Physical Education

“Somewhere behind the athlete you’ve become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back … play for her.”

– Mia Hamm, Olympic gold medalist

Physical Education is the process of learning through physical activities designed to improve physical fitness, develop fine and gross motor skills, knowledge and behaviour of healthy and active living, sportsmanship, problem solving or tactical awareness and emotional intelligence. 

Physical Literacy is the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life”

At Haddenham Community Junior School we aim to:

  • Promote a holistic approach to Physical Education and Physical Literacy.

  • Help all our pupils to excel in a broad range of fundamental and transferable, physical skills and activities.

  • Engage and inspire our pupils to be physically active for sustained periods of time.

  • Inspire our pupils to lead healthy and active lives being aware of how diet affects the body.

  • Encourage all our pupils to participate and compete in a wide range of competitive sports and activities.

  • Promote the ‘active 30 minutes’ initiative throughout the academic year.

  • Increase physical activity during playtimes and lunchtimes by having a sports council team who plan and organise fun and interactive games for children to play.

  • Offer good links to community sports clubs and encourage our pupils to continue with sport and competition outside of school.

Our Curriculum:

Physical Education is a statutory subject in the national curriculum. All children should take part in a minimum of 2 hours of physical activity per week. The knowledge and understanding of which are set out in the 2014 national curriculum program of study. At HCJS, PE It is led, managed and assessed by the Physical development health and wellbeing curriculum team.

At HCJS we promote, through curriculum time and extra-curricular activities, a holistic approach to Physical Education. We believe in teaching core fundamental movement skills and applying them in game and sport specific situations. In Lower Key Stage 2 we focus on developing fundamental/transferable skills alongside game specific skills within modified game situations while Upper Key Stage 2 focuses upon developing tactical awareness, outwitting opponents, gameplay, coaching and leadership. 


Schemes of Work:

At HCJS we use the REAL PE and GET SET 4 PE Schemes of work to deliver our Physical Education lessons. 

Get Set 4 PE: 

This programme aligns with our core values, our whole child approach to PE and the objectives laid out in the National Curriculum. Get Set 4 PE is planned so that progression is built into the scheme which ensures our children are increasingly challenged as they move up through the school. The curriculum planning in PE is carried out in three phases. 

  1. The PE overview  is mapped out by the PE subject leader. It highlights unit coverage each term during the key stage.  (picture below)

  2. Our medium-term plans give details of each unit of work for each term. These schemes of work provide an overview of the unit, links to other areas of the National Curriculum and assessment criteria for that unit.

  3. The short-term lesson plans provide opportunities for children of all abilities to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in each activity area


This programme focuses on Fundamental skills essential to high quality PE participation and performance. It is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups (3,4,5) working on the same unit (cog) at the same time at their own level. There are six ‘cogs’ (half-term units of work) : personal, social, cognitive, creative, physical, health and fitness.  Each year group is taught one lesson per week. All lessons are delivered in an age- and stage-appropriate way so that they meet children’s needs.