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Physical Education - P.E


Physical education (PE) is a programme of activities that aims to provide children and young people with learning experiences that enable them to develop the knowledge, motivation and ability to lead a physically active life.

Our vision for P.E.

Our school aims to inspire all children to develop a love of physical activity and sport. Through good physical education, whole school values and a whole child approach, we aim to nurture confident, resilient children who will strive for their personal best. We listen to our children wants and needs and provide them with a range of active experiences and clubs. We want to aid our children in obtaining the values and skills to celebrate and respect the success of others, as well as modestly celebrating their own successes. We aim to ensure that our delivery of physical education allows all children to have the skills and mind-set to leave primary school with the capabilities to be successful in their sporting challenges and active lifestyles at secondary school and beyond. We strive to educate both our children and families to develop a greater understanding on how to live healthy lifestyles and make healthy choices. We are dedicated to ensuring healthy minds, as well as bodies, and will continue to support our children's well-being.


At Northborough Primary School, we recognise the importance of physical education (PE) to promote a positive attitude towards an active and healthy lifestyle. We aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum, giving all children the opportunity to develop their physical competence and confidence. The intent of our PE curriculum is to provide every pupil with high quality PE and sport provision.

Carers and role models:

Over a quarter of children today have a sporting role model. Role Models are important for children as they look up to the values that the athletes represent. The term role model is a person whose behaviour or success can be emulated by others.

Serena Williams – Serena Williams is a professional tennis player who has been ranked numerously as number 1 player in the world. She is a great role model to all, but especially to girls and females. Serena shows extreme strength whilst playing, and continuous hard work and determination. This can also be seen when she played last year, whilst pregnant.

Amy Purdy – Amy Purdy is an American world class snowboarder. When Amy was 19 she contracted meningitis which led to septic shock, which led to both of her legs to be amputated below the knee. She also lost both her kidneys and her spleen. This did not stop her however, seven months after she received her prosthetic legs she was snowboarding, and has now won a bronze medal in the Paralympics as well as many other competitions.

David Beckham – David Beckham is well known to all as a great football player as well as a model and actor. However, it is often overlooked at the other things he does for the greater of the world and community. David is active with the charity UNICEF, fundraising and campaigning to establish education and recreational programmes for children all over the world, especially those in poorer countries. David also actively works with the British troops in Afghanistan to support them and their work.

Cristiano Ronaldo – Again, Cristiano is known for his football playing, but he is also a great role model for other reasons. Cristiano fundraises and donates to charities for all over the world, including paying for poorly children’s operations and funding a research centre for cancer. He has also helped raise knowledge and funds for natural disasters, such as the Indian Ocean Tsunami and Madeira floods. Cristiano says that is humble upbringing is what inspires his generosity, saying that his father always taught him to help other people. Christinao also has respect for his team mates and elders, and praises them for their hard work.


We aim to ensure that our PE lessons are engaging, allowing children time to discover, play and spend time on a task when learning a new skill, as well as being progressive in order to challenge every pupil to fulfil their unique potential. It is essential children go through the process of attempting, failing and succeeding to build resilience and determination to achieve personal challenges. 

Our children have the opportunity to experience a wide range of activities arranged through teaching by highly skilled teachers and quality specialist coaches (YDP and sports leaders at AMVC) who attend school to deliver coaching sessions to both our children and our staff. Children in upper Key Stage 2 also access swimming lessons to ensure they meet the minimum requirement at the end of KS2.

Our curriculum is further enriched through children taking part in Soke sports events and competitions, which take place in a host of different locations around our area. Children’s skills, abilities and talents are enriched by providing opportunities to showcase the talents of those who are Gifted and Talented, and build up the skills of our disadvantaged pupils, who may otherwise not have such opportunities.

Children have access to after school sports clubs which are led by specialist coaches YDP. We also promote competitive sport and have a number of teams who compete locally throughout the year, which gives the children an opportunity to develop their communication and team working skills. In addition, children have the opportunity to take part in ‘Daily Mile’ to challenge themselves to beat their personal best.

During our Summer Term each year, we hold a Sports Day where families and carers are invited to share and celebrate the success of our children and their talents in sport. Children complete a range of activities both competitively and non-competitively.

Furthermore, each year we take Upper Key Stage 2 children to Hilltops and Caythorpe 3-day residentials. The aim of this week is to encourage an active, outdoor lifestyle and provide experiences that otherwise children may not have the opportunity to do. These residentials aims to promote independence and allow children to recognise and flourish in areas outside of the classroom, not only does this help personal development but also allows them to develop the independence they will need as they transition into KS3.

We use a range of formative assessment tools and strategies within our PE curriculum and believe wholly that self and peer assessment during lessons is just as, if not more, effective. Allowing children to reflect upon their own performance and solve problems for themselves is key to their independence and growth. Peer assessment provides children the opportunity to appraise one another and suggest constructive feedback for each other’s work. Children’s progression is evidenced through photographs and videos as well as regular oral feedback. 

Alongside formal assessment, we actively encourage our children to speak out using our pupil voice strategy. This ensures that we are providing the best opportunities for all pupils by listening to how they feel the PE curriculum is being delivered as well as suggestions they might have going forward to guarantee the utmost engagement from all of our pupils.

To help engage children with sporting events and opportunities we often share local clubs with our pupils, which has proven successful, this helps those children who have shown a particular skill or engagement in an area of PE to develop this further. We aim to encourage those who appear to be particularly in their element to seek these opportunities out to enable them to showcase their skills and talents beyond school.


By the end of KS2 children will have:

  • The ability to acquire new knowledge and skills exceptionally well and develop an in-depth understanding of PE.  
  • The willingness to practise skills in a wide range of different activities and situations, alone, in small groups and in teams and to apply these skills in chosen activities to achieve exceptionally high levels of performance.  
  • High levels of physical fitness.  
  • A healthy lifestyle.
  • The ability to remain physically active for sustained periods of time and an understanding of the importance of this in promoting long-term health and well-being.  
  • The ability to take the initiative and become excellent young leaders, organising and officiating, evaluating what needs to be done to improve, motivating and instilling excellent sporting attitudes in others.  
  • Exceptional levels of originality, imagination and creativity in their techniques, tactics and choreography, knowledge of how to improve their own and others’ performance and the ability to work independently for extended periods of time without the need of guidance or support.  
  • A keen interest in PE. 
  • A willingness to participate eagerly in every lesson, highly positive attitudes and the ability to make informed choices about engaging fully in extra-curricular sport.  
  • The ability to swim at least 25 metres before the end of Year 6 and knowledge of how to remain safe in and around water.