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Subject information
– Physical Education

In Kirk Ella St Andrew’s Community school all pupils will:

  • Understand the importance of exercise in leading healthy, active lives.
  • Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities.
  • Maintain and increase physical mobility and flexibility.
  • Develop stamina and core strength.
  • Develop the ability to be physically active for sustained periods of time.
  • Develop an understanding and appreciation of a range of specific sports, both team and individual.
  • Engage in competitive sports and activities.
  • Value and maintain the concepts of good sportsmanship, fairness, honest competition and respect for all participants and officials.
  • Develop an understanding of the positive effects of physical activity on mental wellbeing.
  • Develop the capacity to maintain interest and to persevere to achieve personal goals.
  • Develop the ability to recognise aesthetic qualities of movement.
  • Ensure all children undertake a minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity in school on a daily basis and provide intervention where 60 minutes of daily physical activity are not achieved through a combination of home and school provision.
  • Develop sports leadership skills.
  • Develop a secure understanding of water safety and the necessary aquatic skills to swim 25m. independently in a range of strokes in order to stay safe in the water.

Physical education is a vital component in the range of experiences offered to pupils at St. Andrew’s School. This importance is reflected in the commitment to provide all children with a minimum of 2 hours of curriculum Physical Education per week. It is reasonable to expect flexibility in the timing and organisation of sessions due to the complexity of the Primary Curriculum and the number of classes at St. Andrew’s CP School.

Click the link below to see an accurate guide to the way in which the Physical Education programme is organised.

Further information:


In Foundation and Key Stage 1:

  • All pupils participate in structured physical activities, indoors and outdoors (excluding illness).
  • All pupils participate in a minimum of 2 hours of high-quality PE per week.
  • All pupils participate in ‘Wake and Shake’ sessions during the school day.
  • All pupils participate in one intra school (inter-house) sports competition.
  • All pupils participate in a minimum of 30 minutes of daily physical activity.

Key Stage 2:

  • All pupils participate in structured physical activities, indoors and outdoors (excluding illness).
  • All pupils participate in a ten-week course of swimming lessons.
  • All pupils participate in a minimum of 2 hours of high-quality PE per week.
  • All pupils participate in at least 2 inter-house competitions per year.
  • All pupils are given the opportunity to attend at least one extra-curricular sports club per year.
  • All pupils are given the opportunity to compete in at least one inter-school sport competition per year.

Staff Responsibilities:

  • To ensure the provision of 2 hours’ high-quality Physical Education per week.
  • To ensure that pupils’ wellbeing is considered in all PE lessons and activities.
  • To identify development needs in teaching PE and games so appropriate training can be provided for them.
  • To ensure health and safety requirements of PE provision are met and report any concerns to the PE Co-ordinator or Headteacher.
  • To ensure that the PE kit complies with the school’s Uniform Policy.
  • To provide children with quality equipment that is in good state and quantity.
  • To fully implement daily active 30 minutes.
  • To act as a positive role model in promoting regular physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle.
  • To use Sports Premium Funding to provide sustainable improvement to sports provision in school (PE Co-ordinator).
  • To provide extra-curricular opportunities in sport for children (PE Co-ordinator).

Pupils at Kirk Ella St. Andrew’s School are inspired by their PE provision and take great enjoyment from being physically active and from developing their sport-specific skills. They represent teams in competitive sports and develop excellent sportsmanship, always understanding the importance of fair play and respect. Levels of childhood obesity are lower than the national average and children seek out physical activities during their playtimes.

Through good implementation, pupils leave the school with a strong understanding of different sports, including the rules of the full game. All children have represented their house in intra-school sports and their school in inter-school sports. More able pupils have been given the opportunity to represent school teams at a higher level, including regional and national finals in a range of sports. Less able/SEND pupils have learnt that sport is enjoyable and accessible for all and helps them to lead to healthy lives, both in body and mind. Pupils leave the school excited and confident to continue participating in sport.

Caring Environment: Staff care for pupils well, providing an ambitious learning environment where pupils feel safe and supported by trusted adults.


Empowered Staff: Subject leaders are knowledgeable and passionate, inspiring teachers and delivering exceptional physical education where pupils engage in precise learning activities and enjoy success in inter- and intra-school events.


Positive Attitudes: Pupils are eager to learn and have positive attitudes towards their lessons, with a calm and purposeful atmosphere evident in classrooms.


Supportive Leadership: Staff are positive about the school’s leaders and the professional support they receive. Governors and representatives of the local authority know the school well and bring valuable skills to their roles.


Strong Early Years Provision: The early years curriculum is well-planned, supporting and challenging children’s interests, with a clear focus on personal, social, and emotional development.


Reading Focus: The school has prioritized developing a love of reading among pupils, creating a literature-rich environment and supporting pupils to become confident, fluent readers.


Effective Safeguarding: Safeguarding arrangements are effective, with well-trained staff who know the pupils and community well, reporting concerns in a timely manner and working successfully with external agencies to support pupils and their families.


Comprehensive Personal Development: The school offers a comprehensive personal, social, and health education curriculum that includes opportunities for pupils to explore life in modern Britain.


Ambitious Curriculum: The school offers a broad and ambitious curriculum that helps pupils deepen their knowledge and prepares them well for the next stage of their education.


Effective Mathematics Curriculum: The recently refreshed mathematics curriculum is well-planned, helping pupils build their understanding with regular opportunities to recap knowledge and address misconceptions.