Ferney Lee Primary School

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Ferney Lee Road, Todmorden,
Lancs, OL14 5NR

01706 254848



Curriculum Overview

Physical Education at Ferney Lee

“A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel.”

National Curriculum, PE


Ferney Lee Primary School believes that Physical Education (PE) should be experienced in a safe and supportive environment and is essential to ensure children attain optimum physical and emotional development and good health. Physical education is an integral part of our curriculum that is inclusive and engages all pupils. We aim to deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities that inspire children to succeed and enable all children to achieve their personal best in physical education and in developing life skills. Children participate in competitive sport and we teach them to transfer schools ‘Rainbow Values’ to the sporting activity, ensuring they do their best and display good sportsmanship. We teach children important life skills to keep themselves safe such as swimming; we aspire for all children to leave primary school being able to swim at least 25 metres. We teach children how to cooperate and collaborate with others as part of an effective team, understanding fairness and equity of play to embed life-long values. Our curriculum aims to improve the wellbeing and fitness of all children at Ferney Lee, not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes.


Ferney Lee Primary School acknowledges the departmental guidance (DFE) recommendation that pupils should be provided with two hours of curricular PE per week.  Therefore, pupils at Ferney Lee have access to a minimum of at least one P.E. lesson a week. This is then often supplemented through additional physical activities and projects, including (for example) additional sports coach on Fridays, Friday enrichment activities - Judo, Dance, Circuit training etc 


Our PE Curriculum

At Ferney Lee Primary School, we ensure that our PE curriculum is progressive and allows children to develop fundamental skills and apply them to a variety of sports and activities. We help motivate children to participate in a range of sports through quality teaching that is engaging and fun. All children are provided with the skills and given opportunities to demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best. Each year we apply for the School Games Award.  This recognises high-quality provision in school with either a bronze, silver or gold award.  We regularly achieve the Gold Award for our high-quality physical education and school sport. Our pupils are physically active and this has positive implications on their learning within the classroom. Children understand how to lead a healthy lifestyle and understand the importance of exercise.

 We equip our children with the necessary skills to understand the values and importance of fair play and being a good sportsperson. We hope children enjoy PE and develop a love of sport and physical activity that they pursue outside of school, and in future life outside of primary school.

Learning covers main areas of Physical education as outlined by the National Curriculum.  Our curriculum is progressive throughout the school in both knowledge and skills, revisiting and reinforcing what they have learned when appropriate. 


We recognise the importance of physical development in the Early Years Foundation Stage as a key area of learning. There are two strands under Physical Development; Moving and Handling and Health and Self-care. 

▪ Moving and Handling: Children learn to develop good control and coordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space.

▪ Health and self-care: Children learn the importance of good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe.

Children in the EYFS access time and space to enjoy energetic play daily, using large portable equipment. Furthermore, specific Physical Development lessons give children the opportunity to practise movement skills through games with beanbags, cones, balls and hoops. Children participate in activities where they can practise moving in different ways and at different speeds, balancing, target throwing, rolling, kicking and catching. Children in the EYFS also work with a qualified Yoga instructor to support their coordination and mental wellbeing. The above skills and acquired knowledge are then be built on when children enter Key Stage 1. 

Physical education programmes of study: key stages 1 and 2
National curriculum in England

KS1 and KS2

Key stage 1:

Children 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 cooperative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.

Children are taught to:

▪ master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, 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 2:

Children should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. 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.

Children are 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]

▪ 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.


Extra Curricular opportunities

Ferney Lee Road, Todmorden,
Lancs, OL14 5NR

01706 254848