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How we teach PE




At Brookhouse Primary School, our vision is for all pupils to lead a healthy lifestyle and understand the importance of life long physical activity. We aim to deliver high quality teaching and learning opportunities that inspire all children to succeed in physical education. Our objective is for pupils to master the necessary fundamental movement skills and apply these across a broad range of physical activities employing imagination and creativity in their techniques, tactics and choreography. In addition, we want our pupils to remain safe in and around water and therefore it is our goal for all children to be able to swim at least 25 metres before the end of Year 6. We aim for our pupils to develop into competent and confident learners, who are able to improve their own and others’ performance, able to cooperate and collaborate with others and able to understand fairness of play. We encourage our pupils to value physical activity and take personal responsibility for their own physical literacy journey.



Physical Education (PE) at Brookhouse Primary School provides challenging and enjoyable learning through a wide range of activities including: competitive games, gymnastics, dance, swimming and outdoor and adventurous activities, enabling all pupils from Early Years to Year 6 to develop their knowledge and skills in physical education in a variety of areas. The long-term plan sets out the PE units of work to be taught and ensures that the requirements of the National Curriculum are fully met. Teachers follow a four strand teaching sequence where previous learning is reviewed and teachers ask challenging questions to check understanding. Pupils explain what they have already learnt and demonstrate with good examples. New learning of skills is then modelled in small steps giving pupils time to practise. Active practice and re-teaching of skills happens frequently so that children learn to master these skills and use them independently.


Specialised sports coaches deliver some of our physical education lessons and teachers often receive CPD whilst sessions are being delivered to ensure our pupils are receiving the highest quality physical education. External sports coaches, who have already worked with us, are from Blackburn Rovers Football Club, Blackburn with Darwen School Games and Lancashire Cricket Foundation. In addition, Half Fish HQ provides swimming to Brookhouse pupils. This is a company, which challenges our pupils to achieve their optimum level in swimming and obtain the government requirement to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres.


Pupils also have the opportunity to take part in extra curricular sporting activities after school. These support pupils to further practise and develop skills they have learnt during PE lessons. In addition, over the year, pupils benefit from an extensive competitive school sports provision, which includes inter-school sports fixtures, tournaments and festivals. These are inclusive events, which encourage all pupils to participate including those with physical, emotional or learning difficulties and gives them opportunities to compete with other schools thus fostering a sense of team spirit and cooperation. Outdoor and adventure activities are offered through trips and residential visits where professionally qualified instructors can offer exciting opportunities. Pupils in KS2 have benefited from attending residential trips to Robin Wood and day trips to Hothersall Lodge.


To develop leadership skills, Year 6 children are invited to become Young Leaders for the school. They are sporting role models for the younger children and assist with playtime and lunchtime activities to develop the fundamental movement skills of running, throwing (under and over arm), kicking, catching, skipping, hopping, jumping, bouncing and rolling a ball. They also assist in our annual Sports Day event and other sporting activities.



Our PE curriculum is high quality, well thought out and planned to demonstrate progression. Within our lessons, children are taught about self-discipline and that to be successful they need to take ownership and responsibility for their own health and fitness. We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:


  1. Pupil discussions about their learning

  2. Video analysis through recordings of performance in lessons

  3. The annual tracking of standards across the curriculum

  4. An evaluation of the 5 key indicators:

  • The engagement of all pupils
  • Raising the profile of Physical Education, Sport and Physical Activity o Development of staff
  • Broader experiences for pupils
  • Increased participation in competitive sport


External measures are also used to measure the impact of our PE curriculum. Each year we apply for the School Games Award. This recognises high quality provision in school with either a bronze, silver or gold award.