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At Harold Wood Primary, our intent is to teach a varied, inclusive and progressive curriculum across all areas of Physical Education (PE). Our aim is to equip our children with the necessary knowledge and skills to support their long-term physical and mental well-being.


The aim of our PE curriculum is for pupils to:

KS1 - For pupils to:

  • develop fundamental movement skills,
  • become increasingly competent and confident 
  • access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. 
  • engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities. 


KS2 - For pupils to:

  • continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills
  • learn how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. 
  • develop understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports 
  • learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success. 


Swimming is taught at KS2, with children in years 3, 4 and 5 each swimming  for a term. 

The curriculum shows clear progression in line with age related expectations and the National Curriculum, across gymnastics, athletics, dance and games. The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all children.



Children are taught PE twice a week, this generally comprises of an indoor session [either gymnastics or dance] & an outdoor session [games, athletics or OAA]. Children also take part in the Havering Mile 2 or 3 times each week. Swimming is taught at Central Park Swimming Pool, by qualified swim instructors. The swimming lessons are taught once a week for one term each for Y3, Y4 & Y5 children. {Y5 Autumn term, Y4 Spring & Y3 Summer term]

The Striver Scheme of work for Games, Dance, gymnastics & athletics is used across the school, which ensures that there is a clear progression of skills from EYFS to Y6. Well-being is also taught, with children having the opportunity to develop aspects such as mindfulness and yoga. 

Activities and tasks are planned in such a way as to encourage full and active participation by all pupils, irrespective of ability. Where necessary teaching materials are modified to take account of pupil’s abilities. Pupils are involved in the continuous process of planning, performing and evaluating in their PE lessons. 

Outdoor and Adventurous Education (OAA) is taught during KS2, where children learn skills such as orienteering and leadership..


A variety of learning situations provide pupils with opportunities to


  • explore awareness for themselves and of others. 
  • develop basic skills of moving with control, coordination and agility 
  • confidently & safely use a range of apparatus indoors and outdoors
  • combine different movements with ease & fluency
  • develop overall body strength, balance, coordination and agility needed to engage successfully with future PE sessions including dance & gymnastics


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


  • use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination;
  • play competitive games, modified where appropriate and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending. 
  • develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance. 
  • perform dances using a range of movement patterns. 
  • take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges, both individual and within a team. 
  • compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best. 
  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres. 
  • use a range of strokes effectively
  • perform safe self-rescue.

Extra-curricular clubs

The school runs a number of extra-curricular activities which are open to pupils from Years 1-6 , e.g. gymnastics, netball, athletics, football, orienteering, hockey and tag-rugby. These are primarily run by our school Sports Coach.



The children leave Harold Wood well equipped for the next stage of their learning. They have good attitudes to learning and are motivated and interested learners. 

In recognition of the school’s continuous commitment to school sport, we have held the Gold Sports Mark since 2018-19. 


Extra-curricular activities are well attended and the children perform well across several different Inter school sport competitions. 


 To find out more about PE at Harold Wood see links below