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Our Aims

At Linden Road Academy, we strive to deliver a high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities.


It provides opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way that supports their health and fitness.

There are opportunities to compete in sport and other activities that build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.


The curriculum at Linden Road Academy for physical education 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.


By the end of each key stage, pupils will be expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.


When our students move on to high school they will be expected in Key Stage Three to build on and embed the physical development and skills learned in key stages 1 and 2, become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques, and apply them across different sports and physical activities. They should understand what makes a performance effective and how to apply these principles to their own and others’ work. They should develop the confidence and interest to get involved in exercise, sports and activities out of school and in later life, and understand and apply the long-term health benefits of physical activity.


In order to prepare our students for the PE expectations in high school, our curriculum is created to ensure that pupils are exposed to:

  • a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games.
  • chances to develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports.
  • opportunities to perform dances using advanced dance techniques within a range of dance styles and forms.
  • partake in outdoor and adventurous activities which present intellectual and physical challenges and be encouraged to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group.
  • analyse their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
  • take part in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs.



In the Early Years Foundation Stage, PE is taught in weekly sessions as well as part of continuous provision.


Here, pupils will develop skills to meet the Early Learning Goals such as:


  • running safely on whole foot.
  • squatting with steadiness to rest or play with object on the ground, and rises to feet without using hands.
  • climbing confidently and is beginning to pull themselves up on nursery play climbing equipment.
  • able to kick a large ball.
  • moves freely and with pleasure and confidence in a range of ways, such as slithering, shuffling, rolling, crawling, walking, running, jumping, skipping, sliding and hopping.



Key Stage One

Key Stage One pupils, will develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They will be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.


Pupils will be taught to:

  • master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities.
  • participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending.
  • perform dances using simple movement patterns.




Key Stage Two

Key Stage Two pupils, will continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They will be development enjoyment in communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They will develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.


Pupils will be taught to:

  • use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination.
  • play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending.
  • develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics.
  • perform dances using a range of movement patterns.
  • take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team.
  • compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.






Programme of study

A typical PE lesson will begin with a warm up and a recap prior knowledge. Followed by the introduction of new learning in small steps and modelled throughout. This will then be applied and practiced by pupils through games and activities. Skills learnt in PE lessons are applied in a range of sports throughout the year.


Our main sports include:

  • Gymnastics
  • Netball
  • Basketball
  • Dance
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Athletics
  • Cricket
  • Tennis


Our mapped PE progression aims to build upon skills throughout and across the years. This careful mapping ensures our pupils make great progress in their PE journey.  


PE Fitness sessions

In addition to our PE lessons, pupils take part in PE fitness sessions throughout the year, with the aim that they will improve on their fitness week on week. Progress during these sessions are tracked and these improvements contribute towards the personal development of our pupils.


The Daily Mile

As a whole school, we take part in The Daily Mile, where the aim is to improve the mental and physical health of children.


The Daily Mile makes children fitter, healthier, happier and has a positive impact on their behaviour and concentration levels. It is simple and effective, enabling every child, including those with special needs, to be active every day.


The children jog or run with their classmates in the safety of the playground. Everyone has fun taking part — it is not P.E. and it is not competitive — while building relationships, confidence and resilience. This can be summed up in The Daily Mile’s Five F’s:


1. Fitness — children become more aware of a healthy lifestyle

2. Fresh air — children thrive on the sights, sounds and seasons

3. Friends — children use the language of friendship to support each other, improving their social and leadership skills

4. Fun — children enjoy taking part — This is what makes The Daily Mile so successful

5. Focus — daily physical activity helps children concentrate in the classroom and is proven to raise attainment




Here at Linden Road Academy we provide swimming instruction in Key Stage 2 during Year 4.


Pupils are taught 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.
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.


We ensure that children who have not met the swimming standard by the time they reach the end of Year 4 are given extra swimming opportunities to bridge their gaps and catch up with their peers before the end of Key Stage 2.



We hold annual Sports Days which are open for parental engagement and are a great success every year.



Outside of the school day, we also offer after school clubs which include sports such as:

  • Rugby
  • Yoga
  • Badminton
  • Football
  • Other Competition Sports


Pupils also attend matches and competitions against local schools, which are always a great opportunity to develop resilience and teamwork skills.


You can follow our PE learning by searching on Twitter @Linden_PE or check out our Learning Showcase! 


PE Curriculum

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