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At Southwold we believe Physical Education is an essential and integral part of the whole school curriculum. Through PE and Sport our children learn to develop the important qualities of discipline, resilience, communication, team work, and ambition, leading to improved concentration, attitude, and academic. Our mission is to improve and increase the quality of high quality PE for pupils, to show how PE can enhance pupils’ attainment and achievement and to create pathways for them to continue to be active beyond school.

Through the study of Physical education, children are able to develop the fundamental skills and competence to excel in a wide range of physical activities. The children will grow in the knowledge and understanding of how important PE is, which will help to develop links to outside agencies and clubs and generate positive interaction into the community and world we live. We want all children to experience skills in leadership, teamwork, combining techniques, being physically active, developing techniques, improve performances and to develop practical skills in order to participate, compete and lead a healthy lifestyle.


As a school we aim to embed a secure knowledge and understanding of the learning objectives through fun, engaging practical sessions that all children can be a part of and enjoy. Each PE lesson will be motivational for the children to be enthusiastic about their learning with high expectations of outcome. PE lessons are delivered by an external PE sports coach, who follows the National Curriculum (NC) expectations through schemes of work provided by the external company Progressive Sports.

Children take part in PE lessons each week and every class receive a variety of indoor and outdoor PE sessions that meet the NC requirements.

In EYFS, we support the children to develop their gross and fine motor skills through weekly PE lessons.

In KS1, 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.

In KS2 , 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’

Swimming and Water Safety:

Children in KS2 attend weekly swimming lessons in autumn and spring terms. They are taught the fundamentals of swimming and water safety:

    • Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres.
    • Use a range of strokes effectively (for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke).
    • Perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.


Southwold promotes inclusivity and health through sport. Children in KS1 and KS2 have the opportunity to attend extra-curricular sporting activities such as Tag rugby and basketball. The school offers football training to children in Year 5 and 6. Each year the school holds a Sports Day in which all pupils compete from EYFS-Yr6. Year 6 attend a residential trip, during which they experience a variety of outdoor sporting activities such as canoeing and kayaking; as well as other activities such as rock climbing and leap of faith. Where possible, children will be given the opportunity to compete in external competitions.


Southwold school, believe the impact of being physically active will increase development, attainment, behaviour and allow children to achieve more as they will feel happier within themselves. There are so many benefits to children being active and to active teaching and learning. PE is ideally placed to support children’s all-round development. As well as developing physical skills, PE teaches children intellectual skills, helps them navigate complex social situations, and nurtures their emotional development. Therefore, the impact of being physically active can improve brain health, help manage weight, reduce the risk of disease, strengthen bones and muscles, and improve the ability to do everyday activities.

Research shows, ‘Active pupils perform better – it is well documented that an active school environment directly contributes to better behaviour and improved academic results. The children are happier, more motivated and confident pupils. Brain function improves, leading to better concentration and learning. School engagement improves – stronger school engagement with improved attendance and behaviour.

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