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Bayards Hill PE Curriculum Handbook


At Bayards Hill, we strive to create a culture which aims to inspire an active generation to enjoy PE, encourage each other and achieve. We provide a safe and supportive environment for children to flourish in a range of different physical activities which is essential in supporting their physical, emotional, spiritual, social and moral development.

At Bayards Hill we offer a dynamic, varied and stimulating program of activity to ensure that all children progress physically through an inspirational, unique and fully inclusive PE curriculum. We encourage all children to develop their understanding of the way in which they can use their body, equipment and apparatus safely yet imaginatively to achieve their personal goals. All children have the opportunity to enjoy being physically active, maintain a healthy lifestyle and use the medium of sport, increase their self-esteem. We aspire for children to adopt a positive mind-set and believe that anything can be achieved with determination and resilience.

The aim of Physical Education at Bayards Hill Primary School is to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles. Children are taught to observe and produce the conventions of fair play, honest competition and good sporting behaviour as individual participants, team members and spectators. Thus embedding life-long values such as co-operation, collaboration and equity of play.

Our PE Curriculum, along with PSHE and Science, teaches children about the importance of healthy living and learning about the need for good nutrition. At Bayards Hill we aim for children to develop the necessary knowledge and skills which will have a positive impact on their future by becoming physically active citizens to benefit their long-term health and well-being.


At Bayards Hill Primary School we use the RLT core teaching principles as well as the Rosenshine principles which is the basis of high quality teaching. Our PE curriculum is varied and long-term progression plans ensure that we meet the requirements of the National Curriculum. All pupils receive at least two hours of high quality PE using the vast outside space or school hall.  

Our PE curriculum is sequenced precisely to ensure progression of knowledge and skills throughout a child’s primary education, thus enabling children to build upon prior experiences and apply these fluently, with confidence. Children also have the opportunity to further these skills at after school sports clubs thus making club links within the community and development officers for specific sports. At Bayards Hill Primary School we endeavour to provide a broad range of activities based on children’s interests and new initiatives.

At Bayards Hill Primary School we enjoy the competitive nature of sport, we also appreciate and encourage the importance of children ‘having a go’ and promote positive experiences of being physically active and not always participating to win. We have an inclusive approach and value the importance of physical and mental well-being.

Children take part in a range of invasion, striking & fielding or net & wall games, we promote imagination and creativity in gymnastics and dance as well as provide opportunities for athletics using both indoor and outdoor environments plus outdoor and adventurous activities. Pupils are encouraged to take part in after school clubs.

Physical Education is fundamental in developing healthy lifestyles in young people and at Bayards Hill, we provide a wide array of opportunities to develop this and sporting skills outside of the normal curriculum time. Regular extra-curricular clubs are very popular and offer a wide variety of sports, including: Gymnastics, Football, archery and Rugby.

Playtimes are an important part of our pupils being happy, healthy and ready to learn. We have well equipped playgrounds, a sports field, and adventure playgrounds (trim trails), skipping ropes and an Outdoor Area specifically for the EYFS children. 

Also within our vibrant EYFS area we have many obstacles and equipment which was designed to provide opportunities for children to develop and improve fundamental skills using various body parts.

To develop leadership and communication skills, children in Years 5 and 6 will soon be able to apply to become a Young Sports Leader. This is a responsible role in encouraging younger children to learn how to play collaborative games, respecting rules and to be as active as possible during playtimes. Children selected are positive role-models for younger members of the school, organising lunchtime games and assisting with annual sports days.

At Bayards Hill Primary School we recognise the importance of being physically active throughout the school day so to reduce sedentary learning, the whole school embraced the Daily Mile program which is thoroughly enjoyed by both pupils and staff, children are fully engaged and enthused. 

The Daily Mile Program helps meet the government target of all children being physically active for 60 minutes per day.


To fulfil our vision by inspiring a generation, at Bayards Hill Primary School we motivate children to participate in a variety of sports which are engaging and fun. We inspire children to instinctively utilise skills and knowledge acquired during PE lessons, encouraging them to take responsibility for their own health and fitness thus developing a love of sport and movement leading to a happy and healthy life.


We aim to provide a flexible and progressive whole school curriculum with a clear Intent and progression of skills aligned to the National Curriculum. 

The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:


  1. Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities

  2. are physically active for sustained periods of time.

  3. Engage in competitive sports and activities

  4. lead healthy, active lives


Bayards Hill Primary School PE is currently in a transition period. Transitioning from S4A PE curriculum to the real PE program was purchased in Spring One term. We are currently running both curriculums picking and choosing units from each to ensure coverage and also ensure the continuity and quality of teaching. The school will be slowly but surely implementing the real PE program throughout the remainder of the 2021/2022 school year. At the start of the 2022/2023 school year the school will be shifting completely over to the real PE curriculum.


The sport outside the bracket is the primary sport to be taught, the sport inside the bracket is the alternative option only to be used if a class has, A. 2 lessons with S4A A week or, B. Wet play or unable to use the area needed for the primary lesson. Most Sports paired together are an inside and outside option to make this easier to happen. On the odd occasion (e.g. Term 1) uses two outside options. If wet play P.E is needed then the coach must decide on what sport to teach. Please vary this up over the year if needed to avoid repetition. Years R, 1 + 2’s topics are eligible to teach inside and outside meaning they have no alternative option. 


Year R+1

Term 1 / ABC'S 

Term 2 / Catching, Throwing, Rolling 

Term 3 / Jumping, Running, Balancing 

Term 4 / Dance

Term 5 / Dribbling, Ball Skills

Term 6 / Athletics 

Year 2

Term 1 / Jumping, Running, Balancing

Term 2 / Gymnastics

Term 3 / Dribbling, Ball Skills 

Term 4 / Invasion Games

Term 5 / Striking 

Term 6 / Athletics 


Year 3

Term 1 / Football (gymnastics)

Term 2 / Basketball (Circuit + indoor fitness)

Term 3 / Dance (Hockey)

Term 4 / Tag rugby (Gymnastics)

Term 5 / Cricket (Invasion Games)

Term 6 / Athletics (Rounders)

Year 4

Term 1 / Football (gymnastics)

Term 2 / Netball (Dance)

Term 3 / Hockey (Badminton) 

Term 4 / Gymnastics (Tag Rugby)

Term 5 / Tennis (Invasion Games)

Term 6 / Rounders (Athletics) 


Year 5

Term 1 / Football (swimming)

Term 2 / Basketball (Circuit + indoor fitness)

Term 3 / Dance (Hockey)

Term 4 / Tag rugby (Gymnastics)

Term 5 / Cricket (Invasion Games)

Term 6 / Athletics (Rounders)

Year 6 

Term 1 / Football (gymnastics)

Term 2 / Netball (Dance)

Term 3 / Hockey (Badminton) 

Term 4 / Gymnastics (Tag Rugby)

Term 5 / Tennis (Invasion Games)

Term 6 / Rounders (Athletics) 



Physical education programmes of study: key stages 1 and 2 National curriculum in England

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 coordination, 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

Key stage 2

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 understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.

Pupils should be taught to:

  • use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination

  • play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending

  • develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics]

  • perform dances using a range of movement patterns

  • take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team

  • compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best

Swimming and water safety

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.

Inclusion and SEND

At Bayards Hill Primary School, every teacher is a teacher of SEND. As such, inclusion is a thread that runs through all elements of Physical Education teaching, enhanced by collaboration between senior leaders, teachers, support staff, external agencies, parents and most importantly, the child. 

All pupils follow the National Curriculum at a level and a pace that is appropriate to their abilities. PE lessons are planned with appropriate scaffolds, adjustments and modifications to ensure that there are no barriers to achievement and progress, and pupils are supported with maximising their potential. Teachers plan and teach PE lessons tailored to the needs of their individual cohorts.


Assessment will take place in every lesson/unit taught and will be stored on the schools real PE account when required. This will be communicated to the teachers via notifications, conversations and spreadsheets with results. These documents will become available to teachers as the year and units progress.

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