Physical Education

‘We believe that physical education is of huge importance in a young person’s development both physically and emotionally.  Physical education has proven benefits on well-being, confidence, cooperation, self-discipline and strengthens peer relationships.’


  • All pupils access physical activity in a meaningful way.
  • Physical Education enables our pupil’s to develop a range of knowledge and skills relating to all aspects of physical development (healthy eating, muscle development, fitness, sportsmanship and fair play).
  • Physical Education is fun and enables our pupil’s to develop a passion for sport and activity and the means to explore this further with our wide range of extended opportunities
  • Positive attitudes towards physical activity, health, hygiene and fitness.
  • A sense of fair play and sportsmanship.
  • Communication skills – both encouraging the use of correct terminology and to promote effective co-operation.
  • Working towards independence and leadership.
  • Opportunities to take part in competition both intra and inter school.
  • The ability to remember, adapt and apply knowledge, practical skills and concepts in a variety of movement based activities.


Curriculum Intent


Oceans and Harbour  

Our youngest learners’ pupils are learning to engage in activities, following the Early Years Framework pupils will develop core and wider skills. Pupils will be developing their communication and interaction skills so that they feel comfortable working with and near others and joining with group activities. Pupils are developing their awareness of self-regulation and executive function.   

Early Discoverers 

Starfish, Oysters and Octopus  

Pupils move from the Early Years Framework and are continuing to develop their ability to self-regulate.  Learning is not subject specific and there is a broad range of learning opportunities to develop physical, social, communication, problem solving and creative skills.  


Coral, Jellyfish and Dolphin  

Pupils are learning functional life skills through opportunities to be in the community.   They continue to develop communication skills, which become more personal to their individual needs.  Problem solving, maths, and social interaction skills remain a key focus as well as opportunities to improve physical and creative skills.  

Early Enquirers 

Penguin, Sea Lions, Sea Turtles  

Pupils begin subject specific learning through lots of practical application.  Communication, social interactions and self-regulation skills continue to be an important part of the daily curriculum within a broad thematic curriculum. 



Puffin, Lobsters, Seahorses, Magna 1  


Subject specific learning taught through the thematic curriculum.  There continues to be a strong focus on communication, personal development and life relevant opportunities to embed learning.  


Magna 2, Manta, Orca   

Subject specific learning has greater challenge.  Learning is at greater depth to allow pupils to access higher-level academic and vocational examinations.  




Heroes that Help Us: (History)  

Traditionally about individuals in history that have achieved great things…. We have expanded this to be about  

Us as a hero (Explorers/ Early Discoverers.) Hero workouts and developing the strength and muscles they/we need. 

People that help us: Dr, Police, Fire, Nurse, Dentist (Discoverers, Early Enquirers/ Enquirers KS 3 – What do the roles intake physically? How can we exercise our body to be ready for these roles? 

Famous people that have made significant discoveries that help us to live better lives, health and fitness discoveries – Navigators  

Self-assessment of own work and peer assessment of others work. 

Evaluations and questioning during lessons. 

Photographic evidence in file (evidence for learning app). 

Evidence of learning sheet per pupil for each half term.  

Pupils levelled against the relevant ladder statement in the subject area: Physical Education 



Light Fantastic: (Science) 

Explore sports in different light eg rolling a ball in bright and then low light – Explorers, Early Discoverers  

Lighting at events – floodlights at football stadiums/racing events. 

How to measure light eg light readers in cricket.  Navigators  


Feast for the Senses: (Science)  

Explore items using our 5 senses and mindfulness in lessons: Explorers, Early Discoverers  

Touch – how hard to throw or kick towards a target. Discoverers  

Using our sense to perform better eg – seeing a pass in football or listening for a call. Early Enquirers / Enquirers KS 3  

The importance of maintaining good health and looking after myself.  Looking at the senses individually and how this effects performance. Enquirers  

Functions of the major organs. How exercise improves our lives and helps our bodies. Explore more here about the organs of our 5 senses (eye, ear,etc.) Look at specific exercise for these parts eg – eye tracking exercises. Navigators  



Food, glorious food: (Geography) 

Healthy and non-healthy foods.  Understand likes/dislikes – Explorers and Early Discoverers  

What do athletes eat and why? 

Nutritional value and how it affects our performance - Early enquirers  

Healthy plate and nutritional value. How much of each do we need for different exercising. Enquirers 

Different food groups and how we build muscle. Navigators 


Bee Happy: (Science) Alive or Dead?  
What is living, what moves – Explorers and Early Discoverers  

Matching habitats to the sports – snow to snowboarding 

Things that eat, grow.  I’m living and I grow – Discoverers  

Enquirers: Looking at how different habitats create different sports. For example, Northern European creating skiers. 

Navigators: How have humans shaped the sporting habitats? 


You’ve Got a Friend in ME: (History)  

Olympics – different Olympic track and field events and a variety of experiences for all pupils during sports week.  

Celebrating sporting achievements and winning and losing 

What are the Olympics and their Values?  Striving for greatness. Early Enquirers.  

Olympics Values: Acceptance of others, working with different people, teamwork.  Different nationalities and cultures.  Respecting others. Enquirers  

Respecting difference, sportsmanship, trying something new, aiming to be the best. Coping with failure and success.  Navigators  

Cross-curricular Links 

How does PE support this? 


Where possible we try to acknowledge the link between PE, Science and Maths. 

Science: Understanding the body, it’s major parts and the effects of exercise has on the body. Begin to understand how we move and the link between a healthy diet and good physical health. 

Technology and Design: How different equipment can be used to support physical exercise and its benefits.  This can be fitness equipment and bikes. Using ICT to support filming, observing and analysing performances. 

Engineering: How to use equipment and apparatus in PE. Use our gross and fine motor skills to build/stack blocks into towers. Moving and placing equipment to design gymnastic routes, orienteering routes and obstacle courses. 

Arts: Expressive PE through Gymnastics and Dance. 

Maths: A wide variety of Maths skills are developed through PE from angles, counting, sorting and problem solving. 

English Skills 



Development of subject specific vocabulary relevant to learning activity, as well as thematic vocabulary where relevant.  

Pupils have regular opportunities to practice their speaking and listening skills. 

Maths Skills 


Number is used regularly as is the skills of sorting and organising.  

Develop understanding of object permanence. Ordinal number used in different athletic events, time and timers regularly used in lessons. 

SMSC and British Values 



Spiritual: PE and sport encourages the development of personal values and beliefs and an understanding of feelings and emotions by; attending different sporting events both at School and other establishments, and also supports building confidence and resilience by the competitive nature of some fixtures we attend.                                                                                                                                  

Moral: We encourage recognising right and wrong and play games and sports that have rules, which we teach, and play to. We also encourage the expression and development of personal views and opinions in PE lessons through the questioning of our pupil’s.                                                                                             

Cultural: Our pupils develop culturally through sport by; exploring and respecting diversity in the sports we play.                                                                                

Social: We develop our pupil’s socially through sport by attending fixtures against pupils from other Schools, playing competitive and semi competitive matches during lessons and giving opportunity to play sport during play times. This gives our pupil’s the opportunities to use and develop social skills, to cooperate and resolve conflicts with others and to be part of a team.                                            

British values: We encourage British values in all that we do in PE at Winchelsea. We do this in a number of ways, such as; encouraging democracy and the rule of law with everybody having a voice (through the sports council) and the right to play a fair game. 


Several staff teach PE across the school led by the PE coordinator Mr A. Dunnachie.

The curriculum involves differentiated delivery for all curriculum areas and runs from our EYFS class through to Year 11.  In KS 4 pupils take accreditations.

Throughout the whole school, all pupils take part in ‘Wake up Shake up’ for 15 minutes, five mornings a week. This involves a variety of structured activities including; wake and shake cardio and dance, run/walk around the field, high intensity interval training (HIIT) and a variety of class based yoga exercise activities.

We are also extremely lucky to have an outside gym, which is used by pupils during wake and shake, at playtimes and during certain lessons. This is also used for some pupils as part of their behavioural support programmes.

Curriculum Support

We run a curriculum support group all year written with a physiotherapist and led by the PE coordinator. The support looks to baseline and improve on things such as; crossing midline, eye tracking, shoulder and core strength and participation and confidence in sport and fitness. 

Celebration and Achievements 

Achieving Sports Mark – GOLD AWARD 

At Winchelsea we aim to participate in as many sporting fixtures and experiences as we can. This is demonstrated in our recent achievement of the Gold Award, Summer 2023. 

Duke of Edinburgh Award: Bronze 

Delivered each year in School since 2018.  The award involves learning new camp-craft skills where pupils enjoy a day led by experts, they will complete a period of time volunteering, a physical activity, learn a new skill or improve skills they already have. They also, complete practice walks and the two-day expedition.  

School Games: At Winchelsea School we play a lot of competitive sport and have represented the county in both Boccia and Table Cricket at the regional finals since 2018. We also take part in other competitions where applicable. We have also participated in the Can-Do Games hosted by Rockley, achieving good results in sailing and canoeing.  

Celebrating National Sports week 

Each summer we mark national sports week by having a week of sport and experiences for all pupils. The activities are fully inclusive and provide opportunities for pupils to experience sports that may not ordinarily appear on our curriculum. It is a very successful week and engagement within the activities is always very high. During the week we hold our annual sports days and sports days experiences.  

Special events: We mark special events at Winchelsea and have held several sporting events to raise money for charities. These events have included; everyone at Winchelsea running/walking a mile for sport relief, a staff v pupils cricket match and football matches for UNICEF awareness. 

Lunchtime sports: We encourage pupils to remain active during breaks and lunchtime play. To this end we have outside coaches come in and deliver sessions on the field for both our primary and secondary pupils. We also offer a range of sport on the playground ranging from basketball to boccia. 

See Sports Premium Information for further information on use of funding.