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Physical Education (P.E.)

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At Broom Barns, we recognise that taking part in regular physical activity contributes to maintaining a healthy body.  We hope that this will lead to the development of a lifelong commitment to being physically active.


It is our intent at Broom Barns School to teach pupils the skills that will positively impact on their future. We aim to deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities that inspire all students to succeed and enjoy physical activities. We believe that through PE pupils will gain all the tools to become R.I.C.H and we aim to embed life-long values and love for PE and healthy lifestyles. Pupils are expected to achieve in their lessons and make good progress across the subject.


Pupils at Broom Barns participate in high quality PE lessons twice a week. Our PE curriculum includes a variety of sports to ensure all students have the chance to develop their skills, gain confidence and find a sport they love. We provide opportunities for all pupils to engage in extra-curricular activities, before, during and after school, in addition to competitive sporting events, WOW days and work with local coaches such Stevenage Sporting Futures and Fit Kidz. We have an inclusive approach that creates opportunities for every pupil to participate and achieve. We aim to encourage not only physical development but also physical, health and social well-being. Through well-structured, fun and high quality teaching and learning pupils will engage in lessons and thrive in their learning environment.


Our PE curriculum aims to improve the skill base, knowledge wellbeing and fitness of all not only through the sporting skills taught, but also through the values and disciplines, PE promotes. We believe that good PE teaching can lead to the development of pupils in a range of different ways Our impact is to motivate students to use these underpinning skills in an independent and effective way in order to live happy and healthy lives.


In the Early Years the curriculum focuses on children’s physical development, teaching and developing the fundamental skills of movement, balance, coordination, flexibility and agility. P.D. (Physical Development) is aimed at supporting children reach their early learning goals including moving and handling, health, fine and gross motor development, social confidence and emotional development and making relationships. P.D. in the EYFS is largely taught through providing opportunities for play both indoors and outdoors.  Adults support children in developing their core strength, stability, balance, spatial awareness, co-ordination and agility giving the children the chance to explore, learn and have fun in a safe environment.


In P.E the main aim is to develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities, to be physically active for sustained periods of time and are given the opportunities to engage in competitive sports and activities. In PE the opportunity to take part in a range of activities including gymnastics, dance, games (such as cricket and basketball) and athletics.

Through these activities children develop their fundamental 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 and perform dances and routines using simple movement patterns.

Lower KS2

In P.E Pupils build on prior knowledge from the previous years and are expected to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways. Children are expected to use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination, play competitive games, and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending, develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance, perform dances using a range of movement patterns, take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.

Children in Year 3 take part in swimming sessions aimed to teach them to 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 and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.

All children have the opportunity to compete in intra school competition that can lead to representing the school at inter school level.

Upper KS2

At upper KS2 the children continue to develop, achieve and excel and a range of different skills and techniques across dance, gymnastics, athletics, games and OAA. Pupils are encouraged to not just focus on the physical skills its self but to take a holistic approach to their learning this includes suggesting an improvement for performance, independently compose creative sequences that show imagination in creativity, demonstrate leadership and team work and use tactical knowledge and planning in game situations.

The children are given opportunities to lead and create at lunchtimes with the option to become a play leader, supporting other children across the school to engage with physical activities

The children learn about active and healthy lifestyles and are able to explain their importance.  All children have the opportunity to compete in intra school competition that can lead to representing the school at inter school level.