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Cotmanhay Junior School

Safe, Happy Learning

Physical Education


Our ambition is for all children to enjoy P.E, to encourage each other and fulfil their potential. As P.E. is an essential part of a child's development, our intent is to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding required to make a positive impact to their own physical health, fitness and well-being, while also increasing confidence and competence in a range of physical activities. We aim to ensure that the children’s experience of physical education is positive and motivating, so they will enjoy participating in a variety of physical activities, and have fun with their peers.  P.E. will not only develop physical literacy and physical skills, but along with PSHE and science, it will also allow pupils to learn about good nutrition, and the long-term importance of keeping a healthy, active lifestyle.


We aim to:


  • Develop confidence, skills and knowledge
  • Be proud of our achievements
  • Promote fair play and respect
  • Educate children to improve health and well being
  • Enjoy physical activity
  • Provide quality opportunities for children to participate in competitive sport with other schools
  • Provide interschool tournaments in a variety of sports


Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities will be offered to all children, in order to build character and explore key conventions of fair play, honest competition and good sporting behaviour as individual participants, team members and spectators. Thus embedding life-long values such as co-operation, collaboration and equity of play. Through the development of physical confidence and problem solving, we endeavour to teach children to cope with both success and failure in competitive, individual and team based physical activities. 


We provide a safe and supportive environment for children to flourish in a range of different physical activities, which is essential in supporting their physical, emotional, spiritual, social and moral development. A high-quality P.E. curriculum will motivate all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport, and other physically demanding activities. We aim to develop a dynamic, varied and stimulating program of activities, to ensure that all children progress physically through a fully inclusive P.E. curriculum.


Pupils will also be offered the opportunity to take part in extra-curricular activities throughout the year, such as Bikeability and dance. In addition, virtual lessons will be offered by Erewash School Sports Partnership in activities such as hockey, football, fencing and ‘This Girl Can’ festivals. A residential course at Walesby is offered to pupils in Year 5 and 6, giving them the opportunity to experience outdoor recreational activities that are not usually available in the normal school timetable, such as abseiling, rock climbing, orienteering and water sports.


Children are motivated to participate in a variety of sports and activities. Pupils speak positively about P.E. and engage well in lessons. All children develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports, and are able to evaluate and recognise their own successes. All learning builds towards clearly defined end of Key Stage objectives that meet the requirements of the National Curriculum. 


Subject monitoring indicates high expectations, and reflects what pupils have learned to the expected standard. We measure the impact of our P.E curriculum through the following methods:


  • Asking the pupils about their learning (pupil voice)
  • Lesson observations where there is the opportunity for feedback from teachers
  • Verbal feedback during lessons
  • Completion and analysis of half-termly assessment grids to inform planning of future lessons
  • Analysing the proportional of pupils who access an after school sporting club
  • Images and videos of the children’s practical learning


We share sporting achievements (both in and out of school) in ‘Special Mentions’ assemblies, so that we are promoting sports and activities, as well as celebrating all levels of success. By the end of year 6, pupils understand how to lead a healthy lifestyle, and understand the importance of regular exercise. Pupils leave our school in an excellent position to independently make good choices regarding health and fitness.