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Physical Education Curriculum Intent Statement

At Faringdon Infant School, the PE Curriculum is designed to give every child the physical literacy, emotional and thinking skills to achieve in PE, sport and life. We aim to develop pupils who will be physically active and can flourish in a range of different physical activities. Our child centred approach to teaching PE promotes challenge and support for every child.

The curricular and extra curricular opportunities enable pupils to experience a variety of physical activities to enable them to become confident active learners. The progressive skills development focuses on development of agility, balance and coordination, healthy competition and cooperative learning. Our aim is to develop pupils who have and maintain high levels of physical fitness and that lead a healthy lifestyle which is achieved by eating sensibly and enjoying exercising regularly.

The PE Curriculum at Faringdon Infant School encourages pupils to remain physically active for sustained periods of time and develop an understanding of the importance of this in promoting long term health and well being. It encourages a keen interest in PE, a willingness to participate eagerly in every lesson, promoting highly positive attitudes and the ability to make informed choices about engaging in extracurricular activities.

Our PE Curriculum is taught through fun, engaging topics and themes, focusing on pupil development through self, group and peer feedback whilst encouraging an ethos where pupils are celebrated and celebrate the achievements of others.

National Curriculum

Physical education programmes of study: key stages 1 


National curriculum in England


Purpose of study

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.


Attainment targets

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.


Subject content Key stage 1  

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.
Curriculum Implementation

At Faringdon Infant School we teach PE lessons through RealPE. It provides a unique, holistic, approach to teaching and learning. Lessons are fun and build on previous learning in each year group. Pupils are provided with opportunities to challenge themselves to improve on their own previous achievements. There are 6 multi-ability cogs - Personal, Social, Cognitive, Creative, Applying Physical and Health and Fitness - one for each term. Within each cog there are two fundamental movement skill foci which are repeated and built upon each year at individual levels. Each movement skill is taught using a thematic approach. Our Sunflower Nursery children start to be taught through RealFoundations where the 12 fundamental skills are taught and developed also through a thematic approach. See below for the curriculum map for each year group.  

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