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Physical Education Curriculum Statement

At the Mount Stewart Federation, we believe that physical education is essential for a child's educational development and promotes long-term health and well-being. We aim to provide a high-quality physical education curriculum that provides active participation, competition and supports excellence. Positive and inclusive involvement in P.E builds children's skills of teamwork, determination, resilience and boosts self-esteem. We are proud to offer a broad and balanced Physical Education curriculum. Physical Education refers to curriculum lessons that aim to meet the requirements of the P.E. National Curriculum. However, running alongside this is physical activity (any opportunity to be active in the day) and school sports (competitive events both internally and against other schools). The school 7R's ethos is at the heart of these areas.


Our intent for Physical Education goes beyond the program of study for the National Curriculum, and we have a desire for this curriculum area. We want our pupils to:

  • Shine in this area –alumni pupils and present pupils representing their school, town, county and country
  • Have a life-long passion for sport and physical activity – leading to friendships, teammates, better health, more comprehensive social experiences
  • Be keen to attempt various activities – allowing pupils the opportunity to find their love of other sports and physical activities
  • Identify their own and others safety – being able to swim and being safe in the water and by completing their cycling proficiency.
  • Communicate and work together – building relationships and the vocabulary to express themselves appropriately.


We hope to achieve this through a no ceiling and adaptive planning approach, which meets the needs of all pupils, including pupils with SEND and the most able pupils.

Physical education gives us so many opportunities to develop the whole child. It provides some pupils with the chance to excel where they may struggle in other areas and offers pupils opportunities outside of the classroom. We also hope to teach pupils that P.E. can help improve concentration in other curriculum areas, make links between theory and practice, deepen understanding, and maintain and extend attention.


At Mount Stewart, we are proud to offer a broad and balanced Physical Education curriculum. Physical Education refers to curriculum time lessons that aim to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum; however, running alongside this is physical activity (any opportunity to be active in the day) and community sports (competitive events both internally and against other schools).


All aspects of physical education and physical activity aim to support the physical development of all pupils. The physical development of pupils can have a massive impact on a child's life, opportunities and activities. We feel strongly that physical activity can also link with mental health. We aim to use physical education to develop the child.


Involvement and Resilience

A range of physical activities, both competitive and non-competitive, give pupils a meaningful life-long love of sports. As well as allowing pupils to experience competition. Throughout the year, we offer a variety of enrichment activities including netball, tennis, cricket, basketball and football. We also value inter-school matches to aid healthy competition. We encourage all children to take part in the Daily Mile, as well as active learning within lessons, as a way of promoting additional physical activity in school.


Responsibility and Relationships

Physical education, physical activity and school sports aim to promote fair play and good sporting behaviour. We also hope to develop empathy and compassion for others through evaluation and teamwork. We encourage leadership at all levels by appointing Sports Leaders in every year group. In all year groups, pupils are taught safely and explicitly to identify their own risks: leading to pupils managing and assessing their own and their peers' risks.


Diversity and Cultural Capital

Physical education, activity and school sports should be inclusive to all, and at Mount Stewart, we ensure that all our lessons are inclusive.  The ultimate aim is that pupils leave Mount Stewart Primary school with a knowledge of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and a life-long love of sport and physical activity with pupils taking part at sport to a high standard.


Mount Stewart PE provision is supported by Challenge Sport & Education (CSE). CSE consistently delivers high-quality P.E. lessons and tailors each lesson to the individuals' needs.


Working with CSE for specialist support helps the children develop skills and confidence and supports the staff in building their knowledge and skills. In addition, reference is also made to Human Anatomy and the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Having a balanced approach so that teachers and specialists teach the children means everyone benefits.


We hope to achieve the intent through the CSE planning, which is designed to meet the needs of our pupils and give pupils a broad range of physical activities and sports. The long term plan also highlights pathways to other events held in our local area and includes competitive events in all work units. Our lessons are adapted to meet the needs of the pupils, and additional resources can be used to support pupils who are struggling or challenging more able pupils. Staff are supported in their subject knowledge by in house training and through the P.E. and Sport Premium.  


Detailed CSE long term plans for each area of P.E. are available in school. These contain skills and knowledge; key vocabulary, and they demonstrate a clear progression from EYFS to Year 6.



The impact of P.E. is reviewed using a variety of different strategies. Firstly, pupils are given the opportunity to compete in every unit we do – this is similar to assessment seen in other curriculum areas; they are taught to assess their own ability; assessment for learning is used regularly in lessons; the P.E. Subject Leader takes feedback from pupils via surveys and discussions, and planning is reviewed periodically to ensure we are still making progress in meeting our curriculum intent.


As a result of our P.E. and School Sport audit, we have identified areas for improvement and intend to spend our Sports Premium money from the DfE. Please visit the P.E. and Sport Premium Page for more information.

TMSS_PE Statement of Intent, Implementation and Impact

PE and Sports Curriculum Sequence

PE and Sports Overview