Woodcock Hill, Sandridge
St Albans Hertfordshire, AL4 9EB
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At Sandridge we recognise the importance PE plays in the curriculum and are committed to providing all children with opportunities to engage fully in Physical Education. The aim of our PE programme is to develop children’s basic physical competencies, build confidence in their ability and build the foundations for a lifelong love of sport, physical activity and a healthy lifestyle.

PE lessons encourage children to compete against themselves and others whilst being challenged to improve their physical, social, emotional and thinking skills. These skills are embedded in the heart of our planning.

Our objectives in the teaching of PE align with the National Curriculum in that we aim to ensure all pupils:

  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • lead healthy, active lives

Our PE lessons are planned using the Get Set 4 PE platform, which aligns with our core values, our whole child approach to PE and the objectives laid out in the National Curriculum. Get Set 4 PE is planned so that progression is built into the scheme which ensures our children are increasingly challenged as they move up through the school.

The curriculum planning in PE is carried out in three phases (long-term, medium-term and short term). The long-term plan maps out the PE activities covered in each term during the key stage. The PE subject leader works this out in conjunction with teaching colleagues and pupils in each year group. Together we create a broad and balanced curriculum that is exciting for our children to learn through. Our medium-term plans give details of each unit of work for each term. These schemes of work provide an overview of the unit, links to other areas of the National Curriculum and assessment criteria for that unit. The short-term lesson plans provide opportunities for children of all abilities to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in each activity area. Years 1-6 have 2 hours of PE taught a week, one lesson is delivered by the class teacher. The other lesson is delivered by a qualified coach from Challenge sport, the class teacher is also involved in this lesson and acts as training for the teacher. Year 4 pupils also receive swimming lessons with qualified instructors.

Within each lesson we ensure that all children are able to participate at their own level, the teacher and coach will refine, adapt and scaffold the lesson to ensure that all children are able to access the lesson and learn the skill that is right for their level.

We work closely with our School Games Organiser to allow children to experience a broader range of sports. The school has achieved the prestigious School Games Mark Gold Award for the last two years. The scheme rewards schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and community. We also compete in the St. Albans Football League, St. Albans Netball League, Cross Country league and District Sports. We have a sports council made up of children from year 6 who help to demonstrate the values of PE and to support in the delivery of lunch time games for the school. All classes take part in the Daily Mile every day, we count the miles and at the end of the week the winning class are presented with a trophy. In the summer term, year 1-6 have a sports day where all children are involved in the day through a carousel of activities and races, Early Year also have their own separate sports day where they take part in a range of activities. Our afterschool clubs include, dance, football and netball. Our after school care provider, which delivers two sporting activities each night ranging from gymnastics to ultimate frisbee, provides the opportunity for extra-curricular progression in sport for all children.


We encourage the physical development of our children in Nursery and Reception as an integral part of their work. As these classes are part of the Foundation Stage of the National Curriculum, we relate the physical development of the children to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals, which underpin the curriculum planning for children aged three to five years of age.

We encourage the children to develop confidence and control of the way they move, and the way they handle tools and equipment. We give all children the opportunity to undertake activities that offer appropriate physical challenge, both indoors and outdoors, using a wide range of resources to support specific skills. Our Early Years Class have 1 hour of structured PE a week split into two sessions of 30 minutes. One session is delivered by the class teacher and the other by the coach from Challenge Sport.


Our teachers assess the children’s work in PE, both by making informal judgements, as they observe them during lessons, and through assessing against the specific objectives set out in the National Curriculum and recorded using the Get Set 4 PE assessment software. We have clear expectations of what the pupils will know, understand and be able to do at the end of each Key Stage. Teachers are supported with resources to know how to prepare children for their next phase of education. These resources include the Get Set 4 PE progression of skills document, progression ladders and knowledge organisers.

Monitoring and Reviewing

The planning and coordination of the teaching of PE is the responsibility of the subject leader, who:

  • Supports colleagues in their teaching, providing a strategic lead and direction;
  • Evaluates the strengths and areas for development in the subject through staff and pupil voice questionnaires;
  • Reviews evidence of the children’s work and observes PE lessons.

The quality of teaching and learning in PE is monitored and evaluated by the subject leader and is overseen by the curriculum leader.

Health and Safety

We recognise that participation in PE and Physical Activities contains an element of risk. Staff are responsible for ensuring that they are familiar with safe practice to reduce the element of risk to the absolute minimum within their control.

Staff are aware of pupils who have special needs with regards to physical activity and make special provision for needs where appropriate e.g. physical disability, asthma.

Staff know about the safe practices involved in moving and using apparatus. Pupils wear appropriate clothing, remove jewellery and tie back long hair. If the removal of jewellery or studs is not possible they should be securely taped and the teacher is confident this strategy is effective. Our School provides an appropriate PE kit for all children and keeps spare sets in school.

Pupils may be asked to remove shoes when participating in indoor activities such as gymnastics, dance and yoga.

Correct use of equipment is taught along with any potential hazards, including completing a risk assessment for each area/ space that PE and school sport takes place in.

Equipment and apparatus are stored safely at the end of each lesson.

Pupils are taught to consider their own safety and that of others at all times.

Teaching staff should be appropriately dressed to teach PE. We undertake an annual Risk Assessment of the school premises and areas where PE is taught and equipment including PE equipment (PE Lead) as necessary. Risk Assessments are in place for all school sporting trips.

PE curriculum overview

PE in Nursery & Reception

Year group overviews

Progression of knowledge and skills example

Vocabulary pyramid example