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Physical Education


PE has six main areas of activity: Games, Gymnastics, Dance, Athletics, Swimming and Outdoor and Adventurous Activities (OAA).

Children participate in two hours of high quality Physical Education each week. It is our aim to develop children's confidence in a range of different activities and provide them with opportunities to experience being a player, coach and umpire.


P.E Curriculum


Here at Marlborough, we want to enable a new generation of active pupils, leading physically fit and healthy lives. We believe that physical activity should be a fun and integral part of the lives of our pupils. Through enabling pupils to be active, we’re enhancing their quality of life, by helping to ensure that they remain healthy and happy as they develop into the adults of the future. Our aim is to develop the very best start to our pupils’ physical development, so they can avoid many of the health problems that inactive and sedentary lifestyles can cause later on in life.


P.E. in Key Stage 2

Pupils apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.


  • Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
  • Play competitive games, modified where appropriate, and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
  • Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics]
  • Perform dances using a range of movement patterns
  • Take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
  • Compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best

Swimming and water safety 

In Year 3, we provide swimming instruction, where pupils:

  • Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • Use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
  • Perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations