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Physical Education at

Gilmour Infants School



At Gilmour Infants we aim to ensure that children enjoy their learning in P.E. We believe that when children find an enjoyment and appreciation for physical activity, this will encourage them to lead a healthy and active life. Through our Physical Education curriculum, we enable the children to become resilient and ambitious learners, continuously striving to improve their performance. Through competitions, we encourage the children to work as part of a team, showing respect and fairness to both their team mates and the opposition. 




At Gilmour Infant School it is our intent to enable children to develop and explore fundamental movement skills with increasing control and co-ordination. We encourage children to work and play with others in a range of group situations and develop the way children perform their skills and apply rules and conventions for different activities. We demonstrate to our pupils how to improve the quality and control of their performance as well as teaching children to recognise and describe how their bodies feel during exercise. We develop our pupils’ enjoyment of physical activity through creative and imaginative activities. We embed an understanding in children of how to succeed in a range of physical activities and how to evaluate their own success. We strive to establish a high profile of physical education throughout our school and celebrate the sporting achievements of our pupils both in and out of school. We assess pupils learning and analyse and interpret the results to inform future planning and lessons.



These aims are embedded within our Physical Education curriculum and across wider school life. Through weekly sessions with our highly skilled sports coaches as well as weekly lessons with class teachers, children are provided with opportunities to develop their skills across a broad range of topics. Fundamental movement skills are developed within the EYFS and as children progress through our school their skill-set is fine tuned to provide them with strong foundations for their future sporting lives. We listen to the opinions of our children through our pupil voice questionnaire and use this to help incorporate different sports and activities into our lessons. This ensures children are exposed to a variety of different sports whilst capturing their interests and using this positive momentum to develop their athletic ability. Pupils’ are provided with opportunities for active play and lunchtimes every day and extra lunchtime sessions with our sports coaches throughout each half term. We relay the importance of exercise throughout each and every PE session including the warm up and warm down sections of each lesson. Children are encouraged to talk about how this exercise makes their body feel and why this happens. Children are provided with opportunities for extra sports sessions and brain break activities on a regular basis. Through ‘Food for Thought’ our pupils are provided with nutritious meals to help their bodies grow and develop effectively, as well as providing them with essential energy for sporting activity. Within Science and PSHE lessons, along with health and safety week, we discuss the importance of a healthy and balanced diet and how eating too many sugary or fatty foods can have a detrimental effect on our physical and mental health.




We use a variety of ways to find out what the children know. At the start of each lesson, prior learning is recapped and assessed to ascertain what the children know and remember from previous sessions. We select children to demonstrate a 'WAGOLL' - 'What a Good One Looks Like' during the session and ask the children to think about and explain why the demonstration is a good example of the learning objective. We also collect photographic evidence. We make links to previous topics/skills covered to assess if the children have remembered previous learning and if they understand how these are relevant to current learning. 


For Key Stage One, we have developed 'I can ...' assessment sheets, with statements taken directly from the National Curriculum Programmes of Study. As each unit of work is covered, we consider the related intended learning, recognise children who are working at or beyond the expected level, as well as identifying the children who need and who therefore will receive during the session and in future activities. 


Monitoring in P.E includes lesson observations and/or learning walks, pupil voice interviews/questionnaires in order to ascertain correct curriculum coverage, the quality of teaching and learning as well as the children's attitudes to learning in P.E. This information is then used to inform further curriculum developments and provision is adapted accordingly. 


At Gilmour Infants, we offer the children a broad range of after-school clubs. These clubs offer the children a chance to further develop their skills in P.E. We listen to the voice of the child and aim to offer after-school clubs which have been requested by the children. 


Our sports coach has delivered Tennis, Football and Multi-Skills after school clubs this year. We also have an outside provider delivering gymnastics, dance and cheerleading after school club. Throughout the year, we will continue to offer a variety of clubs for the children. 

Year 2 Dance

Football with Woolton F.C

Target games

Physical development in Reception

Basketball competition