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The Physical Education curriculum at Oldway is constructed to be ambitious and provide all pupils with the opportunity to develop the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.


The curriculum is planned to be progressive, developing physical skills and movements that can be effectively transferred across a range of activities and sports.  Opportunities are given to show variety and creativity through independent and collaborative activities.  Social skills are nurtured through cooperative learning, roles and responsibilities.  Pupils develop their cognitive skills, understanding how to improve their own and others performance, following instructions and rules and have the ability to explain why.  Pupils embrace challenge and take responsibility for their own learning, recognise strength and weaknesses and react positively to success and failure, persevere with a task and improve performance through practice.  Pupils can describe changes in their body when they exercise, explain the benefits of exercise and how to practice safely, plan for activity and explain individual needs in health and fitness.


As pupils progress through the key stages they will follow the Real PE curriculum alongside GetSet4PE to provide a broad range of sporting activities.  There are continual opportunities for pupils to challenge themselves and others within lessons, extra-curricular clubs, intra-house competitions and sports festivals, inter-school team events and School Games events.  Our curriculum aims to improve the well-being and fitness of all children at Riviera Education Trust, not only through the skills taught, but through enjoyment and the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes. 


At Oldway, the Physical Education curriculum has been created to develop and instil a lifelong passion for physical activity and sport, be it recreational or competitive. A child-centred, fully inclusive, curriculum is underpinned by strong school values that enable all pupils to become confident communicators, enhancing self-awareness and self-respect, whilst nurturing individual talents. These lifelong learning skills endeavour to develop the motivation that provides every pupil with the opportunity and skill-set to lead and understand the benefits of a healthy active lifestyle.


We recognise the need to develop the core skills, knowledge and understanding, to support this through a broad and balanced curriculum where pupils’ learning is scaffolded across a broad range of practical sports. We provide a wide variety of extra-curricular clubs and activities to further promote progressive skills. We are proud to nurture the talents of pupils with high aspiration in a variety of sports, and we actively celebrate the individual and team successes of present and past pupils.


At Oldway, we have excellent provision for Physical Education, where we can boast excellent outdoor spaces, both hard court and grass, for curricular and extra-curricular activities. We are proud to have our own indoor heated swimming pool, with qualified swimming coach.  Oldway children receive swimming lessons throughout their KS2 journey. Furthermore, we invest in providing additional swimming sessions for those children who'd benefit from smaller group or 1:1 swim sessions growing their water confidence. We also have an outside climbing wall, and two indoor halls for facilitating sport and PE delivery. We work well with local clubs and providers to signpost pupils for further development outside of the school day. As part of the South Devon College Partnership, we also offer our pupils the opportunities for both intra and inter school competition at both festival fun, and competition level.


Our Physical Education curriculum mapping also includes an outdoor and adventurous component, most notably in Year 6 where a residential trip further enhances the pupils’ positive physical education experiences.