PE Curriculum Statement

Encouraging our pupils to have fun, be fit and play fair!

At Carnagill School, our curriculum is built around the attitudes and values of independence, curiosity, aspiration, commitment, kindness and pride.  Our school motto of ‘Inspiring Bright Futures Together’ demonstrates our commitment to developing the whole child so that they can succeed in life. Mental health and well-being is a key driver in restoring our school community after the disruption of the pandemic.

At Carnagill School, the curriculum we offer is based around the four key principles of:

We underpin all of this with:



Obesity levels among primary school pupils continued to fall in 2022/23 after reaching the highest recorded levels during the covid pandemic. However, obesity prevalence among year 6 children, aged 10-11, remains above pre-pandemic levels. Last year (Jul 23) we reported that only 6% of our Y6 cohort met the National Curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety. A pupil survey showed that only 22% of our KS2 children attend swimming lessons outside of school. At Carnagill, we believe that it is important for all children to receive a high-quality PE education regardless of their starting points or experience outside of school.  


The PE curriculum is built around our attitudes and values. We want all children to: 

  • Be independent physically – from toileting and mark-making in our Early Years to evaluating and recognising their own physical success in Upper KS2. 
  • Be curious about new sports and develop their fundamental movement skills to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. 
  • Aspire to lead healthy, active lives and develop their competence to excel and succeed in a broad range of physical activities. 
  • Show commitment and be physically active for sustained periods of time. Our children will have self-discipline and will understand that to be successful, you must work hard, show resilience and have the determination to believe that anything can be achieved. 
  • Be kind when communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. This will build character and embed values such as fairness and respect. 
  • Be proud when achieving their personal best and know how to excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. 


  • We at Carnagill promote the idea that PE is built upon 3 pillars of progression; motor competence; rules, strategies and tactics; and healthy participation.  
  • Pupils build declarative and procedural knowledge about physical activity –  the ‘know what’ and ‘know how and when’.  
  • Our PE curriculum incorporates a variety of sports to ensure all children develop the confidence, tolerance and the appreciation of their own and others’ strengths and weaknesses.  
  • We provide opportunities for all children to engage in extra-curricular activities during and after school, in addition to competitive sporting events. This is an inclusive approach which encourages not only physical development but also positive health and well-being.  
  • Our curriculum is based around key questions e.g. ‘What does it mean to be healthy?’ Annually, the school celebrates ‘Healthy Eating Week’ to educate and promote a healthy lifestyle. Children engage in different workshops, activities and sports, and the week culminates with our whole-school Sports day.   
  • Our children will develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success. 
  • Specialised sports coaches are used for CPD to support staff in planning and delivering the PE Curriculum.  
  • The fundamental movement skills are developed from our Early Years right through into KS2. These are a specific set of skills that involve different body parts such as feet, legs, trunk, head, arms and hands. These skills are the “building blocks” for more complex and specialised skills that kids will need throughout their lives to competently participate in different games, sports and recreational activities 
  • Our lessons will be highly engaging enabling all young people, whatever their circumstances or ability, to take part in and enjoy PE and sport. 
  • Short, well-planned activities will build on what the children have previous been taught so they will know more, do more and remember more. 
  • The STEP(space, task, equipment, people) approach is used to adapt, differentiate and extend our PE and sports lessons. 
  • Subject vocabulary is displayed in the hall to support learning as well as being reinforced by teachers. 


Through providing opportunities for play both indoors and outdoors, adults at Carnagill support children to develop their core strength, stability, balance, spatial awareness, co-ordination and agility. 

Gross motor development is encouraged on our fabulous outdoor equipment and balance bikes. We provide the foundation for developing healthy bodies and social and emotional well-being. 

Fine motor control is encouraged in every provision area and precision helps with hand-eye co-ordination which is later linked to early literacy. 


All children are valued as unique individuals at Carnagill, regardless of their ethnicity, culture, religion, background, ability or gender. The curriculum is planned to meet the needs of the individual child and supports them at their own pace to achieve their personal best. We strongly believe that early identification of children with additional needs is crucial to enabling us to give the child the support that they need whilst working alongside external agencies and parents. Support is given within the classroom setting as appropriate and is planned according to need and next steps.  



Our PE curriculum improves the well-being and fitness of all children at Carnagill, not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and attitudes. We ensure that our PE curriculum is progressive and allows children to develop fundamental skills and apply them to a variety of sports and activities. 

Within our lessons, children are taught about self-discipline and that to be successful they need to take ownership and responsibility of their own health and fitness. Our impact is therefore to motivate children to utilise these underpinning skills in an independent and effective way in order to live happy and healthy lives. 



Boogie Bounce                               Fitness Circuit with GB athlete                            Judo workshops

Ready-set-ride club


PE Progression Map

PE Curriculum