Cardwell Primary School

Cardwell Primary School

Mutual respect, resilience, responsibility, tolerance and perseverance


Learning for life

Physical Education

Our children follow a progressive PE curriculum which teaches the skills necessary for a variety of sporting and creative activities and according to the requirements of the new National Curriculum 2014. Our children learn the skills necessary to take part in gymnastics, dance, team games, swimming and athletics.

The government has provided additional funding to schools in the form of a sports premium to improve provision for physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. We believe that embedding healthy lifestyle habits and a love of physical activity in children is essential to good development, as well as reinforcing core values such as respect, teamwork and taking responsibility for oneself.

We have chosen to use our sports premium in the following ways:

  • A dance/gymnastics teacher to teach dance, gymnastics and performance skills.
  • An LSA who is a qualified sports coach working with our children daily, during lunchtimes and playtimes, allowing our children to experience a broad range of games whilst up-skilling our lunch time staff.
  • Offering a range of different sports and dance clubs before and after school to encourage the involvement of more children.
  • Outstanding teaching and learning and PE training for our PE subject leader.
  • A multi-sensory approach to teaching and learning in the foundation stage incorporating PE and Physical development and skills in Literacy and Numeracy.
  • Opportunities to take part in inter and intra school competitions.
  • Use of the ‘Skills2Achieve’ assessment tool to track pupil progress in PE and the development of their health and wellbeing.

The impact of our initiatives so far have been:

  • A better level of physical development in our younger children with improved fine and gross motor skills – most noticeable impact on children with special educational needs
  • Children enjoy playtimes more and have developed their skills and teamwork.
  • Children appear more confident in PE lessons and are keen to take part in PE lessons in all areas.
  • Pupil questionnaires demonstrate that children value the input of specialised coaches and like taking part in sports activities before school, at break and during lunch times.
  • Children have developed their fitness and are able to talk about healthy lifestyles and healthy choices with greater confidence.
  • Through Skills2Achieve, we have been able to track the progress of pupils at different levels across each of the four themes (Healthy Me, Social Me, Thinking Me, Physical Me) and set targets within PE lessons and to develop the whole child.