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Physical Education

Article 31. Every child has the right to rest, relax, play and to take part in cultural and creative activities.

 I am happy to do PE because I can keep even more fit and it makes me relax.


To have physically literate pupils, who will develop positive lifelong relationships with health and fitness.

PE at Penwortham takes a holistic approach to learning with physical, social and emotional development at the core. Through education we aspire to embed a lifelong commitment to health and fitness in our pupils.

 Click the below document for a one page snapshot of PE at Penwortham.

What do the children learn and when?

EYFS and KS1 focus on developing fundamental skills such as; agility, balance and coordination as well as throwing and catching.

In KS2 children are able to use these skills to develop their knowledge and understanding of invasion games such as football, basketball, netball, tag rugby and hockey. These skills are also transferable to striking and fielding games such as cricket, tri golf and net games such as tennis. The breakdown of techniques along with peer assessment is explicitly taught in lessons to help further deepen pupils' understanding. Values are also at the forefront of lessons with children learning the importance of; friendship, teamwork, respect and determination. 

After school sports clubs are also offered throughout the year, with teams taking part in regional and national competitions.

The content of the national curriculum has been mapped out to provide children with opportunities to build on existing knowledge and skills.  Progression is planned in the scheme of work so that children are increasingly challenged as they move up through the school - please click the image below to explore this further. 

How do we teach physical education?

All pupils have two hours of PE timetabled each week to cover the six main areas of the National Curriculum (dance, gymnastics, games, swimming, athletics, and outdoor and adventurous activities).  Swimming is offered for children in KS2.  During the two weekly sessions, children are taught the basics of sport – how to prepare the body for activity by warming up and stretching, health and fitness, skills, team work and tactical and positional awareness.

Effective delivery of the National Curriculum expectations will ensure that children develop into thinking physical beings and doing physical beings which impact on the behavioural change to equip them for lifelong participation.  We are committed to developing well-balanced children ready for the 21st Century; Head (thinking) Hands (doing) and Heart (behavioural change)


Each term, learning leads to a sporting festival outcome where the children participate in a competitive competition with their peers, utilising their learnt skills and gives children the opportunity to put into place the techniques acquired throughout the unit and implement them in a competitive setting. This enables clear progressions from the games taught in lessons through to Level 2 – borough and level 3 – regional competitions. This also provides opportunities for end of unit assessments by teachers and self assessment by pupils, with the use of IT equipment for evidence and peer reflection. 

In years 1, 2, 3 and 4 the focus is on developing the fundamental skills learnt in the early years by introducing specific sports to further progress theses techniques and skills. We very much focus on repetition of the basics in a fun, game based and sometimes competitive way while introducing small sided games and end of unit competitions and festivals.

In years 5 and 6 children cover a more varied curriculum, here we are looking at a more advanced teaching method whilst still working on the basics. Lessons are catered for all ability ranges and leave children more skilled at the end of the lesson than at the start.

 PE Days



Our learning

Having achieved the School Games Platinum Award for three consecutive years, we are proud to now be holders of the School Games Platinum award; the highest mark possible. More information about this award can be found here.

What children say about PE & Sport at Penwortham... 

“PE keeps us healthy and strong. You should do PE and stay active every day.”

“I know that I love it but our fitness is just as important as our knowledge.”

“I feel happy because when I run my immune system feels good”

“I am happy to do PE because I can keep even more fit and it makes me relax.

Sports Day 2023

Each summer Penwortham Primary School holds a Sports Day. All children from Nursery to Year Six have the opportunity to showcase the skills they have learnt in PE throughout the year. The day helps foster healthy competition in pupils and promotes values such as: respect, resilience and collaboration. 


Wandsworth Let’s Dance Celebration Day

During PE lessons all classes in Years 1-6 learnt the Rockin’ Robin dance routine as part of the AFC Wimbledon Foundation & Southfields Academy Let’s Dance Event.   The children enjoyed learning the routine. Especially coming up with imaginative and creative moves for the freestyle section.   Enjoy the final performance below!



Penwortham are pleased to host Mini Athletics every Friday afternoon. In these sessions, children aged between 5 and 7 are taught the basics of athletic skills that can be used in all sports throughout life. They improve their running, jumping and throwing techniques, as well as the balance, co-ordination, speed and agility necessary for athletics based games. Click here for more information.

Penwortham Primary School are proud to be participating in AFC Wimbledon's annual English Football League Trust Kids Cup Tournament, amongst other events hosted by AFC Wimbledon later in the year.


Penwortham are pleased to be part of the FA Girls Football School Partnership.  We are committed to growing girls' football and supporting the vision every girl has equal access to football in school by 2024.  Click here for more information

The Goalpost Edition #3 for our latest PE news.


Pupil Leaders

This term we are supporting children in the KS1 playground during their lunchtime play leading different games including football. We have also been keeping the school up to date with PE competitions at Penwortham and against other schools. Throughout the year we aim to continue to champion PE and educate pupils on the benefits of leading active and healthy lifestyles

 Keeping Active At Home

It is really important to apply everything you have learned in PE into your daily lives to stay healthy and active. Try to get outside and play as much as you can to keep yourselves active.

Here are some daily workouts and challenges for you to try out and also some links to some fun websites with activities that you can try.

If you have any of the equipment we have used, you can practice reviewing or working on any of the skills that we’ve learned in PE this year.