Alston Street, Bury, Lancashire, BL8 1SB


Curriculum Intent


At Elton, we aim to provide an PE curriculum that allows all children to enjoy and experience a range of activities alongside developing their understanding of how being physically active can improve their health, fitness and wellbeing.  We intend to offer a high-quality physical education curriculum that provides all children the opportunity to challenge themselves and to take part in competitive sport. 


The national curriculum for PE aims to ensure that 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


Curriculum Implementation


PE Lessons

We follow the guidelines set by the national curriculum to ensure we offer a range of PE activities that allow each child to feel challenged within a supportive environment and offer opportunities for all to progress further.

Our PE curriculum runs over two years. Listed below are the PE activities that children will have the chance to play and learn about during their time at Elton.

  • gymnastics (all year groups)
  • dance (all year groups)
  • athletics
  • football
  • cricket
  • netball
  • tennis
  • rounders
  • hockey
  • orienteering
  • tag rugby
  • dodgeball
  • basketball
  • handball
  • table tennis
  • sitting volleyball
  • boccia

For details of which PE activities take place in Cycle A and Cycle B and in which Key Stage please look at our knowledge mats. These can be found at the bottom of this page.


Outside of PE lessons

The curriculum is further enhanced by;

  • the provision of activities at playtime supported by sports leaders.
  • lunchtime activities led by a sports coach and supported by sports leaders
  • opportunities for children to attend a range of sporting tournaments with other local schools organised by Bury School Games
  • aiming to encourage children to participate in active activities outside of their regular PE lessons. This includes opportunities to take part in the Daily Mile, the running of annual active whole school challenges and incorporating moments within lessons whereby the children can be active.



Children in Key Stage 2 will attend swimming lessons, usually in Year 4 and Year 6 (booster).


National Curriculum Guidelines



As part of the EYFS statutory framework pupils are taught to:

  • 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.


Key stage 1

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 2

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, and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
  • develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance
  • 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.


Swimming and Water Safety

  • All schools must provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2. In particular, pupils should be taught to: swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.


Curriculum Impact


By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the skills and sticky knowledge specified in the relevant programme of study. At Elton, we use summative assessment each term to determine children’s understanding and inform future planning. We use in lesson assessment to monitor the children’s progress and enable them to consider their own strengths and progress they are making towards specific skills and knowledge. The PE lead reviews the curriculum on a termly basis and data is analysed so that adaptations and changes can be made if needed.


PE Progression of Skills