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Physical Education - The Subject Story



At Bourne, we provide a high-quality PE and Sports curriculum that enables all children to succeed and excel in a broad range of sports and physical activities. We aim to encourage the importance of being active and the value of developing life-long healthy lifestyles. Our provision intends for pupils to develop our sporting values of how to co-operate and collaborate with others, work as part of a team, understanding fairness and equity of play in competitive situations both in and out of school. We value the benefits of PE and sport in helping to build children’s self- confidence, self-esteem and self-worth, allowing all of our children to establish strong mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing.


PE at Bourne School provides challenging and enjoyable learning through a broad range of sporting activities. Our PE curriculum is sequenced to ensure progression of knowledge and skills, enabling children to build upon prior experiences and apply these to different activities. Specifically, Early Years and KS1 focus on core skills such as movement, throwing, catching and balancing. These are taught through initial team building and multi-skills development, building up to more team based games by the end of Y2. In KS2, children further develop their skills and knowledge in a broad range of focussed activities to include: rugby, football, basketball, netball, handball, hockey, tennis, cricket, stoolball, rounders, outdoor and adventurous activities, gymnastics, dance and athletics, health-related fitness and swimming.

Our long-term plan sets out the PE units taught throughout the year and ensures that the requirements of the National Curriculum are fully met.  Pupils participate in two high quality PE lessons each week, covering two sporting disciplines every half term. In addition, all children take part in the ‘Mile Run’, which aims to help children improve their fitness and help meet the government target of all children being active for at least 60 minutes a day.  We recognise that all children have diverse abilities and ensure that lessons are differentiated to promote an inclusive approach.

At Bourne, all children have the opportunity to take part in intra-house competition four times a year, competing for the school games values of: Passion, Self-Belief, Respect, Honesty, Determination and Teamwork.  Children also take part in inter-school competitive sporting events within the local area. This is an inclusive approach which endeavours to encourage less active children. These events also develop teamwork and leadership skills and are very much enjoyed by the children.

Every year, year 5 and 6 children are invited to apply to become Sports Captains for the school, leading break and lunchtime clubs and assisting our younger children on Sports Day.  We offer many extra-curricular clubs and specifically encourage out less active, PP and SEND children to attend. All children have the opportunity to perform in an annual whole school dance concert or festival, which helps develop their self-confidence and performance skills. 

Our in-house PE specialists provide regular CPD opportunities for all staff leading to increased staff confidence and improved teaching.  Children in Year 4 swim once a week for 10 weeks during the Autumn term. Any children who cannot swim are offered a top -up session in the Spring term. Top-up swimming is also offered to children in year 5 and 6.   Children are provided with equipment for playtimes and lunchtimes. They also have access to the climbing frame & outside gym. 


At Bourne our curriculum aims to improve the fitness and mental health and well-being of all children, not only through the sporting skills taught, but also through the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes. We help motivate children to participate in a wide variety of sports through quality teaching that is engaging and fun. We assess the children’s work in PE through observation, questioning, discussion and evaluation. Teachers monitor progress made by children against the learning objectives for their lessons. Children are encouraged to self and peer assess as this helps them to appreciate how they can improve their work, and what their targets should be for the future. We are also developing the use of IPads to help children with their assessment process. Formal recording of PE is also being trialled though the use of OTrack. The impact of a cross-curricular approach that promotes heathy eating and lifestyles combined with an active PE and Sports curriculum will enable our children to understand the importance this will have on helping them to live a happy and healthy life.

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