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Our physical education (PE) curriculum inspires all children to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It provides 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 all of our ASPIRE values: being ambitious, self-aware, persevering, inclusive, respectful and empowering.

Overall Aims

Our PE curriculum (overview PDF below) aims for all children to

  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • be physically active for sustained periods of time
  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • lead healthy, active lives


Reception/Early Year (EYFS)

Children enter The Vineyard School having had a range of movement experiences in the home, pre-school setting and local community. At The Vineyard we build on this through our weekly PE lessons which allow children to develop an understanding of safe practices, the relationship between PE and good health and the importance of changing for PE. Lessons will develop social skills such as turn-taking, sharing, co-operating, negotiating and values such as trust, fairness and respect for others.

Fundamental movement skills (balancing, running, jumping, catching, hopping, throwing, galloping, skipping, leaping and kicking) are taught in EYFS and are the building blocks for more complex and specialised skills that they will need for both meeting their EYFS goals and their Vineyard school journey.


Key Stage 1

Children in EYFS and KS1 are in the very early stages of developing their physical literacy. They will explore the 'FUNdamentals' of movement (agility, balance and coordination), whilst establishing the basic movement patterns of running, jumping and throwing in context-generic activities.

Specifically adapted forms of athletics, dance and gymnastics will provide learners with appropriate opportunities to develop these competencies as well as expressive/creative abilities.


Key Stage 2

During KS2, children continue their learning journey as independent learners. In lower KS2, they will use their movement skills and apply principles of attack and defence within game situations. Self-awareness of how competitive environments can have an effect on emotions will be examined alongside the value of perseverance. Children will be encouraged to achieve despite failure or opposition.

Upper KS2 lessons see individuals develop physical ability, tactical knowledge, leadership capacity, fitness and teamwork through individual sports. A selection of sport-specific rules will be taught leading into competitive pathways. Children will be encouraged to be ambitious, showing a strong desire to succeed. In addition, they will continue to develop the concept of fairness, and an appreciation of honest competition and good sportsmanship.