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Physical Education

PE at Sheriff Hutton aims to develop the knowledge, skills and capabilities necessary for mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing in our children now and for their future. Physical fitness is an important part of leading a healthier lifestyle. It teaches self-discipline and that to be successful you must work hard, show resilience and have the determination to believe that anything can be achieved.


At Sheriff Hutton Primary School we recognise the importance of Physical Education to a child’s physical, cognitive, social and emotional development as well as the role it can play in a child’s spiritual, moral and cultural development. We are committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of our children and understand the impact physical activity and sport has on this. We aim to provide a broad and balanced P.E. curriculum to aid children’s increasing self-confidence in their ability to manage themselves and their bodies within a variety of movement situations. A balance of individual, team, co-operative and competitive activities aims to cater for individual pupil’s needs and abilities. Our curriculum is based on progressive learning objectives which, combined with varied and flexible teaching styles, endeavour to provide appropriate, stimulating, challenging and enjoyable learning situation for all pupils. The curriculum aims to promote an understanding of the many benefits of exercise, through a balanced range of relevant activities. In addition to the importance placed on PE lessons we also have a wider curriculum offer which includes the opportunities for pupils to take part in extra-curricular sports and activity clubs and competitions. Health enhancing activities also play a crucial role in our offer to pupils including active lessons, active break and lunchtimes and extra-curricular activities. All children will be able to swim 25 meters, using a variety of strokes by the time they leave Sheriff Hutton School.


Pupils participate in weekly high quality PE and sporting activities. Our PE programme incorporates a variety of sports to ensure all children develop the confidence, tolerance and the appreciation of their own and others’ strengths and weaknesses. We provide opportunities for all children to engage in extra-curricular activities before, during and after school, in addition to competitive sporting events. This inclusive approach endeavours to encourage not only physical development but also well-being.

Pupils within Reception always have access to physical activity as the outdoor area is open all of the time. Also they have one discreet PE session per week to teach them fundamental skills.

In KS1 the curriculum focuses on key skills to develop early stages of tactical awareness and physical fitness elements of agility, balance and coordination through the introduction. Curriculum content includes ball skills and team games, gymnastic and dance activities. Children are introduced to early stages of games, gymnastics, dance, invasion games and multi-skills.

In KS2 pupils continue to apply and develop a range of skills to enable them to become successful games players, dancers, gymnasts and athletes.

Pupils will be offered to be part of teams and play in competitions against other cluster schools, such as netball, football, cricket, rounder’s, basketball, rugby and much more. After school sports will also be offered to all year groups.

Children will start swimming lessons in Year 3, they will get a 10 week block during the summer term to practice and enhance their skills. Catch up sessions will be provided in Years 5/6 for children who haven’t reached the required standard.


The impact of our PE curriculum is that our learners are as a result of a strong Physical Education curriculum and wider curriculum offer, Sheriff Hutton Primary leavers will leave with a lifelong love of sport.

They will become skillful and intelligent performers, understanding what it takes to persevere, succeed and acknowledge others’ success. They will be able to respond to a variety of challenges and take the initiative, lead activity and focus on improving performances. Children at our school will develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities and this will lead healthy, active lives. They will have positive attitudes to participation in physical activity. Children will have had opportunities to engage in competitive sports and activities and be able to embed values like fairness and respect.

Physical Education curriculum map

Physical Education Vocabulary Progression


Physical Education – Athletics

Physical Education – Dance

Physical Education – Games

Physical Education – Gymnastics

Physical Education – Outdoor Activities