Woodthorpe Church of England Primary School

Learning & Growing Together To Be The Best We Can Be

Physical Education

The subject leader for PE at Woodthorpe Primary School is Miss Lonergan

PE at Woodthorpe

“Health is worth more than learning”.

Thomas Jefferson 

At Woodthorpe, we aim to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Physical Education, as we believe it enables us to inspire our pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health, fitness and wellbeing. We follow the National Curriculum and shape this to our own sequence, building blocks and local partnership providers’ schemes of work.


At Woodthorpe Church of England Primary School we place great importance on Physical Education and school sport.

At Woodthorpe, we intend to offer a high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. It provides opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.

The national curriculum for PE 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 and lead healthy, active lives.


At Woodthorpe we ensure that we implement the sports premium’s five key indicators; The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity; The profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement; Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport; Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils and increased participation in competitive sport (DfE, 2021).

Children are taught by teaching staff and sports instructors from Chesterfield Community Football Club. Staff use the Derby County Council scheme of work and follow a progressive curriculum, which ensures that children develop their skills as they move from Reception to Year 6.

The curriculum is further enhanced by sessions delivered by Chesterfield Community Football Club. PE sessions involve children acquiring different building blocks in teamwork, resilience and core PE skills.

In addition, we endeavour to ensure our children have a broader experience of a range of sports and therefore regularly plan in themed days and after school clubs with physical activities children have not yet experienced,

The National Curriculum for Physical Education and EYFS Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Key stage 1 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 activities, participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending and perform dances using simple movement patterns.

Key stage 2 pupils should 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 should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success. Pupils should be 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, rounder’s 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 and ∙ compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.

Whilst delivering this curriculum, we ensure PE is progressive throughout the primary school years, providing the pupils with new, more complex challenges as their primary age progresses. We implement our intent through:

  • Using a wide variety of quality resources, environments and utilise our school field.
  • Staff following Derby City School Sport Partnership and quality teaching practices from PE coaches from Chesterfield Community Football Club, alongside the knowledge and skills progression document and whole school overview to plan for the year.
  • Staff will adopt an adaptive curriculum to take account different learning needs; meaning all pupils access an ambitious PE curriculum. Teachers will consult the SENCO and refer to Inclusion Strategies document for guidance.
  • The PE lead has attended inclusion training and has shared with staff how to differentiate and model different strategies within PE sessions.
  • Teachers to critically evaluate the needs of their class in relation to the skills and progression grids, choosing appropriate PE to study and building skills frequently so that a broad variety of fundamental skills can be explored throughout a child’s primary school life rather than repeated.
  • Opportunities for educational visits and external visitors to school to enrich the PE curriculum.
  • PE to begin to be planned into other elements of the curriculum and enrichment activities to provide further opportunities for children to develop their schools.


At Woodthorpe, we will see confident individuals who will learn to take responsibility for their own health and fitness, many of whom also enjoy team games and competitive sports.  We equip our children with the necessary skills and a love for sport. They will hopefully grow up to live happy and healthy lives utilising the skills and knowledge acquired through PE. Children understand how to lead a healthy lifestyle and understand the importance of regular exercise and activity for their physical and mental wellbeing. We aspire for all children to enjoy PE and develop their own physical games at lunchtimes and after school, which hopefully becomes part of their future life outside of Woodthorpe C of E Primary School.

Children have many opportunities to participate in sport after school and can also represent the school at sporting events from their locality. Woodthorpe offers a wide variety of after school clubs including


  • Dance
  • Table tennis
  • Football
  • Cycling
  • Multi-sports
  • Rounders
  • Cricket
  • Tag rugby
  • Netball

IN PE, we also measure impact by:

  • Regular learning walks
  • Pupil questionnaires
  • PE Premium spend analysis
  • Analysis of participation at after school clubs and LSSP competitions
  • Assessment data
  • Photo and video analysis of children’s practical work


We understand that the pandemic affected the opportunities for practical PE especially in Team Games for our children at Woodthorpe, therefore we use our progression documents to ensure that we consider the gaps in knowledge and skills.


Wider Curriculum

Careers in Sport

Careers in sports continue to grow and provide wide ranging opportunities.  Our pupils could enter employment which requires various sports skills and knowledge including cooperation and teamwork.

The teaching and learning of sport supports careers, such as:

  • Teaching
  • Community Sports Officer
  • Sports Coaching
  • Sports Performance
  • Sports Analysis
  • Physiotherapy
  • Gym instructor or PT
  • Physical Activity Officer  


Influential Sports People:


  • Marcus Radford - Footballer
  • Tom Daley - British diver
  • Serena Williams - Tennis champion
  • Ellie Simmons - Para Swimming
  • Rebecca Adlington - British Swimmer
  • Dame Ellen Patricia MacArthur DBE - English Sailor



Spiritual development

Through teaching PE, pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of the body’s performance when exercising; this leaves pupils amazed at the body’s ability. This is also linked to the Christian value ‘perseverance’, as pupils have to show perseverance when exploring the body’s capabilities. Through Dance and sports such as Gymnastics pupils are being creative, expressing feelings and emotions in their performances. Allowing pupils’ reflection time to evaluate their experiences allows them to build a positive mindset and promotes progression. Pupils will also see a sense of awe and wonder when observing elite performance from professional athletes and their peers.


Moral development

Living a healthy lifestyle and promoting healthy living is apparent in each PE lesson at Woodthorpe. Pupils develop the ability to tell between right and wrong through fair play in sporting events and participating in competitive situations, giving pupils a sense of justice, and how to respond appropriately when they feel there is an injustice. The frequent opportunity given to pupils to umpire and referee supports the importance of abiding by rules.


Social development

The nature of PE allows all pupils to develop the necessary skills to work in teams or pairs, as the majority of activities are based around team games or creating sequences in groups, co-operation with others is paramount to success. Giving the pupils roles such as leaders, coaches, or umpires, and offers pupils the opportunity to develop their communication skills, leadership skills and the ability to settle any discrepancies which may occur. Pupils are encouraged to reflect upon feelings of enjoyment and determination.


Cultural development

Pupils are given the opportunity to explore dances and learn games from different traditions and cultures including their own. Pupils also recognise and discuss the differences between male and female roles within sport, at both elite and amateur levels. Compassion and respect for other culture and traditions is also displayed by all when exploring unfamiliar games or dances. Pupils will discuss how culture affects what sports different nations excel at and how cultural traditions can affect which sports men and women participate in.

Specific examples of Spiritual, Moral Social and Cultural Develop in Physical Education include: 

  • Pupils learning to cope with both success and defeat with dignity.
  • Pupils discussing learning objectives and reflect upon issues as well as listening to others opinions.
  • Strategies and tactics being introduced to pupils
  • The role of coaches, leaders, and umpires are used to develop pupils’ sense of right and wrong.
  • Pupils witnessing positive behaviour in PE and are allowed the opportunity to reflect upon the need for rules and fair play.
  • Pupils becoming aware of different cultural attitudes towards aspects of physical activity.
  • Discovering the role of sport and dance within society including learning dances and games from different traditions.
  • Pupils learning to cope with their emotions in socially acceptable way during competitive situations


British Values


PE provides a code of conduct for the school that permeates all subjects, including PE.  Pupils are taught about the need for different roles and different responsibilities, including teamwork and decision making. PE also provides a pupil voice for PE & School Sport (e.g. re curriculum, extracurricular activities, kit).


The Rule of Law

Children are taught about age appropriate rules, fairness and respect, through a variety of PE activities. Children  learn to work individually and in groups.  An established ethos in PE with regard to how to win and lose fairly and understand good sportspersonship.  Competition against oneself is encouraged in addition to competition against others.


Individual Liberty

PE recognises individual differences. There is an ethos where the views of individual pupils are listened to and respected within an acceptable framework.  Pupils are taught safely and about safety within PE lessons, sports and competitions.


Mutual Respect and Tolerance

Pupils are taught about historical, cultural and religious differences, through a variety of PE activities.  The culture in PE respects cultural differences.  Pupils are taught about the environment and different activity contexts. There are appropriate rewards and sanctions in PE for inappropriate behaviour.  Woodthorpe engages in competition and encourages competition within and across the community.


Protected Characteristics

Part of providing a meaningful PE offer for ALL pupils is being proactive and effective in identifying, addressing, raising awareness and closing inequalities. All staff at Woodthorpe promote an inclusive practice, especially in supporting pupils with protected characteristics (age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation). Woodthorpe take steps to eliminate discrimination, reduce in-equality, promote equity and strive for social justice. This includes having due regard for the need to:

  • provide equal opportunities to all children with regards to PE and sports
  • meet the needs of all children through a tailored and adapted PE curriculum.
  • encourage those who share a protected characteristic to participate in PE and sports activities competitions.


Woodthorpe Progression of Skills Document – Progression of skills throughout EYFS to Year 6, vocabulary and core knowledge.

Woodthorpe Physical Education - Progression of skills and Vocabulary.pdf

Chesterfield FC Community Trust

Please see attached Chesterfield FC Community Trust curriculum 



During the week, we work closely with Chesterfield Community Football Club School Partnership. The partnership come into school to deliver high quality PE and afterschool sessions for all year groups, weekly. The children enjoy the sessions from CCFC and are always up for learning new skills and having a go at the challenges set. The partnership also offer opportunities for the children to learn about health and fitness as well as nutrition along with other curriculum links such as history and learning about Black history month, 


The Trust regularly have recently organised a Y3 and Y4 Football tournament. Our team did amazingly well and won the whole thing!


The School Grounds

During the 2019-2020 academic year we had the installation of the MUGA (Multi Use Games Area). The MUGA has been beneficial to all year groups as the children can access it in all weathers and enjoy high quality lessons without the worry of getting very muddy from the field. 

This year we are very excited to be purchasing gym fitness equipment to go onto the school field. The children will be able to keep fit and access this equipment during breaks and lunchtime and also in PE lessons.  The field is going to be resurfaced so that it is safe and suitable for all year groups, providing a great opportunity for all. 

Please see below for an example of the type of equipment we will be looking to buy. 


School Swimming

Year 5 and Year 6 pupils participate in swimming lessons at Staveley Healthy Living Centre.

In the 2022/23 Autumn Term, Year 6 children will swim on Monday mornings at the Healthy Living Centre.

July 2023 - swimming data-year 6

Meeting national curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety.

Due to exceptional circumstances priority should be given to ensuring that pupils can perform safe self-rescue, even if they do not fully meet the first two requirements of the NC programme of study


What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres?


What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]?

Please see note above



What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations?



July 2022- swimming data- year 6 (21 children)

Meeting national curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety.




What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres?


17 out of 21 children

What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]?


17 out of 21 children.

What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations?


All children participated in water safety.


Please see the 2022/23 table below to inform you when your child has PE. Please ensure they have the correct indoor and outdoor PE kit with sensible footwear.



Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Class 1 - Year 1
Class 2
Class 3
Class 4
Class 5  


Sports Premium Documents 


Evidencing the Impact of Primary PE Sports Premium Funding and Evaluation- 2023-2024


Evidencing the Impact of Primary PE Sports Premium Funding and Evaluation- 2022-2023

2021-2022 and previous years

Evidencing the Impact of Primary PE Sports Premium Funding and Evaluation- 2021-2022


 Sports Premium Funding 2020-2021