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Curriculum Area - PE


Mrs L Stainbank (Infant School) and Mr T O'Sullivan (Junior School) are our PE Curriculum Leaders.



At Chalfont St Giles Village School, we believe that every child should enjoy a range of experiences within physical education and sport. Through our extensive curriculum, extra-curricular clubs and other school sport opportunities, we promote positive attitudes to health and wellbeing, the development of fundamental skills and a love for being active.


Chalfont St Giles Junior School believes that Physical Education (PE), experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is essential to ensure children attain optimum physical and emotional development and good health. We intend to deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities that inspire all children to succeed in physical education and in developing life skills. We want to teach children skills to keep them safe, such as being able to swim.  We also want to teach children how to cooperate and collaborate with others as part of an effective team, understanding fairness and equity of play to embed life-long values. Our curriculum aims to improve the wellbeing and fitness of all children at our school, through the sporting skills we teach as well as through the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes.




During physical education lessons, children follow personal learning journeys based on a fundamental skills and multi-ability approach to teaching and learning – ‘Real PE’.  Our curriculum equips children with the essential abilities to maximise potential, and enjoy long-term participation in physical activity and sport.  Teaching and learning focuses on three main building blocks for every sporting action, these are known as Fundamental movement skills: 


  • Agility

  • Balance

  • Coordination


The curriculum encourages creativity, collaboration and self-challenge, through six themed units per year, known as ‘multi-abilities’ which include:


  • Personal skills

  • Social skills

  • Cognitive skills

  • Creative skills

  • Physical skills

  • Health related fitness


Using ‘Real PE’, children in EYFS and Key Stage 1 explore the multi-abilities and fundamental skills through songs, stories and personal best challenges.  Children begin to develop the notion of moving progressively through challenges until they reach the point of ‘failure’, then working collaboratively they ‘practice perfect’ until they can achieve consistent success – “That's when we know it’s time to move on to the next challenge.” (Year 2 child)


In Key Stage 2, we use ‘Real PE’ to look at how fundamental skills can be combined, and their context in sporting activities.  Children experiment with the ‘How?’ and ‘Why?’ of combined skills, collaboratively and creatively exploring the most effective ways of practising and performing more complex sporting actions.  “I chose to combine three different types of jumps in my sequence, a hop, a skip and a jump.  It helps me go further and higher without losing balance.” (Year 3 child)


Children consolidate and further develop their fundamental skills through a range of competitive activities, ranging from more traditional activities and games such as tag rugby, football, cricket, high 5 netball, gymnastics, dance and athletics.


Through our community links and membership of our Buckinghamshire School Sports Partnership (a cluster of over 40 primary schools in Buckinghamshire that is run by Dr Challoner’s High School), our children attend competitive sporting events in ‘PE festivals’ within the local area. All these festivals embody an inclusive approach which endeavours to encourage not only physical development but also mental well-being. These events also develop teamwork and leadership skills and are very much enjoyed by the children. Our current Diamond Level membership gives us access to:


  • A network of schools for continued professional development opportunities and shared good practice

  • A choice of 70 PE and Sports festivals at a competitive level to increase children’s participation in national school games competitions

  • Membership of the Youth Sport Trust (YST)


At the Junior School we have a fantastic scheme called Sports Leaders, whereby year six children plan and lead a club for four weeks. So far the teams of Sports Leaders have run a variety of clubs for year three and four children including: tag rugby, netball, gymnastics, badminton, circuits, football, basketball and dance. This is an opportunity for children to learn valuable planning, organisation, communication and leadership skills.


Swimming is currently offered across three year groups (years 4, 5 and 6) in order to make up the opportunity and learning lost due to Covid19.


Other Initiatives - Implementation


Change 4 Life is a national initiative aimed at getting both children and adults to:


Eat well. Move more. Live longer.


We run a ‘Change 4 Life’ club to increase children’s physical activity and wellbeing, whereby a group of children from our junior school lead a club for a group of children at our infant school.

The junior children lead fun activities, which fit into four categories (target, combat, flight and creative). They have a huge bag of equipment, which is exclusive to the club, and are able to choose what activities they do during the session. For example: archery, bowling, cheerleading, javelin, skipping, blindfolded pair work and many more!


This is a great opportunity for children to:


  • Participate in a new type of sports club that is all about moving and having fun rather than competing against others
  • Lead and take ownership of a club – they create the activities themselves
  • Increase their self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Most important of all – have fun!


Wake and Shake and Activity Sessions


We have introduced 'Wake and Shake' and activity sessions at the Infant and Junior school. ‘Wake and Shake’ is a simple routine set to music that we do as a whole school for five minutes every day. Activity sessions are also 5 minutes each day. They include activities such as action songs, skipping and using the hula-hoop.  We do these sessions after lunch to wake us all up ready for the afternoon's learning - both children and staff! The easy-to-follow routines are set to popular songs that the children are thoroughly enjoying. Each year group takes it in turns to choreograph and lead their own routines for the rest of the class. When the weather is nice we do this on the playground too!


Extra-curricular clubs


An extensive range of lunchtime and after school activities support our curriculum, and form the link to competitive opportunities. Link to clubs.




Staff track the success of each child in our distance marking sheets. Noting who has exceeded expectations and those that need further support or practice so that we ensure all children progress.


 We help motivate children to participate in a variety of sports through quality teaching that is engaging and fun. From our lessons, our children learn to take responsibility for their own health and fitness, many of whom also enjoy the success of competitive sports. We equip our children with the necessary skills and a love for sport. They will hopefully grow up to live happy and healthy lives utilising the skills and knowledge acquired through PE.