At Elmhurst the skills, values and opportunities created through Physical Education play a vital part
in the daily lives of our children. Physical activity not only has a positive impact upon academic
learning but also the physical, mental and emotional well-being of our children.
The Physical Education curriculum within the school inspires all pupils to thrive and excel in skill,
understanding, competitive sport and aesthetic challenges of physical activity. Engaging in a broad
and balanced PE curriculum, enables all pupils to grow in competence and confidence, being
challenged to embrace roles beyond the learner such as umpire, coach and official. PE also provides
plentiful opportunities to build and mould character, embedding key transferable values such as
equality, teamwork and respect which can be applied throughout the curriculum.
Imparting an appreciation of school sport provides all children with a sense of belonging, witnessing
the power of sport in bringing together not only school but also the local and global community
through various sporting events. The range of skills and activities delivered including; athletics,
games, dance, gymnastics, OAA and swimming allow children to explore a range of positive
experiences, which provide a healthy foundation to build upon instilling a life-long understanding of
the benefits of an active lifestyle.

Elmhurst upholds the government requirement of delivering a minimum of 2 hours of physical
activity per week. Purposeful learning is delivered through modelling of key skills and self-exploration
of rules and tactics. In addition, extra curricular opportunities are available.

We aim to ensure that pupils:
● Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
● Play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball,
cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for
attacking and defending
● Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics
and gymnastics]
● Perform dances using a range of movement patterns
● Take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
● Compare their performances with previous ones using subject specific language and
demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best
● Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
● Use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
● Perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations
We believe our children will:
● Participate in physical activity for sustained periods of time.
● Achieve a sense of enjoyment from being physically active, appreciating the benefits of
healthy lifestyles.
● Demonstrate the values of equality, teamwork and respect, highlighting the discipline that
sport can provide.
● Develop an awareness of fair play and sportsmanship enabling pupils to work effectively in
competitive and cooperative situations.
● Engage in the processes of evaluating, reviewing and improving performance to achieve
personal best.
● Engage in opportunities to compete and perform, having access to exit routes to encourage
life-long activity.

Progression maps

PE long term overview

PE Vocabulary progression


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