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Physical Education (PE) and Sport at Spofforth CE Primary School

School Achieves School Games Gold Award.

We are pleased to announce that Spofforth School has achieved the School Games Gold Award.  This award recognises our commitment to the development of competition across our school and into the community. It also recognises the work undertaken to develop high quality provision in PE, school sport and recreational physical activity during and beyond the school day as well as the promotion of opportunities to participate in a wide range of sports including traditional and non-traditional sports.



We are particularly proud of the development of our site and the range of opportunities it provides pupils in PE and recreational time. Look out for our next phase of development which is to add a further activity trail including Parkour equipment. This will be based on our Early Years Outdoor area but will be accessed by all pupils at different times. We hope to have this completed part-way through 2018.







Physical Education (PE) is the curriculum provision made for pupils during the school day. It is based around the National Curriculum requirements and our own learning principles.

School Sport is any physical activity or sporting provision made for pupils outside of curriculum time but via school. This may include activity at; playtime/lunchtime, after school clubs, competitions outside of the school day, links to sports clubs and school teams.

Learning Culture & Principles

PE and school sport have a central and key role in supporting the development of our ‘Skills for Life’ (independence, resilience, responsibility and self-belief) ethos.  All PE and school sport activity targets developing at least one of these learning skills alongside the specific physical education or health elements.


In Early Years provision is made for children’s Physical Development (PD). Within the area of Physical Development there are two main focus; moving and handling and self-care. High quality physical development centres around a range of play based provision and adult led sessions developing spatial awareness, self-confidence, balance and co-ordination.


Key stage 1

Pupils develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.


Pupils are taught to:

•master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities

•participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending

•perform dances using simple movement patterns


Key stage 2

Pupils should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.


Pupils are taught to:

•use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination

•play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending

•develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics]

•perform dances using a range of movement patterns

•take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team

•compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best


Swimming and water safety


At present children will be taught to swim in Year 3 & 4. They will attend once a week for a full term (approximately 10 weeks) in academic years in which they are in Year 3 and Year 4. If children are not confidently swimming 25m by the end of their second block provision will be made for them to attend a further block in either Year 5 or 6 in order to ensure every children can swim 25m when the leave primary school.

In particular, pupils are taught to:

•swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres

•use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]

•perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations


At Spofforth Primary School PE is taught twice a week, children are provided with a wide range of sporting opportunities during lessons from the development of key skills to the application of these in a game situation. All teachers have high expectations of pupils and planning and teaching is differentiated in lessons to support pupils as individuals. At Spofforth Primary School a CPD model is followed to further improve professional knowledge and understanding and the quality of PE lessons. In this model staff work closely with specialist PE teachers and coaches to develop professionally in different sports. In each block teachers will spend some time observing, then team teaching and then teaching and receiving feedback. At present we work directly with ‘Sporting Influence’ ( on this model.


Spofforth School is a full member of the Harrogate Schools Sports Partnership. As well as entry into a wide range of competitions membership also provides specialist advice, support, training and equipment loan.


Sport and PE are a great opportunity to develop well rounded pupils through using the power of sport.  With this in mind we aim for pupils to develop leadership, teamwork, communication and confidence skills.


Children have regular opportunities to participate in competitive sporting situations at different levels. These levels include:


  • Competitive situations in class based lessons
  • Inter ‘house’ team competitions
  • Inter School competitions
  • Harrogate School Sports Partnership competitions (competing against other Harrogate schools)


Because we are keen for pupils to experience sporting opportunities in their local environment we run trips to Harrogate climbing wall and use the Castle grounds for Outdoor and Adventurous Activities alongside the residential trip to an outdoor centre on the East Coast (Year 5&6).


Click here for the PE Long Term Plans


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