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PE and Sport at The White House School

Our children love to take part in PE and we aim to lay the foundations for the need to exercise for health, fitness and enjoyment and so instil a lifelong active lifestyle. PE provides the children with opportunities to think and work creatively in different ways; overcome challenges as an individual or as part of a group; develop high quality physical skills; and, work together as part of a team fostering a strong sense of fair play. The children develop their skills, competence and confidence in a variety of activities and learn how to work safely in different situations. Pupils are encouraged to pursue their interests at our extra-curricular clubs as well as join local sports clubs outside school.



  • To develop each child physically, mentally, emotionally & socially;

  • To lay the foundations for the need to exercise for health, fitness & enjoyment for a lifelong active lifestyle. Pupils learn how to think in different ways to suit a wide variety of creative, competitive & challenging activities.



  • To let each pupil experience and develop their skills, competence & confidence in a variety of activities;

  • To promote physical skilfulness, physical development & a knowledge of the body in action;

  • To work safely in different situations;

  • To provide opportunities for pupils to be creative & to face up to different challenges as individuals & in groups & teams;

  • To plan, perform & evaluate actions, ideas & performances to improve their quality & effectiveness;

  • To foster a spirit of fair play;

  • To recognise what is happening to their bodies during exercise and its effects;

  • To promote a positive attitude towards active & healthy lifestyles & make choices about how to get involved in lifelong physical activity;

  • To include all children and plan for their individual needs.



Children with special educational needs will be included in any physical education lesson. If a programme needs to be adapted then the teacher in charge will do this in consultation with the coordinator and SENCO (if applicable).



Children are made aware of relevant safety issues when taking part in all aspects of PE: lifting and carrying equipment; throwing activities; and, participation in all activities.



This is on-going and children are assessed at the end of a unit of work.


Extra-curricular Activities

A range of activities is available to pupils throughout the year and children are actively encouraged to join in. Children may participate in matches, tournaments, cross-country races, swimming galas, and perform in gymnastic displays. Links to local sports clubs have been developed – The Hollies Tennis Club, and children are encouraged to attend Whitchurch Hockey, Cricket and Rugby clubs.



ICT is used in many activities: CD’s, DVD’s/video clips as a stimulus or to show excellence in performance, videoing for analysis of performance and assessment, recording of results.



The main aims of physical development in the Foundation Stage are to improve skills of coordination, control, manipulation and movement. Two other important aspects of physical development are helping the children gain confidence in what they can do and enabling them to feel the positive benefits of being healthy and active.


To give all children the best opportunities for effective physical development particular attention is paid to:

  • Planning activities that offer appropriate physical challenges.

  • Providing sufficient space, indoors and outdoors, to set up relevant activities.

  • Giving sufficient time for children to use a wide range of equipment.

  • Providing resources that can be used in a variety of ways or to support specific skills.

  • Introducing the language of movement to children, alongside their actions.

  • Using additional adult help, if necessary, to support individuals and to encourage increased independence in physical activities.



Key Stage 1 Aims & Objectives



  • To develop & practise a variety of ways of sending (throwing, striking, rolling & bouncing), receiving and travelling with a ball and other games equipment.

  • Know how to play simple competitive games as individuals, in pairs and small groups for simple net, striking / fielding & invasion-type games - to include running, chasing dodging, and awareness of space and other players using simple tactics for attacking & defending.



  • To experience different ways of travelling using hands and feet, turning, rolling, jumping, balancing, swinging and climbing, both on the floor and using apparatus;

  • To link a series of actions in short movement phrases both on the floor and using apparatus that show a clear beginning, middle & end and have contrasts in direction, level & speed.



  • To develop control, co-ordination, balance, poise and elevation in the basic actions of travelling, jumping, turning, gesture and stillness;

  • To explore movement imaginatively, express & communicate ideas, moods and feelings;

  • To develop their response to music & other stimuli through dances, by contrasts of rhythm, speed, shape, direction and level; to perform movements or patterns including those from different times & cultures.



  • To swim unaided, competently and safely 25 metres;

  • To develop confidence in the water - how to rest, float and adopt support positions;

  • To develop effective and efficient swimming strokes on front and back;

  • To know basic principles of water safety and survival.


Key Stage 2 Aims & Objectives



  • To understand and play small-sided & modified net, striking/fielding & invasion games;

  • To use skills and tactics & apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending;

  • To work with others to organise & keep the game going.



  • To experience different methods of turning, rolling, swinging, jumping, climbing, balancing and travelling on hands and feet, and how to adapt, practise and refine these actions, both on floor and apparatus;

  • To emphasise changes of shape, level, speed and direction through gymnastic actions;

  • To practise, refine and repeat a longer series of actions, making increasingly complex movement sequences, both on floor and apparatus.



  • To compose and control their movements by varying shape, size, direction, level, speed, tension and continuity;

  • To experience different dance forms including those from different times, places & cultures;

  • To express feelings, moods and ideas, to respond to music and to create simple characters and narratives in response to a range of stimuli & accompaniment.



  • To take part in & design challenges & competitions that call for precision, speed, power or stamina;

  • To pace themselves in these challenges & competitions;

  • To develop and improve basic techniques in running – short distance, longer distances, relays and over hurdles: throwing - for distance and accuracy: jumping –for height /distance using a variety of equipment;

  • To measure, compare and improve their own performance.


Outdoor & adventurous activities

  • To use a range of orienteering & problem-solving skills;

  • To work with others to meet the challenges;

  • To take part in outdoor activity challenges, including following trails, in familiar, unfamiliar & changing environments.