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At Westcliff Primary Academy we use physical education to inspire pupils to make healthy and active lifestyle choices. A high-quality physical education curriculum allows pupils to take part in recreational sports and fitness that give them a sense of belonging through teamwork and specific roles and responsibilities. It should also provide opportunities to take part in competitive sports and take part in other outdoor and adventurous activities by challenging them individually and as part of a team. Finally, we understand that taking part in sport and other activities builds characters and helps to embed our school values and Learning Backpack. 


The PE curriculum at Westcliff has been split into four key outcome aims. 

  • Developing competence in skills for a broad range of physical activities 

  • Pupils are physically active for sustained periods of time 

  • Pupils engage in competitive sport, understanding rules and the different roles that can be played including umpire, coach and referee 

  • Pupils lead healthy and active lifestyles  

At Westcliff we also strive for pupils to become confident in the water by: 

  • Swimming competently and proficiently over 25 m. 

  • Use a range of strokes effectively  

  • Understanding local water safety and self -rescue in different water-based situations 



At Westcliff Primary Academy we implement our PE curriculum using these 5 golden threads: 

  • Be Active: Pupils are encouraged to be active in PE sessions. Staff make a daily consideration to make pupils active.  

  • Be a Team Player: Pupils will learn how to work as a team, not only in team games but when understanding how to cooperate and communicate in individual sports.  

  • Be Adaptable: Pupils will be asked to quickly respond to rule changes and demands that require them to apply skills across a range of activities and events. 

  • Be Inclusive: Staff will ensure that there is the right balance of recreation and competitive elements to their lessons. PE will focus on inclusion and the benefits of Physical Education for all. 

  • Be a Leader: The curriculum model is designed to promote pupil leadership in lessons. Pupils will learn the skills of coaching, officiating and leading. 



The impact of our curriculum is assessed through the eyes of the child. All monitoring of subject areas and teaching and learning will start with focused pupil discussion and sharing of knowledge and skill-based outcomes. The wider curriculum subjects are initially assessed through the language that pupils acquire and how this links to the knowledge and skills they have learnt. In PE we want pupils to feel confident in using skills they have learnt and showcasing these practically in lessons.