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PE (Physical Education)

Vision Statement:  

At Hambleton CE Primary School, our vision for Physical Education is that every child should have the opportunity to develop the physical confidence and competence to enjoy being physically active. This allows our children to develop into physically literate preadolescents who have the choice to decide which activities they would like to continue participating in in later years.  This will lead to a life-long passion for being physically active. We also strive to give as many children as possible the opportunity to participate in a variety of competitive sports during their school life, giving them the prospect of understanding what competition feels like, what it is like to be part of a team, and to be able to both win and lose with equal grace. The opportunity to take part in sporting events reflects the school’s Christian values of teamwork, compassion, respect and resilience.


It is also important that our children 'learn to lead' and therefore we offer all of our children the opportunity to lead sporting activities in their school life. Leadership gives children the understanding of what it is like to have responsibility, to show respect for rules and brings the added challenge of organisation, communication and teamwork. Hambleton CE Primary School aims to provide a high-quality physical education curriculum, inspiring all pupils to succeed and excel in sports/competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. It provides opportunities for our pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Also to compete in sport and other activities building character and helping to embed values such as fairness, self-belief, resilience, honesty, passion, teamwork, compassion and respect.  All these opportunities will help our children to develop into well-rounded and balanced individuals all set for life's challenges.


Extra Opportunities

Hambleton CE Primary School offers a wealth of extra sporting and physical activity opportunities available throughout the year. 

Opportunities extra-curricular sporting and physical activity include:

  • Lunchtime sporting clubs
  • After school sporting clubs
  • Inter-sports competitions/events (competing against other schools)
  • The ‘Sports Crew Activity Club’ (organised by the Year 5/6 School ‘Sport Organising Committee’ and provided for KS1 pupils)
  • Intra-school competitions/events  (competitions within school)
  • The ‘Summer Sports Week’ (organised, lead and managed by the pupils in Eagle Owls)
  • Sporting ‘event’ days

We utilise sports coaches and other providers to support our school sport and physical activity delivery. Our school values the importance of maintaining and creating active links with local community and pathways sport/physical activity and leisure providers e.g. judo, karate, golf, ruby and tennis.


Planning and Coverage

Physical Education is organised in accordance with the guidelines stated in the National Curriculum. All pupils have access to two sessions of high quality P.E. per week through carefully planned lessons. In Key Stage One and Key Stage Two, we teach high-quality physical education using the recommended subject content, which inspires all children to succeed and excel in both competitive and non-competitive sport.


Physical Education begins when pupils start in our Early Years Foundation Stage and are encouraged to develop their Physical Development through planned continuous provision activities and specific programmes which support and develop their fine and gross motor skills. Pupils develop core strength, co-ordination and balance to enable them to reach the Early Learning Goal.

Pupils in Key Stage One are encouraged to continually develop fundamental movement skills and become increasingly competent and confident in a broad range of sports and activities.  Pupils in Key Stage Two are encouraged to continually apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and link them to actions and sequence of movement. Pupils are taught how to enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other.


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


Key Stage 1 Attainment Target

Pupils should develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.


Pupils should be taught to:

•             master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as

               developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply     these in a range of


•             participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending

•             perform dances using simple movement patterns


Key Stage 2 Attainment Target

Pupils continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.

Pupils taught to:

•             use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination

•             play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball,

               cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable

               for attacking and defending

•             develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics

               and gymnastics]

•             perform dances using a range of movement patterns

•             take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team

•             compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve

               their personal best


Swimming and Water Safety - provide swimming instruction - key stage 2.

In particular, pupils taught to:

•             swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres

•             use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]

•             perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations



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