Physical Education

At The Devonshire Hill Nursery and Primary School, we believe that physical education experienced in a safe, engaging and supportive environment, is a significant factor in developing our children’s physical competence and confidence, leading to participation in sports and activities throughout childhood and beyond.

Physical Education Learning Journey

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Our intent

A high-quality physical education curriculum will inspire children to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other demanding activities. We want our children to become physically confident and that in turn supports their health and fitness. By giving our children opportunities to compete in sport and other activities we aim to develop their character and embed values such as fairness and respect. We want all our children to be able to lead healthy and active lives.

The implementation

We follow the National Curriculum for physical education and all classes have timetabled PE lessons. We have an approach that enables children to become increasingly competent and confident through progressive lessons in dance, gymnastics, games and sport. Children will learn and develop a broader range of skills through their time at the school. They will have the opportunity to take part in competitive games both in school and through inter schools events. The children will also have the opportunity to take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team. Traditionally the school has an annual sport day that provides an opportunity to compete in front of family and friends!

Children are also required to learn how to swim and the school provides access to swimming lessons so that children can meet the minimum swimming and water safety requirements as recommended by the Department for Education (DfE)


We believe that every child should have an opportunity to express their talents and be given the chance to develop their knowledge and confidence. We aim for the children to be ready to engage in more sophisticated PE & Sports participation at secondary school.   Teachers use assessment for learning strategies as well as observations and assessment during taught lessons and this may involve the expertise of sports coaches and specialist PE teachers.  At the end of each unit of work children from year 1 to year 6 are assessed for their progress and understanding in PE lessons, by the teacher, and this is tracked over time.

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