PE at Rook’s Nest Academy

At Rook’s Nest Academy our vision for Physical Education and Sport is that every child from ages 2-11 should have the opportunity to take part in physical activity on a regular basis and become more physically confident and competent. We hope that, through all the sporting opportunities and physical activity we offer, the children will potentially develop a love and passion for sport and continue this into their later lives.

We aim to provide the children with at 1-2 hours of fun, exciting and active PE lessons every week and where 2 hours is not possible provide other active lessons. We ensure children are healthy and active with at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day and by educating them on a healthy, balanced diet and lifestyle.

At Rook’s Nest Academy, we also strive to give as many children as possible the opportunity to compete in a variety of competitions, during school time or by representing the school at local events. We hope that in doing so the children will develop greater confidence, team work and learn to win or lose with grace and sportsmanship.

It is also of paramount importance that we create sporting leaders during the children’s time at Rook’s Nest Academy. We aim to offer lots of children the opportunity to lead sporting activities, organise games and events and learn to lead by example. By emphasising leadership, we hope the children learn the importance of communication, organisation, team work, resilience, perseverance and a respect for rules.

PE and Sport are a proud part of the Rook’s Nest Academy experience and we hope that this continues to grow in the future and prepare our children for life after Rook’s Nest Academy.

Please see the primary school sports funding section for more information about PE in our school.

PE mission statement (downloadable copy of the above statement)





Progression in PE

PE progression at Rook’s Nest (with voice over) prior to 2023/24’s movement to including rising 2s and 3s.



Updated skills progression video

PE progression at Rook’s Nest following 2023/24’s movement to including rising 2s and 3s. This updated video does not have a voice over so that questioning and communication can be heard between adults and peers and peer to peer on the video. The information explaining the skills progression can be read below.


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PE has multiple strands with different sports in each strand, these videos focus on invasion games and how progression in that area of PE looks at Rook’s Nest Academy. Although ‘invasion games’ does not have that title in EYFS and KS1, the videos demonstrate how early learning of skills relating to invasion games is vital and helps children become competitive, resilient and fair sports people.


Nursery and Foundation stage including 2s and rising 3s

In Nursery and Foundation stage including 2s and rising 3s, children start to investigate different shaped balls both inside and outside of the classroom and how balls react differently in different situations. This can include how balls are thrown, the height from which balls are dropped and the force put into throwing a ball. Staff have discussions with the children to promote thoughts around these questions and develop children’s understanding (see the above video). Children are also challenged to explain where they have seen balls before (what sports?) and what shapes different balls remind them of. Toward the end of a scheme of work children will carry out basic team games (see the video above) using teamwork and communication whilst staff encourage use of the correct, age-appropriate terminology.

Positive Physical education experiences in Early years can help children develop in the following areas:

  •  Develop personal, social and emotional skills
  • Physical development
  • Communication and language

These 3 areas being the 3 prime areas shows just how important a role PE has in the Early years.


Key Stage One (also explained on the 2021 voice over video)

In Key stage One children begin to use a higher level of vocabulary and investigate throwing, catching and kicking using both sides of their body. At this age children are strongly encouraged to use both hands and feet to encourage ambidexterity which benefits children in later years. The communication and team work skills that children have learnt in Early years are continued to be developed through small sided games at the end of topics. Please see the above 2021 or 2024 video to see some of these small sided games in action. In Key Stage One it is vital that children take great enjoyment in PE whilst developing their resilience skills, bad experiences in physical education at this age can put some children off sports for life.


Lower Key Stage Two (also explained on the 2021 voice over video)

In lower key stage two (and upper key stage two) the curriculum has been organised as a spiral so children revisit different sports in a two year cycle in the areas of invasion games, net and wall games and striking and fielding where multiple sports are possible to learn, ensuring children are not repeating the same sports year after year. Over the past few years we re-organised the curriculum again so that children were doing 2 invasion game sports in a topic, for example in an 8 week netball/football topic:

  • Week 1 Passing netball
  • Week 2 passing football
  • Week 3 shooting netball
  • Week 4 shooting football
  • Week 5 tackling/intercepting netball
  • Week 6 tackling/intercepting football
  • Week 7 small sided games putting skills into practice
  • Week 8 small sided games putting skills into practice

Organising the curriculum in this way has helped the children relate/apply the transferable different skills to different sports with greater ease whilst keeping children’s interest levels high and exposing the children to a variety of sports.

At this age children have usually identified their dominant hand/foot but are still encouraged to use both during skill exploration activities. During these activities passing and moving is strongly encouraged and focused on as the movement part is often a barrier to children’s learning in invasion games. Children also learn the rules of different invasion game sports and encouraged to think about similarities/differences. The vocabulary children are encouraged to use is stepped up a level from key stage one, whilst problem solving begins to further challenge children’s thinking.


Upper Key Stage Two (also explained on the 2021 voice over video)

By the time children reach year 5/6 they have a strong grasp of the different invasion games skills and the skills they have learnt are easily transferable between sports and how to apply them to a variety of match situations due to the work done in previous years. Children in year 5/6 represent the school in competitions across a variety of sports and we are proud of the success we have achieved in these competitions (along with the regular positive praise our children receive for behavior, resilience and sportsmanship), which matches up with the re-organisiation of the curriculum.

Lessons in upper key stage two recap and consolidate skills learnt in lower key stage two before building on these skills through more advanced small sided team game activities. These small sided games build up to larger more competitive games during a scheme of work so that children are ready to competitive sports both inside and outside of school. In year 5/6 children are encouraged to on leadership roles through being captains and referees, as well as inventing their own invasion game style games with scoring opportunities. Children are also encouraged to positively analyse their own and peer’s skills through feedback to understand the difference between positive and negative criticism in sport.



What is the national 30/30 agenda relating to physical activity?

The Government Childhood Obesity Plan has set out the ambition for all children to achieve 60 minutes of physical activity every day, with schools being responsible for delivering 30 of these active minutes and parents also being responsible for 30 active minutes.

Schools and parents / carers have a role to play in supporting children to move more throughout each day. The UK Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines provide recommendations on the frequency, intensity, duration and types of physical activity at different life stages, from early to later years. Benefits are accrued over time, but it is never too late to gain health benefits from taking up any amount of physical activity.

There is strong evidence that regular physical activity has numerous health benefits for children and young people. Benefits of physical activity include; strong bones and muscles, healthy heart, lungs and arteries, improved coordination, balance, posture and flexibility, as well as a reduced risk of becoming overweight or obese. Physical activity not only supports the physical health of a child, but it also promotes social and psychological wellness as well as cognitive function. Evidence also suggests it can boost cognitive function and engagement in academic learning!

Being more physically active is good for a child’s health, NOW and in the FUTURE!

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