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Physical Development, Health & Wellbeing

To enjoy healthy, active and fulfilling lives, children and young people must learn to respond positively to challenges, be enterprising and handle risk and to develop self-confidence and physical capabilities

Physical Development and Wellbeing

This area of learning lays the foundations for long-term wellbeing and contributes to their mental, social, emotional, economic and physical development. It is central to their development as confident individuals.

Children and young people learn about their changing bodies and the importance of nutrition and rest for a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Through sport and other physical activities, they learn to increase body control, coordination and dexterity. They also learn about their responsibilities both as individuals and members of groups and teams.

Children and young people learn to cooperate and to compete fairly, understanding their own and others’ roles. As they become more confident, learners develop a growing self-awareness and a commitment to self-improvement so they can make informed decisions that lead to happy and healthy lives. They raise their aspirations, set goals and work to achieve them, seeing how this will influence their opportunities in education, leisure and in the world of work.


At Forest Primary School we believe that all children should participate in a wide variety of physical activities during the school day, to enable them to be both physically and mentally healthy. Children will recognise the positive physical, emotional and social benefits of exercise and develop an understanding that exercise during the day includes PE lessons, break and lunch times, extra-curricular clubs, active travel (to and from school) and outdoor learning opportunities. 

Our intention is to expose children to a wide range of sports throughout their primary years, to encourage all children, regardless of need or ability, to develop an interest in, and a love of, sport and physical exercise, and to flourish in sports and activities that they have a particular interest or skill in. We also aim to provide a variety of sporting opportunities to enable children to represent the school in competitive sports and to have experiences which they may not otherwise do so. 

We understand that Physical Education can have a significant impact on children’s personal, social and emotional development and we aim to promote key qualities such as sportsmanship, respect, teamwork, resilience, fairplay etc. in our Physical Education curriculum and throughout our physical activity offerings. 


Learners should build secure knowledge of the following: 

  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Relationships 
  • Living in the Wider World *

* The elements of economic well-being, rights and responsibilities, careers, and the world of work are covered in the Financial Literacy, Citizenship and Careers documents.

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