Water Leys

Primary School


Physical Education at Water Leys

"Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity."

John F Kennedy

Intent – What we are trying to achieve?

• All pupils will take part in physical activity for sustained periods of time; improving fitness levels.

• Pupils will develop a love of physical activity that will be carried into adulthood.

• Pupils will develop an understanding of a healthy life-style, making connections between physical health and a healthy mind with the vision that children will continue to adopt a healthy lifestyle into their adult life

• PE lessons will be fully inclusive, enabling all pupils to develop competence to progress in a broad range of physical activities

• Lessons will be planned to cover to a wide-range of physical activities so pupils can apply and develop their knowledge, skills and understanding across a range of sports.

• Lessons will be planned so they provide opportunities for pupils to communicate, collaborate and compete against others and themselves.

• Lessons will provide opportunities to compare and evaluate their own performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best

• Lessons will build on the knowledge and skills taught in previous lessons and year groups through a progressive curriculum.

• All pupils will be given the opportunity to learn how to swim confidently in all 3 strokes over 25m metres and perform safe self-rescue before they leave us.

• Pupils will have the confidence and skills necessary to compete at inter and intra school levels.

• Sport, fitness and physical activity will hold a high profile throughout the whole school community.

• A range of after school sports clubs will be offered in addition to planned PE lesson time.


Implementation – How do we translate our vision into practice?

• Classes receive dedicated PE time every week.

• PE lessons are fully inclusive with all pupils active and engaged throughout the lesson.

• PE lessons are primarily delivered by a specialist sports coach (following the Scheme of Work).

• EYFS and Key Stage 1 lessons will focus on the development of fundamental movements through multi-skill lessons. Pupils are set individual and group tasks in order to develop additional skills such as team work, communication and leadership.

• Key Stage 2 planning will focus on revisiting and building on the knowledge, skills and techniques acquired in key stage 1 and applying them across a large variety of sports.

• Staff follow a well-planned, progressive curriculum; that ensures skills are developed using the required knowledge through a range of topics: dance, games (invasion, net, wall, striking and fielding), gymnastics, outdoor and adventurous activity, swimming and athletics.

• The PE scheme of work progressively builds on key knowledge, skills and techniques. Pupils will be taught how to develop flexibility, strength, technique, control, agility, co-ordination and balance. They will be helped to master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching and then given the opportunity to apply these in a range of activities.

• Children will be given the opportunity within lessons to work independently and within teams in both competitive and non-competitive situations.

• Pupils are helped to set themselves personal challenges and then taught the necessary skills to achieve them.

• Pupils are given the opportunities to represent the school in a sporting event at inter-school level (competitions and festivals).

• We maintain close links with local clubs and coaches and direct pupils towards them.

• We offer a range of after-school sports clubs that cover a range of sports so that our pupils can experience a range of different sports. Attendance of our disadvantaged pupils at these clubs is promoted.

• Health and fitness is promoted throughout school. Staff dress appropriately for physical activities, out of school achievements are celebrated, guests are invited in to speak to the pupils and pupils are encouraged to be as active as possible throughout the school day.

• We work closely alongside the other Oadby and Wigston Schools to provide our pupils with as many sporting opportunities as possible.

• The use of sports funding is planned for carefully to ensure that all pupils benefit and that it has a positive impact across the school.


Impact – What is the impact of our curriculum on the students?

We have achieved the Silver Sports Mark Award which demonstrates the commitment, we as a school, give PE and Sport.

• Children leave school having a love of sport and physical activity both in and out of school, with this continuing into later life.

• All children will be able to discuss the importance of a healthy lifestyle and how this is achieved whilst also developing the knowledge and skills that underpin life such as teamwork, sportsmanship, self-motivation, resilience and independence.

• All children will have developed flexibility, strength, technique, control, agility, co-ordination and balance. They have mastered basic movements including; running, jumping, throwing and catching and are able to apply these to a range of sports.

• Have increased self-esteem through representing the school in competitions and festivals involving other schools.

• Children leave us able to swim 25 metres and able to demonstrate safe self-rescue.


We measure impact by the use of lesson observations, ongoing assessments and pupil and parental voice. The outcome of this work forms a basis for the coming years action plans, Sports funding spend and evaluation of impact.

PE Overview