Physical Education

Our PE curriculum is based on the National Curriculum, which can be found here for Key Stage 1 and 2.  It aims to help pupils develop an enjoyment of physical activity and sport, to take part in team sports and individual pursuits, to compete against others and develop sportsmanship; to maintain their personal fitness and wellbeing.  

PE is taught by our PE lead teacher, Mrs Farrer, by class teachers and by specialist sports coaches.  Each child will receive at least two PE lessons a week.

Swimming is taught to children in KS2 by a specialist swimming coach at Coggeshall Community Pool, with the aim that all children should leave primary school able to swim at least 25m.

At Great Tey, we also offer a wide range of after-school sports clubs to extend children's skills and enjoyment.  In the Summer Term 2022, these included volleyball, gymnastics, cricket, football and dance.  At least 4 sports clubs are offered each week.

Please read on below to find more information on what we teach, how we teach it and how we ensure we are creating athletes and sports people of the future!

Why do we teach PE?

We are creating future sports men and women by ....

  • developing children's confidence to take part in team games and individual pursuits
  • recognising the power of physical activity and sport to develop fitness, improve well-being, maintain health and change lives
  • ensuring children have opportunities to take part in a wide range of activities so they can find the ones that best suit them
  • ensuring children can swim sufficiently well to keep themselves safe
  • revisiting key skills and knowledge across the primary years to ensure children's skills are embedded and built upon each year
  • developing children's team skills
  • introducing children to the wide range of jobs sports people can do and nurturing their ambitions to work in sport-based jobs in the future, contributing to their communities and the wider world

What do we learn?

Whole School Curriculum Map

Our Whole School Curriculum Map for PE can be found here -  Year A      Year B                                         It shows how different skills will be developed over your child's time at Great Tey.

(To decide which year we are in, A or B, years starting in an 'odd' year - September 2023, 2025 etc. - are Year A, years beginning in an 'even' year - September 2022, 2024 etc. - are Year B.)   

Class Maps

Please see below for our Class Maps, which give further information on skills development in your child's class.

Click here for our PE Long Term Plan, which shows which sports the different classes will practise each half term.  Year A covers the Year 2023-24; Year B covers the Year 2022-23.

Click here for the skills we will develop in Ducklings Class -        Year A       Year B

Click here for the skills we will develop in Sparrows Class -        Year A       Year B

Click here for the skills we will develop in Robins Class -            Year A       Year B

Click here for the skills we will develop in Woodpeckers Class -  Year A       Year B

Alongside these skills, children in KS2 (Y3-6) have a six-week block of swimming lessons at Coggeshall Community Pool each year.  They are taught swimming skills, including front crawl, breaststroke, backstroke and survival skills.  The National Curriculum states that all children in primary school should be taught to - 

- swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres 

- use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]

- perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.

In 2022/23, 10 children achieved this level.  2 children did not achieve the expected level.  This is partly due to a lack of swimming opportunities in the previous two years due to Covid restrictions. 

 What does our learning in PE help us to do?

- develop our fitness levels, and our understanding of the importance of exercise for long-term health

- develop our team skills, cooperating and working with others

- develop our sportsmanship, so that we can react to defeat and to success appropriately

- develop our fine and gross motor skills and our hand-eye coordination

- enjoy a variety of sports, finding the ones we like best

- make connections with others through shared pastimes

-  prepare for our future, whether working in a sports-based career or continuing to develop our interest in sport for enjoyment, either through spectating or playing.