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The intent, implementation and impact of our PE curriculum


Our Approach (Intent)

At Springfield Academy, we believe that physical education, experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is a unique and vital contributor to a pupil’s physical development and well-being.  Our physical education curriculum is intended to provide for pupils’ increasing self-confidence in their ability to manage themselves and their bodies within a variety of movement situations. 


Progressive learning objectives, combined with sympathetic and varied teaching approaches, endeavour to provide stimulating, enjoyable, satisfying and appropriately challenging learning experiences for all of our pupils. Through the selection of suitably differentiated and logically developed tasks, it is intended that our children, irrespective of their innate ability, will enjoy success and be motivated to further develop their individual potential.


Through lesson time, specialist coaching and our out of school sports activities, we support pupils in developing skillful use of the body, the ability to remember, repeat and refine actions and to perform them with increasing control, co-ordination, fluency.

Children are encouraged to describe and make simple judgements about their performance, and to use their observations and judgements to improve. We believe in the importance of drawing cross-curricular links, and to this end, pupils are taught about the effects of exercise on the body in Science as well as PE.


As a school, we want to promote enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning through our PE lessons and provide a curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. The purpose is to not only provide opportunities for all pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness, but to also take part in these activities in order to build character and help to embed our school values such as determination and respect. We want to teach children how to cooperate and collaborate with others as part of an effective team, understanding fairness and equity of play to embed life-long values.





Aims and Objectives


For Staff:

  • To promote a confident, positive attitude towards PE, sport and exercise
  • To make PE an enjoyable experience;
  • To encourage the children to lead healthy lives;
  • To promote confidence and competence as children develop their sporting skills;
  • To provide opportunities for the development of knowledge about the body and the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle;
  • To improve subject knowledge, ensuring activities are accurately pitched for lessons;
  •  To promote enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning through opportunities beyond lessons such as attending sports festivals, tournaments and providing opportunities for children to attend after school clubs.  
  • To promote the subject of PE, swimming and ice skating within school and to parents and give parents.


For Children:

  • To develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities;
  • To be able to be physically active for sustained periods of time;
  • To engage in competitive sports and activities;
  • To lead healthy, active lives;
  • To participate in the full PE curriculum available at Springfield Academy;
  • To develop an enjoyment of learning the values of determination and resilience through physical activity;
  • To demonstrate our school values through effort and behaviour during our PE lessons;
  • To encourage others who experience challenge or difficulty in PE.




How PE is implemented


Currently we: 


  • Ensure that all children at Springfield Academy receive PE lessons in school each week.
  • Use sports coaches to introduce and teach the skills outlined in the PE units throughout the year, following a program that ensures that the requirements of the National Curriculum are fully met.
  • Follow up the sports coach lessons to enable the children to practice and consolidate their skills;

Pre-Lockdown, and from September 2021:

  • Take the Key Stage 2 children to the local swimming baths in 12 week blocks to receive swimming lessons by qualified swimming instructors (Years 3 and 5 Autumn Term and Years 4 and 6 Summer Term);
  • Take all children in Years 1-6 to receive 6 weeks of ice skating lessons at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham, where they receive certificate accreditation for their ability are the chance to win a scholarship available for identified talent. 
  • Host skipping workshops for all classes




Where can you see the impact of our PE curriculum?

  • Photographs/videos of PE lessons and our provision on the school website and class pages;
  • PE displays around school;
  • Timetables for Sports Coach, Hall Slots and Afterschool clubs.
  • Children describing their experience of PE positively at Springfield Academy (pupil voice).




The PE knowledge we want our children to learn: