Hayesdown First School

Striving for excellence together

Physical Education

At Hayesdown First School, our key aim is to inspire EVERY child to be passionate about Physical Education and Sport.  We believe that Physical Education and sport is for everyone! We recognise the importance of PE and the role it plays in promoting long term, healthy lifestyles. PE is at the heart of our school and we aim to give ALL children a love for PE, sport, physical activity and a healthy lifestyle that continues throughout their lives.


Our PE lessons at Hayesdown First School are devised from the Primary PE Planning online Platform. This allows for the aims of the National Curriculum to be delivered with structure and consistency across the school.  The planning has been developed so that progression is built into the scheme (an exciting learning journey from Early Years through to LKS2). This ensures our children are increasingly challenged, inspired and motivated in ALL PE lessons.  We believe that mastery is paramount allowing ALL children to feel confident and motor competent when learning key skills. Our children receive an inclusive, broad and balanced programme of PE which is mapped to ensure that they participate in a wide range of activities.

PE is an essential part of the curriculum and through our PE lessons children develop their physical literacy and key skills, giving them the tools to become physically confident and motor competent.  Our High-Quality PE curriculum focuses on the whole child, developing their physical, social and thinking skills. Our PE is provided in a safe and supportive environment contributing to a child’s physical and emotional development and health and wellbeing.

We provide opportunities for the children to compete against themselves and others during PE lessons, building character and developing key values including fair play, respect, communication, collaboration, commitment, leadership and teamwork.

Our school aims are linked to those in line with the PE national curriculum, which are to ensure that all children:

  • Develop competence in a broad range of physical activities
  • Are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • Engage in competitive sports and activities
  • Understand how to improve in different physical activities and sports and know how to evaluate and recognise their own success.
  • Lead healthy, active lives


Children develop a sense of responsibility through the use and return of equipment at play and lunch times. The children represent their school responsibly in many different sporting forums throughout the year.
ENTHUSIASTIC: Children engage in lessons, festivals, clubs and inter/intra sport competitions enthusiastically. They bring their enthusiasm to lessons, clubs, festivals and competitions.
AMBITIOUS: Children strive to develop their skills in PE lessons and in each sporting activity accessed. These skills can be transferred and developed outside of school through the uptake and joining of clubs/hobbies.
CONFIDENT: Children are confident to coach each other in lessons, to look for developments and strengths in each other’s work.  They are confident to develop their skills outside of school in a chosen sport.
HAPPY & HEALTHY: Children have a clear understanding of how to stay and be healthy and how sport can contribute towards keeping us happy in our daily life and into the future.

Pupil Voice at Hayesdown:

Reception – I love working in a group with my friends.

Year 1 – I like PE because it makes me feel strong and happy.

Year 2 – If I find something tricky, I can ask a friend or the teacher for help and then I feel more confident.

Year 3 – I really enjoy PE because I like being active and I feel happy and healthy.

Year 4 – Our PE lessons are fun because we can watch videos which explain the warm up and different activities.

Curriculum Progressions

The PE Curriculum Overview can be found here: 2023-2024 PE Curriculum Overview

The Skills Progression model can be found here: PE Curriculum Progression Model

The PE Policy can be found here: HFS PE Health and Safety Policy


PE supports our schools aim to place reading at the heart of the curriculum by instilling a love of sport for a child enabling them to find texts, books and magazines that are of interest to them and find out information on different sportspeople and how they have become resilient in their journey to success. Children will also read sports reports and scores linked to games and will successfully be able to identify which player has scored, which team has won and who their next opponent could be and where in the world this match may take place.