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Physical education aims to ensure that 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.
  • lead healthy, active lives.


At Skinners’ Kent Primary School, we aim to ensure that pupils engage with sport and enjoy what they are doing, to build a love of exercise and a healthy lifestyle.  We aim to do this not only through taught lessons in the curriculum, but also through extracurricular activities.  Through this enthusiasm and engagement, pupils will develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed for individual sports and physical activity.  We believe in the importance of teaching children a range of fundamental skills, during their years in Reception and Key Stage 1, so they have everything they require to participate in a range of sports whilst they are in Key Stage 2. We know that sport can play in important part on developing children’s confidence and communication, and we want to promote this encouraging our children to take part in the Sports leaders program.  We want our pupils to be confident in what they do, experience a wide range of sporting activities, and celebrate those achievements at all levels.


Pupils at Skinners’ Kent Primary School receive two hours of PE a week, usually in two one-hour sessions. Our curriculum offers children a wide range of different sporting activities including dance, gymnastics, rugby, athletics, cricket, rounders, tennis, orienteering, and invasion games such as football, netball, hockey and tag rugby. In addition to this, our Early Years children participate in BEAM (Balance, Education and Movement) and write dance programs and our Key Stage 1 children will be taught the fundamentals of sport through multi-skills sessions.

Our children in Years, 3, 4 and 5 will each take part in a 12-week swimming program to help support them meet the expectation that they will be able to competently and confidently swim 25 metres. As communication and teamwork are also a vital part of PE, we offer each class a 6-week program of Forest School which improves these skills. Forest School also provides pupils with the opportunity to take part in outdoor and adventurous activities.

Our scheme of work has been designed collaboratively with the West Kent School Sports Partnership specifically considering the needs of our pupils. It includes key vocabulary alongside skills and knowledge which is taught to pupils throughout lessons. Pupils also take part in ‘Healthy Living Week’ once a year, which focuses on a balanced lifestyle, mental wellbeing, and healthy eating as well as exercise.

In addition, we use sports to develop our pupils’ leadership through the Sport Leader programme.  Pupils in Y5 and Y6 are selected for this programme and then use their skills and leadership skills to run activities for younger pupils at lunchtimes, as well as supporting sporting events like Sports Day.  These are always popular and well attended and pupils can try a range of different sports and skills outside lessons or clubs.

The children also have the opportunity to take part in sessions run by specialists, sometimes as a single event and sometimes through several sessions.  These have included Dynamo Cricket, Colour Dash and tennis coaching.


Our pupils enjoy sport. We help motivate children by engaging them in high quality activities that are fun and progressive. Our scheme of work builds on previously learnt skills to make sure that children develop their understanding of sport and that they can play an active role in all lessons. From our lessons, our children learn to take responsibility for their own health and fitness, many of whom also enjoy the success of competitive sports. We monitor their progress in Physical Education through ongoing and summative assessments against our progression documents and schemes of work. We equip our children with the necessary skills and a love for sport. They will hopefully grow up to live happy and healthy lives utilising the skills and knowledge acquired through PE.

PE Overview

Forest School

Forest School is a child-centred learning process, providing learner inspired, hands-on experiences in the natural environment. It's creative and can increase a child's confidence as they problem-solve and learn to manage risks.

It is an inspirational process that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence, self-esteem and communication skills through hands-on learning experiences in the woods. It is an opportunity for children to explore and create freely, to develop their own ideas in play or practical activities. As a group we will sit together at the start of each session to decide how we can use the space safely, with consideration for nature and each other.  

SKPS Progression through Forest School