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At Wanstead Church School, our PE lessons progress systematically to ensure all children are physically active and develop skills in a broad range of activities, while developing a love of competitive sport and movement. Children learn the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle, which contributes to their wellbeing throughout their lives.  


We develop Wisdom, Compassion and Strength in our PE curriculum:


Wisdom: Our PE curriculum ensures our children understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle. There are plentiful opportunities to develop positive attitudes and to learn fundamental movement skills of agility, balance and co-ordination. Our PE curriculum enables children to practise skills alone and in teams, and empowers them to be leaders, organizing, officiating and evaluating what needs to be done to improve, motivating and instilling excellent sporting attitudes in others.


Compassion: Our PE curriculum guides children to be able to receive feedback, which enables them to improve their own and others’ performance. Our children learn to work in a team taking account of others' views and feelings in order to develop imagination and creativity in their techniques, tactics and choreography. Our curriculum ensures children learn fairness, respect and teamwork.


Strength: Our PE curriculum is designed to develop both physical and mental strength. It provides opportunities to develop a love for being active to the best of their ability and a commitment to being physically active for sustained periods. Our curriculum nurtures an understanding of the importance and benefits of following a healthy lifestyle as well as encouraging the confidence to try new sports. Through competitive sports and teamwork, our PE curriculum builds children’s character and empowers them to shine their light in the world.



A wide range of sports and activities are delivered from Nursery to Year 6 enabling children to develop their knowledge and skills in physical education in a variety of different areas. The Progression and Skills Ladder ensures children continue to build on prior knowledge and gain new knowledge and skills as they continue through the school. In addition, teachers receive CPD whilst the sessions are being delivered. PE lessons take place twice a week for all children, with active lunchtimes in Key Stage 2 an additional opportunity for children to embrace and enjoy sports.



Our PE Curriculum is high quality, well thought-out and is planned to demonstrate a progression of skills and knowledge from EYFS to Year 6.  It offers children a wide variety of opportunities to take part in different sporting activities. We focus on progression of knowledge and skills in the different physical activity areas and, like other subjects, discreet vocabulary progression also forms part of the units of work.


We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:


  • A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes.
  • Child discussions about their learning.
  • The annual tracking of standards across the curriculum.


The impact of our PE curriculum is also measured in the uptake of our sports after school clubs and participation in inter school sports competitions.  Each year we aim for 85% of children to have attended a sports club or competed against another school in a sport.  Participation levels are tracked by the PE Subject Leader.

PE Curriculum at Wanstead Church School