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Heartwood CE VC Primary and Nursery School
Learn to Love – Love to Learn!

We are physical educationalists...

"Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity" John F Kennedy


At Heartwood, our school aims to inspire all children to develop a love of physical activity and sport through our weekly PE lessons, sports clubs and cluster competitions.  Through the teaching of good physical education, whole school values and a whole child approach, we aim to nurture confident, resilient children who will strive for their personal best. We listen to our children wants and needs and provide them with a range of active experiences and clubs. 


We want to aid our children in obtaining the values and skills to celebrate and respect the success of others, as well as modestly celebrating their own successes. We aim to ensure that our delivery of physical education allows all children to have the skills and mindset to leave primary school with the capabilities to be successful in their sporting challenges and active lifestyles at secondary school and beyond.


We strive to educate both our children and families to develop a greater understanding on how to live healthy lifestyles and make healthy choices. We are dedicated to ensuring healthy minds, as well as bodies and will continue to support our children's well-being. We have strong links with local clubs and partnerships within our community to ensure the children and families receive the support and knowledge they need.


P.E is led passionately by Tamsin Mann, who has a degree in Sport Science and Education.


At Heartwood we provide an enrichment of sporting activities, including a residential to Horstead and outdoor physical activity in our Forest school. 

We offer a range of extra- curricular clubs including football, multi-sports and yoga. 

Our sports coach from ICS sports provides a football enrichment for our pupils and supports active lunchtimes. 

How do we teach PE?



In the EYFS, through the physical development strand of the curriculum, we plan in physical activity we enables the children to develop early gross and fine skills. The children will develop strength, coordination and positional awareness through planned activities, games, play and the provision.

Reception children have a weekly session with the qualified sports coach Josh from ICS Sports. 



In KS1 and KS2 we use the Get Set 4 PE curriculum to plan and teach our lessons. These cover all areas of the curriculum and more. We promote outdoor and indoor PE and activity.



In Year 3 and 4 the children will learn to swim, or improve their swimming, at Dereham Leisure Centre. This is taught by two qualified swimming teachers. For those pupils in Year 5 and 6 that cannot yet swim, they will have additional swimming sessions to aim for the 25 meters independent swim. 


Football Academy

At Heartwood we aim for every child to be a footballer and leave the school as a confident football player. From year 2-6 children all have a weekly session taught by Josh from ICS coaching to teach them a progressive and inspirational approach to football. 



Children in Reception to Year 6 have daily yoga and mindfulness sessions after lunch.


Competitive sports

At Heartwood we compete in sports in-house through termly competitions and we compete locally with cluster and other county schools. This includes athletics, rugby and dodgeball. 

Making a Difference

Our PE curriculum at Heartwood aims to give our children the knowledge to make informed decisions about fitness and healthy choices for living. 

We are developing partnerships other schools and sporting establishments, such as ICS sports and Swaffham Town Football club to enhance the provision for our pupils and the community. 

We offer our facilities for free to local sporting groups to promote fitness, health and activity in the community.

National Curriculum

 Aims of our PE curriculum


At Heartwood we recognise the importance PE plays in the curriculum and are committed to providing all children with opportunities to engage fully in Physical Education. The aim of our PE programme is to develop children's basic physical competencies, build confidence in their ability and build the foundations for a lifelong love of sport, physical activity and a healthy lifestyle.


PE lessons encourage children to compete against themselves and others whilst being challenged to improve their physical, social, emotional and thinking skills. These skills are embedded in the heart of our planning.


Our objectives in the teaching of PE align with the National Curriculum in that we aim to ensure 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





3 & 4-year-olds will be learning to:

Children in Reception will be learning to:


Physical Development

  • Continue to develop their movement, balancing, riding (scooters, trikes and bikes) and ball skills.
  • Go up steps and stairs, or climb up apparatus, using alternate feet.
  •  Skip, hop, stand on one leg and hold a pose for a game like musical statues.
  • Use large-muscle movements to wave flags and streamers, paint and make marks.
  • Start taking part in some group activities which they make up for themselves, or in teams.
  • Match their developing physical skills to tasks and activities in the setting. For example, they decide whether to crawl, walk or run across a plank, depending on its length and width.


  • Revise and refine the fundamental movement skills they have already acquired: - rolling - crawling - walking - jumping - running - hopping - skipping – climbing
  • Progress towards a more fluent style of moving, with developing control and grace.
  • Develop the overall body strength, co-ordination, balance and agility needed to engage successfully with future physical education sessions and other physical disciplines including dance, gymnastics, sport and swimming.
  • Combine different movements with ease and fluency.
  • Confidently and safely use a range of large and small apparatus indoors and outside, alone and in a group.
  • Develop overall body-strength, balance, co-ordination and agility
  • Further develop and refine a range of ball skills including: throwing, catching, kicking, passing, batting, and aiming.
  • Develop confidence, competence, precision and accuracy when engaging in activities that involve a ball.
  • Know and talk about the different factors that support their overall health and wellbeing: - regular physical activity - healthy eating - toothbrushing - sensible amounts of ‘screen time’ - having a good sleep routine - being a safe pedestrian

Gross Motor Skills

  • Negotiate space and obstacles safely, with consideration for themselves and others.
  • Demonstrate strength, balance and coordination when playing.
  • Move energetically, such as running, jumping, dancing, hopping, skipping and climbing. 

Expressive art and design


  • Listen attentively, move to and talk about music, expressing their feelings and responses.
  • Watch and talk about dance and performance art, expressing their feelings and responses.
  • Explore and engage in music making and dance, performing solo or in groups.

Being Imaginative and Expressive

  • Perform songs, rhymes, poems and stories with others, and – when appropriate try to move in time with music. 


Key Stage One


Pupils should develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.


Pupils should be taught to:

-Master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities.

-Participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending.

-Perform dances using simple movement patterns.


Key Stage Two


Pupils should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.


Pupils should be taught to:

-Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination.

-Play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending.

-Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics]

-Perform dances using a range of movement patterns.

-Take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team.

-Compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.

The Nicholas Hamond Academy 

Our curriculum is designed to prepare the children for the next stages in their education in each subject. Our curriculum map plans to support the declarative and procedural knowledge needed for the children to access and thrive in PE in KS3.


TNHA PE Curriculum Plan KS3


TNHA PE Curriculum Plan KS4

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