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Physical Education


At St. Dunstan’s School, we aim to develop pupils who will be physically active; we promote key attributes such as determination, hard work, teamwork and responsibility by ensuring all pupils have access to high-quality sports provision  so that pupils  flourish in a range of different physical activities.  

Our PE curriculum aims to develop pupils who: 

  • Are willing to practice skills in a range of different activities and situations, alone, in small groups and teams, and to apply these skills in chosen activities to achieve high levels of performance; 

  • Have and maintain high levels of physical fitness; 

  • Lead a healthy lifestyle which is achieved by eating sensibly, being aware of the dangers of drugs, smoking and alcohol and exercising regularly; 

  • Can remain physically active for sustained periods of time and have an understanding of the importance of this in promoting long-term health and well-being; 

  • Take the initiative and become excellent young leaders, organising and officiating, evaluating what needs to be done to improve, and motivating and instilling excellent sporting attitudes in others; 

  • Employ imagination and creativity in their techniques, tactics and choreography; 

  • Can improve their own and others’ performance 

  • Have a keen interest in physical activity and PE - a willingness to participate eagerly in every lesson, a highly positive attitude and the ability to make informed choices about engaging fully in extracurricular sports; 

  • Can swim at least 25 metres before the end of Year 6 and know how to remain safe in and around water 

At St. Dunstan’s, we have developed an all-inclusive range of sporting opportunities in school and extracurricular activities, such as dance, football, gymnastics, rugby and cricket, that offer pupils a wide variety of opportunities to access sports that they may not have access to outside of school time. The P.E. curriculum at St. Dunstan’s provides children with a relevant, coherent, progressive knowledge of the fundamental movement, skills and further links to health and well-being.  

These are explored through our teaching of: 

  • Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) 

  • Outdoor sports (football/ tennis/ basketball/ rounders/ cricket/ athletics) 

  • Indoor sports (dance/ gymnastics) 

  • Outdoor and Adventurous Activities (OAA) 

  • Swimming 

  • Fitness 


As part of the planning process, teachers plan the following: 

  • A cycle of lessons for each subject, which carefully plans for progression and depth (Get set for PE); 

  • The use of regular formative and summative assessments are used to support learners’ ability to block learning and increase space in the working memory; 

  • Challenge questions for pupils to apply their learning in a philosophical/open manner; 

  • Opportunities to work with experts in the field (e.g. ‘Raising the Level’ and ‘Class Act Theatrix’) and learn from their work ethic and demonstrations of good practice. 


Our PE Curriculum is high quality, well-thought-out, and planned to demonstrate progression across the different year groups. If children keep up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. Within lessons, there are opportunities for formative assessment that is ongoing throughout each lesson. It judges progress and enables teachers to adapt flexibly to their planned teaching. Through ongoing assessment, tasks are matched to each child's ability through differentiated activities and adult support, thus providing a stimulating challenge for pupils. 

In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods: 

  •  A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes; 

  •  Pupil discussions about their learning; 

  •  The tracking of performance in competitive sports; 

  •  Assessments of pupils' achievements against the National Curriculum.