For an outline of the PE curriculum by year group, please see our Curriculum Guides.  

Educational Aims and Philosophy of the department

  • To encourage enjoyment through participation in physical activity for its own sake.
  • To provide a solid foundation in many different physical activities.
  • To promote personal and social qualities through decision-making opportunities.
  • To establish self-esteem through the development of physical confidence.

  • To provide avenues for all children to participate in sports to the best of their ability, within a competitive environment.
  • To promote an awareness of safety when participating in any physical activity.
  • To provide the opportunity to experience the responsibilities of leadership and an understanding of co-operation.
  • To develop creative skills and appreciation of aesthetic qualities in movement.
  • To present opportunities for children to experience environmentally challenging situations.
  • To promote individual excellence where possible, but not at the expense of others' participation.

Lesson time

All year groups within the Prep School have one double PE lesson lasting one hour and ten minutes, including lesson changeover time.  Years 4, 5 and 6 also have one single swimming lesson per week lasting thirty five minutes.  Groups consisting of two academic sets are taught by two members of the department and one teacher teaches single sets. 

All class groups are of mixed ability and mixed sex unless numbers dictate otherwise.


Lessons follow National Curriculum guidelines to ensure breadth of activities is covered.  All year groups will study the major areas of Gymnastics, Health Related Fitness, Invasion Games, Net/Wall Games, Athletic and Outdoor and Adventurous Activities.  The theme for each area changes each year but the basic skills and understanding of rules and tactics is developed throughout the Prep School.   

Assessment and Recording

Pupils are constantly assessed visually throughout lessons and results in Athletics, Cross Country and fitness lessons are recorded and compared to National averages to enable pupils to improve their personal achievements.


Pupils are expected to behave in a safe and sensible manner throughout PE lessons.  The very nature of the subject and the use of equipment requires pupils to understand the potential risks to themselves and others if they deviate from the rules.  Show downs (Prep School only) are given for lack of cooperation and failure to conform to rules and referral slips are given if this behaviour continues.  If a pupil is deemed to be putting themselves or others in danger, they will be removed from the lesson immediately and sent to their tutor.

Cross-Curricular Links

Year 4 upwards, all pupils take part in Health Related Fitness (HRF) lessons which range from a basic understanding of how the body functions at Year 4 to an understanding of energy systems, muscle groups and their waste products, general health, diet and personal hygiene in Year 8.

During HRF testing in lesson time, Years 6, 7 and 8 pupils record their own test results in the appropriate form.  During the summer term, pupils are provided with the opportunity to record results in Athletic events.  Times of running over a variety of distances, heights and distances achieved in jumps and throws are also recorded.

Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship Education (PSHCE)
Within HRF and at the start of each academic year, the importance of staying healthy through diet and physical activity is discussed with Years 6, 7 and 8.  Personal hygiene is also addressed, explaining the importance of showering after exercise and the use of hygiene products such as deodorants, shower gel and shampoo, taking into account those who have allergies to such products.

Co-operation with others in a team environment is discussed and the values of fair play are instilled in both the classroom and on the games field.  The importance of teamwork is highlighted, along with the needs of individuals, to take responsibility for their actions on the games field.

Pupils are often given the opportunity to design various posters for the PE Department, including a competition for Year 4s to design a poster showing the layout of kit in the changing room lockers.