PE and Physical Development


Kemball School recognises the importance of physical health by promoting and facilitating healthy and active lifestyles for all of our pupils. Physical Education and Physical Development are an integral part of our Curriculum designed to meet the needs and aspirations of all pupils. We ensure that they feel included, engaged and challenged in a supportive environment. We recognise that the physical needs of our pupils vary greatly and that learning takes time so we allow each pupil the opportunity to consolidate their knowledge and develop their physical skills.

 What will our pupils experience throughout their PE curriculum?

  • They will access planned provision that is progressive and well sequenced.
  • They will have access to a wide range of physical development support through physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, sensory diet and sport specific skills.
  • They will learn why physical development is important in their own lives.
  • They will have an understanding of living a healthy lifestyle both physically and mentally.
  • To teach students to recognise and describe how their bodies feel during exercise.
  • To develop student enjoyment and motivation towards physical activity and to derive satisfaction and achievement.
  • To engage in competitive sports and activities that build character, self-confidence and embed values such as fairness and respect.

 Why do we want this?

  • Our main goal is to deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities which enable all children to succeed; to enjoy their learning; to be resilient and consistently strive to give their best efforts at all times and achieve their potential and personal best.
  • We want to improve social and communication skills, teamwork and promote positive mental health and well-being.


          PE and Physical Development sessions can look very different across the school in order to meet individual physical needs.

          Multi-sensory pathway has a range of different sessions pupils have access to in order to meet their physical needs. We encourage as much physical movement and stimulation as possible through Rebound, Physiotherapy, Hydrotherapy and swimming sessions. These will be tailored to the individual and will take place at least twice a week or sometimes a combination of the facilities and sessions that we offer. This kind of programme is essential as it develops and maintains movements and flexibility, supporting vital organs and other health aspects whilst stimulating pupils in a different way resulting in positive mental health and well-being.

          The Engagement pathway focuses on core movements and key skills such as walking, running, jumping, hoping and basic co-ordination. In addition to the PE resources pupils within this pathway will have access to swimming, soft play and the outdoor play area which will help to support the development of gross and fine motor skills alongside the key skills.

          In our Progression pathway pupils will be exposed to more sport specific skills. Pupils will begin to develop their understanding of different sports and the skills need to play. Pupils will be encouraged to have respect, sportsmanship, work as a team and have an understanding of the rules.

The Functional pathway will continue to have the opportunity to access a range of sports, gymnastic, dance and athletics based lessons through the Duke of Edinburgh Physical section. Pupils will have the chance to begin to develop and apply these skills by taking part in more competitive style games at their level. These may be traditional sports like Football and Hockey, or may be adapted sports such as Table Cricket. There is also the further opportunity for pupils to apply their skills in fixtures against others.

Throughout the school there is always the awareness and implementation of providing for individual specific physical needs. Pupils will be identified for programmes such as Rebound, Physiotherapy and Hydrotherapy as needed, regardless of class, age or pathway, alongside their PE provision.


Our pupils recognise and enjoy physical exercise and sport. They have their physical needs supported and met, and their ambitions, aspirations and enthusiasm harnessed in a range of ways and contexts that are meaningful for them. By providing these opportunities to access sport and exercise, we give pupils the skills, physical tools, experiences and memories to encourage sport and exercise to be a big part of their life both during and after Kemball, as part of a healthy and fulfilling life.