PE Curriculum


At Nether Green Junior School (NGJS), we aim to provide our children with a rich, diverse and quality Physical Education (PE) curriculum which best meets the requirements of the National Curriculum.

  • Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • Are physically active for sustained amounts of time
  • Engage in competitive sports and events
  • Lead healthy, active lives
Through our PE programme, we strive to ensure our pupils develop and progress the fundamental skills involving their head, heart and hands.

Cross Country Run
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  1. Knowledge
  2. Understanding
  3. Analysis
  4. Feedback
  5. Responsibility
  6. Rules
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  1. Communication
  2. Leadership
  3. Respect
  4. Resilience
  5. Effort
  6. Confidence
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  1. Physical Ability
  2. Fitness Levels
  3. Competitive
  4. Technique
  5. Tactics
  6. Problem Solving

To ensure this expectation is met, we first and foremost, aim to make our children’s PE lessons as fun as possible. We believe that if children experience a real enjoyment of learning in PE, they are more likely to achieve physical literacy and become lifelong active citizens. Through our PE delivery, we endeavour to equip our children with the skills, knowledge and aptitudes they require to lead healthy active lives and to counter the long lasting impact of the pandemic and other current lifestyle behaviours.

The importance of this cannot be underestimated, as these staggering results indicate from our school sport partner, Arches:

  • 30% of schools social interaction is worse or a lot worse
  • 63% of schools said resilience is worse or a lot worse
  • 86% of schools said that pupils have put on excessive body weight
  • 92% of schools said that fundamental movement skills of pupils were worse or a lot worse
  • 92% of schools said pupil’s physical fitness is worse or a lot worse
  • 57% of schools said that pupil’s general wellbeing is worse or a lot worse

At NGJS, we also value the importance of providing opportunities for our children to compete individually and as a team. We want to instil in our pupils the importance of self-improvement and the understanding that a personal best is a real achievement both in PE and in the classroom. We also aim to teach the children how to communicate with others as part of an effective team, and compete meeting the expectations of our competition charter. This was produced by the children themselves.

  • To respect our fellow competitors
  • To respect the officials
  • To respect the teachers and other adults in the crowd
  •  To play the game fairly and honestly
  •  To be a team player at all times and support each other positively – No ‘I’ in team!
  •  To play with a positive attitude and mindset
  • To use the phrase ‘chin up’ if someone has made a mistake or found the game challenging
  •  To be humble in success
  • To shake hands with the opposition and officials at the end of every game

By the time our children leave NGJS, every pupil will have gained the confidence to represent the school in physical activity and know what it feels like to be part of a team.


Our PE curriculum is mapped out from Y3 to Y6 using the GetSet4PE scheme of work. This is in line with the National Curriculum and is used to support teaching staff in their subject knowledge and planning of PE. Teachers are able to adjust and adapt lessons to the meet the needs of their classes or their own sporting specialisms, but the scheme provides clear and progressive expectations for each year group. At NGJS, each child has access to two hours of high-quality PE every week taught by their class teacher. One of these lessons takes place in our fantastic sports hall and the other occurs outside on the playground.

When we designed our PE curriculum we wanted to ensure that we achieved the following outcomes:

1. Clear, Coherent and Progressive

From Y3 to Y6, class teachers follow the ‘PE Progression of Skills and Knowledge’ document which leads their understanding of learning sequences and assessment. This allows us to build on the foundations from previous years and to progress the children’s skill development across their KS2 journey.

PE Learning Progression (Whole School)

Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
Football Football Football Football
Dance Dance Dance Dance
Gymnastics Gymnastics Gymnastics Gymnastics
Athletics Athletics Athletics Athletics
Striking and Fielding (Multi-Skills) Striking and Fielding (Tennis) Striking and Fielding (Cricket) Striking and Fielding (Rounders)
Basketball Basketball Basketball Basketball
OAA (Cross Country & Orienteering) OAA (Cross Country & Orienteering) OAA (Cross Country & Orienteering) OAA (Cross Country & Orienteering)

PE Learning Progression (Y3 to Y4)

Year 3 Year 4
Fundamental Skills Fundamental Skills
Ball Skills Ball Skills
Yoga Yoga
Fitness Fitness
Hockey Hockey

PE Learning Progression (Y5 to Y6)

Year 5 Year 6
Netball Netball
Handball Handball
Tag Rugby Tag Rugby
Dodgeball Dodgeball
Volleyball Volleyball

2. Flexible and Creative

The curriculum is deliberately broad and balanced to ensure it appeals to all of our children while covering the skills, knowledge and understanding required at each stage. Every half-term, teachers will deliver a ‘PE Hook’ to their class. This one-off lesson gives our children the opportunity to participate in a whole variety of sports and activities, increasing the chance for a ‘hook’ and subsequent pathway to clubs in the local area/city. We will also look to update our curriculum with new, up and coming or topical sports each year to ensure our children are receiving a rich and diverse PE experience during their time at NGJS.

PE Hooks (Y3 to Y4)

Year 3 Year4
Skipping Skipping
Benchball Benchball
Dodgeball Dodgeball
Pickleball Pickleball

PE Hooks (Y5 to Y5)

Year 5 Year6
Ultimate Frisbee Ultimate Frisbee
Flag Football Flag Football
Tchoukball Tchoukball
Badminton Badminton
Golf Golf


3. Focus on fundamental skill development (head, heart and hands)

3) Focus on fundamental skill development (head, heart and hands)

In Lower Key Stage 2, our children will complete a sequence of lessons focussed on PE Skills (Fundamental Skills, Ball Skills, Fitness and Yoga). This allows them to build upon the foundations in Key Stage 1 and gives them a better opportunity to achieve competency and success. During their PE Games lesson, the children in Y3 – Y4 will begin to practice, link and apply their PE Skills in different ways. This extends further in Upper Key Stage 2, where the children will be applying their knowledge, game play and tactics into a variety of physical activities and sports.

Lower Key Stage 2 Priorities

  • Apply and develop a broad range of PE skills
  • Learn how to use and apply the PE skills in different ways
  • Start to link the PE skills to make actions and sequences of movement
  • Learn the basics of activities/sport rules

Upper Key Stage 2 Priorities

  • Apply their knowledge, game play and tactics
  • Enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other
  • Develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports
  • Learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success


4. Emphasis on Social and Emotional Wellbeing

Every PE lesson at NGJS has a clear head and heart focus. This gives our children the opportunity to practice these important personal, social and emotional skills regularly, supporting physical literacy and their life long development.

Every half-term, class teachers complete an assessment to track the pupils’ progression against the learning outcomes. This allows us to provide interventions for targeted pupils with the Sheffield United Community Foundation that come into NGJS to support our PE programme.

At NGJS, the children are encouraged to attend our many lunchtime and after-school clubs. Our clubs and activities run at different times throughout the year. They are run by staff free of charge or by outside providers for which there is usually a charge. An extensive tracking system is also in place to ensure all pupils have the opportunity to participate in a club by the time they leave Y6. At NGJS, we are also part of school sports partnership network, the Sheffield Federation for School Sport and have close links with the Sheffield United Community Foundation. This means we are never short of festivals and competitions to offer our pupils, including those specifically aimed at SEND pupils. This ensures that every pupil will have the opportunity to represent the school in sport during their time at NGJS. In Y6, the children also have an opportunity to become ‘Play Leaders’. They receive training from our school sports partner and are involved in delivering targeted interventions at lunchtime and supporting active play at Nether Green Infant School.

In Year 4, the children complete 12 sessions of swimming (one lesson per week in the Autumn Term) with the Sheffield Swimming Service. They also complete water safety lessons back at school to ensure they leave NGJS with the skills and knowledge to be safe in the water, fitting in line with the National Curriculum. Staff CPD is regularly updated either through external experts or in-house ensuring that quality first teaching is witnessed in PE lessons where all children make progress regardless of ability.

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