Physical Education


How we Teach Physical Education

At Crosslee Community Primary School, we ensure all children can achieve the aims of the National Curriculum through a broad, balanced and progressive Physical Education (P.E) curriculum. We use a P.E scheme to support this - P.E Passport. P.E. passport is centred around the National Curriculum and provides engaging and interactive lessons to each year group. 


Teachers deliver P.E twice a week, with one lesson being focused on Gymnastics or Dance and the other lesson focusing on Invasion Games such as: Netball, Basketball, Football etc. Each lesson has clear, progressive learning objectives; differentiated activities and videos to support the narrative. Each lesson follows the same repetitive sequence to manage children’s cognitive load

  • Warm up – explain and discuss why we need to warm up
  • Bridge back to prior learning
  • Lesson objectives shared
  • Main focus of skills
  • Game based learning
  • Cool down

In line with our curriculum design and pedagogy, each lesson begins with the opportunity to “bridge back” and retrieve prior knowledge to build upon schemas and create long-term memories. There is a focus on recapping prior vocabulary and using new vocabulary that has been carefully selected for the lesson. 


We offer three main areas of P.E in accordance with the National Curriculum: Dance, Gymnastics and Invasion games. The lessons in each area from EYFS to Year 6 are carefully sequenced to ensure they are progressive. Each area has a roadmap, which shows how skills are built upon in each year group. Each area has a carefully selected set of essential vocabulary which 100% of children will know 100% of and corresponds to the activities they will be doing. 


We are also part of City in the Community with the aim to use the inspiration of Manchester City Football Club and the Premier League to engage pupils and teachers to lead healthier, more active lifestyles whilst building upon children's cultural capital. Children in Nursery access City Play, which is a bespoke programme that provides physical activity sessions for children aged between 2 and 5. Each themed session delivers a variety of fundamental movements and skills in a fun, engaging and inclusive environment. These sessions reflect the 7 learning areas of the EYFS framework, helping children to meet the nationally recognised 3 hours of physical activity per day.

Children in Year 4 attend weekly swimming lessons as we believe every child should leave primary school with the skills to keep themselves safe while enjoying swimming with friends and family.


At Crosslee we believe that all children have a right to a good quality education (Art. 28 UNICEF Charter) and should have an opportunity to access the curriculum of their year group so they can become well-rounded citizens. We adapt our curriculum and pedagogy to meet the needs of all of our children, inclusive of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. All of our P.E, football and swimming sessions are inclusive to all and adaptations are made through the S.T.E.P approach.  S.T.E.P considers the impact and differentiation of Space, Time, Equipment and People and how these factors can be adapted to allow children with difficulties in Cognition and Learning; Social, Emotional and Mental Health; Communication and Language and Physical impairments to access and progress in P.E  lessons alongside their peers.



Contact us

Crosslee Primary School

Crosslee Road


Manchester, M9 6TG

0161 795 8493