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Philosophy and Approach

At our schools, we believe giving children the opportunities and knowledge to develop a lifelong love for sport and exercise and to identify its value in their futures for their physical, social and mental health. Our philosophy can be split in to three areas:

  • Knowledge– We aim for pupils to become PE literate, to identify and discuss the effects of sport on their lives and to learn the rules and skills needed to partake in competitive games.
  • Opportunities– we offer diverse opportunities for pupils to engage in exercise, both competitively and noncompetitively, to experience a wide range of ways to be active and hopefully find their passion. In the past year this has included skateboarding, cycling, gymnastics, horse riding, ice skating and archery.
  • Competition-We have a passion for physical activity and sport – our target each year is for every child in the school to represent their school at an inter-school sports event. From this, we have experienced success in both developing our pupils’ confidence and self-esteem whilst also encouraging competitive spirit, kindness, respect, resilience, leadership and perseverance.

What you will see in PE lessons

We use Complete PE to aid our planning of PE, alongside the expertise of specialist coaches. Our curriculum consists of carefully planned out units of work that build on prior skills and deepen children’s knowledge and physical skills. It begins in EYFS where fundamental movement skills are taught.  In KS1 these skills are built upon and children begin to apply these skills to play simple team games. In KS2 children develop this further to learn and explore tactics and skills needed for competition and games.

Our curriculum aims to give children the opportunity to try new things whilst also deepening their disciplinary knowledge. It is wide and varied, covering: striking and fielding, net and wall games, dance, gymnastics, multi-skills and athletics. To complement this, we give our pupils the best possible opportunities through drawing on outside expertise such as Skip2BFit, bike proficiency courses, sports coaches and professional gymnastics teachers.

During their time at school children attend swimming lessons where they work towards the goal to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres. Additional opportunities to play competitive sport are also provided through seasonal lunchtime and after-school clubs over the course of the year: including freestyle football, running, dance, football, cricket and many more.


Through PE activities, our children are able to develop not only specific PE knowledge but important values in life such as, endurance, teamwork, perseverance and sportsmanship.

Through careful monitoring and pupil voice we monitor the impact of our initiatives and our progress in developing confident, courageous and healthy pupils. Each year we work towards the school games mark, which is a government led initiative to recognise and reward schools for developing sports across the community. We are proud to have our schools achieve gold for 2022/2023.

PE Progression Document

Cornerstone PE Subject Policy

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