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Intent, Implementation and Impact


At The Berkeley we strive to deliver a high quality physical education curriculum that inspires all pupils achieve their full potential in sports, physical activity, wider health and well-being activities beyond the curriculum.  Our physical education curriculum is designed to ensure all pupils have access to 2 hours of physical education, sport, physical activity and well-being activities each week. 

We believe that all children should have the opportunity to experience success in Physical Education. The curriculum is planned to enable children to try a wide variety of sports, helping to find the ones that they enjoy the most. Lessons are designed to develop the fundamental physical skills in KS1, then continue to build on these as children progress through school.


We are committed to ensuring every child gets the chance to practise and develop their skills in a range of traditional and non-traditional sports. Every child deserves to experience an appropriate level of challenge regardless of their current knowledge and ability in that sporting area. Lessons are designed with this in mind, as we want to encourage and inspire a life-long love of physical activity.


In line with the national curriculum for physical education here at The Berkeley we aim to ensure all pupils: 

  • Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities  


  • build self-confidence and increase levels of self-esteem as they develop their own independence and resilience to challenges


  • Are physically active for sustained periods of time  


  • Engage in competitive sports and activities  


  • Lead healthy, active lives. 



At The Berkeley Academy, we follow the Government’s National Curriculum for Physical Education. Each child is timetabled to have 2 hours of physical activity each week. Every half-term two different sports are taught within each year group.



  • Physical education at The Berkeley Academy provides challenging and enjoyable learning through a range of sporting activities including; team building games, gymnastics, dance, ball skills, invasion games and track and field. 


  • A planned whole school overview enables children to continue development of skills within different traditional and non-traditional sports each year.


  • A spiral curriculum approach ensures repetition of skills each year, as well as development of new skills, and progression in understanding of sporting rules and personal wellbeing.


  • The physical education curriculum is  delivered by our class teachers and regular CPD sessions are delivered through Stoke City Primary Stars for all staff who teach PE.


  • Each lesson follows a similar structure: warm up, learning of a skill, skill practised in activities, modified game, cool down and stretches.


  • Year 3 children go to Crewe Swimming baths during the Autumn Term, Year 4 children in Spring Term and cover the National Curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety.


  • The Berkeley Academy hosts a KS1 and KS2 sports day every year for all children to participate.


  • In addition, children are encouraged to participate in a comprehensive extra-curricular programme of activities. This includes after school clubs as well as well-being days and activities where pupils have the opportunity to participate in yoga and relaxation sessions. 


  • Children are invited to attend competitive sporting events within the local area. There is an inclusive approach which endeavours to encourage not only physical development but also mental well-being. These events also develop teamwork and leadership skills.  



Our physical education curriculum is high quality, inclusive, well thought out and planned to demonstrate progression. Through completing the curriculum, pupils are deemed to be making expected progress. Children all have the opportunity to represent the school at sport competitions or festivals. Regardless of social/economic grouping, all children are offered access to after-school sports clubs which support their physical and mental well-being. 


Partnership with Parents and Local Community 

Parents are encouraged to support their child’s education in all subjects and are invited to many events. They are also welcome to attend some sports competitions that their child is participating in when possible.   

The Berkeley Academy buys in to Crewe and Nantwich School Sports Partnership (CNSSP). CNSSP enables our pupils to compete in many sports competitions against local schools. This enables our pupils to develop their team building skills as well as interact with children from across the community.  

The Berkeley Academy also receive support from Stoke City Primary Stars where they deliver active English and Maths sessions to our pupils and as well as delivering after school clubs. The Primary Stars programme also lends itself to deliver high quality CPD sessions for our staff onsite within our own environment.


Equal Opportunity 

We aim to provide a curriculum that all pupils can access. This means personalising and adapting our practice to target the needs of our pupils, setting individual targets where appropriate and valuing the diverse experiences that our pupils bring to school. It also includes providing specialised resources where appropriate. 

We have high expectations of all our children and aim to overcome any potential barriers to their learning.  

For further information please refer to the Equal Opportunities Policy and Accessibility Plan 

Special Educational Needs 

Our physical education curriculum ensures all children are included and supported to reach their potential within mainstream physical education lessons. Staff ensure all children’s abilities are catered for and lessons are adapted where necessary.

We aim to meet the individual needs of all our pupils; some pupils require a more personalised approach to access the curriculum and this is fully discussed with parents. Decisions about support and personalised learning are made in consultation with parents.  

If pupils fail to make progress or have difficulty in physical education then the teacher discusses this with relevant staff. This may lead to discussions taking place with the SENDCO and the class teacher, and decisions made about support.