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Grangetown Primary

Physical Education


Our high-quality and carefully planned physical education curriculum enables all pupils to participate in, enjoy and succeed in sport. It provides opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way that supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities enable pupils to acquire a range of physical skills, and also build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.

Intent, Implementation, Impact


At Grangetown Primary School, we believe that Physical Education (PE) is essential to ensure children attain optimum physical and emotional development and good health. We aim to provide many sporting opportunities to ensure that all children can thrive in PE. We intend to encourage long-life participation by exposing children to high quality PE lessons, extra-curricular clubs and a range of enrichment experiences. We will do this through adhering to the aims of the National Curriculum for Physical Education to ensure that all children:

  • Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • Are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • Engage in competitive sports and activities
  • Lead healthy, active lives

It is our intention to build a curriculum that enables children to develop knowledge, skills and vocabulary in a broad range of sporting activities, as well as developing values and transferable life skills such as tolerance, fairness and respect.


  • The PE curriculum is taught through the use of PE Planning, which is in-line with the National Curriculum, and is used to aid teaching staff in their subject knowledge and planning of PE. Teachers are able to adjust and adapt lessons to suit the needs of their classes but the scheme provides a strong basis of what is expected in each year group. Each lesson, children are given the opportunity to practise skills in a variety of ways and each lesson builds upon the previous skills, allowing them time to embed them.
  • The long term plan sets out the PE units which are to be taught throughout the year and ensures that the requirements of the National Curriculum are fully met.
  • Pupils participate in high quality weekly lessons. In addition, they are encouraged to participate in the range of extra-curricular activities on offer, either at lunchtime or after school.
  • Children are invited to attend competitive sporting events and festivals within the local area. These events are on offer for all children across KS1 and KS2.
  • Each year a group if Year 5 children are invited to become Sports Leaders for the school. They develop into sporting role models for the younger children, assisting with lunchtime clubs, our annual sports and any other sporting activities.
  • Children in Year 4 and 5 receive weekly swimming lessons with the aim that all children are able to swim unassisted for 25m by the time they leave Year 5. These lessons run throughout the year but alternate between class and year groups. Any children who are still unable to swim unassisted, have the opportunity to attend later in the summer term.
  • Throughout the week classes have access to online workouts through the use of ‘Jumpstart Jonny’ and all classes are timetabled to two outdoor running sessions, helping the children to be as active as possible.


Our PE curriculum will equip children with the vital knowledge, skills and attitudes towards PE and sport that are necessary to live a healthy, active lifestyle. Children will develop a love of PE and will enjoy participating. Children will experience a range of sports and activities, helping all children find a sport that they can flourish in. They will develop resilience and confidence and a variety of social skills that they can apply to all areas of their lives.

Policy for Physical Education

Our PE Policy is here.

Curriculum Map for PE

Our Physical Education Curriculum Map provides an overview of PE across Reception to 6. 

Long term Planning for PE

Our Long Term Planning for PE is here.

Medium Term Planning for PE

To support our PE provision, we buy into PE Planning, a highly-regarded scheme created by an experienced team of PE Specialists.

Our PE curriculum is taught through this scheme, which is in-line with the National Curriculum and is used to aid teaching staff in their subject knowledge and planning of PE. 

Each unit of work is accompanied with medium term planning. These plans include prior learning, progression links, key unit objectives, key vocabulary and resources or equipment that will be needed. 

Within each unit of work is a series of detailed lesson plans which cover the objectives set out in the medium term plan. A lesson follows the structure of a warm up, skill development, a game and a cool down. Teachers tailor the weekly lesson plans to suit the needs of their class and annotate plans accordingly. 

As well as lesson plans, PE Planning includes assessment activities, advice for staff on how to deliver teach areas of PE - for example Dance - and ideas for lunchtime activities.

Our Awards for PE & Sport

Over the past several years we have gained two major annual Awards. One of these is local - the Great Active Sunderland Schools Charter - demonstrating Sunderland Council's commitment to high quality physical education and sport. The other is national - the School Games Mark.

Great Active Sunderland Schools Charter- Gold 2021-22

Active Schools' Charter

The Great Active Sunderland Schools Charter measures a school's performance over four key areas that include Education, Sport, Physical Activity and key Community standards. Levels of achievement are measured through a Gold, Silver and Bronze accreditation and are recognised by both the Education Leadership Board and Health and Well-Being Board.

School Games Mark - Gold 2021-22

School Games Mark

The School Games Mark is a government led awards scheme to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition and participation across their school and into the community. Participating in this process allows schools to evaluate their PE provision and assists them in developing an action plan for future progress.

Sports Premium

The 'sport premium' is government funding allocated to schools to help them provide additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of the physical education, physical activity and sport they provide. At Grangetown, we use the funding to:

  • Increase the engagement of all children in regular physical activity
  • Increase the confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
  • Increase participation in competitive sport
  • Broaden the experience of the range of sports and activities offered to children
  • Raise the profile of PE and sport across the school.
  • Where possible, to develop parental awareness of well being, health, fitness and nutrition - thus impacting upon children.

Our Sports Premium webpage, with further information about how we use our funding - including our detailed Action Plans - is here

PE in Action!