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Subject Lead: Mr M Rippon

Curriculum Rationale - PE


At Lingey House we are passionate about raising sporting achievement and improving the health and well-being of our all our pupils. Our aim is to deliver a high-quality Physical Education (PE) curriculum, as well as offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities. We believe that a rich and varied PE curriculum can improve attainment, attendance and behaviour. In addition, we want to inspire a love of sport in order to raise the level of physical activity of our pupils outside of school. Through our PE provision we aim to develop the skills and attitudes needed for every child to have a lifelong participation in physical activity and healthy living. 



Early Years  

The EYFS provision offers play opportunities and experiences which support the development of children’s Fundamental movement skills (FMS). These are the skills which support children’s co-ordination and movement and the building blocks for movement. Our EYFS environment enables the children to develop all aspects of the Physical Development Prime Area of the Early Years Profile, and there are also planned opportunities which focus on the Expressive Arts and Design. 

The children also have access to an outdoor area which is well equipped to develop their gross motor skills and gives them space for energetic activity. They have timetabled hall sessions which are used to access large space for running safely, adjusting speed, basic gym and dance, ball skills and movement sessions. 

Key Stage 1 and 2  

Pupils receive two hours of PE timetabled per week as set out in the National Curriculum. Children are given the opportunity to swim during KS2 and we aim for all pupils leaving the school to be able to swim at least 25m. Staff use Getset4PE planning and assessment guidelines to deliver their PE lessons.   

Lessons focus on one of these key areas: 

  • Athletics 

  • Dance 

  • Games – net/wall, striking and fielding, invasion games 

  • Gymnastics 

  • OAA 

  • Swimming 

Athletics – Pupils in Y1-Y6 take part in an athletics unit each year, focusing on the three key areas: running, jumping and throwing. Correct techniques for all areas are taught and a focus is placed on both team and personal competition within lessons. 

Dance – Within dance, focus is placed on composition, performance and appreciation. Children respond to a range of stimuli to explore different movement patterns, performing with increasing confidence and developing their choreography skills. 

Games – Pupils regularly focus on games units within PE lessons. Games encompass net, wall and court games; striking and fielding games; and invasion games. Within these units, we focus on a progression of key skills required such as throwing, catching, hand-eye coordination, batting and developing an understanding of tactics in game situations. Ball control, spatial awareness, shooting, marking and team work are also developed. A key focus within games is also on developing the cooperation and leadership skills needed to be part of a team. 

Gymnastics – All children take part in regular gymnastics lessons. Focus is placed on flexibility, strength, technique, control, balance and sequencing. They work as individuals and pairs in lower school, progressing to group work by year 6. 


Outdoor Adventurous Activities (OAA) – children work both individually and as a team within OAA lessons. They cover three areas of physical activity: orientation, communication and problem solving. Pupils have to use logical thinking skills to complete tasks 

Swimming – Pupils in KS2 swim at Heworth Leisure Centre. Pupils in Y6 then receive top up lessons at the end of the academic year. 

Additional Opportunities 

In addition, the school is keen to provide a wide range of extra-curricular clubs for children throughout the year. The children enjoy the opportunity to work with coaches and have the chance to try new sports.  

Pupils are regularly given the opportunity to participate in a range of tournaments and sports festivals both within school (Intra-competitions) between year groups and with other schools (Inter-competitions). A high percentage of our pupils attend these and demonstrate their key skills. This year so far we have participated in: 

Sports Ambassadors 

Lingey House School’s Sports Ambassadors are a group of children across KS2 who play a very important role in PE at the school. Appointed in September for the whole academic year, Sports  

Ambassadors are responsible for: 

  • promoting sporting events at Lingey House; 

  • encouraging other children to take part in physical activity; 

  • helping staff with School Games events (for example, setting up equipment, score-keeping and officiating); 

  • contributing ideas for whole-school sport events; 

Sports Ambassadors have to apply for their positions and must be able to demonstrate a commitment to PE and sport, as well as the School Games values of honesty, teamwork, self-belief, respect, passion and determination. 



As a result of strong teaching and learning in PE, children will recognise the importance of physical activity on their physical and mental wellbeing. The pupils at Lingey House will have good skills and attitudes leading to a lifelong love of sport equipped with the skills and knowledge to enable them to lead a healthy lifestyle.