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Physical Education Intent


At Dalestorth Primary and Nursery School, we teach Physical Education by meeting the requirements of the national curriculum.  Our aim is to not only develop their physical skills, to enable them to excel in a broad range of activities, but to develop a vital understanding of the importance of heath, well-being and fitness, to enable them to lead a healthy lifestyle. Physical Education is taught progressively throughout school, ensuring a build-up of knowledge, skills and health education.

We will achieve high-quality learning by teaching Physical Education through a clear sequence of lessons, of which each follows the following four-part lesson format.


  • Warm up
  • Skill development
  • Skill application/small sided games
  • Cool down

Throughout a sequence of lessons, tactical thinking and teamwork opportunities are explored. Evaluating their own and others performance is also built in within our scheme of work.  Our Physical Education curriculum is enhanced by the wide variety of opportunity for Physical Activity and School Sport we provide, competitively and to develop our personal best.




To achieve this each class takes part in two hours of PE a week, where we use Get Set 4 PE a teaching scheme to assist our staff with their planning and delivery of lessons. We begin our long term plan by focusing on fundamental skills within our Early Years curriculum, and we progressively build on the skills and knowledge taught year after year in the wide range of areas of activity we teach. We ensure children have the opportunities to adopt many different roles such as a performer, coach, umpire and leader during their P.E. lessons. To see more about what is taught in each Year group click here



We begin teaching swimming in Year 3, and continue in Year 4, where children receive 16 weeks of lessons in each academic year. We believe swimming is a vital life skill and therefore use our Sports Premium Funding, to allow any children that have not met the end of Key Stage criteria by the end of Year 4 to access addition swimming in Year 5 and 6.


Our PE curriculum is enhanced each year through our Sports Premium money which has allowed us to widely enhance the P.E. and sport provision. For example, last year we used some of the money to buy new modern gymnastics apparatus to ensure we had the provision for children to develop their gymnastic skills to the age related expectation. We also use some of the money each year to develop our School Sports Week, where we aim to introduce new activities to the children and raise the profile of sport. (See our Sports Premium page for more detail)


We provide our children with many opportunities to play sport competitively, through our involvement with our local School Games network, where we access many competitions and festivals for all year groups. We also join the local football and netball leagues, so our children in Year 5 and 6 can compete against our local schools. (See our Sports News page). 


In addition, we always have on offer a wide range of sports in our extra-curricular clubs, either ran by school staff or external coaches. We have introduced sports like fencing, archery and Judo using outside coaches.  (Please see our clubs pages)


The impact of all of this is we have children who are enthusiastic and excited by P.E. They actively seek opportunities to participate and this has enabled us to gain a silver School Games award for the previous two years, which is down to the love our children have for P.E. and sport.


School Games

The School Games Mark is a Government led awards scheme which reward schools for their commitment to the development of sporting competition across their school. Our recent awards are:

2016/2017  - bronze award.

2017/2018 - silver award.

2018/2019 - silver award.


We are striving to gain silver again this year, with some elements of gold,  and are already well on our way to achieving this. This involves us increasing the amount of children who participate in after school clubs and School Games competitions, along with increasing the activity levels of children during the school day. We are also working on our links with local sports clubs, to enable us to sign post children to appropriate our of school activities.


You can find out more about the School Games Mark in the document below....