Physical Education

Subject Leaders: Mrs Rachel Robinson and Mr Jack Snell

Aims and vision

Our vision is to provide high quality physical education and school sport through personal challenge and competition that will lead to life-long participation.

PE plays a vital role in promoting physical activities and a healthy lifestyle in a positive and enjoyable way for all pupils. Our curriculum aims to develop and challenge pupils’ abilities in a range of physical activities and sports – helping them to develop their personal fitness and learn important life skills such as teamwork, honesty and perseverance.

All children have opportunities to take part in a wide variety of different sports including tag rugby, hockey, handball, lacrosse, gymnastics and dance. We also offer a range of extra-curricular clubs to all year groups, these are run by high quality coaches.

Subject Leader Role

As subject leader in PE, we are lucky to be involved in monitoring lessons taught through observations and gathering both teacher views and the children’s voice. Through the sports premium funding, We are able to invest in high quality equipment for use both in lessons and outside on the playground. As part of our role, we are able to attend CPD courses, which enables us to learn about new and exciting opportunities in physical activities that benefit all children no matter their ability. Through this training, we are then responsible to share this knowledge with members of the teaching staff to develop their understanding and to ensure our teaching is as effective and up to date as possible. Our favourite part of this role is involving our children in many school competitions throughout the year developing important skills such as good sportsmanship and teamwork.

Please click here to see Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) Development in PE.


Please click here to see our School Development Plan 2023-24 

At Hartwell, we use the PE Hub scheme of work to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum. This scheme provides teaching staff with plans that build on the progression of fundamental skills. All year groups routinely complete the Daily Mile, helping with fitness, well-being and perseverance.

Please click here to see our Gold Mark Certificate.

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.

Pupils should be taught to:

  • 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. 

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.

Pupils should be taught to:

  • 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. 

Swimming and water safety

All schools must provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2.

In particular, pupils should be taught to:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres 
  • use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke] 
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations. 

Please click here to see our PE Curriculum Overview

Please click here to see our Skills Progression.

Please click here to see our Vocabulary Progression.