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PE @ Southwood


Through our PE, School Sports and Physical Activity we endeavour to use our whole school vision to encourage pupils to make the most of every opportunity they may come across.  We use every opportunity within our PE lessons, our school sports at intra and inter level, our team training, our inclusive and adapted sports, our SEND sports teams and our physical activity sessions to support our pupils to become independent, responsible, caring and considerate pupils who are able to see the self-worth in their own ability and efforts. We aim for all of our pupils to be healthy, happy, sociable young people, self-motivated, determined, positive and honest, Hard working and aspirational, confident, independent learners, creativecurious and critical thinkers, Collaborators, innovators, respectful and responsible, communicate well with peers and Adults. Through well-planned, high quality PE and sports teaching, both in the curriculum and as part of extracurricular provision, we seek to ensure that all children show resilience and have confidence to succeed, motivate others and embed values such as fairness and respect. Also, that the children are able to work as a team and to develop individually leadership qualities as well as being able to set personal goals.



PE at Southwood is taught by a combination of class teachers, PE specialists and qualified specialist sports coaches. PE at Southwood provides challenging and enjoyable learning through a range of sporting activities including; invasion games, net & wall games, strike and field games, gymnastics, dance, swimming and outdoor & adventure.


The long term plan sets out the PE units which are to be taught throughout the year and ensures that the requirements of the National Curriculum are fully met. We teach by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. Children come to school already dressed in their PE kits to help maximize the time available, pupils participate in two high quality PE lessons each week covering two sporting disciplines every half term. In addition, children are encouraged to participate in the varied range of extracurricular activities. Lunch time sports clubs are available each day and children can attend after school sport clubs.


Children are invited to attend competitive sporting events within the local area. This is an inclusive approach which endeavours to encourage not only physical development but also mental well-being. These events also develop teamwork and leadership skills and are very much enjoyed by the children. Each year a small group of Year 6 children are invited to become Sports Leaders for the school. They develop into sporting role models for the younger children, assisting with lunch-time clubs, our annual Sports day and any other Sporting activities.


Children in Year 5 & 6 swim once a week for 12 weeks during the academic year. We have launched the “Daily Mile”, to help meet the government target of all children being active for at least 60 minutes a day. Annually the school celebrates ‘Sports Week’ to educate and promote a healthy lifestyle and physical activity. Children engage in different workshops, activities and sports, and the week culminates with our school ‘Sports Day’.


  • At Southwood 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.
  • All children are provided with the skills and given opportunities to demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
  • All our pupils are physically active and this has positive implications on their learning in the classroom.
  • Children understand how to lead a healthy lifestyle and understand the importance of exercise.
  • We strive to facilitate enjoyment in PE so that children develop a love of sport, and physical activity, that they pursue outside of school and in future life outside of primary school.
  • All pupils understand the values and importance of fair play and being a good sportsperson.
  • Year 6 pupils leave school with the skills to self-rescue in the water and swim 25 metres competently.
  • The school has been awarded ‘Gold status’ for the past 3 years in the School Games category.

                                                                                                                 PE Curriculum 2021-22


PE Curriculum Map 2021/2022
 Autumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
7 weeks7 weeks6 weeks6 weeks7 weeks6 weeks
Year 1Dance – GrowingDance – Weather & SeasonsDance – The Magic ToysLocomotion ( Running )Ball Skills - Feet 1Gymnastics – unit 6    Lessons 7-12
Ball Skills - Hands 1Gymnastics – Wide, Narrow & CurledGymnastics – Body PartsLocomotion ( Jumping )Ball Skills - Hands 2Games for Understanding
Attack v Defence
Year 2Ball Skills
Hands 1
Gymnastics – LinkingDance –    WaterBall Skills
Feet 1
Locomotion ( Jumping )Locomotion ( Running )
Games:  throwing and catchingDance: Unit 1 -Sleigh RideGymnastics –  Pathways Games for Understanding
Attack v Defence
Ball Skills - Hands 2Dance ( Wild Animals )
Year 3 Dance:                                   ( Wild Animals )Gymnastics                          ( Symmetry & Asymmetry )Gymnastics -                       ( appartatus )Basketball                           ( Catch & pass )Athletics -                             ( Running )Athletics                                             ( Throwing & Catching )
OAA ( Team Building )Football                                ( pass & control )Hockey ( dribbling & passing )Netball                                  ( Catch & pass )Tennis                                   ( grip, balance & movement )Cricket                                    ( Fielding )
Year 4OAA ( Team Building )Dance                                    ( War )Basketball                            ( dribbling & movement )Gymnastics                           ( apparatus )Athletics -                             ( Running )Cricket                                   ( Batting & bowling )
Football                                ( dribbling & movement )Gymnastics -                       ( Symmetry & Asymmetry )Netball                                  ( pass & shoot )Tennis                                  ( forehand & backhand )Athletics                                             ( Throwing & Catching )Hockey                                   ( passing & spacial awareness )
Year 5Football                                ( shoot & tackle )Gymnastics -                         ( bridges )Basketball                            ( spacial awareness )Badminton                               ( forehand & backhand )Athletics -                             ( Running )         Cricket                           ( positional games )
OAA ( Team Building )Hockey                                   ( shooting & games )Netball                                ( Position & movement )Tennis                                   ( serve & volley )Dance -                                 ( Greek gods )Athletics                                                  ( Throwing & Catching )
Year 6 Football                      (games & rules )Gymnastics -                          ( counter balance & tension )Basketball                            ( games & rules ) Tennis                                    ( Games & rules )Cricket                                   ( games & rules )Athletics -                                          ( Running  competition )
OAA ( Team Building )Hockey                                   ( games & rules )Netball                                  ( Games & rules )Badminton                           ( spacial awareness & games )Dance                                     ( Carnival )Athletics                                             ( Throwing & Catching )