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Brunton First School believe a high-quality PE programme develops knowledge skills and understanding so that pupils can perform with increasing competence and confidence in a range of physical activities.

The PE programme at Brunton First School aims to contribute to the personal development, health and well-being, enjoyment, success and achievement of all pupils across the curriculum and beyond. The PE programme will allow pupils to learn, think and make decisions in different ways in response to creative, competitive and challenging activities. PE will also help pupils to develop personally and socially through working in teams and undertaking different roles and responsibilities. To ensure that all the key skills are covered we teach dance, gymnastics, athletics and a range of net, wall and invasion games.

At Brunton we encourage children to take part in a variety of sporting competitions and we participate frequently in Schools Games and Gosforth Schools’ Trust competitions. We also endeavour to offer a variety of extra-curricular activities that encourage children to take part in sporting and physical activities throughout the year.

Our Aim

At Brunton First School, we aim to provide a high-quality, inclusive physical education curriculum, which inspires all pupils to have fun, succeed and excel in competitive and non-competitive sports. Our PE curriculum is planned carefully so knowledge and skills build upon children’s previous learning. We strive to create opportunities that support children’s health and well-being and encourages a life time enthusiasm for fitness and sport.

Underpinning our Physical Education Curriculum at Brunton First School are our curriculum drivers -:


Our Physical Education curriculum aims to provide opportunities for students with effective language experiences through the use of specialist technical vocabulary, questioning and evaluation of performance. Our curriculum provides opportunities for children to develop their speaking and listening skills enabling them to communicate effectively in group work, team games and other aspects of co-operative learning.

Successful Lifelong Learners (Metacognition):

Our Physical Education curriculum encourages children to develop physical literacy and to learn more about themselves. It supports the development of a range of important cognitive skills such as decision making, reflection, self-awareness and perseverance enabling them to become successful independent lifelong learners.


Our Physical Education curriculum aims to provide children with a variety of sporting opportunities that create pathways for them to continue to be active beyond school. We strive to develop links with outside agencies and clubs, which helps to generate positive interactions within our local communities. We aspire to raise the profile of PE within our local area by facilitating community events and local fundraising initiatives.

At Brunton First School, we understand the importance of providing our students with a Physical Curriculum that has the Fundamentals of Movement skills, agility, balance and coordination as its focus in order to participate in a wider range of physical activities. Our PE curriculum enables children to learn about themselves and take ownership of their own health and fitness lifestyle choices.

At Brunton, we strive to foster an environment that enables children to be active and lead healthy lifestyles. We recognise the importance of our children taking part in sports and physical activity to build friendships and help boost self- esteem in order to improve mental health and personal development. We create opportunities for children to engage in Healthy Active Lifestyle Festivals, city wide sports competitions and offer a variety of inclusive extra-curricular clubs.


EYFS pupils should begin to develop fundamental of movement skills, begin to become competent and confident in a range of opportunities, which extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others.

Pupils will be taught to:

  • show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements.
  • handle equipment and tools effectively and safely.
  • show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements.
  • move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space.


Key Stage One Pupils should develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.

Pupils will be taught to:

  • master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and coordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
  • participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
  • perform dances using simple movement patterns


Key Stage Two pupils should continue to develop fundamental movement skills, by applying their agility, balance and coordination skills to a variety of competitive and non-competitive games and activities.  They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.

Pupils will be taught to:

  • use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
  • play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
  • develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance (for example, through athletics and gymnastics) and perform dances using a range of movement patterns
  • take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
  • compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.


Our PE lessons should follow the following format:

  1. Fast recall (retrieval) of the previous lesson’s content (knowledge and skills).
  2. Warm up activity (reference to the purpose of a warm up).
  3. Introduction to the main element being taught. (This should include modelling and demonstrations)
  4. Children practise and explore the skills they have been taught. Teachers should intervene and set new challenges in order to support children and extend learning.
  5. Evaluation of skills, what we have learnt, what we found difficult and what we would like to improve.

Children are assessed in the fundamentals of movement skills of balance, agility and co-ordination by the Newcastle PE service at the beginning of each academic year. This assessment information is used by teachers to support children in accessing all areas of the PE curriculum. Therefore, every child regardless of background, gender, ethnicity, ability or any other personal characteristic is able to access PE at Brunton First School.


The Head teacher and PE subject leader play a central role in the monitoring and evaluation of the quality of teaching and learning across all year groups.

The monitoring strategy:

  1. Pupil voice is conducted to ascertain how children feel about their learning.
  2. Lesson ‘drop ins’ and observations take place in all classes throughout the year.

The subject leader is responsible for monitoring attainment and progress, the outcomes of which are collated in the subject leadership folder and fed back to staff at an appropriate time.