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What does PE look like at South Wonston?


Our intent at South Wonston Primary School is to promote physical activity whilst developing fundamental movement skills.  We want to foster a love for sport and a healthy lifestyle to support our mental health. Our children will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to engage in physical activities independently whilst recognising the health benefits. We aim to provide a safe and inclusive environment where all students can participate, challenge themselves, and experience success in physical education.



Physical Education (PE) is a prime area of learning within the EYFS as it provides the basis for the development of other skills such as maintaining attention, reading and writing. Therefore, physical activity is encouraged within the indoor and outdoor provision. Specific areas have been developed to ensure children can learn and practice specific skills to ensure they have the best start in developing their motor competence. Emphasis is placed on children having fun and enjoyable sessions regularly to which inspires a love for physical activity.


KS1 children participate in 2 hours of curriculum PE, covering 2 areas of PE per half term. These are carefully planned and mapped out to encourage children to master motor competence and build on the fundamental skills developed in the EYFS. We focus on the development of our 3 key areas; motor competence (Hands), healthy participation (Heart) and our skills, strategies and tactics (Head). We provide a challenging and enjoyable learning through a range of sporting activities which cover the following skills: hit, catch and run, send and return, attach and defend and run jump and throw. We also cover the specific techniques related to gymnastics and dance. These lessons ensure an inclusive approach which endeavors to encourage not only physical development but also supporting mental well-being.  


When children enter KS2, they continue to have 2 hours of curriculum PE ensuring the Head, Hand and Heart expectations are met. These lessons become sport focused ensuring they have developed an in depth understanding of the rules and expectations for each sport covered. Sports chosen have been led by our pupil voice whilst considering a broad range of choice is available.

We believe strongly that swimming is a life skill, therefore in Year 5 children take part in 12 weeks of swimming lessons to pass their KS2 swimming expectations. If children do not meet the required standard they are invited to attend again in Year 6 to give them the best possible chance to develop these crucial skills.

Each year a small group of Year 5 and 6 children are invited to become Sports Leaders for the school. They develop into sporting role models for the younger children, assisting with lunch-time clubs and small competitions and our annual Sports Day.

KS1 and KS2

KS1 and 2 children are invited to attend competitive sporting events within the local area. This is an inclusive approach which endeavours to encourage not only physical development but also mental well-being. These events also develop teamwork and leadership skills and are very much enjoyed by the children.

We also offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities to encourage children to be active outside of school. These include dance, gym, multi-sports, karate, dodgeball and tennis.


At South Wonston, our children enjoy PE and develop a love of physical activity which leads to a high level of participation in sporting activities in a range of sports. Children acquire the skills, knowledge and values to achieve their personal best fostering an internal competitiveness. Our pupils are physically active and this has positive impact on their learning in the classroom. All pupils understand the values and importance of fair play, being a good sportsperson and how to communicate effectively. Children understand how to lead a healthy lifestyle and the importance of exercise within this. They leave South Wonston with the skills, knowledge and values to lead happy and healthy lives.