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Shibden Head Primary Academy


Shibden Head Primary Academy – PE

Physical Education develops pupils’ physical competence and confidence. It promotes skilfulness, physical development and knowledge of the body in action. Physical Education provides opportunities for pupils to be creative, competitive and co-operative and to experience different challenges as individuals and in groups and teams. PE promotes positive attitudes towards healthy and active lifestyles.

Our Aims and Objectives:

We aim for children to:

  • develop physical competence, stamina and strength;
  • develop the concepts of fair play, team work and good sportsmanship;
  • gain satisfaction and pleasure from physical activity;
  • develop the skills necessary to be able to plan, perform and evaluate physical performance;
  • develop understanding of safe practice when taking part in physical education;
  • engage in competitive sports and activities;
  • lead healthy, active lives.

Time Allocation

Pupils in Key Stages 1 and 2 receive two sessions of PE each week. Lessons are planned and delivered with the aim of teaching and developing the age appropriate skills for Gymnastics, Games, Dance and Athletics, as detailed in the National Curriculum. Children in Year 5 also develop skills in swimming through weekly sessions for a term and a half.

In Reception, children receive one PE session per week, in addition to the daily opportunities for Physical Development which are provided through the continuous provision.


In all classes, teaching and learning is planned using the resources from The PE Hub. This ensures that the skills being taught are always in line with current requirements of the National Curriculum and that there is progression of skills being taught across the school. All PE lessons have a skills- related learning objective which is differentiated where possible.  A whiteboard is available in the gym for teachers to record learning objectives and success criteria. Cross-curricular opportunities are facilitated during PE lessons, for instance, pupils are expected to use measuring equipment during athletics in order to evaluate the distance and time of running and jumping.

Participation in Competitive Events

We aim to provide opportunities for all pupils in KS2 to take part in at least one inter-school competition each year.  Many pupils (around 60%) will take part in more than one event annually.  Selected children from Years 1 and 2 participate in competitions. Pupil participation is monitored by the PE subject leader in order to ensure that all KS2 children are having opportunities to compete in a range of events.

Most events are organised locally and take place within the local community. All off-site events are risk assessed using Evolve.


Pupils are expected to wear an appropriate PE kit for every PE lesson: navy blue shorts and a white T-shirt. KS2 children are expected to wear a T-shirt in their team colour – red, blue, yellow or green. For indoor PE, pupils should have suitable school pumps, although for some activities it is appropriate for children to work in bare feet. Jewellery is not permitted during PE lessons, with the exception of small stud earrings. Long hair must be tied back. During outdoor PE lessons, particularly in cooler weather, pupils are encouraged to wear a tracksuit style top and bottoms and outdoor trainers. Spare PE kit is available for younger children. It is the teacher’s responsibility to prompt parents if pupils are repeatedly without a PE kit.

IK-a-Day Scheme

In order to develop overall fitness within school, the 1K-a-Day scheme has been introduced for children in Years 1 – 6. As a minimum, staff are required to take their class out 3 times a week to carry out the 1K. The 1K-a-Day programme provides more accessible and less competitive options for pupils, whilst fitting more physical activity into the day. By walking, jogging or running just one kilometre a day, pupils could increase their time spent being active by over an hour a week. As the activity only takes approximately 10-15 minutes per day, there is very little disruption to the rest of the school day.

The National Curriculum for Physical Education aims to ensure that all pupils are physically active for sustained periods of time and lead healthy, active lives.