Physical Education

'Don’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the further you get'. Michael Phelps
At Tywardreath School our vision is to create a safe and stimulating environment where all children feel they belong and are able to challenge themselves, take risks and flourish both academically and socially. To develop our children so that they value and respect their own and others individuality, culture and heritage. We are committed to providing a place of excellence with high standards.

To achieve our vision all our children should:

  • Enjoy their primary school years and develop high self-esteem regardless of ‘academic’ ability.
  • Feel safe and secure and have a passion for learning and experience success.
  • Develop perseverance, flexibility, independence in a wide range of learning skills.
  • Be well mannered, respecting themselves, others and the environment.
  • Make a positive contribution to the school and the wider community.
  • Enjoy equal opportunities to succeed
  • Develop lively, inquiring minds and become confident communicators.
  • Experience teaching of the highest quality and develop core skills to a high level.
  • Appreciate the beauty, the diversity of the world and their duty to protect it.

At Tywardreath School, we recognise the importance of PE and the role it has to play in promoting long term, healthy lifestyles. It is our vision for every pupil to succeed and achieve their potential as well as to lead physically active lives. We strive to inspire our pupils through fun and engaging PE lessons that are enjoyable, challenging and accessible to all. The children will demonstrate perseverance and resilience as they will spend time mastering and applying physical skills into game situations and performances.
In PE lessons the children will reflect on their own and their peer’s skill level and will be able to say how they can make improvements. Through our high quality teaching of PE, we will provide opportunities for pupils to develop values and transferable life skills such as working in a team, fairness and respect as well as providing them with opportunities to take part in competitive sport.
Tywardreath School’s coastal location makes the teaching of swimming a vital component of our PE curriculum. We want the children to have a respect for the water and the life skills to be able to safely enjoy the physical environment where they live. Children will leave Tywardreath School able to confidently and competently swim at least 25m.

Our PE curriculum is designed to inspire and develop high aspirations in all of our children so that they have the confidence and abilities to be the best they can be.

We use the Real PE framework as our primary resource. In Key Stage 1 this is designed to 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 cooperative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.
In 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.
By carefully planning sequences of lessons where there is a clear progression of skills, knowledge and vocabulary pupils are able to build on previous learning by making explicit links and so remember more.

Swimming is taught weekly to all children in Tywardreath. A qualified swimming teacher is employed to teach the youngest pupils so they get the best start. The school uses the STA scheme of work to support the teaching of swimming and all teachers who teach swimming  undertake annual pool safety training. 

Prior knowledge is activated at the beginning of each PE topic and  at the start of each lesson so that pupils can build upon what they know. By sharing and discussing  the sequence of learning with the children and the end point of the topic we are able to be incorporate the pupil's interests and so enhance their engagement. 

This may focus on general skills, sport specific skills and well-being related knowledge and understanding. Children are made aware of how the skills taught can be applied to a range of sports.
In KS2 children are also taught sport specific games alongside the Real PE curriculum.


The impact of our P.E. curriculum is that we create not just well rounded athletes but well-rounded individuals with a healthy body and a healthy mind. At Tywardreath school the children are able to explain why they exercise, how important it is to their health and well-being and how to plan and improve their own exercise.
In order to monitor the progress in all these areas the children are assessed using the Create Assessment Wheel on a termly basis. From these assessments adaptations can be made to planning and interventions. The wheel is used to assess children across a range of sporting elements. Along side this progress is monitored through  low stake quizzes, pupil discussion and reflection during lessons.