Purpose of PE curriculum – What do we what our children to look like at the end of Year 6?

In a society where there is wide coverage regarding ever growing levels of obesity coupled with the decline in physical activity amongst children, our role as primary schools in educating children in Physical Literacy is crucial.  This forms a fundamental part of children’s school lives at Sevenoaks Primary School through a wide PE curriculum supplemented by broad range of competitive opportunities and large number of extra-curricular clubs and Active Playtimes.  By the time our children leave at the end of Year 6 we aim for them to have Physical Literacy including:

  • An understanding of the importance of leading healthy active lives and how they can individually achieve this (Refer to PSHE skills map for additional information)
  • To have experienced a large number of physical activities and be physically active for sustained periods of time
  • To have engaged in a number of competitive sports and activities including the development of personal challenge as well as competing against others within in school and other schools
  • To have had the opportunity to lead and work with others in a range of situations

--Curriculum Overview --

Sevenoaks Primary Skills Progression in PE


 PE and School Sport at Sevenoaks Primary School

  • Amazing agility
  • Building balance
  • Curriculum creativity and coordination
  • Dancing
  • Energetic
  • Fun and fitness
  • Gymnasts to games players
  • Hopping and jumping
  • Individual achievements and Inter Intra challenges
  • Juggling balls
  • Kicking and curling
  • Leadership
  • Multiskills building on core movement skills
  • Netball
  • Opportunities galore
  • Parents supporting
  • Quality teaching and coaching
  • Rich range of curricular sports and clubs
  • Swimming superstars and self esteem
  • Team work and communication
  • Understanding how to improve and succeed
  • Vortex Mega Howler
  • Winning
  • Xcellent opportunities
  • Young leaders and
  • Zzzzzz after all that activity, time for a sleep

As the above alphabet shows, Physical Education and School Sport is an essential part of school life at Sevenoaks Primary School and provides children with many valuable opportunities not only to develop their physical skills and abilities but also their emotional, social and analytical skills and abilities.

Physical development is one of the Key areas of the Foundation Stage curriculum and from the moment children start their school life at Sevenoaks they are provided with a wide range of physical activity opportunities. The FUNdamentals of movement – agility, balance and co-ordination – are developed in Foundation Stage   and then further embedded along with the core movement skills of walking, running, hopping, skipping, jumping, sending and receiving in Key Stage 1.  Diversity is the name of the game during these first few years and children use a range of equipment and experience challenges that help develop their team work skills and enable them to achieve success whatever their own level of physical ability.

In Key Stage 2 children start to look at activities in more detail. They develop more detailed and vigorous knowledge of attacking and defending strategies in games, develop their strength and flexibility through sports such as dance, gymnastics, swimming and athletics and learn more about their selves and how they progress and succeed in sport. Small sided games that use a range of different sporting equipment such as netballs, footballs, tennis racquets, rugby balls, basketballs, cricket based activities feature in every year group from Years 3 to 6 developing in complexity and challenge as children progress through the school

There is a wide range of sports offered during curriculum time. These include swimming, athletics, a range invasion games (including football, hockey, netball, rugby, basketball just to name a few), striking and fielding games (including Kwik Cricket and Stoolball) and Net and Wall games such as tennis. Gymnastics, dance and even trampolining are also provided during a child’s life at Sevenoaks Primary School. On top of this, enrichment activities which enable children to experience different sports such as archery, yoga,  dodgeball, fencing are also provided during any academic year.

The strong PE curriculum is built upon and developed through the incredible range of extra curriculum clubs and sporting opportunities that are offered.  The vast majority of children participate in at least one sporting club and these range from ballet to rugby to mini tennis to yoga to biking.  We aim to provide children with the chance to represent the school in as many different sports as possible and are extremely proud both or our achievement s and the number of children who represent the school during any academic year. We also aim to signpost children to outside clubs or school clubs if a talent or interest is identified within school and we have extremely close links with West Heath Tennis Centre, Lightning Gymnastics Club and Weald of Kent Gymnastics Clubs. A strong local schools network and sporting association is also key.

Physical activity is also key at playtimes and lunchtimes and our Year 5 & 6 Young Sports Leaders have the opportunity to develop leadership skills and run activities for children at lunchtimes supported by the midday staff and Mrs Godman.

Physical activity interventions are also important and help develop gross and fine movement skills which are essential for everyday life and skills such as cutting, running and writing. They can help children re focus and also develop both sides of the brain.

A love and understanding of the role that sport and physical activity can play in everyone’s lives starts at a young age and we feel privileged at Sevenoaks Primary that we are able to offer so many opportunities for children to gain positive experiences in a range of sports and physical activity and leave Sevenoaks Primary with an interest in sport that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.