School Logo

Bearbrook Combined School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust



Curriculum Intent 

At Bearbook, Physical Education is taught using a holistic approach, giving children the tools, skills and understanding required to make a positive impact on their health and well-being. It also aims to help to promote their self-esteem and confidence through developing a range of physical and social skills. We strive for the children to thrive physically and mentally, enabling them to cope with both success and failure in life. This is taught through experiencing competitive, individual and team-based sporting activities. The aim of teaching these skills is to encourage an understanding of the importance of fitness and positive life choices. Within dance and different music, children are also able to have freedom to explore their personal and spiritual identity.


Curriculum Implementation

PE at Bearbrook is taught by a combination of class teachers, qualified sports coaches and a professional dance teacher. Children have equal opportunities to take part in a range of sports and physical activities within a nurturing environment. Children are encouraged to participate in exercise throughout the day, through walking the daily mile, PE lessons, clubs, outdoor learning and lunch provision.


Our PE curriculum is structured to provide children with a range of sports experiences which teach and develop physical skills through competitive, team and individual sports. Children develop a range of fundamental skills such as agility, balance, coordination and fitness. These are taught using PE equipment appropriate for the age and needs of the pupils. In year 4, children have a series of structured swimming lessons taught by qualified swimming coaches.


Through our provision, all children are able to take part and those with additional needs are supported. Activities may need to be adapted, with the aim for all children to thrive and succeed, gaining knowledge, confidence and motivation. 


We teach the National Curriculum, supported by clear skills and progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on every year and planned effectively to maximise learning for all children.


Curriculum Impact

  • The ability to acquire new knowledge and skills.
  • Understanding of how physical exercise is fundamental for good health.
  • Developing knowledge about a healthy, balanced diet, avoiding smoking, drugs and alcohol in developing long-term health.
  • To develop a high level of fitness.
  • The ability to maintain physically active for sustained periods of time.
  • A positive attitude and willingness to partake in individual and team sports, in order to learn new skills.
  • Opportunities for children to demonstrate creativity and originality through choreography, techniques and tactics used for different sporting activities.
  • The ability to work independently for extended periods of time without guidance or support.
  • Working collaboratively with others, developing knowledge of how to improve their own and others’ performance.
  • The ability to use their initiative, become excellent organisers and leaders and to become reflective of their performance to evaluate how this can be improved.
  • Becoming an excellent role model in instilling motivation and positive sporting attitudes in others.
  • A keen interest in PE with an eagerness to participate with maximum effort to achieve in every lesson. Highly positive attitudes and the ability to make informed choices about engaging in extra-curricular sport.
  • The ability to swim at least 25 metres before the end of year 4 and the knowledge of water safety.