Physical Education Policy

North Ealing Primary School

Documents Drawn on:

  • Curriculum 2014
  • Previous PE Policy
  • School Games Policy 2018
  • Youth Sport Trust Strategy 2018-2022

Statement of Intent:

‘A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way that supports their health and fitness.

Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect’ (National Curriculum 2014).


At North Ealing Primary school, we believe P.E can create a platform for pupils to develop many of the school learning values which enable them to become happy, healthy and active students. In P.E we combine our school learning values with the six school games values; Passion, Self – Belief, Honesty, Determination and Teamwork.

Our aims working alongside the national curriculum for physical education are to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • lead healthy, active lives.
  • (National Curriculum 2014).

Young people’s participation should be the essential foundation on which all other outcomes are built, by working together we can ensure every child has the opportunity to fulfil their potential and enjoy life-changing benefits that come from play and sport. YST outline six strategic objectives:

  • Transforming P.E’s place in the curriculum
  • Remove barriers and instil a love of sport based on a broad experience of participation, leading and volunteering in traditional and non-traditional sports.
  • Ensure an understanding of the value of physical activity and sport throughout life, unlocking every child’s potential.
  • Empowering activism, giving young people a voice to tackle issues of their generation.
  • Championing insight through research and physical study.
  • Strengthen foundations to ensure sustainability across the curriculum.

(Believing in every child’s future, Youth Sport Trust Strategy, 2018-2022)


Physical development:

  • To develop physical competence and confidence by acquiring and developing a range of fine and gross motor skills.
  • To be aware of the different shapes and movements that can be made with the body.
  • To develop knowledge, skills and understanding, and the ability to remember, repeat and refine actions with increasing control and accuracy.
  • To promote fitness and a healthy lifestyle by understanding the effects of exercise on the body and the importance of developing strength, endurance and flexibility
  • To appreciate the value of safe exercising.

Social and emotional development:

  • To develop a love of physical exercise.
  • To develop the ability to work independently and communicate with, and respond appropriately towards others using verbal and non-verbal communication.
  • To develop confidence in their own skills and abilities.
  • To promote an understanding of the safe practice, and develop a sense of responsibility towards the safety of themselves and others.
  • To realise that the right exercise for you can be fun and will give you energy for other things in life.
  • To create and plan games and teach them to one another.
  • To develop a sense of fair play.

Cognitive development:

  • To develop decision making and problem-solving skills.
  • To develop reasoning skills and the ability to make judgements.
  • To develop an increasing ability to select, link and apply skills, tactics and compositional ideas.
  • To develop the ability to communicate non-verbally with the body
  • To improve observational skills, the ability to describe and make simple judgements on their own and others’ work, and to use this knowledge and understanding to improve their own performance.
  • To understand that using the correct technique will improve accuracy and individual performance.
  • To be able to evaluate performance and act upon constructive criticism.

Spiritual, moral and cultural development:

  • To develop a positive attitude to themselves and others.
  • To experience a range of differing activities and realise that physical activity doesn’t have to be about winning a competition – doing your best is as important.
  • To be able to encourage others and give praise for their achievements so that when children perform they do not fear failure.
  • To treat your team, the opposition and the referee with respect.
  • To raise self-esteem through opportunities to celebrate sporting success.

The PE Curriculum:

Our NEPS P.E and Games curriculum is designed to create positive relationships with physical activity for life. In line with the National Curriculum, children will be included, challenged and supported through the basic skills of physical literacy working alongside the Real P.E programme of study. The purpose is to physically educate children through six main learning fundamentals; personal, social, cognitive, creative, physical and health.

Through these intentions, children will build confidence in all sports, as the skills, they have successfully developed through the school can be applied to many games. Children at NES will thrive in spirit and sportsmanship, creating ambitious and motivated lifelong learners. The extensive sporting opportunities children receive at NES provide a springboard for future possibilities thus allowing students to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.

We aim to provide a well-balanced curriculum which covers the statutory requirements for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and the PE National Curriculum.

In the EYFS, opportunities provide for children to be active and to develop their co-ordination, control and movement through moving and handling activities which involve the use of a range of equipment and involve different spatial experiences. Structured lessons and opportunities for outdoor physical activity are continuous throughout each day.

Pupils in both KS1 and KS2 engage in two hours of high-quality PE during the course of each week. In KS1 the curriculum focuses on fundamental movement skills to develop agility, balance and co-ordination. Curriculum content includes ball skills and team games, gymnastic and dance activities. At KS2 pupils continue to apply and develop a range of skills and units of work include a range of invasion,
net/wall, and fielding and striking games, gymnastics, dance, athletics and swimming. We also enrich children’s experiences through opportunities for outdoor and adventurous activities.

A range of resources is used to support progression across the curriculum including: the Create Development ‘Real PE’ Scheme via the Jasmine platform and sport-specific programmes.


  • All pupils, regardless of race, creed, gender, class, ability or disability are given the opportunity to participate in PE in a safe and supportive environment.
  • Teachers should be aware of the individual and differing needs of all pupils, including those with physical, emotional and learning difficulties as well as those pupils identified (or being monitored) as able and talented.
  • PE and School Sport enable pupils to work in a team, promoting respect and positive attitudes towards others.

North Ealing PE Kit:

Both staff and children must be aware of the need for correct clothing and of the dangers of inappropriate clothing. They must also appreciate why particular clothing and protection are worn for different activities.

    • Staff: appropriate clothing and footwear, e.g. trainers
    • Pupils: the ideal clothing for each activity is set out below:

Indoor Activity:

  • Plain navy or black shorts which are above the knee (no cycling shorts) – unless religious reasons dictate otherwise
  • North Ealing t-shirt
  • Plimsolls (no laces) or bare feet (if one child is barefoot then all children should be barefoot unless there is a good reason why they should not be)
  • Bare feet for apparatus work and gymnastics routines

Outdoor Games:

  • Same as indoor kit except for a change of socks and trainers optional
  • North Ealing tracksuit (if weather dictates)
  • No coats to be worn whilst in lessons

    In all the above activities:

    • No tights, cardigans are to be worn
    • Long hair must be tied back
    • Jewellery must not be worn, unless for religious purposes (covered with a sweatband)
    • Stud earrings or small sleepers may be worn if covered with tape or plasters
    • All watches, stiff headbands, hair slides and other sharp hair accessories are to be removed

      In swimming:

      • Close-fitting swimsuits (not two-piece)/trunks should be worn (not shorts)
      • A hat should be worn over long hair which should be tied up
      • A suitable towel should be taken to the pool
      • No goggles should be worn unless accompanied by a doctor’s note
      • Waterproof socks should be worn when necessary

        In outdoor pursuits:

        • As dictated by the activity (at the discretion of the teacher in charge)

        Medical boxes must be carried by the teacher to the site of any PE activity. Valuables should be locked away by the teacher in charge.

        Equal Opportunities, Able & Talented and Special Educational Needs:

        All pupils regardless of race, creed, gender, class, ability or disability will be given the opportunity to develop their physical skills and understanding in a safe environment. All teachers should be aware of the individual and differing needs of pupils including those with physical, emotional and learning difficulties, as well as those pupils identified (or being monitored as) able and talented.

        Implementation and Organisation:

        North Ealing Primary School is committed to encouraging children to work towards 5 hours of PE, School Sport and Club Links Activities. We achieve this by

        • Short, Medium and Long term planning which is available for all class teachers working alongside the EYFS Physical Development guidelines, Create Development (Real P.E) Jasmine platform with added extensions for KS2 pupils including OAA activities in local facilities.
        • P.E lessons work alongside units of work planned by Fit for Sport.
        • P.E which is taught primarily as a class or year group activity;
        • Opportunities given enable the children to perform and evaluate their own work and that of others;
        • Welcoming private sports clubs;
        • Swimming lessons offered to all children in Year 4;
        • Sports clubs run voluntarily by teachers and volunteers before and after school;
        • Running a week’s PGL residential trip in Year 6 where a timetable of Outdoor and Adventurous Activities(OAA) is followed;
        • Year 4 trip to Hillingdon Outdoor Activity Centre(HOAC) where team-building skills are developed and OAA are offered;
        • Running a competitive Sports’ Day every year (nursery to Year 6). KS2 sports day held at Perivale Sports Track to enable ‘Athletics’ style competition.
        • Competing in local football and netball leagues and tournaments;
        • Competing in other sporting activities organised by Willow Tree School Sport Partnership.


        • The impact of the school’s positive and inclusive attitude to PE can be seen in the uptake of the various sporting clubs which are run on the school site – both fee-paying clubs and those which are run by the staff.
        • A self-assessment survey will now be carried out which will look at the clubs and sporting activities which the pupils participate in both on and off the school site. This will give us an indication of the level of physical activity of our pupils compared with previous years.
        • There are now many physical activities on offer at lunchtime in the playgrounds (supervised by Fit4Sport) which are increasingly popular with the children.
        • We have a competitive Sports’ Day across the whole school from Nursery to Year 6. This is looked forward to by the children and is attended by many parents/carers with the ‘House’ which wins having a cup displayed, with their ribbon on, in the display cabinet all year.


        Participation in lessons is expected. The following procedures should be implemented when this is not the case:-

        • Pupils should, whenever possible, remain with class and be given relevant work
        • If failure to take part is due to not having their kit, then pupils should receive a P.E kit from medical room supply. (Suspended in COVID 19)
        • Failure to do the above will result in parent consultation.


        • Equipment: PE indoor equipment is available in the ‘old’ hall storage cupboard with equipment clearly labelled and stored in subjects. Outdoor equipment is placed within the Upper KS2 playground shed. Lunchtime equipment maintained by SMSA’s is located in KS1/Lower KS2 shed.
        • All should be maintained in an orderly fashion and checked at the end of each lesson by the class teacher and Fit for Sports Staff. Storage, collection and returning of apparatus to and from the correct place should be an integral part of the learning process and should be overseen by the class teacher.
        • The PE coordinator may be consulted to assist in all PE matters.
        • Space: 2 playgrounds (with netball courts on), main hall, old hall, adventure-style play equipment, access to Pitshanger Park (when needed) and Local facilities such as Will 2 Win, Pitshanger Football club pitches and Perivale Athletics track.


        • We consider an assessment to be an ongoing activity. Children should be observed and assessed as often as possible when engaging in physical activities.
        • Each unit of work is directly linked to the Create Development ‘Real PE’ Scheme and progress is measurable using this central core.
        • At the end of each unit, assessments are made using the level descriptors and noted for both individuals and classes.
        • Additional assessment is also undertaken by Fit for Sport staff using descriptors.
        • Feedback to parents is provided throughout the academic year and on the annual pupil’s report

        See also Policies on:

        • SEN
        • Early Years Foundation Stage
        • Equal Opportunities
        • Assessment and Record-Keeping
        • Teaching and Learning
        • Health and Safety
        • Able and Talented

        Lead responsibility
        Emily Jenkins
        Presented to Senior Management
        June 2020
        Presented to Staff
        September 2020
        The committee with oversight for this policy
        Curriculum & Standards
        Policy to be approved by the Curriculum & Standards Committee
        Autumn 2020
        Policy last reviewed by the Curriculum & Standards Committee
        June 2016
        Policy last ratified and adopted by Full Governing Body
        Policy / Document due for review