Physical Education not only improves physical health, but it helps mental wellbeing, reduce stress and improve concentration. Our well balanced PE curriculum enables pupils to develop self esteem and build confidence, both within the subject and within themselves as individuals.

Physical activity has a positive influence on academic achievement emotional stability and building relationships with others.

PE is much more than just the physical, at Upperwood Academy we follow the Your PE curriculum which is created around the core basis of head, hand and heart.
These domains of learning can be categorised as cognitive domain (head), psychomotor domain (heart) and affective/social domain (heart) .
Through adopting a whole child approach, we place a focus on developing the whole child from foundation stage through the Year 6, and we allow pupils to grow, develop and excel in areas outside just the physical.

Our PE curriculum covers: 
- Invasion games
- Net/wall games
- Strike/field games
- Target games
- Gymnastics
- Dance
- Outdoor and adventurous activities
- Athletics

In addition to this, we offer pupils the opportunity to develop their water confidence through swimming in Year 5. 

This allows pupils to have a broad and enriched experience in their Physical Education curriculum, to create a positive relationship with physical activity to last long after they leave school.

Physical activity is vital in children’s all-round development, enabling them to pursue happy, healthy and active lives.  By creating games and providing opportunities for play both indoors and outdoors, adults can support children to develop their core strength, stability, balance, spatial awareness, co-ordination and agility. Gross motor skills provide the foundation for developing healthy bodies and social and emotional well-being. Fine motor control and precision helps with hand-eye co-ordination which is later linked to early literacy. Repeated and varied opportunities to explore and play with small world activities, puzzles, arts and crafts and the practice of using small tools, with feedback and support from adults, allow children to develop proficiency, control and confidence.

In PE, 3 and 4 year olds will be learning to:

Continue to develop their movement, balancing, riding (scooters, trikes and bikes) and ball skills.

Go up steps and stairs, or climb up apparatus, using alternate feet.

Skip, hop, stand on one leg and hold a pose for a game like musical statues.

Use large-muscle movements to wave flags and streamers, paint and make marks.

Start taking part in some group activities which they make up for themselves, or in teams.

Increasingly be able to use and remember sequences and patterns of movements which are related to music and rhythm.

Match their developing physical skills to tasks and activities in the setting. For example, they decide whether to crawl, walk or run across a plank, depending on its length and width.

Be increasingly independent as they get dressed and undressed, for example, putting coats on and doing up zips.


In PE, children in Reception will be learning to:

Revise and refine the fundamental movement skills they have already acquired: • rolling • crawling • walking • jumping • running • hopping • skipping • climbing

Develop the overall body strength, co-ordination, balance and agility needed to engage successfully with future physical education sessions and other physical disciplines including dance, gymnastics, sport and swimming.

Progress towards a more fluent style of moving, with developing control and grace.

Combine different movements with ease and fluency.

Confidently and safely use a range of large and small apparatus indoors and outside, alone and in a group.

Develop overall body-strength, balance, co-ordination and agility.

Further develop and refine a range of ball skills including: throwing, catching, kicking, passing, batting, and aiming.

Develop confidence, competence, precision and accuracy when engaging in activities that involve a ball.