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Woodside Primary School

Physical Education (PE)

At Woodside Primary School, we aim to provide children with the skills, habits, and knowledge to not only become healthy, stable and contributing members of society, but also leaders of the community. Physical Education instils the core values that ensure our children are educated to live a healthy lifestyle and are enthused to continue into adulthood. Through curricular PE, extra-curricular physical activity, play and competitive sport, we aim to develop children’s physical, social and cognitive literacy to obtain the skills and knowledge in health and sport.

Our PE curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils develop the fundamental skills and competence to excel in a wide range of physical activities by providing a broad and balanced curriculum with opportunities and experiences for all to be enjoyed. A high-quality curriculum will develop physical literacy and will allow pupils to learn about themselves, the importance of a healthy lifestyle, self-expression and concepts such as fair play and respect. It also contributes to the development of a range of important cognitive skills such as decision-making and analysis, and social skills such as teamwork and communication.

Our PE curriculum will be inclusive and ensure that pupils of all abilities access activities where they are physically active for sustained periods of time, in order to encourage them to lead healthy lives. Opportunities will be provided for pupils to take on leadership roles where they can build character skills and embed values such as responsibility, honesty, confidence and respect.


The Woodside PE curriculum focusses on:

  • The underlying skills needed to achieve any physical activity, through a fundamental skill focus, whilst ensuring our learners are confident and competent to lead, be creative and compete across a number of disciplines.
  • Through quality teaching and learning across the global curriculum and school life, children will be given formal and incidental experiences of health and well-being, in order to ensure a holistic health education.
  • Children will also learn to collaborate with their peers and the community, by displaying excellent leadership through the application of their knowledge and skills into a real life context (coaching, officiating, leading).

How we will know we are successful:

Through the curriculum, we aim for children’s knowledge and understanding of the importance of a healthy lifestyle through making healthy choices during break and lunch times, choosing to be physically active as opposed to sedentary, and will be able to justify their healthy choices.

Children will be taught the physical, social and cognitive skills to continue engaging in physical activity throughout their lifetime through high quality teaching and learning.