Physical Education

Part of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise

Faculty Leader:

  • Miss E. Heath

Subject Leader:

  • Mr A. Jones

Internal Stakeholders:

  • Mrs G. Bew (Level 5 Certificate in Primary School Physical Education Specialism)
  • Mr M. Slinn (Level 5 Certificate in Primary School Physical Education Specialism)

External Stakeholders:

  • Matt White (LMA Academy)
  • Nigel Edwards (Excel Academy and School Games Mark)

Subject Vision:

Through Physical Education at Milton Primary Academy, we aim for our children to develop a lifelong love of physical activity and sport, and in doing so, build a healthier academy and local community.

With this in mind, we believe that physical education, experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is a unique and vital contributor to a pupil’s physical development and well-being. Our vision for physical education and sport is therefore for every child to have the opportunity to take part in some form of physical activity on a regular basis, becoming more physically confident and competent in the process.

Principles of Outstanding PE

These are the ‘Principles of Outstanding PE’ at Milton Primary Academy. They were devised and agreed by the children and staff in January 2020, informed by the way we feel that PE should be taught across the Academy.

Principle 1: Children are excited and enthusiastic about PE.

Principle 2: Children lead their own learning, practising, playing, performing and competing in a range of physical disciplines.

Principle 3: PE develops both physical and mental wellbeing, as well as children inclination to lead a heathy lifestyle.

Principle 4: Teachers use a range of effective assessment strategies to inform the planning and teaching of PE.

Principle 5: Teachers introduce children to a range of age-appropriate PE and sporting terminology, and they use this confidently.

Principle 6: Children and adults appreciate the benefits of being active, making links to how, where and why it forms part of their everyday lives.

Principle 7: The progression of physical skills and conceptual understanding is carefully planned for and clearly evident.

Principle 8: Teachers enable children to access a range of enrichment opportunities, both within and beyond the curriculum.

PE Subject Leader

My name is Mr Jones and I am the PE subject lead at Milton Primary Academy. My role is to ensure that the teaching and learning of PE across our academy is relevant, engaging and enables all children to fulfil their potential. Most importantly though, alongside Mrs Bew and Mr Slinn, I’m always striving to ensure that each and every member of our school community is motivated and inspired to participate in a wide range of physical activities and sports.

In line with my own ethos and current best practice, PE at Milton is taught practically wherever possible, and I’m proud of the fact that our amazing PE team take every opportunity to provide our children with a number of exciting and engaging opportunities to participate in physical activity as part of our well-planned and progressive curriculum. In addition to this, I also believe that enrichment and wider opportunities should run through the veins of any effective PE curriculum and it does just that here at Milton Primary Academy. In the past few years, children have enjoyed playing a range of sports against other schools, including football, boccia, cricket, tennis, handball and tri-golf, as well as competing in a number of athletic events. We’ve been quite busy indeed!

As PE subject leader, I am confident, knowledgeable and enthusiastic and my passion for the subject can be traced right back to my experiences of PE and sport when I was at school. As a result, I am now a keen sportsman and currently play football for a local team, competing against others from across the West Midlands. It is this passion and enthusiasm that I hope to pass on to our children here at Milton Primary, as they embark on their journey as sportsmen and women and become physically competent, confident and lead a healthy lifestyle.

PE Curriculum

At Milton Primary Academy we aim to provide a PE curriculum that is creative, inclusive, challenging and inspired by the real-world. It inspires future thinkers, innovators and problem solvers in an immersive environment that stimulates curiosity and supports high-quality learning, allowing each and every learner to fulfil their potential.


In the Early Years Foundation Stage, we teach PE through the Physical Development strand of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.

Ongoing PE experiences and opportunities are planned for from the objectives set out in the Early Years Framework, which underpin the curriculum planning for children aged 3-5 at Milton Primary Academy. 

The experiences that we provide ensure that the children enjoy good level of physical development and by the end of the Reception year, they will be able to:

  • show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements,
  • move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space,
  • handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing,
  • know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe.

KS1 and KS2:

The Primary National Curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities,
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time,
  • engage in competitive sports and activities,
  • lead healthy, active lives.

With this in mind, our programme of study for PE clearly sets out what will be taught and learnt at each point in the year for all year groups, including the provision of swimming lessons in Years 3-6. In addition to this, our long-term plans detail a broad range of sports to which children will be exposed, as well as how the skills needed to participate in these sports progress from year to year.

Cross Curricular Links with PE

Fundamentally, everyone’s experience of the world is cross curricular, as everything that surrounds us can be seen and understood from multiple perspectives. Our PE curriculum at Milton Primary therefore aims to take advantage of a range of opportunities for children to make links between different subject areas, supporting the use and application of what has already been taught and learned in new and different ways and providing opportunities for deep, meaningful learning.

English (inc. Reading): English in the curriculum is comprised of four aspects: listening, writing, reading and speaking and the most widely used of these skills in P.E. are listening and speaking. During their PE lessons, children at Milton Primary therefore have the opportunity to hone and improve their speaking and listing skills by providing feedback to their peers relating to performance, whilst also giving them advice on how to improve further. Despite this, children do also have opportunities as part of their PE lessons to improve their reading skills as they use secondary sources, including books and the internet, to find out about the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle, including what constitutes a balanced diet.

Mathematics: As technology and testing now plays an increasingly important part in elite-level sport, we feel that it’s only right that we develop these skills in our physical education lessons, and this is where the maths comes in! For example, in their PE lessons, children measure time, distance, and speed, working out a mean average of their results and also determining their personal best; they also present their results and compare them to those of their peers by plotting data on a graph. What’s more, PE and maths are also closely linked by the use of grid references when orienteering, and also by applying a knowledge of sequences and symmetry when performing in dance and gymnastics.

Computing: At Milton Primary, we often draw on the skills we learn in our computing lessons to enhance the learning experiences of pupils in PE. In particular, video analysis of performance has always been a recognised way in which ICT can be used in PE. This technique allows pupils to see themselves performing and identify their specific strengths and areas in which they could improve. In addition to this, computing may also be used as a teaching tool, for example as a means of demonstrating a particular skill at the start of or during a lesson. Having watched a demonstration, what better way of analysing your own performance than filming it ‘before’ and ‘after’ deliberate practice, then comparing it with the performance of a peer?

SMSC and British Values: Opportunities for children to experience and understand SMSC and British Values can be found in many aspects of our PE curriculum at Milton Primary, no more so than when they participate in a range of both competitive and non-competitive team games.

  • Spiritual: In all aspects of our PE curriculum, pupils can develop a sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them. They are consistently encouraged to use their imagination and creativity in their learning and showcase a willingness to reflect on their own and others’ experiences.
  • Moral: PE in general teaches pupils about codes of conduct, rules and etiquette, including shaking hands and applauding the opposition. We therefore promote fair play at all times and encourage sportsmanship throughout, whilst advocating the idea that the only way you can achieve in sport to a high standard is by working hard and trying your best.
  • Social: Pupils at Milton Primary use of a range of social skills when engaging in physical activities in many different contexts. These include but are not restricted to: working and socialising with pupils from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, participating in a variety of social settings, cooperating well with others, as well as being able to resolve conflicts effectively.
  • Cultural: At all times, the staff at Milton Primary encourage a willingness to participate in sporting opportunities that will help to develop positive attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in our local, national and global communities. Examples of this include: learning about the development of sports in different countries, learning where different sports originate from and what the national sports of different countries are, taking part in our own Olympic games (sports day), and exploring and respecting a variety of cultural dances.
  • British Values: By engaging in PE and school sport, children are able to demonstrate a wide range of fundamental British Values. These include democracy (by following a code of conduct or assuming different roles in a team), the rule of law (competing against others within the rules and spirit of the game), individual liberty (by making judgements about their own and others’ performances) and mutual respect and tolerance (by respecting PE equipment and the school’s sporting environment).

Geography: Geography is an area that links well with Physical Education and key geographical skills can be developed through the medium of physical activities. Many PE lessons begin with warm-ups that involve the use of directional language and this can be further developed through the use of map-reading games that lead into more structured orienteering sessions within and beyond the school grounds.

Assessment in PE

At Milton Primary Academy we all agree that the effective assessment of children’s learning helps us to ensure that each child makes good or better progress so that ‘Together We Achieve Our Best.’ This section therefore outlines the various assessment methods and practices that we use to monitor pupil progress and attainment in PE at Milton Primary, and also ensure that the activities that we plan for our children are suitably matched to their ability and level of development.

Formative Assessment (AfL): During the teaching of each National Curriculum unit of learning in PE, children’s knowledge and performance is assessed on a lesson-by-lesson basis, using the principles of formative assessment, by their PE teacher. A range of low-stakes assessment activities are carried out in various forms, including performing in individually, in small groups, or as part of a team. When doing so, staff or children may record results such as the time it takes to run 60m, or the distance of a throw or jump. Many of the formative assessment tools that we use are done so at the teacher’s discretion, therefore ensuring that they are appropriate for the age of the children and nature of the topic.

Summative Assessment: At the end of each unit of learning, our PE staff also make a summative judgment relating to children’s knowledge, understanding and performance. This is then recorded on a tracking sheet and the academy’s assessment system to ensure seamless tracking of progress and attainment in PE across the academy.

Statutory Assessment and Reporting: In addition to the formative and summative assessment tools discussed above, we are also required to publish the percentage of pupils in our Year 6 cohort that have met the National Curriculum requirements for swimming. These include being able 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], and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.

Educational Visits and Enrichment

At Milton Primary Academy we place great emphasis on the importance of educational visits and visitors to enhance the teaching and learning of PE. These visits and visitors, which provide valuable opportunities for learning through first-hand experience, are therefore an integral part of the curriculum and allow our children to make valuable connections between what they have learned in their PE lessons and their first-hand experiences in the real-world.

Whole School Enrichment and Clubs: During their time at Milton, all pupils have access to extra-curricular PE and sports clubs, and we are pleased to currently be working with LMA Academy to offer these opportunities each year. The clubs that we offer at Milton Primary include: running, football, multi-skills, dance, cricket and netball, as well as much, much more.

In addition to these fantastic extra-curricular clubs and enrichment opportunities, we are also very proud that many of our children at Milton Primary choose to compete against other schools as part of our inter-school sports teams. In the past few years, these children have really excelled themselves in events and competitions including a festival of dance, football league, cross country league, as well as tri-golf, boccia, handball, tag rugby and hockey tournaments.

Please see below a range of photos that show just a few of the things that we have been up to recently.




Pupil Voice

At Milton Primary Academy we believe that the view of every pupil is important to ensure that we provide the best education possible. Here is a selection of pupil voice collected during the 2019/20 academic year, and in some cases, what we are doing / have done to improve the PE education that we provide.

Dylan in Nursery said… “I like playing on the climbing frame.”

Millie in Year 1 said.. “I like dancing in the hall when we do PE with Mrs Bew.”

Sonny in Year 2 said…Mr White teaches us lots of new things in PE and he brings lots of different equipment for us to use.”

Jacob in Year 3 said…It was good when we used the iPad to video ourselves doing the long jump on the field but I want to do this more.”

Jacob said it… we did it!! Mr Slinn and Mrs Bew have lots of amazing ideas for how we can further incorporate the iPads and other forms of technology into our PE lessons. We’re sure you’ll see this happen lots more over the next 12 months!

Lily-Mae in Year 4 said… I like using the equipment when we do gymnastics because Mr Slinn and Mrs Bew are really good at showing us how to do things!”

Harley in Year 5 said…The Hanley football league is really good because we play against some good teams and then we get better as a team.”

Sienna in Year 6 said…I’d like more chances to play team games and have competitions during school time.

Sienna said it… we did it!! We have arranged for Mr White to run some intra-school competitions and games during lunchtimes, and this will be taking place on three lunchtimes each week. Keep an eye out for him on the KS2 playground and make sure that you get involved!


Please see below a selection of documents that relate to the intent, implementation, and impact of PE teaching and learning at Milton Primary Academy. If you require any additional information relating to this subject, then please contact the subject leader, Mr A. Jones, via the academy office (