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Competing is exciting and winning is exhilarating, but the true prize will always be the self-knowledge and understanding that you have gained along the way.


Sebastian Coe


At Ladbrooke JMI School, PE and sport are integral parts of the curriculum.  The curriculum has been designed to ensure ALL pupils are inspired to have physically active lifestyles now and in the future.  Our high quality delivery allows for the development of fundamental skills in a wide range of activities which will ensure our children recognise their own knowledge and  understanding and above all else enjoy physical activity and achieve success.

(Ladbrooke JMI Physical Education Vision and Policy statement.)


Success and skills

Participation and competition

Opportunities, Enjoyment, Inspiration

Respect and Fair Play

Team Work and Commitment



Purpose of study

A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.


The national curriculum for 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.
  • master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
  • participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
  • perform dances using simple movement patterns.
  • use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
  • play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
  • develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics]
  • perform dances using a range of movement patterns
  • take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
  • compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.

Subject content

Key stage 1

Pupils should develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.


Key stage 2

Pupils should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.

The Primary National Curriculum


All children have access to at least two hours of physical activity each week. In partnership with our external provider we ensure that the progression of skills throughout each year group is well planned and consistent. Children have one lesson with a Challenge Sport and Education specialist P.E. teacher and a further hour lesson with their own class teacher. This approach not only ensures that children experience a range of P.E. opportunities but also that all teachers continue to develop their knowledge and skills to deliver enjoyable lessons.

Our curriculum framework can be viewed here. The focus is on children devloping the knowledge, skills and understanding of their own bodies and capabilities and how they can use them to participate in a range of increasingly challenging physical activities. We hope that all children leave Ladbrooke with an understanding of the importance, benefits and enjoyment of physically active lifestyles and the desire to stay active for life.  

Assessment is carried out continuously against our Key Skills targets. We recognise that children acquire P.E. skills in a variety of different ways and at different levels of personal ability. Our curriculum therefore is fully inclusive for all children - from the acquisision of key physical developmental milestones through active play in our excellent Early Years Foundation Stage to the ability to use their skills to represent the school in competitive sport.

Swimming is an important part of the curriculum and we are fortunate to have high quality facilities locally. Children in Year 3 and 4 recieve swimming lessons and the vast majority of our children become confident swimmers in a range of strokes.

P.E. and Sport Premium

The government has indicated its commitment to quality P.E. provision in primary schools by allocating additional funding to all primary schools.

The funding must be used to:

1. Develop or add to the P.E. and sport activities that schools already provide.

2. Build capacity and capability within schools to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years.

We have published details of how we have spent this money here. 

Highlights include spending on:

  • early morning 'wake up, shake up' activity clubs 
  • investment in the Fitter Futures excercise programme
  • provision of two new table tennis tables
  • development of playtime activities and games
  • investment in Walk to School initiative
  • infrastructure to encourage children to get scootering


Many of our children participate in activities outside of school and we regularly celebrate their achievements at our whole school assemblies.  In addition to our curriculum provision we also encourage active participation in our extra curricular clubs. Information about these clubs can be found here.


As part of our whole provision our children also have the opportunity in Years 4 and 6 to particpate in residential activity trips. During these very memorable excursions all children are given access to adventurous outdoor activities in safe yet challenging situations. For many these trips are one of the highlights of their primary school experience.



Fitter Future

We have been working out using the Fitter Future excercise programme. Here is what some of our children have said about their workouts.

I’ve done fitter future – I like it but it makes me tired.

Once I did every video once or twice and then did the challenges as well.

My mum sometimes does it by herself and then I join in. We like Fitter Future. It helps us get fitter.

I like all of it. Sometimes I do a few videos every session. I have done all of the videos. I prefer the stretching rather than the running.

I do it twice a day. I like doing the exercises – it makes you ready for action. I have a favourite video – I do the green person challenges.

Now we have started to become experts, we have made some of our own workout videos. Why not make a bit of space and have a go for yourself?