The Icknield Primary School

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Physical Education

                                                                     ACTIVE ICKNIELD

Physical Education

Subject Leader - Peter Hinde

"The additional physical education and sport premium funding for primary schools is used effectively to broaden the sporting diet for pupils. A specialist sports coach gives additional quality to coaching in football at lunchtime and after-school clubs and also offers a multi-sports option." (Ofsted, May 2016)


The Icknield way

At Icknield, we believe that PE and physical activity play a vital role in the development of the whole child. All pupils have weekly PE lessons covering the six main areas of the National Curriculum which are dance, gymnastics, games, swimming, athletics, and outdoor and adventurous activities.We are always on the look out for new, inclusive and engaging activities such as Skip2Bfit and goalball. We are forming a school sports council to act as a voice for the children in school. We fully respect that their opinions are paramount. Children take part in swimming during Summer 2 where classes from Reception to Year 5 benefit from using our own school pool. Year 6 swimming lessons are funded by the school and  are led by specialist staff at the Sawston Village college swimming pool.

We pride ourselves in the fact that there are a range of extra-curricular opportunities to take part in sports activities at lunchtime and after School. Sports coaches are employed to complement the work of the PE teacher at lunchtimes and after school. There is a minimal charge for the sports coaches work after School but no charge for the PE teacher or indeed other teachers who kindly lead clubs! ( A big thank you from me!). The clubs cover a range and variety of sports such as; multi sports, games club, football, netball, basketball, dodgeball, cricket, athletics, rounders, gymnastics, tag rugby, dance, and tennis (the list is goes on!).  A selection of these is offered at different times throughout the school year.


Movement, fun, enjoyment, confidence, competence and self-esteem are the forefront of our PE delivery.  Children in Reception and KS1 develop the fundamental skills such as aiming and throwing, balance, co-ordination, control, and movement. In KS2, children are able to use these fundamental skills to develop their knowledge and understanding of invasion games such as football, basketball, netball and tag rugby.  These skills are also transferable to striking and fielding games such as cricket and rounders, together with net games such as tennis.


From this year, we are aiming to give children the opportunity to participate in the Cambridge School Sports Partnership festivals and competitions in a range of activities. The aim is to expose children to competition in a supportive environment where their development is central to participation. The aim is to allow as many pupils the opportunity to participate and there is an ‘all must play’ approach to participation. Children must be given equal opportunities to participate at competitions and festivals.

National Curriculum

Here are the main objectives for Physical Education,



Pupils should be taught to:

  • master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
  • participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
  • perform dances using simple movement patterns.



Pupils should be taught to:

  • use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
  • play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
  • develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics]
  • perform dances using a range of movement patterns
  • take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
  • compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.


Swimming and water safety

All schools must provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2.

In particular, pupils should be taught to:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]​
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.



Our curriculum

Our school uses two schemes of work to provide the best opportunities for our children to thrive.

We have previously adhered to the Cambridgeshire scheme of works and still refer to this when we feel that the children require specific activities to enhance their learning.

However, primarily, the school uses the Getset4PE platform. This provides us with a flexible and tailor made curriculum that is set specific to our child's needs.

Please feel free to browse the website but note that the curriculum map and other options are only available to staff within the school setting.

Proposed curriculum learning for PE will be on your child's class page and in the Long Term Plan (LTP)

Supporting Your Child


- mini assault courses in the garden

-throwing and catching activities

-have a bit of fun practicing different dance moves!

-challenge each other - who can balance the longest, who can do the most star jumps, etc

-set personal bests, can you improve on these. At Icknield, we set ourselves personal challenges. Such as our whole school, squats in a minute challenge! A few red faces in that assembly (mainly the adults!).

- follow local and national sports.

- go for long walks (and explore nature at the same time!)


 The list is endless......

Have fun, be healthy and stay happy!

PE and Sport Premium