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Physical Education


At Netherthorpe Primary School we aim to develop a love of PE that can be carried with pupils through to secondary school and into adulthood. We recognise the importance of a healthy lifestyle on children’s physical and mental health. We also aim to provide a broad curriculum with opportunities for children to take part in a wide range of sports. We want pupils to have fun in PE and also build confidence. It is intended that everyone will find at least one form of exercise that they enjoy. We put a high emphasis on life skills such as learning to swim and ride a bike.

We believe it is important for children to be competitive against others but also to work towards their own personal bests. We encourage good sporting behaviour whether winning or losing.

We work with specialist coaches and provide CPD opportunities for staff to continue improving their skills in teaching PE. We have built links with outside clubs, such as ZEST, Sheffield United FC and Yorkshire cricket. This allows us to signpost children, if they are interested or show a talent, in joining sports clubs outside of school.

In addition we use PE as an opportunity for children to develop leadership skills, cooperation and team work.



PE lessons

We follow the Val Sabin schemes of work for Games, Gymnastics, Athletics and Dance. These show a clear progression of skills, which can be assessed using the Chris Quigley skills progression. We expect children to change for PE and develop healthy habits for the future. They are taught the importance of warming up and exercising safely.

Swimming is taught by the Sheffield Swimming Service and we have trained a number of school staff, so that they can confidently support the children in swimming lessons, both in and out of the water. Children start swimming lessons in Y2 and continue classes each year until Y5: this is due to the high mobility we have in school and also the fact that many children have not been swimming outside of school. By taking this approach, we enable the very large majority of our children to access swimming lessons.

Since before the advent of the Sports Premium we have worked with a number of specialist coaches; the reasons for this are twofold: children can benefit from high level coaching and our staff are able to learn from these coaches and improve their skills in subsequent teaching. We are constantly looking for opportunities to upskill our staff and increase confidence in teaching PE. We also look for more unusual sports to offer children, such as golf, fencing and lacrosse: these are usually sports that the children have had little or no experience of outside school.

In orienteering, we follow a scheme provided by the British Orienteering service. It was specially designed using our sports hall and the Ponderosa park. In Y2 and Y3 children are able to attend a residential at Whirlow farm, where they enjoy walking in the countryside and pony riding. In Y5 and Y6 children have the opportunity to attend a residential at Thornbridge outdoors, where they take part in further adventurous activities such as high ropes and low ropes.

All Y6 children are trained in sports leadership. Once trained, they work on a rota system to support KS1 playtimes and assist staff with after school clubs.

Children to take regular brain breaks in the classroom, to avoid sitting still for too long. We use a range of activities such as Activate, yoga, dance and fitness videos. We also encourage working outside of the classroom, using the school grounds and local areas such as the Ponderosa park. Children are encouraged to be active at playtimes and also when travelling to school. During good weather we use the Ponderosa for running and build up running a half or full marathon over a series of weeks.

Children are offered to take part in after school sports clubs whenever possible. Most recently clubs have included: football, athletics, lacrosse and basketball – clubs may vary from year to year and may run for part or all of the year. They are run by both school staff and outside coaches.  We also work with Sheffield University to utilise volunteers from their clubs.

Netherthorpe Primary School is part of the Forge School Sport Partnership. We work closely with them to provide a range of competitions from Y1 up to Y6. Some events take place in different venues around the city. We are able to  arrange for our children to visit international facilities, such as the English Institute for Sport: children find these opportunities inspiring and motivating. Other competitions are virtual competitions where we complete the activities at school, then submit our results. As well as competitions against other schools, we are also trying to develop more intra school competitions within the school.



In pupil interviews, PE is often given as a favourite subject. Children have a growth mind set towards learning new skills and encourage each other when working towards personal goals, whatever their level.

The children’s PE lessons are recorded in a class book, showing photographs of different skills and activities.

Children enjoy sharing their PE skills with parents and other classes in termly class assemblies. In the summer term, each class creates and performs a dance linked to their topic. This event is well attended by parents and the standard of performance continues to grow each year.

Despite being a relatively small school, we have competed well in local competitions, winning a number of trophies over the years. We have really excelled in basketball competitions, making the regional finals for the last few years.

We often receive compliments on the behaviour and attitude of our children at such events, as they always do their best, while following fair play and showing respect to others.

We currently hold the Silver Award for School games and have achieved the Silver Sports Mark for Sheffield schools. In the future we will build on this to achieve Gold levels.

Look at the photographs below to see our children in action.


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Contact the School

Netherthorpe Primary school

Netherthorpe Street
Sheffield, S3 7JA

Main Contact: Elizabeth Gray - Head Teacher

Tel: 0114 272 6834

SEN Contact: Laura hammond

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