Physical Education

During Physical Education lessons pupils will cover a range of activities from the National Curriculum. Netball, hockey, football, tag rugby, rounders, cricket, fitness and athletics are just some of the sports we offer.

Leadership plays a vital role in all aspects of Physical Education and pupils are encouraged to take a leadership role during lessons.  


We also access professional Gymnastics via Witham Hill Gymnasium with their professional sprung floor and foam pit. Key Stage Two pupils annually take part in swimming lessons at Sleaford Swimming Pool, encouraging them to have water confidence. The pupils make rapid progress due to the high teacher/pupil ratios.

Leadenham Primary School also organise and lead sporting events and tournaments for the local cluster schools, such as the very popular Leadenham XC – Cross Country Event.

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Physical Education: Intent 

At Leadenham CE Primary School, we believe that PE plays an important role across the curriculum. Not only can it teach children about developing important skills and keeping themselves healthy but also about problem solving, self-assessment (identifying their strengths), communication, team work and competitiveness which can be carried across all the different subjects in the curriculum. Building vital skills, whether in football, gymnastics or dance are extremely important and every child will constantly and consistently develop their own personal PE skills from Preschool up to Year 6.


Here at Leadenham CE Primary School, we provide many opportunities for children to access sport, through School sports games, after school clubs, and community links. Ensuring our children are active allows them to develop and improve across the whole curriculum.

Champions Curriculum 

“Champions is a Sports, Fitness and Health programme for Years 1 to 6. It is a holistic approach to the teaching of PE, which improves fitness, develops skills and deepens knowledge of health and wellbeing.”

The school aims to meet the ‘one hour a day’ physical activity recommendation in addition to providing two hours of quality P.E. per week for each child. All children take part in organized physical activities.

The school aims to maximize opportunities to enhance the P.E. curriculum with ‘Physical Activity’ such as: active play, outside learning and extra-curricular activities for example, after and before school sports clubs for both Ks 1 and Ks 2.

The Aims of Physical Activity are:

  • To engage in activities that develop stamina, strength, speed, flexibility and cardiovascular health.

  • To teach children to recognise and describe how their bodies feel during exercise.

  • To develop the children’s enjoyment of physical activity through creativity and imagination.

  • To develop the children’s understanding of the links between physical activity and good health.

Physical Education educates children in the use and knowledge of the body and its movements. It develops physical competence, self-esteem, artistic and aesthetic understanding within movement. Throughout the school, Physical Education contributes towards the development of problem solving, inter-personal skills and the forging of links between the school and the community. At Leadenham CE Primary School, the Physical Education curriculum includes games, gymnastics and dance, cross- country running, athletics, swimming and outdoor adventurous activities whilst celebrating the sports values of, Teamwork, Honesty, Respect, Determination, Self-Belief and Pasion.

The Aims of Physical Education are:

  • To develop positive attitudes towards the convention of fair play and good sporting behaviour, and to help children cope with both success and disappointment in competitive and co-operative physical activities.

  • To be aware of the need to readily follow instructions and relevant rules, laws, codes and etiquette for different activities.

  • To make the children aware of health, hygiene and safety issues relating to themselves and others in physical activities.

Physical Education: Implementation


The implementation of the Curriculum for Physical Education:

In the Foundation Stage, Physical Education activities come from within the Early Learning Goals and promote the prime area of Physical Development. We encourage children to develop confidence and control in the way that they move, and the way they handle tools and equipment. The children are given the opportunity to undertake activities that offer appropriate physical challenge, both indoors and outdoors, using a wide range of resources to support specific skills.

In Key Stage 1, children develop fundamental movement skills, becoming increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and co-ordination, individually and with others. They engage in competitive and cooperative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.

In Key Stage 2, children continue to implement and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.

Swimming is taught throughout the school years 2 up to 6. Children receive ten consecutive lessons each school year.

Physical Education is taught to all children, whatever their ability; our teaching team consists of specialist Coaches able to provide learning opportunities that are matched to the needs of children with learning difficulties, plus work in Physical Education may take into account targets set for individual children in their Individual Education Plans.

Physical Education: Impact

Assessment and Recording in Physical Education takes the form of informal assessments of attainment and progress in P.E made through observations. Judgements are made against the learning objectives for a lesson or series of lessons. Attainment and progress in Physical Education is reported to parents annually as part of the Individual Report.

At Leadenham we do things differently; as such our unique bespoke tracking system for physical education does just that! Designed with the children in mind - starting from the fundamental basis of the efficiency of movement - we have a PE passport for every child. So as an individual travels on their primary journey from yr1 to year 6, progress is tracked, assessed and celebrated in such areas as: Fundamental Movement Skills, Sport Skills , Thinking, Emotional and Social Skills along with Health Knowledge and a measured approach to Fitness.

Every child has the potential to be a Champion and the journey is celebrated with our Rising Stars Champions Bronze Silver and Gold awards.

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At Leadenham we are joining the Well School Community. Well Schools aims to help improve education outcomes by placing wellbeing at its very heart to support school staff, senior leaders and young people. It isn’t a programme, quality mark or intervention; everyone coming together to drive change, share challenges and solutions and help find support.


A Well School places just as much emphasis on wellbeing as it does on academic performance. It understands that children and young people are more effective learners when they are happy and well and that they must take care of their staff and their pupils wellbeing to create a culture that allows everyone to reach their potential.

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