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Vision for P.E. at TAB:


"All children will leave TAB physically active and with the motivation and skill to participate in sport."


Principles for Physical Education Learning


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


Children take part in two hours of Physical Education 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, handball 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 and tablets to analyse performance.


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 lessons take place each week for a total of 2 hours: one hour indoors, another hour outdoors.


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 enrichment activities are also supported by pupil Sports Leaders, who have the opportunity to help plan, resource and even teach areas of sessions.


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


Resources to Support Physical Education Learning


Useful websites to support and extend learning at home include:



Safety in Physical Education


Risk Assessments are completed for all PE 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 activities


  • Community T-shirt
  • Royal blue shorts
  • White socks
  • Trainers/Plimsolls
  • (Tracksuit for outdoor PE 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 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 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 PE lessons.