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Physical Activity Policy

Physical Activity Policy 



A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and be confident in approaching physically demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness for lifelong habits. Opportunities to partake in physical activity, most importantly maintains and can improve physical health, mental health and general wellbeing, whilst also embedding school games values – passion, self-belief, respect, honesty, determination and team-work.   These values are built upon a bedrock of our own school Christian values.  



  • Develop positive attitude to a broad range of physical activities. 

  • Pupils are physically active for sustained periods of time. 

  • Engage in competitive sports and activities. 

  • Lead healthy, active lives through positive experiences which will lay the foundations for lifelong active lifestyles. 

  • Continually evaluate provision to ensure full inclusivity. 



Early Years Foundation Stage 

Develop the overall body strength, co-ordination, balance and agility needed to engage successfully with future physical education sessions and other physical disciplines including dance, gymnastics, sport and swimming. 


National Curriculum 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 

  • perform dances using simple movement patterns. 


National Curriculum 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, 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 

We aim to provide swimming lessons for all pupils throughout our schools from early starts in EYFS. This is beyond what the national curriculum requires.  

In particular, pupils should be 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, breaststroke and butterfly] 

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


The following elements are the basic components of the Physical Education we aim to provide in school:  

  1. Physical Activity:  Where children will be taught how to be physically active and to develop their personal fitness. By expressing themselves through actions; to have knowledge of relevant equipment and to develop whole body movement with flexibility, strength and endurance. Children learn how to play full formal games with rules, skills are developed through the PE diet across the school.  

  2. Independence:  Where children will become independent learners through solving problems and evaluating and adapt their approach. They develop skills through repetition and practice and are able to work co-operatively with self-discipline. 

  3. Positive Attitudes:  Where children will develop the concepts of fair play, success and failure relating to both independent activities and cooperative games. Where they are aware of the effects of their actions, and their own and others' strengths and weaknesses. Children will develop as confident learners who enjoy physical activity and have a positive growth mindset.  

  4. Safe Practice:  Children will develop an awareness of safety with regard to themselves and others, in relation to the preparation of equipment, response to instructions, posture, clothing and personal hygiene. 



(See Equality Policy and Objectives) 

Opportunities will be open for all pupils including attending competitions.  Accessibility is reviewed at least annually.  


Behaviour sanctions should not be used which would affect a child’s participation in P.E. However, if a child’s behaviour or action is considered by the teacher to be a danger to either themselves or others then, for reasons of safety, that child will be withdrawn. The child, where possible, should continue to observe the lesson and be supported to reengage. (For further information please see school behaviour policy) 


Each child will be encouraged to challenge and fulfil their own potential.  A wide range of extra - curricular activities exist to extend and develop specific skills and this may include selection for school team events. Written permission will be obtained from parents or guardians for such occasions. 



Assessment will be carried out according to the requirements of the National Curriculum. The end of Key Stage statements for Assessment at Key Stages 1 and 2 include the following statements of attainment: 



Children must be able to: 

  1. Plan and perform simple actions and sequences, safely. 

  1. Practice and improve performance. 

  1. Describe what they are doing. 

  1. Know the effects of exercise on their body. 



Children must be able to: 

  1. Plan, practise, improve and remember more complex sequences. 

  1. Perform effectively, and make quick decisions. 

  1. Respond safely as individuals and in groups.  

  1. Swim unaided 25 metres. 

  1. Evaluate self and peer performance. 

  1. Keep up energetic activity and understand the effect it has on their bodies. 



The elements of Physical Education that children should experience in our school are:  

  1. Athletic Exercises 

  1. Dance 

  1. Games 

  1. Gymnastic Activities 

  1. Outdoor and adventurous activities 

  1. Swimming 


EYFS will be assessed against the Early learning Goals for Physical Development.  



It is essential that each teacher follows the long-term plan for their year group in order that maximum continuity and progression is achieved throughout the school using the Primary P.E. Planning digital resource.  



All staff incorporate physical activity throughout the school day providing activity throughout the curriculum. This is via interesting and interactive lessons that involve movement via drama, outdoor learning and regular brain gym breaks and the daily mile.   



Outdoor learning is key driver for our curriculum. Our curriculum begins in the local area, therefore all pupils experience local walks, map reading, forest school, OAA among other activities.  Pupils experience outdoor adventurous activities via our residential to Min-Y-Don, Christian Outdoor Adventure Centre in Arthog, Wales 

 in upper key stage two.  



The school offers a diverse range of activities within lunchtimes and afterschool sessions to ensure pupils have the opportunity to partake in physical activity via competitive sports, non-competitive sports and other areas of interest where physical activity is apparent, such as gardening club. Cookery club also offers the opportunity to promote healthy lifestyles and works alongside promoting our active lifestyles.  


Pupils are consulted via discussion and questionnaires as to what clubs they would like on offer. 



The pupils have the opportunity to attend many competitive sports fixtures throughout the school year. This is closely monitored by staff to ensure the majority of pupils attend an event and compete to their best ability as a team whilst also competing against their own targets in activities such as in cross –country. We ensure pupils of all abilities have the opportunity to be competitive in line with our equality policy.   We are an inclusive school.  



We aim to achieve recognised status for physical activity and to achieve the recognised annual School Games Award.  This helps to audit and enhance provision, alongside our annual review of the Sport Funding action plan.  



Working together to extend our provision for all our pupils is a high priority. We work together through: 

  • Federation partnership 

  • Ellesmere cluster 

  • Education Improvement Partnership 

  • Energize 

  • Outside agencies e.g. TNS, as the opportunity arises.   

We are always looking for new partnerships for school development and raising achievement.  



Staying safe on the roads is an important life skill. We offer: 

  • Stepping out with Y3/4 

  • Bikeability 

  • Road safety training 

  • Local walks 



Break and lunchtimes compliment physical activity lessons. Many activities are available at lunchtimes and breaktimes, music and dance is encouraged. Activity bags are on offer alongside many resources for the children’s interests to be explored via a wide array of resources.  

Sports leaders and staff support the children in physical activity at lunch and breaktimes and also provide sports leaders activities to develop fitness skills before returning to class.  



The termly ‘Stay Active’ newsletter invites contributions from stakeholders and ideas are used to fashion change or grow provision. We have an open-door policy where we welcome challenge. We offer questionnaires to pupils, staff and parents/carers. We work closely with parents/carers where there are concerns with individual pupils.  


Our aim is that children leave our provision well prepared for the next stage of their education and with a positive, confident attitude to health and fitness.