P.E. Curriculum

What does PE look like at Boldmere Junior School?

At Boldmere, we truly recognise the age-old adage of ‘healthy body, healthy mind’ and consequently priortise PE and school sport as a fundamental, and core, aspect of the curriculum we offer. We aim to consistently challenge our children to achieve their personal best through providing exciting and stimulating opportunities for all abilities. This is to be achieved through enabling every child access to a wide range of opportunities inside and outside of the school.


All children at Boldmere access a minimum of two weekly PE lessons, in addition to a broad extra-curricular offer wherein every child is given the opportunity to take part in game-specific clubs. To ensure an inclusive approach is adopted, the school recently began offering a be-spoke focused PE session targeting the needs of children who find access to PE in the mainstream a challenge. In addition to this, on a termly basis, provision is made for classes to take part in an additional PE session giving them the opportunity to ‘try something new’. The planning and delivery of the core PE curriculum shared between a specialist PE and sports’ coach and by class teachers. The school has adopted a published scheme, the PE hub, as it promotes skill development, teaches children about the importance of cooperation and self-reflection and in turn, helps develop a life-long love of PE and physical activity more broadly. At Boldmere, we recognise that as with other subjects, PE should develop progressively the skills, knowledge and understanding children acquire throughout the school, building upon prior learning. Our thoughtfully developed progression maps cater for this, ensuring that learning is appropriately sequenced and gives opportunity for deliberate repetition and practise in a range of contexts.  Sporting opportunities strongly contribute to our extra-curricular offer, as we believe the enjoyment and sense of achievement that can be gained through participation in physical activity is vital to the personal development of all children. In addition, the teaching of swimming and outdoor adventurous activities are also prominent in our curricular delivery. Swimming is taught to all children in school, with the current focus targeting children in year five and those in our Boldmere inclusion base, with further opportunity then given to weaker swimmers during the academic year. Outdoor and adventurous activity provision is also a core component of what we deliver in school, primarily offered through two excellent, and progressively more challenging outward bound residential visits, the first offered to children in year four and the second to children in year six.


  • The range of sporting activities offered to children, including through competitive sport for all children is a real strength of the school. This is rigorously tracked to ensure the equality in our offer.
  • Children achieve well in PE at the school, as a result of the progressive and sequential curriculum offer. This is evidenced by the success achieved by children in competitive events.

Surveys indicate that children are consistently enthusiastic and positive about PE and school sport that we believe is testament to the diverse offer of activities available, ranging from yoga to gardening.


When a child leaves Boldmere, they will have:

  • An underlying love for sport that they will continue with throughout adult life.
  • Understand the importance of teamwork and how to work as part of a team.
  • Knowledge of a healthy lifestyle and the importance of healthy, active lifestyles.
  • Chances to compete in a range of sports for school sports teams or in inter-house competitions.


Currently, our Year 5 classes complete swimming lessons, with additional sessions for children in Y5 and Y6 children  if they haven't achieved all three KS2 Swimming expectation objectives. During our swimming lessons, children are taught how to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres in a range of different strokes. We also focus on ensuring children understand what water safety is, and how to perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations. All of our children are assessed at the end of their swimming block, to allow us to monitor progress.

We also compete in the WSAS Swimming gala to allow children access to competitive swimming at school.

Our current Y6 (in the 2022/23) academic year have the following figures for swimming:

Swimming Expectation


Children who can swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres:


Can use a range of strokes effectively:


Can perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations:




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Competitive Games

In PE, we regularly play competitive games, such as badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis. For these, we apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending. We discuss performances and tactics and apply these to game situations after learning new skills!





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For all areas of our PE curriculum, we ensure all children compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.


Healthy Lifestyles

We also promote healthy lifestyles by teaching children about the impact of exercise on the body as well as the benefits of having a balanced diet. As children progress through KS2, they understand the importance of a warm up and cool down and also look at different muscle groups. Children should know about food groups and what makes a healthy meal! We also encourage children to cook and teach them basic cooking skills.