Oakhill Primary School

‘Working together for a brighter future’


Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

In PE we learn about fitness and health


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PE in EYFS focusses firstly on gross motor skills as pupils learn to move in different directions and at different speeds. This then progresses onto working on good control and coordination in large and small movements. Moving into Key Stages 1 and 2, we focus on teaching children a range of skills and then apply these to a different sports. As many of our pupils do not have chance to access sports clubs outside of school, we plan our curriculum to expose pupils to as many different sports as possible during their time at Oakhill. These include gymnastics, dance, swimming, football, rugby, cricket, golf, netball, basketball and athletics. We explicitly teach the children about the importance of physical exercise and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe. Children learn to play cooperatively, taking turns with others and take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity. 


Substantive and Disciplinary Knowledge in PE


Substantive knowledge is the carefully sequenced, factual knowledge that we learn through our curriculum; our life-long learning and other information that we learn alongside this. Substantive knowledge cannot be learnt in isolation, but requires prior knowledge that enables us to make sense of what we have learnt. We learn this through the sequencing of our lessons. Prior knowledge must be revisited and misconceptions actively diagnosed.


Disciplinary knowledge is the way in which we learn. In PE we learn through applying and experimenting with actions, balances, movements and skills.


Progression in PE


Progression is carefully planned into our PE curriculum. We evidence this in a number of ways including the following: 


  • EYFS Development Matters (Physical Development)
  • National Curriculum: Physical Education (Analysis of Progression across the Key Stages)
  • Bee Active: Long-term plan for Oakhill Primary School
  • Bee Active: Identifying Life Stages
  • Bee Active: Long term participant Development
  • Bee Active: Fundamental Movement Skills (timeline)

PE Progression and Topics

What our pupils say about PE at Oakhill


"Bee Active coaches show us how to improve our skills and then we practise them!"

"Fitness Friday helps us to stay fit and keeps us active." 

"We play fun games. We catch and throw and do underarm and overarm throwing."