Dorney School

The Little Village School with a Big Heart


Aims & Purpose

Each subject leader regularly reviews the purpose and aims for their subjects.  These are based upon the National Curriculum statements, developed by a range of educational and subject-specific experts.  These statements lay out the aims of each subject at Dorney School.


The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • lead healthy, active lives


At Dorney our P.E. curriculum has high expectations for physical literacy for ALL children, whilst developing the whole learner, including developing personal, social, creative thinking, health and fitness and, physical skills. Through offering a broad range of activities and opportunities to apply these skills through (both within P.E. lessons, the wider curriculum and at home) we hope to encourage a healthy lifestyle, life-long engagement and positive attitudes towards being active. Our curriculum is inclusive for our diverse group of learners and allows all to succeed and reach their potential, with all achievements being celebrated. In addition we strive to find ways to defy national trends e.g. differences in boys and girls engagement and skills within sport, and physical education. Finally, with the venue of the 2012 Olympic rowing on our doorstep, we also intend our PE curriculum to develop pupil’s confidence to compete against others and to be inspired to compete at the highest level. Our P.E. intentions intertwine coherently with our school values of respect, collaborate and grow.


Curriculum Overviews

Our curriculum has been mapped to ensure that there is clear progression across the school. Subject leaders regularly review the topics taught in each year group to ensure that pupils are taught the right content at the right time.