in physical activities. The curriculum promotes the importance of a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet and ensures that pupils are aware of the link between physical activity and good mental health.  The curriculum also teaches pupils how to cooperate and collaborate with others as part of a team, understand fairness and demonstrate good sporting behaviour as an individual participant, a team member and a spectator.


Our curriculum covers a broad range of physical activities. Key knowledge and skills are mapped out across each year group. Unit planning and delivery of the curriculum is supported through the use of the New Cambridgeshire Scheme of Work for Physical Education. This ensures that pupils develop their knowledge of games, dance and gymnastics and athletics (across KS1 and KS2) and (in KS2) outdoor and adventurous activity and swimming progressively. The skills in these areas are developed systematically, building on previous learning and preparing for subsequent years. Pupils receive two hours of fun and active PE lessons every week.

In addition to Physical Education in curriculum time, we strive to provide opportunities for pupils to access extra-curricular physical activity through a wide range of sporting and active clubs. We also encourage active playtimes through the use of sports and playground leaders. All classes participate in the Daily Mile. Festivals and competitions ensure all of our children have the opportunity to take part in a range of sports both in and outside of school at a competitive or non-competitive level.

We view assessment as a holistic process, which takes place in every lesson through observation of, in questioning and in conversation with pupils and in the production of lesson outcomes. Physical Education assessment criteria set out the key knowledge and skills that a pupil should achieve at the end of each unit of work.


 At the Queens’ Federation, pupils will develop a keen interest in Physical Education. They will be able to combine physical skills with fluency and apply them consistently to a broad range of physical activities and sports. Our pupils will understand the importance of and take responsibility for leading a healthy and active life style. They will grow up to live happy and healthy lives utilising the skills and knowledge acquired through Physical Education. Pupil outcomes evidence a broad and balanced physical education curriculum and at the end of each year, pupils achieve age related expectations and retain the knowledge and skills learnt from each unit of work.

Yearly Overview

Below is a table of Physical Education topics for each year group by term:


Mile A Day

As we continue to evaluate and improve physical activity and healthy lifestyles, we have introduced ‘a mile a day’ for all children from year one to year six to take part in during the school day. This is proving to be a great way to provide brain breaks and promote physical activity.

Government Funding

Last year, the government increased the grant for schools to use to ensure all children are provided with as many experiences as possible. We strongly believe children should be exposed to these experiences in order to make their own decisions about what sports they enjoy and are talented at. This grant has been confirmed for the academic year of 2018-2019, therefore allowing us to continue to develop the subject and progression for all our children.

The grant is used to provide clubs that the children can participate in; before school, at lunch time and afterschool. Ensuring that all children can access a range of clubs with additional funding as required.
Competition for all ability groups has been increased since the funding has been available. We are also able to enter additional festivals and events that targeted children can attend.

CSSP Partnership

We have continued to invest in the CSSP partnership, which we use for a range of activities both during the school day and out of school: High quality coaching by specialist coaches are delivered to all classes form years one to six for a series of lessons. Which provides CPD for teachers to develop their knowledge and understanding of teaching PE, as well, as, motivate and enthuses our children taking part.

Competition and Festivals

We have fortunate that we have the luxury of being a Federation with Queen Edith Primary School and use this to offer further competition and festivals for groups and classes.

Competition has increased throughout the years and we are proud of the successes that we are continuing to make each year. This year sees the first Queen Emma football team and already we have entered our first tournament.

School Games Afternoon

Our School Games afternoons are an exciting chance for KS2 parents to celebrate the wide range of activities that we offer and are keen to develop. Providing opportunities for quality family memories to made and remembered.


Learning to swim is an important life skill. We organise lessons for all children in Year 5 and Year 6. These take place during school time and are a part of the school curriculum.

Information For Parents

PE lessons are included in the curriculum and the children actively participate in 2 hours per week of PE lessons. During some PE lessons we have secured additional coaching sessions taught by specialist coaches. The children have previously thoroughly enjoyed these sessions, as well as, accessed quality learning about a range of different sports.

A full PE kit must be worn for all PE activities. Every child requires a PE kit to be left at school until the end of each half term.  Please ensure that your child’s kit is clearly labelled with their name.

All jewellery should be removed before school on PE days.  Staff are not able to remove or help to remove earings.  If your child does not remove them before school please ensure that they can do this themselves.

Examples Of Learning

Mr Davies spent some time talking with children across the school about their experiences in PE.
In KS1, responses to PE are very positive. Children feel safe and enjoy participating in lessons. Children enjoy taking part in the daily mile, having fun with the activities and games now available on the updated track. Children said that when they find something tricky, their teacher would model the correct technique or choose volunteers to model an example.
In KS2, all children agree that they feel safe in PE lessons. They enjoy exercising together and recognise that lessons are adapted for them to make progress. When asked about the daily mile, children feel fit and healthy, have fun socialising with their friends and appreciate the ‘brain break’ from learning, helping them to reset. They like the competitive aspects of PE lessons and like having the chance to score points, encouraging them to make progress.

Earlier this term, several children from key stage 2 attended an adapted multi-skills competition at St Bede’s Primary School. Everyone worked together as a team and enjoyed the event.

We are very proud to share with you some photos of Queen Emma children participating in the Virtual Friendship Run. The run was accessed by all children from Reception to Year Six.

Reception took part in a Scavenger hunt and identified minibeasts along the way. Lots of fun and a good opportunity for the children to develop their social skills too.

Year 1

Year One experienced jogging with a friend and also looked out for those creepy crawlies along the way!

Year 2

Year Two made many achievements when walking and jogging for longer periods at a time and were determined to keep going

Year 3

Year 3 were able to build upon their stamina, with the majority of children moving continuously for fifteen minutes, by the end of the week.

Year 4

Year 4 challenged themselves to beat their personal best laps in fifteen minutes – what an achievement!

Year five enjoyed experienced the competitive elements of running by recording their times and laps and pushing themselves to do more each day.

Year 6

Grafham provided the Year 6’s with the opportunity to practise some physical activities they would not have a chance to otherwise.  Following intense safety instruction, we were able to engage in crate stacking, high rope activities and bmx biking.  Very enjoyable!

The Year 6’s have taken some time to practise their hockey skills in PE.  Well done to all!

Year 6 were keen to support each other to keep going and worked well with their friends to challenge one another.

Every class identified children to receive certificates for their involvement. With Year Six taking on the leadership role of voting for peers who they identified as most deserving.

Since returning to school in September, we have had a real focus on physical fitness, as well as, our well-being. Jaguar Class have thoroughly enjoyed Zumba sessions and this video is a celebration of all their efforts so far.

We have been considering our overall fitness, and have practised some one-minute skills to see how we can improve.