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P.E. and Sport at Highburton First School 

At Highburton, there is an understanding of the importance of Physical Education in not only developing a range of skills and improving fitness, but also in establishing a positive attitude towards exercise that will last a lifetime. The school is committed to, and enthusiastic about, providing all children, irrespective of their abilities, with a varied and exciting PE curriculum. Children will develop fundamental physical skills that will cover strength, speed, stamina, agility and flexibility, and they will learn how to improve in these. PE will provide children with the opportunity to think in different and creative ways whilst undertaking individual and group challenges, taking part competitive team games, and when leading and motivating their peers. Children will also learn to understand the need for rules, and the importance fair play. With these processes, children will discover the joy and benefits of physical activity, be able to make choices about getting involved in exercise and activity for all their lives.

PE Learning Sequence

PE Action Plan

PE Pupil Voice

PE Long Term Plan






At Highburton CE (VC) First School, Physical Education (PE) is an integral part of our Curriculum that is inclusive and engages all pupils, in a supportive and challenging environment. We aspire for children to acquire, develop and refine their practical skills and techniques; to further their knowledge and understanding of PE concepts and principles and develop their overall competence, to enjoy, and excel in, a broad range of sports and physical activities. 

We aim to deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities which enable all children to succeed; to enjoy their learning; to be resilient and consistently strive to give their best efforts at all times and achieve their potential and personal best.

Children participate in competitive sport and through this we teach children how to cooperate and collaborate effectively as part of a team and compete appropriately against others, adhering to the principles of fairness, sportsmanship and respect, values we hope to embed for future life.

We understand the importance PE, School Sport and Physical Activity has on children’s general health, fitness and mental wellbeing. We provide opportunities for all children to be physically active for sustained periods of time and we teach children the importance of leading healthy, active lives and making informed and appropriate lifestyle choices.

As a school we embrace opportunities to promote the benefits of an active lifestyle. This takes place in sport themed assemblies (celebrations of inspirational people such as Roger Bannister, Team GB Cycling, Victoria Evans, a former pupil who recently rowed across the Atlantic in record time), themed weeks to coincide with major events such as The Olympics, Commonwealth Games and sporting World Cups.

Swimming is an important life skill, and we aspire for all children to leave primary school being able to swim at least 25 metres.




- PE at Highburton CE (VC) First School provides challenging and enjoyable learning through a range of sporting activities including; Invasion Games, Net & Wall Games, Strike and Field Games, Gymnastics, Dance, Skateboarding, Outdoor & Adventure Activities and Swimming

- Children participate in two PE lessons each week, covering two sporting activities every half term. In year 4 one activity is a Swimming session.

-  The Learning Sequence Overview sets out the PE Units/Activities which are to be taught each half term throughout the year and ensures that the requirements of the National Curriculum are fully met.

-We use and adapt the Rising Stars Champions Scheme of Learning to ensure planning, content and delivery is age appropriate. This scheme ensures lessons, year on year, are progressive. In Reception, the PE Planning Scheme introduces a range of stimulating and age-appropriate PE activities that provide a sound foundation for future physical activities.

- We assess children each term, with the Classroom Monitor assessment package, which tracks progress throughout the year in the four strands of our PE curriculum – Physical, Cognitive, Personal and Health

- The emphasis of our PE curriculum is inclusion for all children regardless of sporting ability. We provide suitable learning opportunities for all children, including those with SEND. A Cohort Tracker enables teachers and the PE lead to identify and meet the needs of children working above or below the expected level.

- We promote both participation and competition through P.E and sport. We ensure all children experience competition at some level, individually or in a team, within lessons.

-  We have a House system and all children participate in Intra House Sports competitions, for one half term each school year

- Children in KS1 and KS2 and SEND children also have opportunities to participate in the local School Sports Partnership Inter School sports competitions

- Children participate in workshops/whole school events, sourced by School and delivered by outside providers, covering a variety of sports throughout the year. For example: Gymnastics, Judo, Rugby League, Football and Cricket, providing the children with an opportunity to experience new activities, learn new skills, improve their fitness and to try something new.

- All  children in KS1 and KS2 have the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular sports activities throughout the year

-  We offer a Residential OAA experience for children in Years 4 and 5 each year

- We have an annual inclusive House Sports Day, with the emphasis on participation and achievement for all

- All children participate in whole school sporting sessions such as: “The Daily Mile “, “Dance Day Tuesday” and “Skip Away Thursday”, to promote health, fitness, mental wellbeing and personal challenge and resilience. Optional activities run by staff and children at lunchtimes provide competitive opportunities (Bleep Test, House Mini-Sport Comps) where children can compare their performances with previous ones and strive to improve their personal best. Competing with others fosters a sense of team spirit and cooperation amongst our children. Inclusive physical activities such as Ballcourt Table Fusball, Traditional Games & Pastimes and Play Leader Games allow children the opportunity to develop cooperation and communication skills whilst being active.




At Highburton CE (VC) First School, we ensure that our PE curriculum is inclusive and progressive and allows all children the opportunity to acquire and develop fundamental knowledge, understanding, skills and techniques and apply these to a wide variety of different sports and activities. PE lessons are fun, enjoyable and challenging and all children can achieve, to the best of their ability, in a supportive, safe and stimulating environment.  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 and activity for their physical and mental wellbeing. We aspire for all children to enjoy PE and develop a love of sport and physical activity, which hopefully becomes part of their future life outside of Primary School. Children have opportunities to participate in sport after school can also represent the school at sporting events from local to county level. IN PE, we also measure impact by:

  • Regular learning walks
  • Pupil questionnaires
  • PE Premium spend analysis
  • Analysis of participation at after school clubs and Pyramid competitions
  • Assessment data
  • Photo and video analysis of children’s practical work


Sports Crew 


Hi!  We are the Sports Crew at Highburton First School. We run a lunchtime P.E. session outside. There are different competitions such as skipping, hopping, star jumps, running and throwing and catching. Our role is to develop key stage one's basic skills in P.E. We organise the equipment and record the results of all of the children that take part. The children really enjoy the competitions and we have made certificates for them when they have won. They also earn house points for their house team. All key stage one are included in the competitions. 

Have a look at some of the photographs that we have taken below!" (Year 5 Sports Crew) 


Past Shelley Pyramid Competitions 

As part of the Shelley Pyramid, we take part in lots of competitions.

Some of these competitions can be seen below.

We are having a very successful year with our sports teams. 

Well done everybody!! 


Residential Activities - Cliffe House and Robinwood 

The children in Year 4 went to Cliffe House to take part in lots of outdoor and adventurous activities. They spent the night at Cliffe House and enjoyed taking part in orienteering, developing team work, gaining confidence on the adventure playground and learning new skills. 

Year 5 had a very busy few days at Robinwood. Working in their teams, they took part in many new experiences including zipwire, crate challenge, piranha pool, knights quest and many more....

Both classes were a credit to the school! Their performance and behaviour was outstanding. 

Here are some of the photographs from the residential trips. 


Cliffe House 

PE in our School

Reception - Mrs Smith

Reception have been moving using different parts of their body.  They have been going over, under and through equipment. The children have been jumping and balancing using the gym equipment.

Year 1 - Mrs Briggs

Year 1 have been playing games to increase balance and agility.  They have been completing activities which involve different ways of moving and balancing  exploring points of our bodies.  

Year 2 - Mrs Illingworth

Year 2 have had Huddersfield Giants in this year to coach some Rugby.  The children have been learning how to carry the ball properly, catch the ball and manoeuvre it in 2 hands.

Year 3 - Mrs Glossup

Year 3 are lucky enough to use Scooters during their PE lessons.  The children have been learning how to balance and be safe while ravelling around the playground. They have also been busy completing other activities during their PE lessons.

Year 4 - Mr Penson

The children in Year 4 are having their first taste of Skateboarding.  The children have learned new skills and have virtually mastered the Primo drop.  This has been in our PE curriculum for 3 years now and has been excellent.

Year 5 - Mr Easby

In Year 5 the children also compete skateboarding during the Autumn term.  The children in the other session complete a unit of  Gymnastics which investigates how their bodies move and complete a range of gymnastic movements.


After School Clubs

During the year the children are offered many different after school clubs. Here are the sporting after school clubs we offer during the year:


Fun Fitness


Let’s Grow


CSI Club

Bee keeping