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Applebee Wood Community Specialist School

Respect, Belonging, Trust, Resilience, Aspiration

Physical Education

Physical Education at Applebee Wood

At Applebee Wood we believe that physical development is essential to the development of the whole child. 

  • We aim to nurture confident, resilient children who will strive for their personal best. 
  • We listen to our children's wants and needs and provide with a range of active experiences in lessons and in clubs. 
  • We want to aid our children in obtaining the values and skills to celebrate and respect the success of others, whilst celebrating their own successes.
  • We aim to ensure that our delivery of physical education allows all children to have the skills and mindset to leave Applebee Wood with the capabilities to be successful in their sporting challenges, a foundation for a healthy life style, character building, self confidence, self-esteem, team work, competition and a life-long love of physical activity. 


Our Curriculum

Within PE we follow the Lancashire Scheme of Work, GetSet4PE, MATP Programme and MOVE resources as the basis for our curriculum planning. These progressive schemes of work provides us with an overview of the physical, social, emotional and thinking whole child outcomes.

The whole child outcomes demonstrate how the unit lends itself to developing children's confidence, competence, control and character as well as how they collaborate with others. 

The schemes of work also include important key skills, set personalised targets, encourage cross curricular links and the assessment criteria required for the unit of study and any health and safety considerations. 


The Early Years outdoor area provides opportunities for the children to run, jump and build etc. These activities encourage not only co-operative and communication skills but assist with coordination skills and develop hand and arm muscles, a prerequisite for writing. Gross motor skills need to be developed before the fine motor skills. Areas we cover in PE within EYFS are: An initial introduction to PE, Fundamental Skills, MATP Programme, MOVE (for specific students), Flexi-Bounce, Dance, Gymnastics, Ball skills and Games. 


As the children move through school they will further develop fundamental movement skills, becoming increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. 

They will be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and cooperative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations. 


PE aims to encourage pupils of all abilities to be physically active in school and throughout life. It fosters the development of control and coordination in large and small movements, promoting physical strength and self confidence. 


Through increased flexibility it helps our pupils to move confidently in a range of ways, to be able to negotiate obstacles safely whilst striving to achieve their 'personal best' and working towards the attainment of physical developmental milestones. 


Lessons are carefully planned and designed to be inclusive. Our curriculum schemes ensure that all pupils are given opportunities to experience a broad range of activities and resources adapted to meet the different abilities of our children, supporting them to develop a wide range of skills which they can use in different contexts. 


We are passionate about promoting the enjoyment of physical activity - we want all of our pupils to have fun. 


Physical activities also support the development and attainment of skills in other areas of the curriculum e.g. the acquisition of fine motor skills required when learning to write, along with the development of self-care skills linked to everyday life and independence i.e: dressing, washing and feeding. 


PE is delivered through the provision of weekly structured PE lessons, daily free play and adult choice planned activities taking place both inside and outside of the classroom. Individual occupational and physiotherapy targets are included in activities throughout the day as appropriate e.g. when pupils are using the sensory gym. 


Most pupils also have a minimum of half a term of swimming lessons each year during which they work towards attaining linked MATP skills or the new 9 swimming outcomes according to the National Curriculum 2024 and we use structured folders to monitor attainment. Classes also have at least one half term block of offsite PE visits which focus on using local playground equipment and other facilities to develop physical skills beyond the resources we have at school. Physical targets will also frequently form the main focus of Educational Visits and Forest school activities. 


We also now have our own qualified Flexi-Bounce instructor to deliver rebound therapy to any pupils who will find it useful which is very exciting.


We follow a structured extra-curricular timetable during every lunchtime for both key stage 3 and 4 and hold an additional sports club for an hour on a Wednesday after school. We deliver a good variety of sports to accommodate our learning intentions. In these sessions we aim to build on prior knowledge, skills and confidence but more importantly have fun. We do compete against other schools at any opportunity and pupils have enjoyed representing the school out in the community.


As part of the school sport partnership, our pupils have opportunities to link, visit and compete with pupils in other similar schools. Activities offered include Boccia, New Age Kurling, Football, Tag Rugby, Swimming, Multi Sport Sessions, MATP Showcases, Tenpin Bowling and Cheerleading. Periodically sports and activity specialists are also invited into school to deliver specialist sessions. 


At key stage 4 some pupils attend specialist sports provisions to work towards accredited qualifications. Please see below (Under the Key Stage 4 heading).



For pupils to engage in a wide range of activities and sports which can help them to develop in ways that other subjects may not allow.

  • Pupils are encouraged to work creatively and to develop resilience and perseverance when faced with challenge.
  • For pupils to develop self-confidence, self- esteem and to know how physical activity can contribute to a healthy and active lifestyle and have a positive attitude towards this.
  • Children are taught how to work as part of a team and how to recognise and respect the skills of others.
  • We aim to develop pupils who can provide and respond to feedback about their own or their peer’s performance.
  • Pupils are encouraged to participate in sporting activities out of curriculum time to further develop what they have been taught during their PE lessons.
  • To assess pupils learning, analyse and interpret their results and use this to inform future planning and    decisions.





Pupils in the early years are taught by our specialist PE teacher. The children have one hour allocated to them where they can use the school hall for structured learning activities once per week where we use the Motor Activity Training Programme (MATP) or MOVE (used with specific pupils) for assessment purposes. They also undertake daily physical exercise within a specialised external play area. Additionally, the pupils attend swimming lessons each week which are led by a swimming teacher and are accompanied by their class teacher, HLTA and TA's. Cross curricular links also allow physical development to take place in literacy and maths lessons.


Key Stage 1 and 2

Pupils in the primary department participate in weekly PE lessons. They also have swimming lessons at least every half term. At this stage pupils work towards achieving milestones on the Motor Activity Training Programme (MATP) which is the pathway to the Special Olympics and will be showcased throughout the year. Pupils are encouraged to remain active during play times and have access to a well-equipped school yard, games are encouraged by members of staff on duty.


Key Stage 3

Pupils in key stage 3 have at least 2 hours of planned physical education per week. The curriculum is split into two pathways, a more formal curriculum (stepping on) and a semi-formal curriculum (reaching out). In the formal curriculum at key stage 3, pupils will take part in activities that will enable them to 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. Pupils who have not achieved the keeping themselves safe in water certificate  also attend a weekly swimming lesson which is taught by a specialist swimming teacher and supported by our own school staff.


Key Stage 4

At this level pupils again participate in two hours of planned lessons per week. (see separate provision maps) Pupils at this stage also work towards the OCR Entry Level Qualification in Physical Education. They also complete work for the sport and leisure modules of their ASDAN personal challenge qualification. A small number of pupils also work towards their Sports BTECH certificate through Preston North End. A number of pupils also work towards their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze/Silver award which requires them to complete several hikes and challenges.


Pupils in the secondary department are also encouraged to be active during play time and have access to    outdoor gym equipment and a range of resources that can be utilised during playtimes.


During the summer term Sports Days are held for Primary and Secondary covering traditional sporting activities, however the focus during these events is participation.

As Applebee Wood School is supported by the South Ribble School Sport Service pupils from year 4 to Year 11 have the opportunity to participate in variety of Healthy Active Lifestyle festivals as well as School Games events held across the city, which introduce a more competitive element into sporting activities.


The pupils all take part in a healthy living week in the summer term in which they undertake a series of physical and challenging activities, including: assault course; climbing wall; archery, problem solving, bush craft and team sports.


All our activities are supported by a variety of sports clubs lead by school staff and visiting professionals both at lunchtime and after-school.



All pupils in school are exposed to a wide range of physical activities during lesson time.

Activities are differentiated to suit the needs of all learners.

Assessment using GetSet4PE and MATP targets will show evidence of good or outstanding progress in most learners.

Progress is made in swimming with most pupils meeting the required standard by the end of KS2.

Learners are aware of the need for a healthy active lifestyle and can make informed decisions regarding this.

Links are forged with other subjects in school to allow pupils to consolidate their learning.

The use of questionnaires and surveys (pupils and staff) and by talking to children will help the quality of lessons and confidence in the teaching of PE to improve and as a result the enjoyment and positive outcomes will increase.

Ten Pin Bowling

Our two Key Stage 4 ten pin bowling teams participated in a competition at Level in Preston. They represented the school brilliantly, finishing in 1st and 2nd place! The first team then got invited to the Regional final at Bolton Hollywood Bowl and finished 3rd place overall. Such a fantastic achievement!

Forest School


Our EYFS pupils enjoying our onsite forest school outdoor education area.



2023/24 Key Stage 3 football team enjoying challenging other local schools in the community and representing our school extremely well so far this academic year. 

Swimming Gala

Several of our children took part in Lancashire school games the pupils were incredible and all came away with medals.

Duke of Edinburgh (Bronze)

The Duke of Edinburgh expedition season has continued with our year 10 and some year 11 pupils taking part in their bronze expedition. The expeditions were split over 2 nights, camping at school and they were a huge success. All the pupils undertook all the activities with lots of enthusiasm and energy; cooking their evening meal, making dens to sleep in and the expedition walk itself from school to Avenham

Duke of Edinburgh (Silver)

Last weekend it was the turn of our Year 11 pupils to complete their Duke of Edinburgh Silver expedition. This was the final expedition of the season, with the pupils camping at Bowley Scout camp for the weekend, they had to put up and take down their tents and cook their own meals. Saturday was spent walking up Pendle hill from Barley village. It was a long walk with lots of steps, but the pupils persevered achieved their goal and reached the top. That evening they were joined by Sparks who taught them how to make a Para cord person, with smores being eaten around the campfire. After breaking camp on Sunday, the afternoon was spent walking around Pendle Sculpture trail. It was a fun filled, but tiring weekend, and all the pupils should be very proud of themselves for completing their expedition weekend.

Wheel Chair Motor Class


Adams Class

One of our fabulous year 10 pupils, Tomas, has been nominated for the Positive Role Model Award for Disability in the National Diversity Awards. Tomas has Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, is a wheelchair athlete and competes in WCMX (wheelchair motocross). He is 14 years old and is currently ranked 4th in the world! Please read Tomas' story and vote for him here.

Sports Day

All our primary children had so much fun taking part, thank you to all parents & carers who came to support and cheer the children on.


Cheerleading Competition

Our pupils took part in a cheerleading competition this was a huge success well done to everyone who took part.