Pelton Community Primary School

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Physical Education

Physical Education is taught through the use of the Complete PE scheme, which includes all forms of sport and teaches specific physical movement.  Children are assessed at their starting point at the beginning of a unit of work. Teachers then plan, differentiate and assess to the needs of the children, before re-assessing their skills at the end of a unit. We provide 2 hours of curriculum PE per week as well as providing 30 minutes of physical activity throughout the school day through our OPAL playground programme.  We organise whole school events across the year as House competitions, experience days, sporting events run by our House Captains and Sports Leaders and Sports Days. A wide variety of after school clubs support our PE provision.

We are very proud to be one of a few school in the Durham and Chester Le Street area to have earned the Platinum Award for School Games provision. The School Games, which is funded by Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, involves funded School Games Organisers (SGOs) at a local level and Active Partnerships at a county level working alongside us to create an annual calendar of competition. The School Games inspires young people to be physically active for life through positive experiences of daily activity and competition.  Please check out our page to learn more



Physical Education in EYFS

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and carefully planned provision are designed to support children’s physical development. We offer daily playful opportunities for children to engage in physical activity both in and outdoors. Our children have access to free flow play for sustained periods of time and are encouraged to use our large outdoor environment including our forest school, mud kitchen, play equipment and large sandpit. We access this environment all year round and in all weather conditions to support the development of gross and fine motor control, balance, coordination, confidence and problem solving skills. We explore meditation, yoga, massage and relaxation techniques and share a range of healthy snacks to develop our understanding of the importance of a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

Physical Education in KS1 and KS2.

Our curriculum is designed to cover units of work for every context of learning. They flow in a progressive and sequential order from EYFS to Key Stage 2, ensuring that we are always challenging learning.  Planning supports high quality teaching and learning and success outcomes challenge and develop ‘The Whole Child’.  Key Stage 1 units centre around developing strong Motor Competence which lead into Dance, Gymnastics, Games and OAA units which are taught and revisited across Year 3 – Year 6. Children from Year 3 to Year 6 access swimming lessons at a local pool.

Please take a look at our PE overview and our progression of skills documents for each of the areas in PE:

Curriculum overview






Health and wellbeing

We work closely with Durham and Chester-le-Street School Sports Partnership to deliver high-quality PE teaching. Coaches regularly come into school to teach and develop staff training and CPD.



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