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Principles for Physical Education Learning


Physical Education (PE) is vital part of the curriculum where children develop their skills and knowledge through a range of sports. They also learn about improving health and looking after the body.


Children take part in two hours of Physical Education (45 minutes) and Games (1 hour and 15 minutes) each week. They learn new skills and develop existing techniques in order to take part in a range of different sporting disciplines. At Thomas A Becket Junior School, we aim to make learning fun and exciting by providing opportunities for all pupils to enjoy Physical Education in a safe but challenging way. During individual events such as Gymnastics, Dance and Athletics, pupils learn how to analyse performance, improve technique and challenge themselves. When taking part in Invasion Games (Football, Rugby, Netball, Hockey and Basketball), pupils work as part of a team, learning to communicate with others, cooperate and develop their leadership skills. Our outstanding facilities include a range of indoor and outdoor playing surfaces.


Learning and coaching are also supported by the addition of Information Technology such as video cameras, tablets and handheld devices.


Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development & British Values within Physical Education Learning


Examples of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education in PE and Games include:


  • Students reflecting on values surrounding competition
  • Students learning to handle success and defeat with dignity
  • Giving time to listen to other people's opinions and giving feedback
  • Students being introduced to tactics and strategies in sport
  • Students developing their moral stance through developing a sense of fair play and positive sporting behaviour as well as reflecting on the need for rules
  • Students explore how sports can bring people from different cultures together
  • Students experiencing different roles and the emotions that go with each role
  • Students are challenged to increase their personal fitness and know the role in society of being healthy and active and free from illness/disease
  • Students learn that sport has rules to keep people safe as does society for the same reason
  • Students are challenged to give 100% effort in lessons and have an ethos of encouraging others as they should in life
  • Students are asked to reflect on their actions and how this affects others in a team
  • Students are taught to believe in themselves and what they can achieve if they have a ‘can do' attitude


Organisation of Physical Education Learning


The PE teaching in school is based around a model of practice, challenge, development and excellence. PE and Games lessons take place each week for a total of 2 hours: PE is 45 minutes each week and Games is 1 hour and 15 minutes each week.


In year 5, pupils also participate in statutory swimming lessons. At the beginning of the year, all pupils are assessed for their confidence in the water as well as their ability to swim. Following this, the pupils are then split into groups. These groups attend swimming sessions together throughout the year. This organisation ensures that all children receive the best provision in order to meet our ambitions for a school by the coast: being able to swim further than National Curriculum expectations using a variety of strokes confidently.


Teachers plan and resource lessons to suit the needs and abilities of each individual child and the lessons are designed so that there is a clear progression of skills that runs across each year group. Where relevant, planning is linked to the year group topics. Long term planning and a skills continuum are developed by the subject leader.


Lessons and extra-curricular clubs are also supported by pupil Sports Leaders, who have the opportunity to help plan, resource and even teach areas of sessions.


During their time at TAB, pupils will learn skills in Gymnastics, Indoor Athletics, Basketball, Dance, Netball, Hockey, Rugby, Football, Athletics and Health-related Fitness. Invasion Games are divided into four main areas – “Passing and receiving”, “Moving (with the ball)”, “Defending” and “Game play”.


There are also numerous opportunities for inter-school and intra-school competitions in all years.


Skills Development in Physical Education


Underpinning the planning of Physical Education at TAB is a carefully developed skills continuum that was created to ensure that all pupils are taught the correct knowledge and skills they need at the right stage. Teaching is adapted to suit the individual needs of all children and a wide range of equipment is available to help develop confidence and improve outcomes.


We believe that by the time that pupils reach year 6, they have a deep understanding of a wide range of different sporting events. We also aim to provide a platform where all pupils are able to reach their full potential whether that is playing a sport or taking a role in leadership, coaching or officiating.


Assessing Physical Education Learning


We regularly assess pupils in all aspects of PE and Games at a number of stages throughout the year. In some areas, the pupils are able to self-assess and use this knowledge to help them analyse and improve their own performances. Assessment information is also used to ensure that teaching is adapted to suit the individual needs of all pupils.


In some areas of Physical Education, this assessment information is used to group pupils based on their ability, this has provided opportunities for the more able pupils to be challenged further and the less able pupils to receive some more generic teaching in an environment that they feel more comfortable in.


Enrichment of Physical Education Learning


Children have the opportunity to take part in any of the many sporting clubs that take place throughout the year. These extra-curricular clubs are provided by colleagues from TAB as well as external agencies. All pupils who attend these clubs have the opportunity to represent the school in matches and tournaments throughout the county.


Pupils who are identified as Higher Attainers in PE or Games are also given the opportunity to take part in a number of enrichment activities across Worthing.


Resources to Support Physical Education Learning


Useful websites to support and extend learning at home include: 


Physical Education in Action


“I enjoy doing athletics because it’s really active and it helps you increase your stamina.”

Esme (Year 6)


“I like football because it makes you fitter and it’s really fun when you play matches.”

Denon (Year 6)


“I like that we have lots of sports clubs on offer because it allows children to explore what sport is best for them. It allows them to keep fit and healthy.”

Alex (Year 6)

Safety in Physical Education


Risk Assessments are completed for all PE and Games activities with equipment being checked before use by staff. The changing rooms are monitored by staff and children are expected to keep these rooms tidy using the lockers provided.


Children must wear the following for PE and Games activities


  • House T-shirt
  • Royal blue shorts
  • White socks
  • Trainers/Plimsolls
  • (Tracksuit for outdoor Games in cold weather)
  • (Gum shields are strongly recommended for Hockey, and shin pads for Football and Hockey)


Correct school PE kit should be worn for all PE/Games lessons. Please note that West Sussex County Council regulations do not allow the wearing of any kind of jewellery (earrings; studs; watches; neck chains; bangles; etc.) during any PE/Games lesson or other organised physical activities. Jewellery may only be worn on medical grounds e.g. when a child has recently had an ear pierced. If this is the case, please inform us in writing. Plaster tape may then be used to cover the ear.


If you intend to have your child’s ears pierced, please do so at the start of the summer holiday, and ensure that s/he can remove and insert his/her own earrings by the time the new term starts in September.


Hair must be tied back during all Games/PE lessons.