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Core- Physical Development

Physical Education and Development core areas of the curriculum here at Nancealverne. 

Through our learning environments to our enrichment activities we ensure that all children, regardless of need, have opportunities to enhance their physical development skills. We work closely with therapy services to deliver individual outcomes. 


We use two different Physical Education and Physical Development schemes. Links to their websites are below. 

The MOVE Programme is an activity-based practice that enables disabled young people to gain independent movement. It uses the combined approach of education, therapy and family knowledge to teach the skills of sitting, standing, walking and transitioning between. The aim of the MOVE Programme is to offer these movement opportunities to disabled people, opening up and transforming the world around them and creating an accessible, interesting and educational world full of opportunity and choice.

The programme’s central philosophy is that movement is the foundation for learning. In early development, children learn about their environment and gain skills to navigate the world by moving, exploring, and practising repeatedly. A disabled child who uses assistive equipment and relies on others for much of their movement is generally provided fewer opportunities to independently move and learn. The MOVE Programme ensures that disabled young people are provided these vital opportunities to develop their mobility and independence.     Move

What is real PE?         Real PE

Real PE is, first and foremost, a philosophy and approach which aims to transform how we teach PE in order to include, challenge and support EVERY child. It supports teachers and other deliverers to make small changes that will have a significant impact on their learners.


At Nancealverne School, Physical Development is fundamental to the health and wellbeing of our pupils. We provide our pupils with the tools and understanding required to make a positive impact on their own physical health and well-being. Pupils learn how to make decisions in response to creative, competitive and challenging activities. We have an inclusive curriculum that ensures all pupils have access to engaging and motivating physical and therapeutic activities, both in school and in their local communities. We develop pupil’s physical literacy whilst enhancing their enjoyment and knowledge of the subject. We teach pupils how to cooperate and collaborate with others and understand fairness and equality. We instil a culture of healthy, active life-styles, with the vision that our pupils will continue to adopt this into adulthood.


Physical Development encompasses 6 areas of enrichment at Nancealverne


With these core areas integrated into our curriculum at all key stages, we provide a fully inclusive Physical Development program to meet the needs of our pupils. Through the identification of need in every pupil’s Education Health and Care Plan, each receive a bespoke PD curriculum offer, tailored to their ability, interests and aspirations.

Our pupils take part in a range of sports and physical activities within a supportive environment. They are encouraged to participate in exercise throughout the day, during PE lessons, clubs, outdoor learning, physical therapies and special events, on and off site.

Our pupils gain experience in a variety of fundamental skills including flexibility, strength, technique, control, agility, co-ordination and balance. Pupils take part in individual skills, group skills and team games, using PE equipment appropriate for their age.

We teach the National Curriculum, supported by clear skills and knowledge progression, using the ‘Real PE’ program. This ensures that skills and subject knowledge are built upon and sequenced appropriately, to maximise learning for all pupils.



Our pupils have a positive and engaged attitude towards physical activity. They are motivated to make informed positive choices, affecting their own physical and mental health and wellbeing. Pupils meet their EHCP targets in Physical development and wider communication and social skills. Pupils leave school prepared for living healthy and active lives.


At Nancealverne School our Physical Education curriculum offers a broad, inclusive and engaging programme for all learners. We follow the Real PE curriculum in order to develop secure core movement skills and to foster a love
of physical activity for all, but we also have a varied wider offer that builds on our community links and gives learners
the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities.

The MOVE (Movement Opportunities Via Education) programme is a holistic and inclusive approach to physical education and movement for individuals with physical disabilities.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS):

  • Develop fundamental movement skills, such as running, jumping, throwing, and catching.
  • Move confidently and with control in a range of physical activities.
  • Explore and play with different ways of moving.

Key Stage 1 (KS1):

  • Develop fundamental movement skills and coordination, including balance and agility.
  • Begin to understand the importance of warm-up and cool-down exercises.
  • Participate in team games and learn to follow rules and take turns.

Key Stage 2 (KS2):

  • Build on fundamental movement skills and develop more advanced physical skills.
  • Participate in a range of physical activities, including individual, team, and competitive sports.
  • Develop an understanding of how to improve their own performance and set personal goals.

Key Stage 3 (KS3):

  • Further develop physical skills and knowledge of different sports and activities.
  • Work collaboratively with others in team and group situations.
  • Begin to understand the link between physical activity, health, and well-being.

Key Stage 4 (KS4):

  • Choose to specialize in specific sports or activities.
  • Develop advanced techniques and tactics in chosen sports or activities.
  • Understand and apply principles of training, nutrition, and sports psychology.

Key Stage 5 (KS5):

  • Continue to specialize in chosen sports or activities at a higher level.
  • Prepare for further study or a career in the sports and fitness industry.
  • Develop leadership and coaching skills, including the ability to plan and deliver effective training sessions.


Whilst we follow the objectives of a structured subject-specific curriculum, we offer highly differentiated and personalised learning programmes. We deliver a specialist, high-quality, and relevant education. This focuses on personal skills and academic achievement, setting high expectations for all. We appreciate that students may not be working at age-related or key-stage expectations, and therefore measure progress from individual starting points.