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At St Philips C of E Primary School we recognise the importance of PE and the role it has on the development of children, alongside  promoting  long term, healthy lifestyles. The intent  of  our  PE curriculum  is to  provide  all children  with  high  quality  PE and  sports provision.   We follow a skills  based  approach  to our  learning  to allow our children to transfer skills across activity areas. We strive for each individual to succeed and reach their own true potential as well as having an understanding of what creates a healthy lifestyle. We provide engaging lessons that aim to inspire our children, this is achieved by ensuring lessons are fun and challenging, yet accessible by all.

Through our  PE  lessons  and  school  sport,  we  will provide  opportunities  that  allow transferable life skills such as problem solving, resilience, trust,  teamwork  and  respect. This is achieved by giving the children the opportunity to take part in competitive sport.

Our curriculum at EYFS and KS 1 focuses on developing the fundamentals such as agility, balance  and  co-ordination.  Whereas the  KS2  curriculum  has  a  focus  on  Physical, cognitive  and  manipulative  skills, therefore  focusing  more on tactical  awareness  and physical readiness.



Pupils within EYFS have a fully structured PE lesson based in the school hall at least once a week. Cross-curricular links also allow PE activities to take place during most other subjects. The EYFS outdoor area is also fully equipped with specialist equipment allowing the children to undertake daily physical exercise.

During the Autumn term Reception children also take part in a tailored healthy lifestyle programme which allows the children to build an understanding of a healthy lifestyle.

At St Philip's, the PE curriculum is a skill-based curriculum. In Key Stage 1 these fundamental skill areas are co-ordination, agility, and balance. The children will develop these key skills across different activity areas allowing them to develop transferable skills. In Key Stage 2, the focus is on physical, cognitive and manipulation. Therefore, allowing the children to develop an understanding of tactical awareness and allows them to implement these tactics into a competitive situation.

All children come to school in their PE kits, therefore each child has a full 1 hour PE lesson, twice weekly.

In addition, all Year 3 attend a weekly swimming lesson at the Pelican Centre and therefore only complete one further PE lesson within school each week. During the swimming lessons, children are taught to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres, with the focus on how to use a range of stroke effectively and perform safe self- rescue in different water based situations.

Year 5 participate in a weekend residential trip to Dobroyd Castle. Children take part in outdoor and adventurous activities that challenges them both individually and as a team. This week focuses on building communication, respect, teamwork, resilience, and problem solving. Some of the activities they complete are raft building, nightline, caving, giant swing, zip wire and the piranha pool.

Year 6 attend an annual week residential trip to Colomendy, in which they undertake a series of physical and challenging activities, including: climbing walls, assault courses, high ropes, kayaking, canoeing, trapeze, team challenges, bush craft and the leap of faith. This allows children to develop a broader range of skills and allows them to use them in different ways. The children also develop effective communication and compete against each other in different ways.

In addition to the core PE at St Philips, we also offer a well-developed enrichment PE curriculum. PE is further supplemented in Key Stage 1 and 2 by the use of professional coaches who work with staff to develop their skills and support children's development.

Pupils from EYFS to Year 6 also have the opportunity for physical activity during morning, afternoon and lunchtime breaks on one of three well-equipped school yards, stocked with resources such as football and basketball nets, climbing wall and gym equipment, trail equipment and the Play Pod. Staff and Sports Leaders (trained from year 6) are on duty to co­ ordinate a range of playground activities.

Afterschool clubs take place daily for different activities; dodgeball, archery, dance, climbing wall, bush craft, volleyball, badminton, basketball and multi skills are on offer. Lunchtime sports are also on offer at different times across the year such as; cross country, football, rugby, rounder's and cricket.

Inter- class and inter -year competitions take place on a termly basis in KS1 and KS2. The focus of these activities is to promote a healthy approach to participation and competition.

In the Autumn term, we hold an annual sports presentation evening, where we celebrate the commitment and dedication of our children from the previous academic year. We host this awards evening at Leigh Sports Village. Each child invited receives recognition of their participation in school sport with our 12 special awards being presented to the children by a professional athlete.

In the summer term, sports days are held for all children across EYFS and KS 1 and KS2, these days allow the children to participate in a number of activities from track and field events and tug of war to more traditional sports day events such as bean bag relays and egg and spoon races.


In order to assess P.E., staff use the assessments statements available on the school-tracking programme to assess what objectives each child has achieved and identify any gaps that need addressing. This gives teacher the opportunity to assess how children's knowledge and skills have developed throughout each topic.

Subject Leaders complete termly monitoring through talking to pupils, observing lessons and looking at collated evidence for their subject. There is a clear progression in skills throughout the school and this develops in a spiral way from the EYFS to Year 6.

Annual reporting of the P.E. and Sports Premium also highlight impact of the subject on our pupils and the school, and we also have an external validation by School Games which measures our commitment, engagement and delivery of competitive sport throughout the academic year.


P.E. Long Term Plan

Pupil Learning Links


Please find all the relevant information about sports clubs that are currently active within school by following this link.  http://www.pepartner.co.uk/spiralpe/ClubSignpost.asp?SignPost=574

 We are pleased to announce that we have now achieved the Gold School Games Mark for our commitment, engagement and delivery of competitive school sport in 2018/2019.

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