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Bishop MonktonC of E Primary School

Physical Education

Physical Education (PE)

We aim to promote a healthy active lifestyle for all the children through fun, stimulating and inclusive Physical Education (PE) and this is delivered by class teachers and specialist PE teachers.  Over the school year the children will learn a variety of skills in their PE lessons as well as having the opportunity to attend out of school clubs such as netball, cricket, gym and dance. As part of the Harrogate School Sports Partnership (HSSP) we are able to offer children a wide variety of sports with opportunities to compete at higher levels.  In competitions we aim to encourage ALL children to do their best and to accept defeat as gracefully as we accept victory.

We offer swimming lessons for Y2 children, at Ripon Spa Swimming Baths in compliance with the National Curriculum. 

Outdoor activities are widely promoted.  In Year 3 and 4 children are encouraged to go to Robin Wood, an outdoor education centre in Cumbria for 3 days and in Year 6 there is an opportunity to go for one week’s residential to East Barnby, near Whitby for more challenging outdoor pursuits.

Intent, Implementation and Impact Report for Physical Education (PE) and Physical Activity (PA)



Bishop Monkton CE Primary School believes that Physical Education (PE) and Physical Activity (PA) experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is essential to ensure children attain the highest physical and emotional development and good health benefits for life to inspire children to lead active lives from an early age.  We intend to deliver fun, high-quality teaching and inclusive learning opportunities that inspire all children to succeed in PE and in developing life skills.  We want to teach children skills to keep them safe, for example: being able to swim competently and be able to use water safety effectively.  We also want to teach children how to cooperate and collaborate with others as part of an effective team, understanding about fairness and equality of play for life-long value and good sportsmanship. We want the children to be able to reflect and improve their own skills and have a positive attitude towards PE and PA.   Our curriculum aims to improve the wellbeing and fitness of all children at Bishop Monkton, not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes.  We develop resilient learners who enjoy being challenged, learning new skills and finding ways to complete tasks they find difficult.



  • PE at Bishop Monkton School provides challenging and enjoyable learning experiences through a range of activities including: invasion games, net and wall games, strike and fielding games, gymnastics, dance, swimming and outdoor adventure (Y3/Y4 and Y6 only).
  • The long term plan sets out the PE units which are to be taught throughout the year and ensures that the requirements of the National Curriculum are fully met.
  • Pupils participate in two or three high quality PE lessons each week, covering two sporting disciplines every half term - 2 hours minimum each week, 1 hour with the class teacher (fundamental movement skills) and 1 hour with a sports coach (sports based activities).
  • Children are invited to attend a variety of competitive sporting events within the local school sports partnership (Harrogate School Sports Partnership membership).  This is an inclusive approach which encourages not only physical development but also mental well-being.  These events develop teamwork and leadership skills and are very much enjoyed by the children.
  • Each year a group of children from Y4/Y5/Y6 are invited to apply to become sports leaders for our school.  They develop into sporting role models for the younger children, assisting with lunch-time clubs and other inter sporting activities.
  • Children participate in taster sessions covering a variety of sports throughout the year. For example, karate and tennis, with an opportunity to develop their fitness and to try something new and to target less active children.
  • Children in Y2 and Y3 swim once a week for the whole school year.
  • The “Daily Mile”, to help meet the government target of all children being active for at least 60minutes a day, is promoted. We achieve this through class competitions and taking part in the Harrogate School Sports Partnership competition to get to Tokyo Olympics (2021) or around the British Isles.


We help motivate children to participate in a variety of sports through quality teaching that is engaging and fun.  From our lessons, our children learn to take responsibility for their own health and fitness, many of whom also enjoy the success of competitive sports either in school with inter or intra sporting competition.  We equip our children with the necessary skills to help them in life and a life-long love of sport and physical activity.  They will hopefully grow up to live happy and healthy lives utilising the skills and knowledge required through PE and PA.