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Physical Education

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Our vision at Netherthorpe Primary School is to ensure that our high quality teaching and learning inspires all our children to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physical activities. We want our children to develop a love of physical education which can then be carried with them though their time at Netherthorpe, into secondary school and beyond. We recognise the importance of a healthy lifestyle and the impact this can have on children’s physical and mental health. We aim to provide a broad curriculum with opportunities for children to take part in a wide range of sports enabling them to experience enjoyment whilst building confidence. We intended that everyone will find at least one form of exercise that they enjoy and emphasis is given to 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.

Curriculum Aims:

- Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities.

- Be physically active for sustained periods of time.

- Engage in competitive sports and activities, some events take place in different venues around the city.

- Support the children to lead healthy, active lives both inside and outside the classroom.

- Develop the use of Physical activities in the classroom to maximise academic learning (yoga, activate, etc).

- To support mental and physical health by working outside of the classroom, using the school grounds and local areas.

- To develop skills in orienteering, we follow a scheme provided by the British Orienteering service.

- To develop a love of the outdoors – Y2/Y3 residential to Whirlow farm (walking in the countryside and pony riding). Y5 and Y6 residential to Thornbridge outdoors (adventurous activities such as high ropes and low ropes).

- Devlop skills in running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination.

- Play competitive games, modified where appropriate and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending.

- Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance.

- Perform dances using a range of movement patterns.

- Foster a love of sport through the provision of extra- curricular activities led by specialist coaches football, athletics, lacrosse and basketball

- To take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team.

- Develop leadership skills, cooperation and team work.

- High quality teaching ensured through ‘coaching model’ provided by a range of specialist coaches.

- Opportunities for pupils to develop their talents and interests through strong links with outside clubs, such as ZEST, Sheffield United FC and Yorkshire cricket club.


We have scrutinised and considered a range of factors to ensure that our PE curriculum is ambitious and designed to give all our learners the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.  We have ensured that teaching and learning is coherently planned and sequenced towards cumulatively sufficient knowledge and skills for future learning.

In EYFS, the specific area of physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive, and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food. Continuous provision is resourced to ensure that pupils have the opportunity to be active, develop their co-ordination, control and movement in a wide range of contexts.

In KS1 and KS2, every child has access to 2 hours of high quality PE. Following the National Curriculum, units are taught within Games, Gymnastics, Dance and Athletics. 

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.  We provide opportunities for them to take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both in school and on school trips and residentials. 

By the end of Key Stage one and two, our children are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programmes of study.



Our current Physical Education curriculum is under review and supporting documents on coverage, skills and knowledge will be uplaoded when the curriculum review is completed.


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Netherthorpe Primary school

Netherthorpe Street
Sheffield, S3 7JA

Main Contact: Elizabeth Gray - Head Teacher

Tel: 0114 272 6834

SEN Contact: Ruth Kay & Clare Wilson

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