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Progression in PE

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.

This Progression Document outlines the skills pupils should acquire in PE at each Key Stage


Physical Education Curriculum Overview



Swimming Curriculum

As part of the National Curriculum, all schools must provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2.

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.

At St John's we have scheduled our Swimming Curriculum for delivery in Year 3 - 5. Pupils in each year group have the opportunity to learn and develop their swimming skills over a half-term each year. These lessons are held at Bushy Grove Leisure centre for half a term each year. Lessons are delivered by specialist PE coaches.

Swimming Gala


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PE across the curriculum

In support of our school drivers, we aim to plan for PE Cross-Curricular opportunities.

The benefits of active learning in the classroom are widely acknowledged in a variety of areas of the curriculum. Not only does it allow core curriculum subjects such as maths to be taught in a fun and engaging way, but increases physical activity in children.

Our Gallery shows how PE has been incorporated within other subjects such as:

  • Science - Circularity system 
  • Topic - Tudor Dance lesson 
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Combining movement and learning, Burn2Learn activities demonstrate a more "creative" rather than "traditional" approach to teaching and learning.

This approach is based on the knowledge that children who are active are better at absorbing and retaining new information.

As a school, we have adopted this approach, incorporating it into our teaching day so as to help pupils become more engaged, motivated to learn and mentally resilient!

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