PE Subject Statement


At Salisbury Primary School we recognise the importance PE plays in the curriculum and are committed to providing all children with opportunities to engage fully in Physical Education.


The aim of our PE programme is to inspire and develop children's basic physical competencies, build confidence in their ability and build the foundations for a lifelong love of sport, physical activity and a healthy lifestyle. PE lessons encourage children to compete against themselves and others whilst being challenged to improve their physical, social, emotional and thinking skills. These skills are embedded in the heart of our planning.



Our objectives in the teaching of PE align with the National Curriculum in that we aim to ensure all pupils:

  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities;
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time;
  • engage in competitive sports and activities; and
  • lead healthy, active lives.


Through good physical education, whole school values and a whole child approach, we aim to nurture confident, resilient children who will strive for their personal best. We listen to our children’s wants and needs and provide them with a range of active experiences and extra-curricular clubs. We want to aid our children in obtaining the values and skills to celebrate and respect the success of others, as well as modestly celebrating their own successes.


We aim to ensure that our delivery of physical education allows all children to have the skills and mindset to leave primary school with the capabilities to be successful in their sporting challenges and active lifestyles at secondary school and beyond. We strive to educate both our children and families to develop a greater understanding on how to live healthy lifestyles and make healthy choices.


We are dedicated to ensuring healthy minds, as well as bodies and will continue to support our children's well-being. We have strong links with partnerships within our community to ensure the children and families receive the support and knowledge they need.


Our PE lessons are planned using the Get Set 4 PE platform, which aligns with our core values and an holistic approach to PE. using the objectives laid out in the National Curriculum. Get Set 4 PE is planned so that progression is built into the scheme which ensures our children are increasingly challenged as they move up through the school.


Differentiation is achieved through adapting planning to enable access for all through the use of picture prompts, additional adult support and adapted resources.


The curriculum planning in PE is carried out in three phases (long-term, medium-term and short term).

  • The long-Term plan maps out the PE activities covered in each term during the key stage. The PE subject leader works in conjunction with teaching colleagues and pupils in each year group to select the topics that each year group will take part in. Together we create a broad and balanced curriculum that is exciting for our children.
  • Our medium-term plans give details of each unit of work for each term. These schemes of work provide an overview of the unit, links to other areas of the National Curriculum and assessment criteria for that unit.
  • The short-term lesson plans provide opportunities for children of all abilities to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in each activity area.



We encourage the physical development of our children in the nursery and reception class as an integral part of their work. As these classes are part of the Foundation Stage of the National Curriculum, we relate the physical development of the children to the objectives set out in Development Matters and the Early Learning Goals, which underpin the curriculum planning for children aged two to five years of age. We encourage the children to develop confidence and control of the way they move, and the way they handle tools and equipment. We give all children the opportunity to undertake activities that offer appropriate physical challenges, both indoors and outdoors, using a wide range of resources to support specific skills.


Swimming lessons are booked in intensive 2 week blocks for children in year 2, 4 and 6.  This culminates in 10 hours of swimming, ensuring children quickly overcome their fear of water and make rapid progress in their swimming ability and stamina.



As a result of our physical education curriculum we are extremely proud to have been awarded a Gold award consecutively in the School Games Mark for the years 2021/2022 and 2022/23, which shows our commitment to developing competition across the school.





Salisbury Primary School physical education cultural capital offer includes:


  • Inter borough competitions
  • SEND specific tournaments
  • BMX bike riding
  • Cycling proficiency lessons
  • Football Clubs
  • Netball Club
  • Dance Club
  • Archery lessons
  • Visits to Horse riding
  • Visits to Flip Out - Trampolining centre
  • Outdoor activities at our yearly residential