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Physical Education


At The Southwater Infant Academy we aim to create a positive relationship with physical activity for life, through the development of fundamental skills. We endeavour to develop children’s awareness of a healthy life style associating this with our wellbeing, happiness and welfare. In line with our own values we have adopted the philosophy offered by the Complete PE resource, in partnership with Youth Sports Trust. Complete PE is an interactive online resource that enables educators to plan and deliver high quality lessons. This ensures that we develop our children’s physical, cognitive, social and emotional success’ in all areas of Physical Education.


In the Foundation stage, PE is taught through Dance, Gymnastics, Ball skills and competitive games. In Key Stage One children continue to build on these skills, whilst introducing Team building and Health and Wellbeing, developing and applying these skills into games and activities. Our PE curriculum, with the support of Complete PE, is planned to cover the progression of skills, knowledge and coverage from Development Matters for the EYFS and The National Curriculum for Key Stage One.  Our PE curriculum has been developed with cross curricular links in mind and the sequences have been selected to match year group termly topics, where possible. The sequences of learning provide our children with opportunities to re-visit prior learning and build on their skills and knowledge as they move through the Academy.

The success criteria within each of the sequences of learning is aligned with The National Curriculum and Development Matters. Accompanying the success criteria, Complete PE offers multiple videos of support for students and teachers, alongside learning support cards for almost every sequence.

The term ‘sequence’ is used as an alternative for ‘lesson’, this allows classes’ and individuals to work through the sequences at their own pace meeting any specific individual needs. The sequences offer challenges to all pupils, highlighted in the success criteria and supported with questioning and videos. The assessment tool enables teachers to complete quick and meaningful summative assessments. By using the success criteria embedded within the sequences of learning, teachers can make logical and informed assessments of pupil progress.

Throughout our PE lessons children across the academy develop skills in balance, coordination and agility. We feel it is essential that every child learns how to compete and develop key skills associated with competition. Our children will compete against themselves aiming to improve performance. They will carry out indirect competitions with an opponent and direct competitions against opponents with varying degrees of social and physical interaction. We aim to embed our core values of respect, kindness and honesty through the opportunities provided in the PE curriculum.

Children have lots of opportunities to develop and apply their skills at playtime with a range of opportunities developed by the play leader. There is a real sense of love for PE throughout the academy. This is reflected through the high demand for extra-curricular sports clubs.


By the end of Key Stage One, the children at The Southwater Infant Academy have a real enthusiasm for PE. They develop their fundamental skills of agility, balance and coordination. They will be confident to apply their physical skills independently or cooperatively with others in a creative or competitive manner. They will understand the importance of a healthy life style and actively make choices to implement their understanding. The children will aspire to achieve their best in sport, and will leave the academy with an ambitious attitude that fosters a positive wellbeing. ‘School Sports Premium’ has provided opportunities for PE and sport to be enhanced ensuring all of our children experience high quality PE and sport.

View our Curriculum Statement