Harpur Hill Primary School & Nursery

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Physical Education at Harpur Hill


Our vision for all pupils leaving our primary school is for them to be physically literate: to have the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.

Curriculum Intent

At Harpur Hill, we aim to provide a PE curriculum that allows all pupils, from Nursery to Year 6, to not only enjoy, but to experience a range of activities that help them to develop their Physical Literacy and wellbeing. We intend to inspire all pupils to be active, healthy and find a love for physical activity whilst also offering pupils opportunities to excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. We adopt a holistic, whole child approach ensuring our pupils are challenged and can develop as individuals. Participating and competing in sport and dance can build character and help to embed values such as resilience, fairness and respect. We hope to develop these values in all of our pupils.

The national curriculum for PE aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • lead healthy, active lives


Curriculum Implementation

  • All children, from Nursery to Year 6, are taught two P.E. lessons a week by both teaching staff and sports coach, Danny.
  • The curriculum is further enhanced by participation in numerous sporting tournaments/festivals with other schools in the area and intra school competitions and non-competitive sports sessions within our school.
  • We offer a range of after school clubs including football, multisports and dance for the whole school and offer free sports breakfast clubs twice a week.
  • A play leader supervises sports activities at lunchtime, including football, hockey, basketball, cricket, dance and dodgeball alongside fun playground games.
  • Some of our Year 5 pupils have successfully qualified to be Active Leaders, whereby they offer a range of sporting activities for children to participate in at lunchtime and will continue to pass these skills along to next year’s Year 5 pupils.
  • We are striving to become an Active School and aim to ensure that the children participate in active lessons outside of their regular PE lessons. This involves incorporating moments within all curriculum lessons whereby the children can be active.
  • We follow the national curriculum to ensure we offer a range of PE activities that allow each child to feel challenged and offer opportunities to progress further. 

Curriculum Impact

By the end of each academic year, pupils are expected to have developed new skills, progressed in their gross motor control and have a better understanding of an active, healthy lifestyle. By end of Year 6 we also aim to have given all children a basic understanding of skills and rules needed for numerous sports including Football, Hockey, Rugby, Tennis, Netball, Gymnastics, Dodgeball, Basketball, Boccia, Badminton and many more. At Harpur Hill Primary School, we use formative assessment to determine children’s understanding and inform teachers planning. The PE curriculum is reviewed on a termly basis by the subject leader.