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Physical Education at Gade Valley Primary School

PE Subject Leader: Mr Barron



Gade Valley strives to:

  • Be an active school that provides a high quality, inclusive P.E. curriculum as well as a range of extra-curricular activities.
  • Offer a wide (and changing) range of sports/activities for the children to participate in.  This would include games, outdoor and adventurous activities, gymnastics, dance, athletics and swimming.
  • Help children to understand the importance of an active lifestyle (and associated health benefits).
  • Increase pupils overall participation in external sporting events. 
  • Develop pupils’ range of physical skills as well as experiencing traditional team sports such as netball or tag rugby.
  • Use our sports premium grant to support the delivery and provision of high quality P.E., sport and physical activity.
  • Offer a varied range of extra-curricular activities.
  • Network and exploit opportunities beyond the school. For example: Saracens Rugby, Chance to Shine Cricket or PE specialists at the Laureate Academy.
  • Actively encourage physical activity: this can be through active playtimes where all Year 5 children are trained to deliver Huff and Puff activities to KS1 children at lunchtime. 
  • Train sports ambassadors in Year 6 to promote activity, especially at lunchtimes. 
  • Boost fitness and concentration through ‘tracktime’ – Gade Valley’s version of the daily mile.
  • Enter competitive leagues and events through our sports teams.
  • Develop good sportsmanship and values, such as honesty or teamwork.



All classes from Years 1-6 follow the national curriculum.  Choices for half-termly activities are based on the time of year (weather) and external factors such as sports day, outside agencies and current sporting events.  Each class will have a one hour dedicated PE slot each week and a daily fifteen-minute ‘TrackTime’ session.  In addition, pupils take part in external sports festivals and in-school enrichment events.  This means that, on average each week, pupils will receive 2 hours 30 minutes of sport and physical activities during the school day (excluding break and lunch time).  Furthermore, pupils have the opportunity to take part in numerous extra-curricular sport and physical activities which are led by teachers or sports leaders at lunchtimes and after school.  All PE lessons include the Gade Valley Principles of Teaching and Learning - these are a set of non-negotiables for each lesson e.g. all pupils will be challenged, the children display good leaning behaviours etc.


During the summer (every year), all pupils have swimming instruction from Reception to Year 6 in our very own outdoor pool. On average, EYFS class has 30 mins per week for 7 weeks, KS1 classes have 60 minutes per week for 7 weeks and KS2 classes have 90 minutes every week for 7 weeks. The exception to this is Year 6, who has 120 minutes of swimming every week for 7 weeks. The children follow the ASA school swimming program, which develops water confidence, swimming technique and swimming stamina.

In Early Years, PE lessons cover many of the aspects relating to physical activity in the early learning goals (and exceeding statements).  Both Reception and Nursery classes have a weekly PE session, daily ‘TrackTime’ session and opportunities for in-school enrichment activities, such as sports week.



The intended impact of the PE curriculum and school physical activity provision is that the very large majority of pupils in each year group will be working at or above the expected level for their year group (see the skills progression document).  In addition, we hope the PE curriculum and school physical activity provision will have the following positive impact: all pupils are more active and know how to develop their health; the majority of pupils are involved in extra-curricular activities; all pupils have been involved in competitive sports and activities (in and out of school); physical activity has benefitted pupils’ learning behaviours; pupils are inspired through lessons, events and activities; by the time pupils leave Gade Valley, they have all had the opportunity to develop their leadership in sport; and finally, all pupils have developed a range of skills and knowledge in a range of sports and physical activities.


Up to December 2019, the following measurable impact includes:

  • The school achieved the Gold Active Schools Award for 2018/19 for meeting the required criteria. 
  • In the 2018/19 academic year, the large majority of pupils achieved age related expectations or above.
  • 96% of the 2018/19 Year 6 pupils met national curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety.
  • Pupils voice (in Key Stage 2) says that most pupils:
  • enjoy learning in PE lessons
  • feel that teachers encourage them to participate in PE lessons
  • feel that activities in PE lessons develop their skills
  • feel that explanations in PE lessons are clear and easy to follow
  • know when they have done something well in PE lessons
  • Since September 2019, 93% of pupils have developed their personal best distance in TrackTime.
  • The school has been successful in many sporting events such as a number of year groups winning the inter-school cross-country festival or recent successes in the football team. 
  • In 2018/19 the school entered 15 external sporting events.  In total 180 pupils participated in at least one event.
  • In the autumn term, 210 pupils participated in an enrichment event.
  • In the autumn term, 71% of pupils participated in a regular extra-curricular activity.


To see our learning in PE, please visit the PE page on the 'Curriculum Blogs' section.

PE National Curriculum

PE Curriculum Overview

PE Skills and Knowledge Progression

Sports Premium Link