Physical Education


PE – Intent, Implementation and Impact


At Walsh Memorial CE Infant School, we teach Physical Education (PE) so the children can attain optimum physical and emotional development and good health. We intend to deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities that inspire all children to succeed in PE at their own level but also for them to feel that they can be challenged with their skills and have the opportunity to challenge themselves, taking risks (safely) in the process. We want to teach children how to co-operate and collaborate with others, understanding fairness and equity of play in order to embed life-long values. Our curriculum aims to improve the wellbeing and fitness of all children at our school, not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes. We want the children to enjoy and explore the physical experiences we offer, being curious about and questioning how they can use their bodies and equipment to the best effect and show persistence and resilience when undertaking these. We want the children to be motivated to engage with the PE experiences we offer so that they will want to continue to develop high levels of activity in their life outside school and into their future lives.



At Walsh Memorial CE Infant School, PE is taught following the aims and content of the Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage guidance and the National Curriculum Physical Education programmes of study: Key Stage 1. In the EYFS it is taught through cross-curricular topics, through a range of indoor and outdoor learning through play opportunities and discrete PE lessons. In KS1 it is taught through discrete PE lessons.

In the EYFS and KS1 our core teaching is through the Val Sabin scheme of work but units are also adapted and added to increase the physical opportunities for our children and ensure our characteristics of effective learning are demonstrated.

We teach Gymnastics, Dance, Games and Athletics in line with the National Curriculum but also teach using Write Dance and other physical opportunities eg obstacle courses using a variety of equipment. We also encourage the children to be active at playtime and lunchtime and employ lunchtime Play Leaders to encourage effective use of the available play equipment and to introduce active games.

We use both our indoor and outdoor environments and a wide range of resources to support the teaching and learning of PE. We use the PE and Sport Premium funding to bring in coaches to run workshops to increase the breadth of experiences for our children.

We run a yearly Sports Day in the Summer term which encourages participation and competition in races in the morning and introduces a range of sporting activities in the afternoon.


Our children will be active, fit and healthy and will have developed a love of PE and Sport that will extend into their lives outside of school and into their futures. We will have introduced the key physical and emotional well-being skills that can be transferred into more specific games and activities in their later educational and adult lives. They will be motivated, engaged athletes who can enjoy challenge and show resilience and persistence in their physically active lives.

Year One
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Autumn Games

  1. Ball skills and games
  2. Throwing & catching
Dance – Fog and Sunshine, Handa’s Surprise Gymnastics

  1. Jumping and landing
  2. Wide, narrow, curled
Spring Gym – Points and patches Dance – Magic Toys Games – Bat and Ball skills Rugby skills
Summer Toy story  Dance Castle Dance Athletics – Races and Sports Day practice. Athletics
Year Two
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Autumn Games throwing catching and making up games Making up games with a partner aiming hitting and kicking Dance cats, balloons and reach for the stars Nativity – Christmas play practice
Spring Gymnastics parts high and low Gymnastics pathways straight zig zag and curving Gymnastics Turning, spinning and twisting
Summer May pole dancing Athletics Races and Sports Day practice