Thornton Primary School

Thornton Primary School

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Physical Education Overview

PE helps pupils develop personally and socially. They work as individuals, in groups and in teams, developing concepts of fairness and of personal and social responsibility. They take on different roles and responsibilities, including leadership, coaching and officiating. Through the range of experiences that PE offers, they learn how to be effective in competitive, creative and challenging situations.


At Thornton Primary School, it is our intention that all children will have the chance to reach these goals. To achieve this, P.E. will be delivered via high quality lessons that are fun, engaging and will inspire all pupils to lead physically active lives. We aim to maximise the development of every child’s ability and achievement in the area of PE enabling them to know more about physical activity and how it is a key component of a healthy lifestyle.


We aim to provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way that supports their health and fitness, whilst boosting self-confidence, self-esteem and supporting the development of social skills; encouraging all children to become successful, lifelong learners.


We are aware that research has shown a direct link between children’s physical and mental health and therefore we aim to provide experiences that will inspire pupils to not only develop physically but ensure mental wellbeing and a desire to succeed.


As the children move through the school, knowledge and skills are built upon and learning takes place sequentially. Our curriculum is designed in a way that enables the teachers to have the flexibility to ensure that the children develop knowledge and skills through the use of a wide range of sports.


We support our children with SEND by ensuring the development of gross motor and fine motor skills which can then be applied throughout the curriculum and utilised in writing and subjects such as computing, maths and art. We aim to personalise the PE curriculum to enable participation by and success for all. That may include adapted, modified or alternative activities that offer an equivalent degree of challenge that enable the pupils to make progress; specific support to take part in certain activities or types of movement or careful management of their physical regime to allow for their specific medical conditions.