At The Galfrid School, we strive to create a culture around both the school and the wider community, that aims to inspire an active generation to enjoy PE. As a school, we provide a safe and supportive environment for children to flourish in a range of different physical activities which is essential in supporting their physical, emotional, social and moral development. We have implemented a high-quality, inclusive curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel across all areas of physical education, competitive sport, and other physically demanding activities. It is rich, varied, imaginative and ambitious and meets the needs of individual learners but can easily be adapted for pupils with additional needs. Through regular formative and summative assessment, tasks are matched to the ability of each child through differentiated activities, providing a level of challenge that is stimulating for all. 

Our approach to the Physical Education Curriculum is that it is specifically timetabled into our school day to ensure depth and rigour of the key vertical concepts. As a school, we have outlined the progression of all children throughout their time within primary education and beyond. The key concepts, principles and themes from the National Curriculum have been developed into a range of progressive skills through which the children are helped to grow and develop to succeed within both school and the outside world. This skill-based curriculum allows a creative way of teaching and learning, enabling us to deliver a more practical and engaging curriculum, which meets both the academic and pastoral needs of all our pupils.  

  At The Galfrid School, we have developed an all-inclusive range of sporting opportunities, in school and in extra-curricular groups such as: football basketball and tag rugby, that offer the children a wide-variety of opportunities to access sports that they may not have access to outside of school time. The PE curriculum at The Galfrid School provides children with a relevant, coherent, progressive knowledge of fundamental movements and skills with further links to health and well-being. These are explored through the lenses of our school’s ‘vertical concepts’:  

  • Dance  

  • Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS)  

  • Games  

  • Body Management  

  • Outdoor and Adventurous Activities (OAA)  

  • Swimming  

  • Social, Emotional, Thinking (SET) 


 Children are taught regularly by specialist PE teachers from Coleridge Community College, who are qualified to deliver the highest quality physical education curriculum from Reception to Year 6. The curriculum is further enhanced by  after school clubs and creating links with other schools and attending sporting tournaments in the area. Our Curriculum Lead also supports Year 6 children to become Play Leader supervisors, where they deliver sports activities at lunchtime, to the younger children of the school. As an active school, we aim to ensure that children participate in active lessons outside of their regular PE lessons. We follow the guidelines set by the national curriculum to ensure we offer a range of PE activities that allow each child to feel challenged and offer opportunities to progress further.  


All pupils attend swimming lessons in years 3 and 4. 


Our Physical Education curriculum is high quality, well thought out and planned to demonstrate progression. In lessons, there are opportunities for formative assessment that  enables the teacher to make flexible adaptations to their planned teaching.  Through this regular ongoing assessment, tasks are matched to the ability of each child through differentiated activities and adult support, thus providing a level of challenge that is stimulating for pupils. 

Through our Physical Education curriculum, we assess children against the national curriculum Working Towards Age Related Expectations, Working at Age Related expectations and Working Above Age Related Expectations (Greater Depth) 

You can find out how we are investing our Sport Premium funding, here