Bethersden Primary School

Physical Education


Bethersden Primary School recognises the value of Physical Education (P.E). We follow the aims of the national curriculum for physical education to ensure that all children:

  • develop competence and confidence to excel in a variety of physical activities
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • lead healthy, active lives
  • are encouraged to engage in competitive sports and activities


P.E. is taught at Bethersden Primary School as an area of learning in its own right. We teach lessons so that children:

  • Have fun and experience success in sport
  • Have the opportunity to participate in P.E at their own level of development
  • Build on a range of skills
  • Develop good sporting attitudes
  • Understand basic rules
  • Have the opportunity to experience positive competition
  • Learn in a safe environment
  • Have a foundation for lifelong physical activity, leaving primary school as physically active.


P.E is taught as a basis for lifelong learning, where the children have access to a variety of activities in the belief that if taught well and the children are allowed to succeed, then they will continue to have a physically active life. At Bethersden, we provide opportunities for children to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.


PE Overview

Whole School PE Overview

PE Progression Documents

Knowledge and Skills Progression

Vocabulary Progression

PE Policy

PE Policy

PE & Sports Funding

PE & Sports Premium 22-23



Since 1994, swimming and water safety has been a statutory element of the national curriculum for physical education in England.

This means that every 11-year old child should leave primary school with the skills to keep themselves safe while enjoying swimming with friends and family.

The three national curriculum outcomes

Swimming is the only sport to be included within the national curriculum physical education programme of study. All primary schools must provide swimming and water safety lessons in either Key Stage 1 or 2.

Each pupil is required to be able to do the following:

  • Perform safe self-rescue in different water based situations
  • 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.

Swimming Overview

Swimming Policy