Corporation Road, Sunderland, Tyne And Wear SR2 8PL

0191 5002999

  1. Our School
  2. Our Curriculum
  3. Physical Education


At Valley Road Academy, pupils are taught following the Real PE scheme.  The scheme focuses on 6 main skills:


Personal – pupils take responsibility for their own learning, including accepting critical feedback and making changes.  They embrace challenges and see them as opportunities to learn and develop, setting their own personal targets.

Social – pupils lead others, involving everyone and motivating others to perform better.  They can give and receive sensitive feedback to improve both themselves and others, negotiating and collaborating appropriately.

Physical – pupils apply skills with consistency transferring skills and movements across sports, including in challenging and competitive situations.  They confidently combine these skills with fluency in sport specific contexts, including in practice situations.

Cognitive – pupils review, analyse and evaluate their own and others’ performance showing a clear idea of how to develop my own and others’ skills.  They can recognise and suggest patterns of play which will increase chances of success, developing methods to outwit opponents.

Creative – pupils effectively disguise what they are about to do and use variety and creativity to engage an audience.  They respond imaginatively to different situations adapting and adjusting skills, movements or tactics.

Health and Fitness – pupils can explain how individuals need different types and levels of fitness to be more effective in their activity, role or event.  Pupils can self-select and perform warm up and cool down activities identifying possible dangers.

Using this scheme, we aim to provide P.E. opportunities that are enjoyable and, in turn, raise participation levels both in and out of school.

Pupils are encouraged to appreciate the importance of a healthy body and begin to understand those factors that affect health and fitness. This work is closely aligned with the school’s policy on health education.


In a PE lesson, teachers ensure that pupils are active for the majority of the lesson. Periods of inactivity are kept to a minimum. The PE lesson is usually structured with a warm up, skill development and application, cool down. Each lesson should incorporate the 4 aspects of learning:

  1. Acquiring and developing skills
  2. Selecting and applying skills, tactics and compositional ideas
  3. Knowledge and understanding of fitness and health
  4. Evaluating and improving performance


We compete against local schools in a variety of sports, as part of the Sunderland LSA package.

In addition, we offer a variety of after-school sporting clubs catering for all ages, such as archery, football, athletics, street dance and tag rugby


Please click here to view Long term planning

Click the folders below for year group curriculum maps.