Pupils in PE lesson at Elms Bank


Elms Bank recognises the vital contribution of physical education to a child’s physical, cognitive, social and emotional development as well as the role it can play in a child’s spiritual, moral and cultural development. We aim to provide a broad and balanced P.E. curriculum to aid children’s increasing self-confidence in their ability to manage themselves and their bodies within a variety of movement situations. Through a balance of individual, paired and group activities, we aim to cater for the different strengths, needs and preferences of each child, using differentiated activities where appropriate. Physical activity not only improves health, reduces stress and improves concentration, but also promotes correct physical growth and development. We believe that through the variety of opportunities that PE offers, children can develop a sense of personal achievement, fair play, teamwork and an understanding of the ways in which sport can transcend social and cultural boundaries. Through providing positive experiences, a lifelong interest in physical activity is encouraged. The range of physical activities is wide and includes athletics, dance, games, gymnastics, trampolining and outdoor education. A high quality programme is designed to satisfy the needs, abilities and interests of all individual children.


Physical development:

  • To develop physical competence and confidence by acquiring and developing a range of fine and gross motor skills.
  • To be aware of the different shapes and movements that can be made with the body.
  • To develop knowledge, skills and understanding, and the ability to remember, repeat and refine actions with increasing control and accuracy.
  • To promote fitness and a healthy lifestyle by understanding the effects of exercise on the body and the importance of developing strength, endurance and flexibility
  • To appreciate the value of safe exercising.

Social and emotional development:

  • To develop a love of physical exercise.
  • To develop the ability to work independently and communicate with, and respond appropriately towards others using verbal and non-verbal communication.
  • To develop confidence in their own skills and abilities.
  • To promote an understanding of safe practice, and develop a sense of responsibility towards the safety of themselves and others.
  • To realise that the right exercise for you can be fun and will give you energy for other things in life.
  • To create and plan games and teach them to one another.
  • To develop a sense of fair play.

Cognitive development:

  • To develop decision making and problem solving skills.
  • To develop reasoning skills and the ability to make judgements.
  • To develop an increasing ability to select, link and apply skills, tactics and compositional ideas.
  • To develop the ability to communicate non-verbally with the body
  • To improve observational skills, the ability to describe and make simple judgements on their own and others’ work, and to use this knowledge and understanding to improve their own performance
  • To understand that using the correct technique will improve accuracy and individual performance.
  • To be able to evaluate performance and act upon constructive criticism.

Spiritual, moral and cultural development:

  • To develop a positive attitude to themselves and others.
  • To experience a range of differing activities and realise that physical activity doesn’t have to be about winning a competition - doing your best is as important.
  • To be able to encourage others and give praise for their achievements so that when children perform they do not fear failure.
  • To treat your team, the opposition and the referee with respect.
  • To raise self-esteem through opportunities to celebrate sporting success.