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Havelock Street, Desborough
Northamptonshire, NN14 2LU

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Physical Education 

At Havelock Schools we believe that every child should have the opportunity to take part in physical activity on a regular basis and become more physically confident and competent, and that Physical Education (P.E), experienced in a safe and challenging way, is essential to children’s wellbeing, physical development and can be essential in developing the ‘whole child’. 

 We hope that, through all the sporting opportunities and physical activity we offer, the children will potentially develop a love and passion for sport and continue this into their later lives. 

In PE lessons, our aim is to make physical activity inclusive and enjoyable for all children. Lessons are differentiated through different challenges and support to suit the needs of all pupils. We aim to develop fundamental skills in our PE lessons and then apply these in a variety of different situations. 

We offer sports festivals as well as competitive opportunities outside of lessons and aim to gain success at external competitions, as we feel it is important to give children the opportunity to compete. We regularly field teams in a variety of sports and often gain successes in local competitions. 


At the Havelock Schools, the intent of teaching Physical Education is to allow children to work on the three pillars of progression;  

Motor competence  

Rules, strategies and tactics  

Healthy participation 

 We will provide opportunities for children to accumulate knowledge which is defined as: 

Declarative – the ‘know what’ 

Procedural – the ‘know how’ 

Both are connected and will be taught explicitly. 

We aim to give children the tools and understanding required to make a positive impact in their own physical health and well-being.  

PE can challenge and promote self-esteem through the development of physical confidence and problem solving. It can teach children to cope with both success and failure in competitive, individual and team based physical activities.  We strive to create a culture which aims to inspire an active generation to enjoy PE, encourage each other and achieve. We provide a safe and supportive environment for children to flourish in a range of different physical activities which is essential in supporting their physical, emotional, spiritual, social and moral development. 


At Havelock Schools, Physical Education is taught through the Real PE scheme and supported by the Cambridge scheme of work, both of which offer a coherently planned sequence of lessons to help teachers ensure they have progressively covered the requirements of the PE National Curriculum.  

REAL PE is based on the idea that there are six aspects of learning that a child needs in order to progress: physical, cognitive, health and fitness, creative, social, and personal. REAL PE addresses all these aspects throughout the year through games, challenges, and reflection. A more formal summative assessment spreadsheet is included to help monitor the impact against National Curriculum aims.  

Each unit is mapped against the progression documents to ensure that learners develop detailed knowledge and skills across the full breadth of the PE curriculum through engaging and age-appropriate curriculum content. 

In KS1, the focus of the PE curriculum is on the development of the fundamental skills that will be built upon in KS2 when they are starting to be applied in specific sports and taught using the Cambridgeshire PE scheme alongside Real PE.   

Lessons provide opportunities for physical actions to be modelled, practised and developed.  The structured lesson plans allow time for the children to reflect, review and refine, thus supporting them to improve their skills. 

Physical Activity at Havelock is taught by a combination of class teachers, PE specialists and qualified sports coaches. Children have equal opportunities to take part in a range of sports and physical activities within a supportive environment where effort as well as success is recognised. Children are encouraged to participate in exercise throughout the day during PE lessons, outdoor learning, lunchtime activities (organised by our dedicated Year 6 Sports Crew) and games specific lunchtime supervisors and a full range of before and after school clubs. 


To fulfil our vision by inspiring a generation, at Havelock Schools we motivate children to participate in a variety of sports which are engaging and fun. We inspire children to instinctively utilise skills and knowledge acquired during PE lessons, encouraging them to take responsibility for their own health and fitness thus developing a love of sport leading to a happy and healthy life.  Through PE lessons and physical opportunities children will develop... 

  • The ability to acquire new knowledge and skills exceptionally well and develop an in-depth understanding of PE. 
  • The willingness to practise skills in a wide range of different activities and situations, alone, in small groups and in teams and to apply these skills in chosen activities to achieve exceptionally high levels of performance. 
  • High levels of physical fitness. 
  • A healthy lifestyle, achieved by eating sensibly, avoiding smoking, drugs and alcohol and exercising regularly.  
  • The ability to remain physically active for sustained periods of time and an understanding of the importance of this in promoting long-term health and well-being.   
  • The ability to take the initiative and become excellent young leaders, organising and officiating, and evaluating what needs to be done to improve, and motivating and instilling excellent sporting attitudes in others.  
  • Exceptional levels of originality, imagination and creativity in their techniques, tactics and choreography, knowledge of how to improve their own and others’ performance and the ability to work independently for extended periods of time without the need of guidance or support.  
  • A keen interest in PE. A willingness to participate eagerly in every lesson, highly positive attitudes and the ability to make informed choices about engaging fully in extra-curricular sport.  
  • The ability to swim at least 25 metres before the end of Year 6 and knowledge of how to remain safe in and around water.   

 Curriculum EYFS  

Physical Development is vital in children, enabling them to pursue happy, healthy, active lives. We encourage the physical development of our children in Reception classes, as an integral part of their learning through sensory explorations, focussing on strength, co-ordination and positional awareness. We provide opportunities for play both indoors and outdoors, which supports our children in building core strength, stability, balance, spatial awareness, co-ordination and agility. 

We relate the physical development of the children to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals, which underpin the curriculum planning for children aged three to five years of age. Real PE and the Cambridge PE scheme also play a part in the children’s development in PE specific lessons.