Physical Education

Subject leader: Mr McCulloch

‘Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of all garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.’

Matthew 13 vs.31-32

Our entire curriculum, including Physical Education, is underpinned by the ‘Parable of the Mustard Seed’ and summarised by our motto:

Together may we give our children: roots to grow and wings to fly. 


Physical Education (PE) in our school aims to develop and celebrate the knowledge, skills and capabilities of our children, so they can perform with increasing competence in a range of physical activities. We aim to promote key skills in physical

development; social and emotional development; cognitive development and spiritual, moral and cultural development through an accessible PE curriculum for all children.

We are delighted that our commitment to PE is recognised through our achievement of the School Games Gold Mark (22-23) and Bronze Healthy Schools Award (2022).

At Eppleby Forcett and Middleton Tyas, we want all children to participate in, enjoy and excel in competitive and recreational sport and physical activity. All children will be provided with the opportunities to learn, improve and compete in

a range of sports and activities to improve their health and fitness and self-confidence. Through a high-quality physical education programme, the school aims to enable pupils to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens who develop as independent enquirers, creative thinkers, reflective learners, team workers, self-managers and competitive participators.


Our school’s long term plan for PE follows ‘Get Set 4 PE’ as a teaching and assessment tool allowing teachers to execute high quality PE lessons. Children have access to all components of the National Curriculum programmes of study, which include dance, gymnastics, athletics and games in Key Stage 1 and with the addition of swimming and OAA at Key Stage 2.

In Early Years, physical activity is vital in children’s all-round development. Teachers introduce Physical Education by following the EYFS statutory educational programme for the prime area ‘Physical Development’ with a focus on fundamental movement and handling skills including gross and fine motor development. Some aspects of ‘Expressive Arts and Design’ such as moving in time with music and ‘Personal, Social and Emotional Development’ such as understanding the importance of healthy food choices also prepare children for PE in the National Curriculum.  The promotion of good oral health; healthy eating; exercise and supporting self-regulation help to keep bodies and minds healthy.

Pupils in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 engage in two hours of high-quality PE during the course of each week.  A realistic attempt is made for all children to achieve the expected levels of performance as set out in the National Curriculum descriptors.

The planning and the delivery of each unit of work will ensure that each pupil will have the opportunity to:

  • Acquire and develop new skills
  • Select and apply appropriate skills, tactics and compositional ideas
  • Evaluate their own and others’ performance in order to improve
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of how PE and sport contributes to staying physically, mentally and emotionally healthy
  • Experience a range of roles such as performer and leader in an activity

Planning will provide opportunities to link with other areas of the curriculum e.g. English, Maths, PSHE and music

Children also participate in a daily mile with their classes to help them meet the 30 minutes of physical activity at school.

All children have access to sporting extra-curricular clubs throughout the year and are encouraged to develop their sports skills by attending these. Alongside after school clubs, we also have a designated Sports Leaders who work alongside the Subject Leader to plan sports events both inside and outside of the school. The Sports Leaders help facilitate lunch time clubs for KS1 and KS2 with the aim of increasing physical activity for all.

We are extremely proud to be a Drumba School. Drumba has an important place in our curriculum and we have dedicated, trained staff and children who lead in this area. Go to our dedicated Drumba page for further details.

Assessment in PE is ongoing and formative and is recorded at the end of each unit of work on the schools tracking system. Children are provided with opportunities to participate in a wide range of sport and exercise to enhance their experiences in physical activity. Children develop an in-depth subject specific vocabulary through high-quality teaching and experiences.


The impact of our curriculum is to provide children with positive experiences in sport to promote a healthy and physical life for now and the future.

We ensure our curriculum is progressive and allows children to develop fundamental skills and apply them to a range of sports and activities. They are provided with the skills to plan, perform and evaluate their performances, often in pairs and small groups helping develop their communication skills and develop the quality and effectiveness of their work.

Sports Premium

Schools have a central role to play in supporting all children and young people to live healthy active lives. This is particularly true of primary school where the foundations of positive and enjoyable participation in regular physical activity should be established.

Since March 2013, Primary PE has been allocated additional funding to improve the provision of physical education in primary schools.

You can visit the use of our Sports Premium here

Additional Information

For more information regarding our PE curriculum (including our curriculum map and key procedures), please click on the ‘Useful Documents’ links below.

Similarly, under ‘Useful Links’, you can find more information regarding supplementary resources and other useful websites.


Useful Documents

Physical Education Overview

Physical Education Procedure

Useful Links

Sport Premium Funding