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Fawbert & Barnard's Primary School

Learning for Life

Sports & PE


Our vision at Fawbert and Barnard’s for Physical Education (PE) is to ensure all children have the opportunity to experience, enjoy and excel in high quality PE and school sport incorporating a diverse range of motivational activities which offer life-long learning through challenge and competition.

We strongly believe that they contribute to the holistic development of young people. Our high-quality PE curriculum inspires all children to succeed and excel in both competitive sport and other activities involving physical literacy. It is through these activities that pupils become physically confident; they learn that physical activity is ‘fun’ and crucial in terms of leading a healthy lifestyle. Our children compete in many competitions and other activities which build character and embed key values such as teamwork, fairness and respect for themselves and others. We recognise that PE, physical activity and school sport make an extensive contribution towards aspects of pupils’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural development. We focus on thinking, social and physical skills. 




At Fawbert and Barnard’s Primary school, Physical Education (PE) is an integral part of our curriculum and we strive to create a culture which aims to inspire an active generation to enjoy PE, encourage each other and achieve. We provide a safe and supportive environment for children to flourish in a range of different physical activities which is essential in supporting their physical, emotional, spiritual, social and moral development. 

We aspire for children to adopt a positive Growth Mindset and believe that anything can be achieved with determination and resilience. At Fawbert and Barnard’s, we offer a dynamic and varied program of activity to ensure that all children progress physically through a unique and fully inclusive PE curriculum. Our curriculum aims to improve the well-being and fitness of all children, not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes. We aim to deliver high quality teaching and learning opportunities that enable all children to achieve their personal best. All children participate in competitive sport which can be against self and/ or others. We encourage children to transfer the school values to sporting and physical activity, ensuring that they aim to be the very best that they can be whilst demonstrating the school vision of ‘learning for Life’. We aim for all children to be physically active for sustained periods of time and to be able to make informed decisions to lead healthy and active lives. Swimming is an important life skill and we aspire for all children to leave primary school having met at least the minimum requirements of the National Curriculum.


Our intent is to:

• develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities

• ensure children are physically active for sustained periods of time

• engage in competitive sports and activities – in school, across the academy and with other schools 

• lead healthy, active lives



Our PE progression document is based on an enhanced model of the Early Years Framework and the National Curriculum with a clear progression structure from Reception to Year 6. This progression of skills has been planned in order to build on the skills needed to meet the end of Key Stage objectives in the National Curriculum.

We will implement our vision of PE at Fawbert and Barnard’s Primary school by the following actions:

• Provide challenging and enjoyable learning through a range of sporting activities including invasion games, net & wall games, striking and fielding games, gymnastics, dance, health and fitness, outdoor  adventure activities and swimming.

• KS2 will swim to meet the end of Key stage 2 target of 25m front crawl and over 10m on another crawl. We are only taking 13 pupils to swim with three instructors to have intense training. This has greatly improved impact of more children able to meet the recommended swimming target by the end of their time at our school. We work with Year 6 first and move down the year groups until all children in KS2 can swim. 

• Pupils participate in at least 2 lessons of high-quality PE each week, covering one or two different sports/ skills foci each half term.

• The PE long term grid sets out the PE units which are to be taught throughout the year for each class and ensures that the requirements of the National Curriculum are fully met. This is tracked by the PE leader and used as handover for transition at the end of the academic year so that the new class teacher is aware of what the class has already been taught and to identify any areas that need further development.

•End of term assessments take place to identify where children are in their learning and what areas they need to develop further

• Teachers use and adapt planning and resources to ensure lessons across the year show progression.

• Children are encouraged to participate in the varied range of extra-curricular activities. We provide inclusive and enjoyable clubs which increases children’s physical activity. Clubs are offered to both KS1 and KS2 children, occasionally Foundation Stage too.

• Physical activity is embedded throughout the school day through initiative of The Daily Mile. If we go to remote learning or we cannot go outside due to the weather, we would take part in one of the following: Just Dance, Imove and Jo Wickes fitness. 

• Each year, two class representatives are nominated to be part of Sport Crew (house captains). Meetings take place each half term and Sport Crew work with the PE leader to develop our work as an active- school along with helping to make decisions about whole school events such as choosing the competitions each year.

• Children are invited to attend competitive sporting events and festivals within the local area and beyond. This is an inclusive approach which endeavours to encourage not only physical development but also mental well-being. These events also develop teamwork and leadership skills and are very much enjoyed by children.



At Fawbert and Barnard’s, we ensure that our PE curriculum is progressive and allows children to develop fundamental skills and apply them to a variety of sports and activities. All children are provided with the necessary skills and given opportunities to demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best. Our pupils are physically active, and this has a positive impact on their learning in the classroom. Children understand how to lead a healthy lifestyle and understand the importance of regular exercise. We aspire for children to enjoy PE and develop a love of sport and physical activity which becomes part of their future life outside of primary school. Children can represent the school at sporting events from local to county level. Alongside this, we aim for all Year 6 pupils to leave school with the skills to competently swim at least 25m and have the skills to self-rescue in the water which are key life skills.

Regular assessment will be carried out within lessons and other different disciplines in PE  against the KAS grid, this will allow us to ensure that all children are reaching their full potential in PE, tracking children on their journey through our school knowing they are building their knowledge year-on-year. 


97% of the cohort of Year 6 leaving at the end of 2022/23 who were able to:

    • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
    • use a range of strokes effectively, for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke
    • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations