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  • Physical Education at Abel Smith gives our children the opportunity to learn the knowledge, skills and understanding of physical activities in games, swimming, dance, gymnastics, outdoor adventurous activities and athletic events.
  • Children are also taught the importance of social and mental aspects of PE, working on the life skills they need in order to be happy and healthy members of our school community and progress onto secondary education with confidence.
  • We encourage Abel Smith pupils to be lifelong lovers of physical activity and give them the opportunity to take part in a variety of extra-curricular activities along with signposting them to community club links to continue their enjoyment outside the school environment. 


  • All pupils receive 2 hours of Physical Education every week. In Key Stage 1, our curriculum map includes games and multi skills activities, dance and gymnastics. In Key Stage 2 the curriculum map includes dance, games, gymnastics, swimming and water safety, athletics and outdoor and adventurous activities. (Upper Key Stage 2 also undertake a sports leadership course.) Schemes of work have been written by the PE lead, Mrs Tilbury (a secondary trained PE specialist) with input from the governing bodies of sports being covered. 
  • Our PE programme incorporates a wide range of activities to ensure all children foster a love of activity that will encourage the individual to be more confident and appreciate their own and others strengths and weaknesses. 
  • Our aim is to give every student a broad and modern curriculum to spark enthusiasm for activity. We teach them the skills to be successful in a range of activities and provide opportunities to be competitive with themselves and others. 
  • As a healthy school we promote a wide range of activities for pupils of all ages. The school provides a range of physical activities throughout the school day, (active blasts, active play times.) These encourage children to further develop their skills in a variety of activity areas. 
  • Our clubs range from a boxing /circuits early morning class, dance and sports leaders lead activities at lunchtime, cheerleading and street dance as well as after school activities and sport. The school is part of the Hertford & Ware School Sports Partnership and we play regular fixtures against other local schools and participate in area knockout competitions in a wide range of sports. This introduces a competitive element to team games and allows the children to put into practice the skills that they have developed in their lessons. These opportunities foster a sense of team spirit and co-operation amongst our children. We attend festivals as well as competitive events to give all pupils a chance to represent the school in a setting they feel comfortable with.  


  • PE is reported in the end of Year report for every child. Pupils receive an effort and attitude grading as well as a comment on performance in PE which takes into consideration lesson observations and lesson objectives met as well as attendance at extra- curricular clubs and taking part in competitive sport. PE is assessed using the National Curriculum framework. 
  • An extra-curricular register is kept outlining attendance at breakfast, lunchtime and after school clubs as well as clubs run by external providers. It also records pupils attendance at intra, inter, festivals and tournaments and personal challenges. This register is hugely important when reporting back to the School Games initiative. (We have held the Gold Award for the last 4 years) 
  • We would like to see more children signposted to community linked clubs and more children taking part in extra-curricular activities each year – hence why our curriculum and extra-curricular provision is becoming broader and increasingly modern. We try to target pupils that are less inclined to join in with traditional sporting activities and are always looking to increase provision. 
  • The increased uptake of these clubs will show the impact that our PE provision has had on children’s love of physical activity and sport. Increasing the chances of them continuing this activity at secondary level and into adult life. 
  • Abel Smith students are physically literate individuals with a love of activity. 

Please click below to access our progression of skills in PE: 

Parent PE Curriculum Information 2021_2022

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A video from Mrs Tilbury explaining this year’s PE curriculum.

PE Curriculum Information PowerPoint Slides 2021_2022