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Sports teaches you character, it teaches you to play by the rules, it teaches you to know what it feels like to win and lose - it teaches you about life.
– Billie Jean King


At Shortlanesend School, physical education is a key part of our curriculum that is inclusive and engages all children. Children develop the knowledge, skills and competence to excel in a broad range of sports and physical activities. We  deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities that enable all children to achieve to reflect on their understanding and performance, practise and refine their skills to ensure they all achieve their personal best. 

Our children participate in competitive sport and we teach them to transfer their committed attitude to PE lessons and sporting events, ensuring they always try their best and constantly display good sportsmanship.  

We aim for all children to be physically active for sustained periods of time and be able to make informed decisions to lead healthy and active lives. 

The overarching aim for all our children is to enjoy their PE, improve their skills and performance and look to shine in the sporting arena reflecting our school ethos of:

Shine - Learn - Excel


Planning for PE can take the form of blocks to ensure a clear progression or isolated activities that may happen over one day, a few days or a number of weeks. As part of our immersive curriculum teachers look to link activities to their termly topic. For example when the topic was New Zealand one class received rugby coaching from the local rugby club - The Cornish Pirates, however, as part of a topic of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe a days skiing and snowboarding was planned for the class to link with the winter theme of the book. The delivery of PE is supported by the following:

- Children participate in high-quality PE lessons twice a week 

-Teachers use, and adapt, Arena resources to ensure lessons across years show progression.

-Teachers follow the PE skills and knowledge progression grid to ensure pupils participate in a variety of sports.

-Children participate in a variety of competitive sports and festivals as part of Aspire MAT and the Richard Lander Secondary School network.

-The county leagues and cup competitions for football, cricket and netball are utilised

-Children attend swimming lessons in Year 2 and 3 (From 2021)

-A Go Active sports coach provides after a range of after school clubs throughout the year. They bring a range of different resources and expose the children to a range of sports like zorbing.

-The school looks to offer opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities that are inclusive, enjoyable and increase children’s physical activity. 

-Annually, there is both a Winter and Summer sports day.


At Shortlanesend School, the main impact of our PE curriculum is that children enjoy PE and develop a love of sport, and physical activity, that they wish to pursue outside of school and in future life. We monitor our curriculum to ensure it is progressive and allows children to develop fundamental skills and apply them to a variety of sports and activities.

Through quality PE teaching all our children are provided with the knowledge, exposure to the skills and provided with opportunities to improve to achieve their personal best. Our pupils are physically active and this has a direct and positive impact on their learning in the classroom.

Our children understand how to lead a healthy lifestyle and understand the importance of exercise.   All pupils understand the importance of fair play, the advantage of teamwork and value in being a good sportsperson. 

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