Physical Education


At Melton, it is our intention that every pupil, irrelevant of needs, develops skills and understanding of sports through the participation of a broad range of sports offered throughout the school. We aim for every pupil to acquire and develop knowledge and technical skills that will lead to improved performance of a range of sports, whilst learning to embrace, seek and enjoy physical activity. 

Through P.E we aim to support this by: 

  • Ensuring that every child takes part in competitive sport through inter-house competitions. 
  • Offering a range of sporting activities that will engage children and offer enjoyment of physical activity. 
  • Encouraging children to explore physical skills with increasing control and coordination. 
  • Offering opportunities for children to work independently and work with others (pairs/teams) for both practise and competitive situations. 
  • Developing and apply knowledge of rules and tactics to sports/ game situations. 
  • Teaching children how to develop and improve their quality and control of performance; whilst developing skills required for specific sports. 
  • Allowing children opportunities to peer and self-evaluate theirs and others successes. 
  • Offering opportunities for pupils to officiate sports and teaching children how to spectate sports and celebrate participation of sport in a positive manner. 
  • Encouraging children to follow ‘The Melton Way’: Perseverance, Responsibility, Courage and Reflection, to improve and enjoy P.E. 

At Melton, our curriculum aim is both broad and balanced to ensure our children are prepared for future learning. Through this, in P.E. our children learn best through creative, engaging and well sequenced lessons. 


At Melton, every child will participate in competitive sports throughout the year, through inter-house sports competitions and taking part in competitions against other schools. In EYFS and key stage 1, these competitions are skills based, and in key stage 2 these competitions are run using the Suffolk School Games rules and competition formats. Inter-house competitions also offer opportunities for all children to be active spectators of sports as well as opportunities for children to officiate sports, in the capacity of time-keeping, score-keeping, refereeing and identifying fair play. 

All classes participate in 2 hours of P.E per week, as well as: internal and external sports leaders’ sessions, a range of after school sports clubs, bike-ability, competitive sports fixtures and outdoor educational visit opportunities, to ensure full coverage is met. As required by the national curriculum, in key stage 1 we teach dance, gymnastics and games. In key stage 2 we teach dance, gymnastics and games, as well as swimming and water proficiency, and athletics. Swimming and water proficiency lessons and bike-ability are delivered to year 5 and 6, while external sports leaders work with year 3. 

To engage our children and to develop them to be competent learners, teachers will use a range of teaching styles and strategies that offer the children opportunities to explore physical abilities in different sports. Our teachers will expose children to good examples of skills and performance, as well as offer children opportunities to evaluate their own performance. Children are taught the importance of respect and team-work during P.E. lessons, through participating in pairs, groups and whole class activities. 

The long term P.E. curriculum planning is cohesive across the school, so to offer opportunities for children to build on prior learning and develop sport specific skills regularly, as well as allow inter-house competitions to align across the school. 


  • All children receive 2 hours of curriculum PE every week. 
  • Sports funding used to develop use of outdoor space, with new equipment to encourage and engage children in physical activity at play times through the OPAL play group. 
  • Children attend an increased range of extra-curricular activities, including netball, indoor ball games and tennis. 
  • All children have participated in inter-house competitions. 
  • U11 girls and boys won in a cross-schools football competition. 
  • Increased participation of after-school sports.