Helmsley Community Primary School

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Physical Education 

Our vision is for all our children at Helmsley CP School to experience a wide variety of excellent physical education, school sport and physical activity that will lead to life-long participation and active, healthy lifestyles.

We hope that in doing so the children will develop greater confidence and learn the importance of communication, organisation, team work, resilience, perseverance and respect.



Our intent for Physical Education is to deliver outstanding PE that inspires all pupils to enjoy, succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities in a safe and challenging environment.

Our intent for PE is for children to:

  • Become physically confident in a way, which supports their health and fitness.
  • Acquire new knowledge and skills that they practise in a wide range of activities and situations.
  • Have high levels of skill and creativity in their techniques, tactics and choreography and a knowledge of how to improve their own and others’ performance.
  • Have a good level of fitness.
  • Have a healthy lifestyle, achieved by exercising regularly and making healthy choices.
  • Compete in sport and other activities to build character and help to embed core values such as fairness, resilience, collaboration and respect.
  • Have a keen interest in PE and participate in extra-curricular sport or activities.
  • The ability to swim at least 25 metres before the end of Year 6 and knowledge of how to remain safe in and around water.


  • In EYFS, Nursery children access daily structured physically active sessions which aim to develop movement competency in line with the EYFS three prime areas: Physical Development, Personal and Social Development and Communication and language.
  • Our reception children, Oak class, are provided with a 60-minute, weekly, Physical Education lesson with our specialist PE teacher. Each session focuses on developing the Fundamental Movement Skills which will allow them to access the KS1 curriculum. Each session focuses on one of the following fundamentals: Stability and Balance, Object control & Locomotion. Pupils are confident and physically active learners who can work cooperatively and demonstrate spatial awareness.
  • PE in Key Stage 1 and 2 is taught twice weekly through discrete lessons.
  • In Key Stage 1, the children will develop fundamental skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. The children will engage in competitive and co-operative physical activities, in a range of challenging situations. Over the year, the children will take part in a variety of games, gymnastics and dance activities.  
  • In Key Stage 2, the children will continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and link them to make actions and sequences in movement. We will provide the children with plenty of opportunities to allow them to enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing. Throughout the year, the children will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of games, gymnastics and dance. They will be taught to swim competently, confidently and proficiently. 
  • Our specialist PE teacher delivers high quality lessons and specialist sport coaches are used throughout the year to enhance the children’s learning.
  • Competitive opportunities are available to all children through house competitions and inter-school events.
  • Sports leaders inspire and lead physical activities, organising, motivating and instilling an excellent sporting attitude in others.