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PE: intent, implementation and impact


The PE curriculum at Stannington has two key intents:

  • To give all children the opportunity to access a variety of sports , allowing children to develop a love for sport and potentially pursue a physical activity within the local community. 

  • To highlight the importance of a healthy lifestyle and show pupils how physical education can assist in achieving this. 

We aim that our curriculum has an overarching impact on creating firm foundations in which children can lead a lifelong healthy lifestyle. We believe that PE can strengthen children’s mental health, resilience, learning and give them a variety of social skills that they can use throughout their lives and with the workplace. 



At Stannington First School, we use a variety of teaching styles in PE lessons. Our main aim is to develop the child’s knowledge and skill set through a range of whole class, group or individual activities. Teachers draw upon good examples of performance and allow children to demonstrate and model to the class. We encourage children to evaluate and analyse theirs and others performance by using observations and technology.   

At Stannington, our children take part in a minimum of 2 hours of sporting activity a week. 

As part of this process, in lessons teachers:

  • Plan their PE lessons to promote key vocabulary linked to sporting skills.

  • Use small steps, sequential sequencing of sessions to develop skills.

  • Incorporate equipment into each lesson to scaffold tasks and allow access for all.

  • Ensure that all children shake hands to foster and promote positive sporting attitudes.

  • Use online resources/videos to help demonstrate skills

  • include competitive situations to challenge and foster resilience.

  • Provide opportunities for pupils to reflect and refine skills. 

  • Where appropriate allow children to set up/design activities.

Encouraging, promoting and providing opportunities for children and their families to lead active and healthy lifestyles underpins our school aims. We achieve this by:

  • Providing a wide range of after school sporting activities.

  • Encouraging children and their families to take part in local and National programmes such as ‘living streets initiative’.

  • Making lessons as active as possible

  • Promoting healthy food choices

  • Learning about planting and growing crops to help sustain a healthy and balanced diet

  • Encouraging our Y4 children to lead games during playtimes

  • Providing resources to make playtimes active

As a school we participate in many sporting competitions including football, gymnastics, rugby, athletics, cross-country and much more. We believe in healthy competition teaching the children to do their best and be gracious in victory and defeat. The school also runs a wide variety of clubs, some of which are led by coaches, teachers and teaching assistants and we aim to promote such values during these. 



Our PE curriculum is well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression and prepare our pupils for the next steps in their learning and for transition from our school to Middle School. We have worked closely with the Morpeth partnership to develop a curriculum that is sequential and builds upon skills taught throughout a child’s time within our schools. 


  • Children become more active and continue to do so into adulthood

  • Children continue to lead active lifestyles and realise the importance of activity to support learning

  • Children become more active during playtimes and are given opportunities to take on leadership roles to encourage the next active generation

  • Children become proud of sporting achievements and want to be more active for the betterment of themselves

  • Children feel comforted, a sense of wellbeing and supported with any mental health issues

  • Families and parents attend more sporting events and participate with children

  • Families participate in wider sport and become more active and healthier for the benefit of themselves and the children in their care

  • Children develop pride for our school and continue to compete in sport competitively and at a more elite level in later life

  • Children explore and are engaged by a wider range of sport leading them to be more active and become champions of sport