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Compass Primary School

Physical Education

“Exercise not only changes your body, it changes your mind, your attitude and your mood.”


Our high-quality physical education curriculum 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 which supports their health and fitness. Our offer allows pupils opportunities to compete in sport and other activities that build character and help to embed our values. Our curriculum was designed and created alongside the National Curriculum and other specialists within the field. 


Our curriculum ensures 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.


Our long term plan is based around both our competition structure and also ensuring that a clear progression of skills is built on across each year group. Each year group will experience at least one half term of:

  • A net and wall unit
  • An invasion game
  • A striking and fielding unit
  • Athletics
  • OAA

Dance and Gymnastics are taught alternative years, other than in Year 2. This is to ensure that our pupils get a broad coverage across both areas. Our KS2 pupils also get an opportunity to take part in a wellbeing unit looking at how to keep themselves physically fit, an alternative sports unit looking at a range of new and unusual sports such as tri-golf and kickball and pupils in Year 4 upwards get an opportunity to go swimming.

We have a three-year plan for swimming with our current Year 4,5 and 6 pupils attending core curriculum swimming lessons for one half-term. Additionally, we have intervention swimming lessons every half-term for pupils who are not confident in the water. These are targetted towards Year 6 to begin with.