Physical Education

Part of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise

Subject Leader:

  • Miss J. Rowe

Faculty Leader:

  • Miss J. Rowe

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 September 2021, informed by the way we feel that PE should be taught across the Academy.

Principle 1: Children are excited and enthusiastic about PE, as they are taught to know more and remember more.

Principle 2: Lessons are carefully planned and delivered, so that new material is delivered in a way that is clear, interesting and useful. 

Principle 3: Instruction is focused on the learning intention and pedagogical tools do not detract from the knowledge that needs to be remembered. 

Principle 4: Through spaced-retrievalpreviously taught content is revisited to ensure that new content can be understood and is retained in the long-term memory. 

Principle 5: Formative assessment is regularly used to check that children retain knowledge and that they can retrieve previously taught content from their long-term memory.

Principle 6: 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. The areas of physical activity (games, gymnastics, dance, athletics, swimming and outdoor activities) are set out in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum 2014.


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:

ELG: Gross Motor Skills

–  Negotiate space and obstacles safely, with consideration for themselves and others;

–  Demonstrate strength, balance and coordination when playing;

–  Move energetically, such as running, jumping, dancing, hopping, skipping and climbing.

KS1 and KS2:

The Primary National Curriculum for PE 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 learned 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 knowledge needed to participate in these sports progresses from year to year.

Swimming and Water Safety

Swimming provision takes place in Key Stage 2, usually Years 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Pupils will be taught to:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres,
  • use a range of strokes effectively,
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.

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 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 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 on the academy’s assessment system to ensure seamless tracking of progress and attainment in PE across the academy. In order to support staff in making accurate assessment judgements relating to children’s learning in PE, they use the PEDPASS (Physical Education, Daily Physical Activity & School Sport) scheme to form objectives and to sustain a key focus in each session. In the Early Years Foundation Stage, objectives and assessment judgments are devised and made in line with Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

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 Reception said… “I like playing on the climbing frame.”

Millie in Year 2 said.. “I like dancing in the hall when we do PE with Mrs Bew.”

Sonny in Year 3 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 5 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 5 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 6 said…The Hanley football league is really good because we play against some good teams and then we get better as a team.”


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 (