PE curriculum

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Physical Educatio
At Barclay Primary, we believe that physical education is a vital and unique part of the curriculum. It develops children’s knowledge, skills and understanding so that they can perform with increasing competence and confidence in a range of physical activities. Physical Education promotes an understanding in children of their bodies in action. It involves thinking, selecting and applying skills, and promotes positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle thus enabling them to make informed choices about physical activity throughout their lives. Please see the curriculum for a breakdown of the units taught in each year group.

PE in KS1 and KS2

Each class has a minimum of two hours' PE timetabled each week, with Activate sessions increasing this amount to over two hours. The school strives to offer pupils opportunities for games and sports clubs outside of the curriculum either through the provision of after-school clubs or directing children to other organisations and clubs that provide out-of-hours coaching.

The school also offers opportunities for pupils to compete in both intra- (in school) and inter- (between schools) competitions in a range of sports. We feel competition is an element of life and should be experienced within school. Dealing with winning and losing can then take place in the context of a learning environment.


Our children go swimming in Year 4 and Year 5. We use the facilities at Forest School, and they provide a professional swimming instructor to ensure children receive high-quality provision.

Key Stages
The curriculum is 
organised into blocks of years called Key Stages (KS). At the end of each key stage, your child’s teacher will formally assess their performance to measure your child’s progress.

PE in the Foundation Stage

In the Foundation Stage, the physical development of a child is designated a prime area of the new EYFS Framework. At Barclay, we provide children with the opportunity to take part in a range of activities, both indoors and outdoors, that offer physical challenge, using a wide range of equipment and resources as they work towards the Early Learning Goals in this area. Teachers use the age-related statements in the Development Matters document to assess pupil progress and plan appropriate activities.

All students must wear a PE kit. This includes either shorts or tracksuit trousers, and a T-shirt (preferably white). Jeans and casual clothes are NOT considered to be suitable. If a student does not bring or wear their PE kit, they will not able to participate in the lesson. Instead they will observe the lesson and write a commentary on what was taught. The school’s PE kit can be purchased via Marks & Spencer's uniform website.

If a student continually forgets or refuses to bring in a suitable PE kit, the teacher will contact the parents to discuss the issue. Disciplinary sanctions may be imposed on students who continually forget or refuse to bring in a PE kit for lessons.

All students are expected to participate in PE lessons; this includes swimming. Students who are not able to participate due to sickness or injury will require a note from the child’s parents/guardian. Should this be a long-term injury or ailment, then a doctor’s note or medical evidence will be required.