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Physical Education 


At Wardley we have made the PE curriculum as varied as possible so that all children experience a range of sports and physical skills. Every term or half term the focus of PE is different allowing children to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. Throughout the PE curriculum at Wardley, children will learn and develop important physical skills, such as hand-eye coordination, body movement control, handling and controlling different sporting equipment, team work and fair play.  The PE curriculum has been carefully planned specifically to each year group so that, as the children move through the school, their skills are extended and developed. To develop in physical education at Wardley means:

  • The ability to acquire new knowledge and skills exceptionally well and develop an in-depth understanding of PE.
  • The willingness to practise skills in a wide range of different activities and situations, alone, in small groups and in teams and to apply these skills in chosen activities to achieve exceptionally high levels of performance.
  • High levels of physical fitness.
  • A healthy lifestyle, achieved by eating sensibly, avoiding smoking, drugs and alcohol and exercising regularly.
  • The ability to remain physically active for sustained periods of time and an understanding of the importance of this in promoting long-term health and well-being. 
  • The ability to take the initiative and become excellent young leaders, organising and officiating, and evaluating what needs to be done to improve, and motivating and instilling excellent sporting attitudes in others. 
  • Exceptional levels of originality, imagination and creativity in their techniques, tactics and choreography, knowledge of how to improve their own and others’ performance and the ability to work independently for extended periods of time without the need of guidance or support.
  • A keen interest in PE. A willingness to participate eagerly in every lesson, highly positive attitudes and the ability to make informed choices about engaging fully in extra-curricular sport.
  • The ability to swim at least 25 metres before the end of Year 6 and knowledge of how to remain safe in and around water.

What is taught in PE?

To see what PE topics and skills are taught in each year group click on the PE teaching cycle tab.

There are is one key learning objective that is revisited across the key stages:

  • To develop practical skills in order to participate, compete and lead a healthy lifestyle

Whilst learning these essential physical skills, children are also gaining valuable experience in team work and fair play. Children learn the importance of working as part of a successful team through a variety of team activities. Throughout the curriculum children are given opportunities to work in partners, small groups and as a whole class, all working towards a common goal of success.  Children are also taught explicitly about fair play and the importance of being a good sportsperson within a competition.

What other PE experiences do the children receive?

Throughout the year Wardley takes part in competition and sports matches that happen both on and off the school site. The school plays in competitions and leagues against other local schools; such as football, netball and athletics. There are also termly inter-house sporting events such as cross-country. These experiences enhance the importance of team work, good sportsmanship and fair play.

What sports clubs are available at Wardley?

Wardley CE Primary offers a wide range of sports clubs to which any child can join. We think it is important that children are as active as possible and we encourage all children to participate in extra-curricular sports. Below are some examples of the clubs that have been run:

  • Netball
  • Football
  • Multi-sports
  • Handball
  • Dodge ball

What swimming provision is there at Wardley?

Year 4 go swimming throughout the academic year. They are taught at Pendlebury swimming pool and the lessons are differentiated to suit all levels. Beginners are taught basic skills and by the end of the year should be able to swim a width of the pool successfully. Children who already have some swimming ability are given the opportunity to increase their knowledge and skills by practising different strokes and skills such as treading water.

How can you help at Home?

Ideas about how you can support your children with their PE work may be given in the half-termly newsletters. For further information about the PE curriculum that your child is studying please contact your child’s teacher.