Physical Education

Our vision

At Houghton Conquest Lower School, by supporting the needs of all students, we aim for all pupils to leave school physically literate. We aim to build upon each pupil’s learning in Pre-School, to develop their knowledge, skills and motivation to equip them for a healthy, active lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.


Our intent for the PE curriculum is to engage and develop the whole child, giving them the knowledge, skills and understanding, so that they can create positive relationships with physical activity and achieve physically and mentally in PE, sport and within their community. We aim to teach our children how to cooperate and collaborate with each other as part of an effective team, understanding fairness and equality of play to embed life-long values. Our aim is to improve the wellbeing and fitness of all children. Our intention is to encourage our children to be ambitious, to challenge themselves and take responsibility of their own health and fitness. They should also have the communication, teamwork and collaboration skills in which they can transfer to other situations. Our PE curriculum intends to challenge and promote self-awareness and self-esteem through the development of physical confidence and problem solving. We aim to provide opportunities for our children to be resilient and cope with both success and failure in competitive, individual and team based physical activities. We want to encourage our children to understand the relevance of what they are learning and its relation to everyday life. By the time our children leave our school, we want them to have mastered the fundamental movement skills, as well as knowing how to lead healthy lifestyles so they can be both physically and mentally well.

We intend to use the PE and Sport Premium funding to provide sustained improvement in PE provision, focusing on the five key indicators:

  1. The engagement of all children in regular physical activity
  2. The profile of PE and sport being raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement.
  3. Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport.
  4. Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all children.
  5. Increased participation in competitive sport.


PE, School Sport and Physical Activity at Houghton Conquest Lower School is taught by class teachers, Physical Education Specialist, qualified sports coaches and a qualified Forest School Leader.

Children have equal opportunities to take part in a range of sports and physical activities within a supportive environment where effort as well as success is recognised. Children are encouraged to participate in exercise throughout the day during PE lessons, clubs, outdoor learning, lunch provision and special events. We provide opportunities for all children to engage in extra-curricular activities.

The EYFS has one formal PE session a week alongside the environmental physical environment of the EY curriculum. This focuses on fundamental movement skills. In KS1, children participate in two high quality PE lessons each week. We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. Children are given the opportunity to practise skills in a variety of ways and each lesson builds upon the previous skills, allowing them time to embed it.

We use the Real PE scheme to support the development of children’s fundamental movement skills. Not only does this improve skills such as agility, balance and coordination, it promotes the growth and development of the whole child through six multi-abilities which are personal, social, creative, cognitive, physical and health and fitness.


Health & Fitness





Our PE curriculum incorporates a variety of sports and activities to ensure all children develop the confidence, tolerance and the appreciation of their own and others’ strengths and weaknesses. PE lessons are inclusive to all. All children are given the chance to challenge themselves through making supported and independent learning choices. Children are also given time to reflect on their learning and take part in self, peer and group feedback within the lesson.

Children are invited to attend competitive sporting events within the local area. This is an inclusive approach which endeavours to encourage not only physical development but also mental well-being. These events also develop teamwork and leadership skills and are enjoyed by the children. Children’s achievements in and out of school are valued and celebrated using school displays throughout the year.


Our vision is to provide high quality teaching in PE, competitive school sports and broad range of physical activities for all children, of all abilities; to ensure the following pupil outcomes are achieved:

* Progress for all children is evident, regardless of their starting points.

* Children improve their fine and gross motor skills

* Children acquire the age appropriate related knowledge and skills linked to the PE curriculum.

* Confident children who have a keen interest in PE and a willingness to participate in PE lessons with positive attitudes.

* Children with a secure understanding of the benefits of leading healthy lifestyles.

* Children eager to attend after school clubs and competitive sports events.

* Children with the ability to remain physically active for sustained periods and an understanding of the importance of this in promoting long-term health and well-being.

* Ambitious children who have the confidence to compete in sport and other activities that build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.

* Children who know how to lead healthy lifestyles so they can be both physically and mentally well and fully engaged in their community and the wider world.

Curriculum Maps


Physical Education Progression of Skills