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Physical Education

Physical Education (PE) 


At Maple Tree, Physical Education (PE) is inclusive - engaging all pupils and providing them with the opportunity to develop their physical, social and cognitive skills. We aim to deliver high-quality, enjoyable lessons, which enable all children to succeed; develop their self-confidence in their ability to manage themselves and their bodies within a variety of movement situations; to be resilient and to strive to give their best – unlocking their potential and allowing them to excel in a plethora of sports and physical activities.The PE curriculum focuses on the development of fundamental skills in reception, which are built upon in KS1 and KS2 when they are applied in a variety of sports.  A balance of individual, team, co-operative and competitive activities aims to cater for the individual pupil’s needs and abilities.   Through these, we teach children how to co-operate and collaborate effectively as part of a team as well as to compete adhering to the principles of respect, fair-play and sportsmanship – values we hold dear at Maple Tree. Furthermore, our balanced PE curriculum reinforces the impact of exercise on mental and physical health and will teach the children the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.

Please click the image below for our whole school overview of PE.


At Maple Tree, our PE overview ensures that a broad and balanced curriculum is provided, which includes comprehensive coverage of the National Curriculum for Physical Education in EYFS, KS1 and KS2. We plan our sessions to cover a full range of skills and activities. Each child receives 2 hours of PE a week.  There is a structure to the lesson sequence where prior learning is always considered and opportunities for revision and practise are built into lessons. 

At Maple Tree, children are taught in a way that enables them to have fun and experience success in sport, build on a range of skills throughout the Key Stages, learn in a safe environment and experience positive competition.

Children in UKS2 attend swimming lessons in a local pool. They learn to swim 25 metres competently and confidently in a range of strokes.

Children also have the chance to be active in a wide range of extra-curricular and lunchtime clubs. Throughout the course of the year, we offer a range of clubs, which range from traditional sports such as football and netball to other non-competitive sports such as Dance and Multi-skills.

To encourage the children to lead a healthy and active lifestyle, we take part in the Walk to School scheme, where the children log their journey to school every day. This encourages the children to walk, scoot or cycle to school, instead of using the car. Children receive badges at the end of each month if they have walked to school at least once a week.  Daily physical activity and health enhancing activities also play a crucial role in our offer to pupils. This includes: active lessons, active break and lunchtimes with access a variety of equipment.


The children at Maple Tree will leave as skilful and intelligent performers. They will acquire and develop skills and perform with increasing physical awareness. They will have the ability to select and apply skills, tactics and compositional ideas to suit activities that need different approaches and ways of thinking. They will set targets for themselves and compete against others. They will understand what it takes to persevere, succeed and acknowledge others’ success. They will take the initiative, lead activities and focus on improving performances. They will have the competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities. They will lead healthy and active lives and make positive life choices. They will have developed positive attitudes to participation in physical activity and embed values such as fairness and respect

We measure the impact of our curriculum in the following ways: 

  • Interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice).
  • Observing pupils to find evidence that they can link skills, techniques and ideas and apply them accurately and appropriately.
  • Pupils can use their own observations to improve their work.
  • Through competition observations - pupils’ management of winning and losing.

PE Programmes of Study: