Physical Education


At Chigwell Row, we aim to provide an engaging PE curriculum which allows all pupils to experience a range of activities and develop their health, fitness and wellbeing. Our curriculum provides high-quality physical education that inspires pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities, as well as become physically confident. We are a part of West Essex Schools Sports Partnership (WESSP) which provides opportunities to compete in a broad range of sport and other activities, build character, and help to embed values such as respect, care, fairness and success. As participants of these competitions, as well whole-school events, our curriculum promotes an enjoyment of physical education that develops alongside the children’s progress. 


The national curriculum for PE aims to ensure that all pupils: 


  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities 
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time 
  • engage in competitive sports and activities 
  • lead healthy, active lives 


Children are taught weekly by teaching staff using the Complete P.E scheme of work. At times throughout the year a sports instructor from the WESSP will also lead sessions for Reception, Year One and Year Two. The curriculum is further enhanced by participation in numerous sporting tournaments and events with other schools in the Trust which allow children of all abilities to participate. We also work closely with our local secondary schools who offer us coaching by qualified P.E instructors with the help of their GCSE students.

As an Active School, we aim to ensure that the children participate in active lessons outside of PE. For example, our Supersonic Phonics Scheme encourages the active participation of all pupils, including regular movement, to promote progress in their learning. Lessons across the rest of the curriculum are planned with consideration as to how the children can be active. As a school we also promote ‘Forest Fridays’, where children are taken to the forest to participate in a range of physical activities. These opportunities allow for cross-curricular links whereby children learn about how their physical development links to their health and wellbeing, and is reinforced with learning such as ‘5 ways to wellbeing’ and activities such as the Daily Mile. 

To promote enjoyment in physical education, children at Chigwell Row are given the opportunity to attend a range of after school clubs including: Dance, Gardening, and Dance and Fitness. 

We follow the guidelines set out by the national curriculum to ensure that we offer a range of PE activities that allow each child to feel challenged and offer all pupils the opportunity to progress further. 




As part of the EYFS statutory framework pupils are taught: 


  • Physical development: providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their coordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food. 
  • Moving and handling: children show good control and coordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively. 
  • Health and self-care: children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe. 

Key stage 1 

Pupils 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 are able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.  

Pupils are taught to: 

  • master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, 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. 

  • Each year group in Key Stage 1 will attend swimming lessons for one term, to learn about water safety. 



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

  • Assessing children’s understanding of subject-specific vocabulary through discussions before, during, and after lessons
  •  Images and videos of the children’s practical learning.
  • Interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice)
  • Observations of the pupils 
  • Adult questioning and prompting

Our PE Curriculum Overview

pe topic overview template.pdf