Milton Primary Academy, Leek Road, Milton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST2 7AF
Part of Windsor Academy Trust

Physical Education

Subject Leader: Miss. J Rowe

Subject Vision

Through Physical Education at Milton Primary Academy, we aim for our children to develop a lifelong love of physical activity and sport, and in doing so, build a healthier academy and local community.

With this in mind, we believe that physical education, experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is a unique and vital contributor to a pupil’s physical development and well-being. Our vision for physical education and sport is therefore for every child to have the opportunity to take part in some form of physical activity on a regular basis, becoming more physically confident and competent in the process.


At Milton Primary Academy, we aim to provide a PE curriculum that is creative, inclusive, challenging and inspired by the real-world. It inspires future thinkers, innovators and problem solvers in an immersive environment that stimulates curiosity and supports high-quality learning, allowing each and every learner to fulfil their potential. The areas of physical activity (games, gymnastics, dance, athletics, swimming and outdoor activities) are set out in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum.

KS1 and KS2:

The Primary 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.

With this in mind, our programme of study for PE clearly sets out what will be taught and learnt at each point in the year for all year groups, including the provision of swimming lessons in Years 4-6. In addition to this, our long-term plans detail a broad range of sports to which children will take part in, as well as how the knowledge needed to participate in these sports progresses from year to year.

Swimming and Water Safety

Swimming provision takes place in Key Stage 2, usually Years 4, 5 and 6.

Pupils will be taught to:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres,
  • use a range of strokes effectively,
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations


Formative Assessment (AFL):

During the teaching of each unit of learning in PE, children’s knowledge and performance is assessed on a lesson-by-lesson basis, using the principles of formative assessment, by their PE teacher. A range of low-stakes assessment activities are carried out in various forms, including performing individually, in small groups, or as part of a team. When doing so, staff or children may record results such as the time it takes to run 60m, or the distance of a throw or jump. Many of the formative assessment tools that we use are done so at the teacher’s discretion, therefore ensuring that they are appropriate for the age of the children and nature of the topic.

Summative Assessment:

At the end of each unit of learning, our PE staff also make a summative judgement relating to children’s knowledge, understanding and performance. This is then recorded on a tracking sheet and on the academy’s assessment system to ensure seamless tracking of progress and attainment in PE across the academy. In order to support staff in making accurate assessment judgements relating to children’s learning in PE, they use the PEDPASS (Physical Education, Daily Physical Activity & School Sport) scheme to form objectives and to sustain a key focus in each session. In the Early Years Foundation Stage, objectives and assessment judgments are devised and made in line with Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Statutory Assessment and Reporting:

In addition to the formative and summative assessment tools discussed above, we are also required to publish the percentage of pupils in our Year 6 cohort that have met the National Curriculum requirements for swimming. These include being able 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], and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.