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Intent for Physical Education

At Oakfield Primary School we believe that Physical Education / Activity, experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is a unique and essential contributor to a pupil’s physical development, emotional well-being and good health.  We intend to deliver high quality teaching and learning opportunities that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel individual’s abilities in physical education both within lessons and through extra-curricular activities.


Through a broad and balanced Physical Education pupils can experience creative, competitive and challenging, individual and team activities, providing the opportunity to plan, perform and evaluate their actions.


Physical Education / Activity at Oakfield Primary School supports pupils in developing a healthy lifestyle, a positive growth mind set and the resilience to persevere with activities that may be once have felt too difficult.  We want to teach our pupils life skills – to build character by learning how to co-operate and collaborate with others as part of an effective team, understanding fairness and equity of play so that they show good sportsmanship whether they win or lose.


“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it” Michael Jordan


All pupils at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 have the opportunity to take part in two hours of high quality Physical Education teaching each week which includes a wide range of sports and activities within lessons and through our extra-curricular activities.  We also offer Swimming Lessons at Wickford Swimming Pool for Year 3 pupils throughout the year.  


Our Physical Education curriculum is centred around ‘Get Set PE’ programme and our long-term plan provides an overview of learning within each module for each year group.


At Key Stage 1, modules of work are planned for Physical Education beginning with fundamentals, ball skills and the key skills of sending and receiving, striking and fielding in Year 1 and 2.

All year groups follow modules linked to:

  • Gymnastics
  • Dance
  • Yoga
  • Fitness
  • Invasion Games, including football, tag rugby, netball, hockey, handball and dodgeball
  • Net and Wall Games, including tennis
  • Striking and Fielding Games, including Rounders and Cricket
  • Athletics

Pupils also take part in:

  • Outdoor Adventurous Activities
  • Swimming / Water Safety


Our ‘Progression of knowledge and skills in PE’ document outlines what pupils will be taught in each year group for each module of work. Within lessons teachers model key skills to be taught, using video clips to support this. Key vocabulary is introduced and reinforced, encouraging pupils to use it.


As part of our outdoor adventurous activities, pupils in Year 4 learn about orienteering; Year 5 pupils develop problem solving and teamwork skills through water-based activities at an outdoor pursuits centre; Year 6 pupils have the opportunity to take part in a residential visit to an outdoor pursuits centre where they face new experiences and challenges.


We aim to promote an ‘active playground’  by providing safe and stimulating areas in which children can play and be active, making facilities and equipment available for pupils to use at lunchtimes and breaktimes and encouraging pupils to be active at these times. We have installed a Trim Trail which is used by all age groups, an outside gym and have a range of activities within zoned areas to suit the needs and interests of our pupils. Year 5 pupils are trained as Play Leaders to support their peers on the playground.  All pupils have the opportunity to engage in a wide range of sports at lunchtimes.


We offer a range of physical activities for pupils of all ages, both competitive and non-competitive, throughout the year through extra-curricular clubs and activities both before and after school. 


Pupils compete in a traditional Sports Day in their houses led by the Sports Captains.  There is a full programme of sporting events including matches against local schools as well as District Athletics and Swimming competitions through our involvement in the School Sports Partnership.


We pride ourselves on the fact that Oakfield pupils understand what it means to be a ‘good sport’ whether they win or lose and they take pride in representing our school.  We liaise with relevant professionals to help develop physical activity pathways beyond school and provide pupils with relevant information about physical activity opportunities within the local community. 


Useful websites:

10-minute activities based on Disney films that count towards a child’s 60 active minutes per day:


Super Mover videos which help children move while they learn:


Videos delivered by teachers focussing on the PE curriculum which are accessible on YouTube. These have been commissioned by the Association for Physical Education:


NHS-Change 4 life website shares a number of links and ideas for fun home-based activities at home, many of which link with other curriculum areas:


Active kids do better – a range of ideas and resources to inspire families to do some physical activity together:


Sportshall athletics at home – the Home Pentathlon is a fun way for families to take part in adapted Sportshall Athletics events within their home environment: