Physical Education

Physical Education



Our aim within PE is that all pupils are provided the opportunity to engage in a healthy lifestyle by providing regular competitive sport, extra-curricular activities and a rich and motivating curriculum that challenges, engages and motivates pupils. Through competition we aim to reinforce the important values of sportsmanship, respect, equality and fairness which then in turn also develops team work, community, communication and leadership skills. We strive for all pupils to leave Sandbach Primary Academy physically literate and have the knowledge, skills and motivation needed to prepare them for a healthy lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.


Design and Implementation

  • To provide enjoyable, challenging and motivating learning opportunities through a wide range of sport activities that include: net, wall and racket games, striking and fielding games, gymnastics, dance, swimming and outdoor and adventurous activities.
  • Guarantee that the requirements of the National Curriculum are met through the long-term plan that sets out the PE units and content that staff will teach throughout the year.
  • Ensure that the pupils understand that sport can support and positively impact on their own mental health and well being 
  • Ensure that high quality PE lessons are taught each week covering two sporting concepts in every half term which will be on a 2 year rolling cycle.
  • Support pupils to participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities at lunch time and after-school of which will regularly change from term to term and several free clubs will be offered ensuring pupils have had their say in what clubs they enjoy the most.
  • Involve all children in regular intra-school competitions for a variety of different sports and activities which actively promote sportsmanship, respect, equality and fairness.
  • Encourage children to take part in inter-school competitions within the local area. Such competitions reinforce the important values of sportsmanship, respect, equality and fairness. These competitions also develop team work, community, communication and leadership skills.
  • Ensure that all year 3, 4, 5 and 6 children receive swimming lessons for a full term so that they can learn to use a range of strokes effectively, swim competently and confidently over a distance of at least 25 metres and know how to remain safe in and around water.



During early years there is a real focus on developing and understanding key fundamental skills to work towards achieving the early learning goals. This is taught through gymnastic, dance, target games as well as core strength, stability, spatial awareness, co-ordination and agility in their continuous and outdoor provision. During PE lessons, children are taught and given the opportunity to develop their gross and fine motor skills and games skills such as: throwing, catching, running, jumping, hopping and skipping. During continuous provision, children will be given the opportunity to develop proficiency and control, through games, small world activities, arts and crafts and use of small tools. In all of this, children are able to develop their fundamental skills in readiness to move up to Year 1.


In Key Stage One children build upon the fundamental skills they were taught in Early Years. Children now start to develop an understanding of the basic skills to become competent in a range of physical activities that are then taught in Key Stage Two. Children are taught the values of sport and begin to apply these to understand rules and boundaries. Children are also taught how to lead a healthy lifestyle and how participating in regular physical activities will support this.

During the Autumn term, children revise and build upon their current gross motor skills such as practicing their skipping, jumping, catching and throwing. During the Spring term children build upon their gymnastics skills taught in the early years such as; balance, coordination, strength and control. Later in the year, children then start to be taught the basic skills in striking and field games.


In Key Stage Two children will apply skills effectively in different situations and within a wide range of physical activities. The values of sport will be utilised by the children to extend knowledge of rules and boundaries and apply these in becoming young leaders. Children will know how to lead a healthy lifestyle and challenge themselves within regular physical activity. Children in Key Stage Two will be able to compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best. Children will have a deep and rich understanding of different sports and physical literacy to become Key Stage Three ready and have a positive attitude for lifelong participation in physical activity.

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Crewe Road, Sandbach, CW11 4NS
01270 918922