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At Riverside Primary School, our intent for the PE curriculum is to engage and develop the whole child, giving them the knowledge, skills and understanding, so that they can create a positive relationship with physical activity and achieve physically and mentally in PE, sport and life. Through well-planned, high quality PE and sports teaching, both in the curriculum and as part of extracurricular provision, we seek to ensure that all children show resilience and have confidence to succeed, motivate others and embed values such as fairness and respect. Also, that the children are able to work as a team and to develop individually leadership qualities as well as being able to set personal goals.

We intend to use the PE and Sport Premium funding to provide sustained improvement in PE provision, focusing on the five key indicators:

  1. The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – the Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that all children and young people aged 5 to 18 engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, of which 30 minutes should be in school.
  2. The profile of PE and sport being raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement.
  3. Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport.
  4. Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils.
  5. Increased participation in competitive sport.


At Riverside Primary School, the PE curriculum is structured to provide a range of sports experiences during which every child participates to develop their skills and learning through competitive, team and individual sports.

The long-term plan sets out the PE curriculum which are to be taught throughout the year and ensures that the requirements of the National Curriculum are fully met. This ensures that children’s knowledge and skills are developed progressively and are built on year by year through sequenced lessons to maximise learning for all children. Children gain experience of a variety of fundamental skills. This has a focus on agility, balance, coordination, and fitness.

Pupils participate in at least one high quality PE lesson each week, covering a different sporting discipline every half term. In addition, children are encouraged to participate in the varied range of extra-curricular activities. Lunch time sports clubs are available each day and children can attend after school sport clubs three evenings per week. Children of all ages participate in the Daily Mile and the School’s healthy Living Day so that they are aware of the link between physical activity and good mental health and understand its significance as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Children with additional needs are provided with appropriate support to enable them to take part and gain confidence in skills, understanding and motivation. Children take part in individual skills, group skills and team games, using PE equipment appropriate for their age. During Year 4 children will have a series of swimming sessions to meet the national expectation of swimming 25m by the end of year 6. They can complete extra lessons in later years to meet the national expectation. At Riverside we partake in a yearly Sports Day, this is a celebration and a showcase of our children’s sporting ability and has a high level of parent involvement.


Progress is assessed each half term to determine whether children demonstrate emerging, expected or exceeding skills and data is collected by the PE Lead for analysis, this also ensures that coverage is monitored.  Where possible, children with emerging skills are offered further provision. Children who show exceeding skills, or indeed particular enjoyment of an activity area, are given opportunities for leadership or are presented with pathways towards school-based clubs, clubs outside of school and participation in competitions. Lesson observations are conducted by the PE Lead using a peer mentoring approach, children’s level of activity are monitored at this time and clubs are tailored to try and address the needs of less active children.

Through the delivery of high-quality teaching, we aim to enable the children to leave the school with a positive relationship with sport.  We hope to motivate children to participate in a variety of sports that are engaging and fun through the curriculum delivered. We aim to get our children to take responsibility for their own health and fitness and equip them with the necessary skills for a variety of sports.  With all of this we wish for children to leave Riverside Primary School leading happy, healthy and active lives.