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Physical Education (Foundation subject)

The children’s physical development is of vital importance, and Physical Education is regarded to be of equal importance to other curricular areas.



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.


We aim for our children to understand that exercise is essential for a healthy lifestyle through a broad and balanced programme of both curricular and extra-curricular activities, including gymnastics, dance, swimming, athletics and team games.  Each class is timetabled for two sessions of active Physical Education lessons per week with the aim of enabling children to make informed choices of sports they wish to pursue both at secondary school and in later life.  To this end, the school runs a number of sports clubs and teams and signposts children to a variety of sports clubs outside school.


In our P.E. teaching, we put a particular emphasis on swimming. We believe it to be an important life skill and a valuable form of exercise, allowing children to develop strength, suppleness and stamina. 


The school is a member of the Healthy Schools initiative and has been awarded the Sport England Activemark for Schools. The school is a member of the School Sports Network and takes part in a wide range of initiatives organised by the organisation.