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Physical Education

Personal- Taking responsibility for our own learning, embracing challenge, keep trying and knowing when to ask for help.

Social- organise and guide others by cooperating and giving helpful feedback.

Physical- Effectively transfer skills and movements across a range of activities and sports and perform a variety of skills consistently and effectively in challenging or competitive situations.

Cognitive- Understand how to review, analyse and evaluate our own and others’ strengths and weaknesses, be able to read and react to different game situations as they develop and recognise and suggest patterns of play which will increase chances of success.

Creative- Be able to respond imaginatively to different situations, adapting and adjusting skills, movements or tactics so they are different from or in contrast to others.

Health and Fitness- To understand and explain how individuals need different types and levels of fitness to be more effective in their activity/role/event and to be able to self-select and perform appropriate warm up and cool down activities.

Pupils will also work on the following fundamental movement skills:

  • Static balance- 1 leg, seated, floor work, stance
  • Dynamic balance- on a line, jumping and landing
  • Counter balance- in pairs
  • Agility- ball chasing, reaction and response
  • Coordination- sending and receiving, ball skills, footwork

Why is PE so important?

  • We want all of our children to know how to lead a healthy and active lifestyle and understand how to keep physically and mentally healthy.
  • We believe that active, healthy children achieve more.
  • Our high quality PE curriculum provides our children with essential life skills such as teamwork, effective communication, democracy, tolerance, all of which contribute to the quality of our children’s lives after they leave primary school.
  • Children are given the opportunity to find what they enjoy and discover their talents
  • Children work on different key abilities during their PE lessons which contribute to the development of the whole child.
  • Children are able to engage in competitive and cooperative physical activities. This enables children to develop resilience to set backs and understand how to evaluate their own success.
  • Physically educated children are able to create positive relationships with physical activity for life.

What do we do to make PE special?

We are very proud of the sporting opportunities and physically active sessions that we offer the children at our school. Children take part in PE lessons, after school clubs, sporting festivals and competitive events. Outdoor education is also an important part of our school experience. Each year, children in Years 5 and 6 are given an opportunity to take part in outdoor activities on a school residential. All year groups are also given the opportunity to take part in forest school sessions. Our 'forest' is a small wooded area at the end of the school field within the boundaries of the school perimeter. The area contains a large shelter, fire pit and an area for food preparation. We also have a mud kitchen, tyre swing, hammock, stage, music area, den building materials and a small open glade. During these sessions, children participate in a wide variety of activities including den building, woodland arts and crafts, use of tools, woodland cooking, fire preparation, planting, tree and animal recognition, conservation and tree climbing. They will also have lots of opportunities to work independently, developing their own ideas and interests.

We believe it is so important to offer a wide range of activities which aim to contribute to the overall education, health and well-being of all children, helping them to lead full and valuable lives by engaging in purposeful and high-quality activity. The recommendation of daily physical activity in schools is 30 minutes per day.

Across the academic year, we rotate the sports available within the extra-curricular programme, which include the following:

  • Yoga
  • Tennis
  • Football
  • Multi-sports
  • Dance
  • Dodgeball
  • Netball
  • Mindfulness

Year 5 and 6 recently took part in a football tournament at Orford Hub with schools across Warrington.

Year 4 took part in a Health and Wellbeing day. Children found out how they can keep their brain happy, played trust games and made rainforest pictures out of fruit and vegetables. Children were very surprised by how much fruit and vegetables they actually liked once they had tried it!

The whole school took part in National Sports Week. During the week, each class took part in different sports including cricket, netball, dodgeball and dance. We finished the week with a KS2 dodgeball competition.

Year 3 and 4 took part in the Warrington Wolves Sky Try Tag Rugby initiative. Children spent time with a coach from Warrington Wolves learning the rules and different tactics. We then competed in a tag rugby festival at Crosfields.

At the end of their dance units, Reception, Year 1, 2, 5 and 6 all performed the dances they had been learning in an assembly for the rest of the school.

How can you support your child at home?

There are lots of way you can support your child’s physical development at home! Take a look at the long term plan to see what your child will be learning in PE this term. Practise the skills linked to the sport such as throwing and catching, balancing and coordination with your child. You can also visit the change4life website for more ways and ideas to stay active. https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/activities

Pupil Voice


Our Vision

Our vision in PE is to provide a PE curriculum which enables all children to develop their resilience, confidence and create positive relationships with physical activity for life. We want our children to be active and to have a secure understanding of how to keep themselves mentally and physically healthy. Our curriculum creates ambition for every child through a range of physical activity and sport.

We want our children to ask questions and be inspired, motivated and engage in the joy of discovery.

PE Aims

At Sankey Valley St James, our Physical Education (PE) curriculum promotes active and healthy lifestyles. Children have the opportunity to try activities such as yoga and dodgeball as well as traditional ball games and team games. This ensures that children develop a positive relationship with PE and understand that achievement of physical activity can happen in different ways. We want our children to find what they enjoy and discover their talents.

Each year group receives two PE lessons a week. One of these lessons is from the Real PE scheme of work. Real PE is fully aligned to the National Curriculum and focuses on the development of agility, balance and coordination, healthy competition and cooperative learning through a unique approach to teaching and learning in PE. Real PE has a child centred approach that aims to engage and challenge every child throughout their time at primary school. Through Real PE lessons, children are fully involved in their learning and they are always encouraged to aim for their personal best. Each half term, children will work on a different key ability with the aim of developing the whole child. The scheme is a progressive programme which supports the development of every child’s fundamental movement skills. 

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As well as using the Real PE scheme of work, our teachers also work alongside Warrington Sports Academy in order to provide our children with opportunities to participate in a wider range of physical activities and sports. These sessions are used as CPD to ensure that staff are fully equipped with the knowledge and skills to deliver high quality PE lessons. Through these PE lessons, all of our children are able to engage in competitive and cooperative physical activities. This enables them to develop resilience to set backs and understand how to evaluate their own success.

All PE lessons are planned and taught in line with the National Curriculum and planning is outlined in our long term plan. This incorporates the Real PE scheme and working alongside coaches from Warrington Sports Academy. Our PE curriculum has clear progression of skills and the variety of equipment ensures inclusion and challenge for all.


In Early Years, the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Curriculum and Develop Matters documents are used for planning and assessment. Children are given time and space to enjoy energetic play daily and are provided with activities to practise manipulative skills.

EYFS outcomes:

  • To work on following instructions, practise safely and work on simple tasks independently
  • Pupils are encouraged to work sensibly with others, taking turns and sharing
  • Understand and follow simple rules
  • Pupils can name some things they are good at
  • Explore and describe different movement
  • Move confidently in different ways
  • Perform a single skill or movement with some control
  • Perform a small range of skills and link two movements together
  • Become aware of why exercise is important for good health

Key Stage 1

Pupils develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination. They should be able to engage in competitive and cooperative physical activities in a range of increasingly challenging situations.

Pupils are taught a variety of skills and abilities:

  • To follow instructions, practise safely and work on simple tasks independently
  • To help, praise and encourage others in their learning.
  • To perform a range of skills with some control and consistency
  • To be aware of why exercise is important for good health.
  • To begin to order instructions, movements and skills
  • To master basic movements such as running, jumping, throwing and catching
  • To develop balance, agility and coordination
  • To participate in team games

Key Stage 2

Pupils continue to develop and apply a wider range of skills and abilities, learning how to use them in a range of ways. They enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. Pupils understand how to take responsibility for their own learning, how to lead and improve others and how to perform with control.

Pupils are taught a variety of skills and abilities-

  • To help organise roles and responsibilities and guide a small group through a task.
  • To persevere with a task and improve performance through regular practice
  • To understand ways (criteria) to judge performance and identify specific parts to continue to work upon.
  • To describe the basic fitness components and explain how often and how long we should exercise to be healthy.
  • To link actions and develop sequences of movements that express our own ideas.
  • Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
  • Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance e.g. through athletics and gymnastics
  • Perform dances using a range of movement patterns
  • Play competitive games, modified where appropriate
  • Apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending

Swimming and water safety

When in Year 3 and Year 4, our children will take part in swimming lessons and work on the following skills:

  • Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • Use a range of strokes effectively
  • Perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations
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