Old Sarum Primary School

Physical Education at Old Sarum Primary


All children are encouraged to create positive relationships with physical activity for life and will therefore go on to lead physically and mentally healthy lives. We want our children to build their resilience, confidence and independence through our PE lessons, sporting visits and competitions.

Our curriculum is focused on students developing their Fundamental Movement Skills and we use ‘Complete PE’ to facilitate our PE teaching and learning. Key themes are revisited, enabling students to revisit and build upon their learning each time. All children at Old Sarum are also given the opportunity to take part in competitive activities both within the school and against other local schools.

How it is taught and why

Children are taught PE weekly in 2 sessions of 1 hour. Children experience a range of core PE activities such as team games, gymnastics and dance. Lessons include opportunities for children to:

  • Practise their agility, balance and coordination skills
  • Apply their newly-learned skills
  • Collaborate and communicate
  • Setting challenges for themselves and attempting to beat their own personal best 
  • Reflect on their achievements and evaluating their performance


Students in Year 4 will take part in a ten-week swimming course that is externally provided.  Students will learn a variety of swimming strokes and how to perform safe, self-rescue.

Our aim is that children will

  • 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 and a range of movement patterns.
  • Play competitive games (including attacking and defending).
  • Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance
  • 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.