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"Practice like you've never won.  Play like you've never lost." (Michael Jordan)

At Hillcroft, our vision is to deliver an exceptional and aspirational curriculum; one that strives to develop highly effective teaching and provide children with a memorable learning experience.  Through this vision and intent, we aim to ensure that the PE provision is challenging and appropriate, and the mechanisms are in place to allow all pupils the opportunity to reach their full potential. The provision is inclusive, engaging, innovative, inspiring and it raises aspirations - something that Hillcroft,  promisse to deliver in the nurturing of our pupils to achieve their personal best. In line with our pedagogical principles, it will provide high quality sustainable Physical Education and sport within the curriculum and extra-curricular.

We follow the Create Development Scheme of Work – Real PE. 

Real PE believes in giving EVERY child the physical literacy, emotional and thinking skills to achieve in PE, Sport and life and their lessons are designed to meet and cater for the new National Curriculum guidelines.


Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Pupils must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

This curriculum will offer these children a solid base from which their physical activity journey can continue to grow and flourish as they move through the school.

In 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.

Learning these skills of basic fundamental skills of physical activitiy across two years ensure that, when they come to KS2, they can more confidently apply the set of skills to a range of sports such as rugby, football, netball, hockey and more. It is in KS2 that our pupils get the opportunities to play these sports competitively.  

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.

‘It is fully aligned to the new National Curriculum and Ofsted requirements and focuses on the development of agility, balance and coordination, healthy competition and cooperative learning.’  (Real PE website)

A key priority for us here at Hillcroft is oracy, and through our motivating and challenging PE curriculum, children are able to develop their oracy skills by evaluating their own and their peers’ performances. 

The Real PE curriculum is delivered over six cogs; each cog focuses on an element of learning and skills, and together, they provide the children with a strong and aspiring foundation from which to build on as they move to secondary school.

The cogs are: Personal, Social, Cognitive, Creative, Physical and Health and Fitness.

Personal – the children can follow instructions and work on simple tasks by themselves before developing their perseverance; reacting positively to challenges and recognising their strengths and weaknesses.

Social – the children learn to work sensibly with others; praising and encouraging them. They show patience and as they develop this cog, they learn to negotiate and collaborate on tasks.

Cognitive – the children can understand and follow simple rules, tactics of attacking and defending and use their spatial awareness to make good decisions. They begin to judge performances; recognising and suggesting patterns of play.

Creative – the children explore movements, patterns and themes in their learning. They have the freedom to make up their own rules and versions of activities to make them more fun and challenging.

Physical – the children perform single skills and movements with control and this develops to performing a range of skills with control and consistency. They explore changes in level, speed and direction and understand what body tension is and how to apply it.

Health and Fitness – the children develop their awareness and understanding of the human body and know why exercise is so important. As they develop this cog, they select and perform appropriate warm up and cool down activities.

Alongside our delivery of Real PE, the children will also get to experience a range of sports throughout Key Stage 2; strengthening and developing their understanding and equipping them with the tools and skills needed for both school and beyond.

Pupil Voice:

What do you like about PE or being active outside?

I like running and playing the warm-up games. 

Agatha, Reception

I like learning and practicing different skills which I can also use at home. 

Leo, Year 5

I like being able to compete in competitions, both in my PE lessons and in competitions with other schools.

Max, Year 6

Which skills have you been learning in PE?

We have been learning about how to balance on our feet. 

Louisa, Reception 

We have been learning about how to throw and catch a small ball across the body with both our hands.

Shanay, Year 6

We have been learning how to sit and roll a ball up and down our legs. Henry, Year 2 

Progression of Skills and Knowledge:

At Hillcroft Primary School, we follow the National Curriculum.  From this, we ensure that skills and knowledge are taught in the appropriate year groups to ensure progression and sequencing. This is supported - in Real PE - by their progression of skills and knowledge documents for COGs and FUNs.

Across Early Years, to ensure progression from the newly published Early Years Framework into KS1, we follow the revised and updated July 2021 version of Development Matters.  In our Nursery, children are aged three and four, and so the progression maps show the objectives related to Three and Four year-old objectives.  However, some children join after just turning three, therefore, with these children and following rigorous assessment of starting points, it may be deemed necessary to look at the Birth to Three objectives too.   For more information on this, please see the Nursery and Reception year group pages.  

Below are links to our Progression of Skills and Knowledge documents. 

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