Swanton Abbott Community Primary School

Physical Education



Through Physical Education we aim to equip every child with a lifelong desire to make healthy lifestyle choices. Within a safe and supportive environment, and by promoting the development of attitudes, knowledge, dispositions and skills, we aim to nurture an enthusiasm for a healthy, active lifestyle, with positive physical opportunities for all. We believe that PE is about learning life skills and life lessons; developing transferable skills to flourish in sport, school, employment & life.



We use a ‘Head, Heart, Hands’ approach to PE. Our teaching is structured so that the children progress in each area.

  • Head = knowledge, cognitive development
  • Heart = behaviours, social and emotional development
  • Hands = skills, physical development


IN – SCHOOL teachingprogressive approach to delivering National Curriculum for EYFS, KS1 and KS2. We aim to teach a broad and balanced range of sports over a two year rolling programme.

Additional Physical Activities – to give a broad and balanced offer. These include: Yoga, OAA, gardening, UKS2 residential trips, forest school activities.

Swimming – weekly progressive sessions taught offsite by qualified swimming coach.

PE as a Cross Curricular link – as appropriate, to support and enhance all areas of the curriculum. Eg. Science - animals including humans, Geography - map and compass work, Music - critically engage with and express ourselves through music, Maths/English - BBC Supermovers etc.


Additional Activities

Whole school Healthy Eating focus – led by Year 5 cohort. Supported by Gardening Club and Eco- Committee.

Playleaders – a group of trained Year 5 and 6 children who act as play mentors during break times.

Extra-curricular clubs: eg. football, cross country, multiskills, badminton, quidditch, tennis, archery, fencing, dance, gymnastics, gardening, lacrosse.

Inter-school competitions and festivals: including tri-golf, cross country, cricket, football, gymnastics, dance.

Feel Good Fridays – half-termly whole-school events which aim to promote a collective sense of well-being through exercise and fun. Includes sessions on skipping, snowballing, Paralympic sports, sleep etc.

Learning about and being part of World-Wide sporting events – Olympics and Paralympics, World Cup, Invictus Games etc.

Les Mills – promotion of whole family health and fitness. First school in Norfolk to deliver this programme both in school and in children’s homes.

Taster Days – linking to and promoting participation in local clubs. Eg. karate, Performing Arts, swimming.



The impact and measure of this is to ensure that children at Swanton Abbott Primary School are equipped with physical competences and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world. Children will be competent in a broad range of physical activities. They will engage in competitive sports and activities, understanding the values of respect and fairness. Children will be able to be physically active for sustained periods of time and be confident in a way that supports them to lead healthy, active lifestyles.


Learning is assessed during and at the end of each curriculum activity using a variety of formats, including self-evaluation by the children (where appropriate), as well as teacher assessment against each criteria. Children will be supported to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding according to age.



September 2022