P.E and sport


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.


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 include a foci on key vocabulary linked to sporting skills.
  •        Use small step, sequential sequencing of sessions to develop skills.
  •        Incorporate equipment into each lesson to scaffold difficult tasks
  •        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.
  •        Use our skills progression document to ensure learners build upon prior knowledge.
  •        Use CPD and observations of coaches sessions to build upon their skill sets and use this to plan sequential and impactful sessions.


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.



In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), we believe that PE is a building block to supporting the development of early writing, building resilience, promoting a healthy lifestyle and supporting the development of social skills.

There are opportunities for children to encounter PE throughout the EYFS (both inside and outside) – through both planned activities and the self-selection of easily accessible resources and play equipment.  Teachers plan activities that support children’s fine motor and gross motor movements during structured and play based sessions.


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.

The impact of this is that;

  • A strong basis for lifelong learning is achieved, where the children have access to a wide range of activities in the belief that if taught well and the children are allowed to succeed, then they will continue to have a physically active life.
  • A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all children to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities.
  • Through the activities we provide opportunities for children to become physically confident in a way which supports their mental health and physical fitness.
  • Sport and other activities at Stannington will build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.