Bucklesham Primary School

'Working Hard, Aiming High'



At Bucklesham Primary School, we believe that Physical Education develops the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding, so that they can perform with increasing competence and confidence in a range of physical activities. These include dance, games, gymnastics, swimming and water safety, athletics and outdoor adventure activities. Physical education promotes an understanding in children of their bodies in action. It involves thinking, selecting and applying skills and promotes positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle. In these ways we enable the children to make informed choices about physical activity throughout their lives.


Aims of Physical Education

  • to promote fitness, health and well-being
  • to develop the way children perform skills and apply rules and conventions for different activities;
  • to develop the children’s ability to use what they have learned to improve the quality, control and co-ordination of their performance;
  • to teach children to recognise and describe how their bodies feel during exercise and to develop an understanding of how physical exercise can affect their body ;
  • to develop the children’s enjoyment of physical activity through creativity and imagination;
  • to understand the need for safe practices in physical activity and how to develop an understanding in children of how to succeed in a range of physical activities and how to evaluate their own success.
  • to encourage pupils to participate in all activities.
  • to develop positive attitudes to physical endeavour, including perseverance, fair play and sporting behaviour as well as the ability to cope with success and failure


Areas of the P.E. Curriculum


P.E. is a Foundation subject in the National Curriculum. The Programme of Study, knowledge, skills and understanding are set out in 'Physical Education in the National Curriculum'. They are categorised into six areas of activity:






Outdoor and Adventurous Activity


Objectives for the Different Areas of P.E.


Gymnastics and Dance

  • to give the children the opportunity to experience a wide range of movements
  • to develop good quality and control of these movements
  • to develop co-ordination, flexibility and strength
  • to respond physically to rhythms, words and sounds
  • to develop, repeat and consolidate phrases of movement
  • to express simple ideas and feelings clearly using a range of gestures and actions


Games and Athletics

  • to experience and develop the natural skills of running, jumping and throwing
  • to experience, develop and consolidate movement and patterns relating to sending, receiving and travelling
  • to encourage co-operation and healthy competition against self and others within a set of rules
  • to understand and experience competition against self and others within a set of rules


We receive coaching support from Allsports4Schools who provide a weekly session for the two KS2 classes each week in one of the planned games areas. This company can also provide football coaching at our school as an after-school activity on a payment basis.


Swimming (KS2only)

  • to teach the children to be confident in water
  • to encourage the children to master the basic swimming strokes
  • to teach pupils to be safe both in the water and when near it
  • to ensure that all pupils achieve a standard of ability that will enable them to participate in other water-based activities safely


Years 5 and 6 swim once a week for the autumn term of every year at the Felixstowe Leisure Centre and Years 3 and 4 swim once a week in the spring term. The children work towards County awards, taught by a qualified instructor at the pool and by the class teacher (shallow end) who has the minimum of a shallow water certificate.


Outdoor Adventurous Activities


Pupils should be taught:

  • to perform activities in one or more different environments - school grounds / woodland/ on the water
  • to overcome challenges of a physical and problem-solving nature such as negotiating obstacle courses


Years 5 and 6 take part in a residential Outdoor Adventurous holiday every other year which includes activities such as zip wire, abseiling, and the assault course. Year 6 also takes part in a sailing day every year as part of the planned Federation Day activities.


Jaya Dance Day