Physical Education

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 

At Kielder Primary School, we aim to inspire and engage children’s interest in sporting activities through providing a wide range of opportunities within school, after school and within the wider community. We also aim to develop an ability to remember, adapt and apply knowledge, practical skills and concepts to a variety of situations in and out of sport and to promote positive attitudes towards health, hygiene and fitness, inspiring children to want to live an active and healthy lifestyle.

We aim to promote the school’s values through sports and positively encourage children to share, respect, support, trust and work together. We also aim to help the children develop an understanding about links between physical activity and positive mental health.




We aim to provide a well-balanced curriculum that covers the statutory requirements for EYFS Curriculum. Opportunities are provided for children to be active and to develop their coordination, control and movement through moving and handling activities that involve the use of a range of equipment and involve different spatial experiences. Children have daily opportunities to play with the large stationary equipment on the yard alongside bikes and small PE equipment. They will also work alongside PE specialists to begin to develop the fundamentals of movement and being in control of their body.

KS1 and KS2 

The National Curriculum page 198 outlines the Programme of Study (POS) and states: At KS1 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. At KS2 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 PE Policy reviewed November 2021 understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success. 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. (National Curriculum, p198) 

Programmes of study are taught through a broad range of sporting experiences including outdoor and adventurous activities. By KS2, children will benefit from a range of competitive sport through School Games and through further inter-school competition. We work closely with neighbouring North Tyne schools to ensure that our pupils have the opportunity to experience sport in larger groups.

Swimming and Water Safety 

Swimming lessons are compulsory for all children at KS2. Children learn to swim with qualified swimming teachers at Wentworth Leisure Centre in Hexham. Swimming progress and assessments are reported to the Class Teacher online by using Swim England’s Swim Charter. Badges and certificates are awarded by class teachers based on the assessments made by the swimming teachers at Wentworth Leisure Centre. By the end of KS2, all children are expected to be able to swim at least 25m competently.

All children benefit from weekly sessions with Supastrikers North East, focussing on agility, control, teamwork, fair play and sportsmanship.



Children are assessed throughout each unit of work using formative assessment methods. These assessments are shared amongst staff to moderate and evaluate the impact of teaching and coaches who have worked with the children. 

Assessment in PE is used for a variety of purposes. At Kielder, we recognise the value of inter- and intra school competition and the ways in which it can be used to challenge children in a different environment. Sports competitions can also inspire ‘least active’ children and motivate them to want to compete. 

Assessments may be used to assist with the selection of teams to compete in these competitions. 

Assessment does not focus solely on skill acquisition, but also looks at the holistic development of the child. Teachers will make judgements based upon the children’s decision-making and their social and emotional development in a sporting context. 

Within lessons, children may have the opportunity to use ICT to record their achievements in PE and to enhance learning. This includes digital photography, video and slow motion replay applications on iPads. They have opportunities for self- and peer-assessment built into lessons regularly.