Physical Education at Portsdown Primary School and Early Years

‘Our vision is for every child to love learning, be compassionate and achieve now and in the future. Working together with our communities, we will give our children roots to grow and wings to fly’

At Portsdown Primary School and Early Years, Physical Education (P.E) is an integral part of our curriculum that is inclusive and engages all pupils, in a supportive and challenging environment. In P.E, children learn to build confidence, challenge themselves and work as a team. This enables children to cooperate and collaborate effectively, compete appropriately against others, adhere to principles of fairness, show sportmanship and respect, values we hope to embed for future life. We aim to nurture confident, resilient children who strive to achieve their potential through a wealth of competitive experiences and performances. Portsdown Primary School and Early Years works in partnership with Portsmouth in the Community, our partner of choice, to provide all children the opportunity to participate, grow and develop their physical activity. Pupils have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of sports, dance and gymnastics within their taught lessons, lunch time and after school activities.

We aim to deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities which enable all children to succeed, give their best efforts at all times, achieve their potential and personal best. We aspire for children to acquire, develop and refine their practical skills and techniques; to further their knowledge and understanding of PE concepts and principles and develop their overall competence, to enjoy and excel in, our wide range of sporting opportunities.

At Portsdown Primary School and Early Years we understand the importance that PE, School Sport and physical activity has on children’s general health, fitness and wellbeing. We provide opportunities for all children to be physically active for sustained periods of time and across the school day. We also teach children the importance of leading healthy lives and making informed lifestyle decisions.

Physical Education (PE) in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS):  the Nursery and Year R

 PE in the Nursery and Year R is a key part of the ‘Physical Development’ area of the EYFS Curriculum although there are also key links to the Personal, Social and Emotional Development; and Expressive Arts and Design areas of the EYFS Curriculum).  Within the provision at Portsdown Primary School and Early Years, the children in EYFS will move freely and with pleasure and confidence in a range of ways, such as slithering, shuffling, rolling, crawling, walking, running, jumping, skipping, sliding and hopping. They will learn to negotiate space successfully when playing racing and chasing games with other children, adjusting speeds or direction to avoid obstacles. They will travel with confidence and skill, around, under, over and through balancing and climbing equipment, for example, on the play trails.

EYFS Statutory Framework

Key Stage 1

The children at Portsdown Primary School and Early Years will be supported to 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 will have the opportunity to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.
The children at Portsdown Primary School and Early Years will 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
  • Participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
  • Perform dances using simple movement patterns

Year 1’s dance performance

Key Stage 2

The children at Portsdown Primary School and Early Years will 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 will be supported to develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and
sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success. The children at Portsdown Primary School and Early Years will be  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.

Communicating and collaborating in P.E.

PE Curriculum Planner

PE Progression of skills

PE Subject Report

National Curriculum for PE

Girls’ Football Match

The girls’ football team returned to Barncroft in order to play a friendly. It was a great opportunity to play in their new kits. The first half was very close, with both teams having shots on target. All of the girls, from both sides, tried their hardest in order to be their best. Portsdown were able to come away with a well deserved victory.

Sports Day

Well done to all of the Portsdown children who took part in our Sports’ Days across the school and nursery. It was great to see the children enjoying themselves and participating in a variety of activities. Thank you parents/carers for all your support across the Sports Days. Well done everyone!

Portsdown Primary Dance Club

Portsdown’s Dance Club had a very busy day performing 3 times in a single day: twice to the school and then to their families! They all did brilliantly and made the school proud. Well done to you all!

The children have been working very hard over the last few weeks learning and performing a new set of dance routines based upon the book ‘The page master’ where fantastic creatures arise from the pages of what seems an ordinary book….

Or so he thought…