Physical Education Curriculum

Physical Education Curriculum


  • To be active physically, demonstrating knowledge and understanding mainly through physical activity.
  • To develop independence through problem-solving physical challenges, evaluating, modifying technique and consolidating skills through practice and repetition.
  • To instil a sense of good sportsmanship, and encourage recognition of other pupils’ contribution.
  • To support the development of self-esteem through the development of physical confidence and helping pupils to cope with both success and failure in competitive and cooperative activities.
  • To recognise and follow relevant rules, laws, codes, etiquette and safety procedures for different activities or events, in practice and during competition.

The intent of the PE curriculum at The Observatory School is to strike the right balance between provision, participation and performance for all of our pupils. The Curriculum has been designed to allow pupils at our school to enjoy their experiences in both practical and theoretical lessons by giving them opportunities to learn about and live a lifelong healthy lifestyle.


Pupils at The Observatory School take part in weekly high-quality PE and sporting activities. The PE curriculum incorporated a variety of sports and games to ensure ALL children make progress with skills such as confidence, tolerance and the ability to know theirs and others strengths and weaknesses. We provide opportunities to engage in extracurricular activities during and after school. We have an inclusive approach which encourages not only physical development but also well being. Throughout all lessons, pupils are being continually asked why they are doing specific skills and games to check understanding of both the skill and game as a whole.

The PE curriculum enables progression from Key Stage 2 to 4, with each year building on skills and knowledge.


Our curriculum aims to improve the wellbeing and fitness of all children at The Observatory, not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and disciplines, PE promotes. Within our lessons, pupils are taught about self-discipline and that to be successful you need to take ownership and responsibility for their own health and fitness. Our impact is, therefore, to motivate children to utilise these underpinning skills in an independent and effective way in order to live happy and healthy lives. We hope children enjoy PE and develop a love of sport, and physical activity, that they pursue outside of school and in future life outside of school. All pupils understand the values and importance of fair play and being a good sportsperson. 


GCSE Short Course PE (WJEC)


  • Pupils look at careers in the  Army and are encouraged to join the Sea Cadets, Army Cadets and Fire Cadets.
  • Pupils attend Army open days.
  • We have developed strong links to universities and colleges which offer PE related qualifications alongside invaluable coaching experience.  Our links with Liverpool Hope University and Liverpool John Moores University enable pupils to gain work experience and help deliver sport sessions.
  • We have strong links to coaching companies that offer sport qualifications and pathways to University.
  • We have links to local colleges offering a range of sporting qualifications and pathways to university and employment in coaching.
  • Pupils use  local gyms that enable personal training experience and show pupils opportunities in the public sector.



PE Curriculum Map 2020-21