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At Loscoe, we aim to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Physical Education, as we believe it enables to inspire our pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health, fitness and wellbeing.


At Loscoe Church of England Primary School we place great importance on Physical Education and school sport. We intend to offer a high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. It provides opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect. 

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.


At Loscoe we ensure that we implement the sports premium’s five key indicators; The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity; The profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement; Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport; Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils and increased participation in competitive sport (DfE, 2021).

Children are taught by our skilled teachers, play leaders and sport instructors from the Amber Valley School Sports Partnership (AVSSP). Staff use the Amber Valley schemes of work and follow a progressive curriculum, which ensures that children develop their skills as they move from reception to year 6.

The curriculum is further enhanced by sessions delivered by Amber Valley School Sports Partnership (AVSSP). The National Curriculum for Physical Education and EYFS Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food. 

Key stage 1:

Pupils should develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations. Pupils should be taught to:

  • master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities,
  • participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending and ∙ perform dances using simple movement patterns. 

Key stage 2:

Pupils should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success. Pupils should be taught to:

  • use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination,
  • play competitive games, modified where appropriate, (for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounder’s and tennis), and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending,
  • develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance (for example, through athletics and gymnastics),
  • perform dances using a range of movement patterns,
  • take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team and
  • compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.

Whilst delivering this curriculum, we ensure PE is progressive throughout the primary school years, providing the pupils with new, more complex challenges as their primary age progresses. We implement our intent through:

  • Using a wide variety of quality resources, environments and utilise our school field.
  • Staff following Derbyshire School Sport Partnership and quality teaching practices from PE coaches from Amber Valley School Sport Partnership , alongside the knowledge and skills progression document and whole school overview to plan for the year. 
  • Staff will adopt an adaptive curriculum to take account different learning needs; meaning all pupils access an ambitious PE curriculum. Teachers will consult the SENCO and refer to the Inclusion Strategies document for guidance. 
  • The PE lead has attended inclusion training and has shared with staff how to differentiate and model different strategies within PE sessions.
  • Teachers to critically evaluate the needs of their class in relation to the skills and progression grids, choosing appropriate PE to study and building skills frequently so that a broad variety of fundamental skills can be explored throughout a child’s primary school life rather than repeated.
  • Opportunities for educational visits and external visitors to school to enrich the PE curriculum.
  • PE to begin to be planned into other elements of the curriculum and enrichment activities to provide further opportunities for children to develop their schools.


At Loscoe, we will see confident individuals who will learn to take responsibility for their own health and fitness, many of whom also enjoy team games and competitive sports.  We equip our children with the necessary skills and a love for sport. They will hopefully grow up to live happy and healthy lives utilising the skills and knowledge acquired through PE. Children understand how to lead a healthy lifestyle and understand the importance of regular exercise and activity for their physical and mental wellbeing. We aspire for all children to enjoy PE and develop their own physical games at lunchtimes and after school, which hopefully becomes part of their future life outside of Loscoe C of E Primary School. 

Children have many opportunities to participate in sport after school can also represent the school at sporting events from their locality. Loscoe offers a wide variety of after school clubs including

  • Cheerleading 
  • Dance 
  • Table tennis 
  • Football 
  • Cycling 
  • Multi-sports 
  • Rounders
  • Cricket 
  • Tag rugby 
  • Netball

IN PE, we also measure impact by:

  • Regular learning walks
  • Pupil questionnaires
  • PE Premium spend analysis
  • Analysis of participation at after school clubs and LSSP competitions
  • Assessment data
  • Photo and video analysis of children’s practical work

We understand that the pandemic affected the opportunities for practical PE especially in Team Games for our children at Loscoe, therefore we use our progression documents to ensure that we consider the gaps in knowledge and skills.

Careers in Sport

Careers in sports continue to grow and provide wide ranging opportunities.  Our pupils could enter employment which requires various sports skills and knowledge including cooperation and team work.

The teaching and learning of sport supports careers, such as:

  • Teaching
  • Community Sports Officer
  • Sports Coaching
  • Sports Performance
  • Sports Analysis
  • Physiotherapy
  • Gym instructor or PT
  • Physical Activity Officer  
Influential Sports People:
  • Marcus Radford - Footballer
  • Tom Daley - British diver
  • Serena Williams -  Tennis champion
  • Ellie Simmons - Para Swimming 
  • Rebecca Adlington - British Swimmer 
  • Dame Ellen Patricia MacArthur DBE - English Sailor


Spiritual development

Through teaching PE, pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of the body’s performance when exercising; this leaves pupils amazed at the body’s ability. This is also linked to the Christian value ‘perseverance’, as pupils have to show perseverance when exploring the body’s capabilities. Through Dance and sports such as Gymnastics pupils are being creative, expressing feelings and emotions in their performances. Allowing pupils’ reflection time to evaluate their experiences allows them to build a positive mindset and promotes progression. Pupils will also see a sense of awe and wonder when observing elite performance from professional athletes and their peers. 

Moral development

Living a healthy lifestyle and promoting healthy living is apparent in each PE lesson at Loscoe. Pupils develop the ability to tell between right and wrong through fair play in sporting events and participating in competitive situations, giving pupils a sense of justice, and how to respond appropriately when they feel there is an injustice. The frequent opportunity given to pupils to umpire and referee supports the importance of abiding by rules. Pupils are challenged to consider ethical and moral issues by discussing the use of enhancement drugs in sport and how fair or unfair this may be.

Social development

The nature of PE allows all pupils to develop the necessary skills to work in teams or pairs, as the majority of activities are based around team games or creating sequences in groups, co-operation with others is paramount to success. Giving the pupils roles such as leaders, coaches, or umpires, and offers pupils the opportunity to develop their communication skills, leadership skills and the ability to settle any discrepancies which may occur. Pupils are encouraged to reflect upon feelings of enjoyment and determination. 

Cultural development

Pupils are given the opportunity to explore dances and learn games from different traditions and cultures including their own, such as the Hacka, Irish dancing, Bollywood Indian inspired dance, and the Lindy Hop. Pupils also recognise and discuss the differences between male and female roles within sport, at both elite and amateur levels. Compassion and respect for other culture and traditions is also displayed by all when exploring unfamiliar games or dances. Pupils will discuss how culture affects what sports different nations excel at and how cultural traditions can affect which sports men and women participate in.

Specific examples of Spiritual, Moral Social and Cultural Develop in Physical Education include:  

  • Pupils learning to cope with both success and defeat with dignity.  
  • Pupils discussing learning objectives and reflect upon issues as well as listening to others opinions.  
  • Strategies and tactics being introduced to pupils  
  • The role of coaches, leaders, and umpires are used to develop pupils’ sense of right and wrong.  
  • Pupils witnessing positive behaviour in PE and are allowed the opportunity to reflect upon the need for rules and fair play.  
  • Pupils becoming aware of different cultural attitudes towards aspects of physical activity.  
  • Discovering the role of sport and dance within society including learning dances and games from different traditions.  
  • Pupils learning to cope with their emotions in socially acceptable way during competitive situations

British Values


PE provides a code of conduct for the school that permeates all subjects, including PE.  Pupils are taught about the need for different roles and different responsibilities, including teamwork and decision making. PE also provides a pupil voice for PE & School Sport (e.g. re curriculum, extracurricular activities, kit).

The Rule of Law 

Children are taught about age appropriate rules, fairness and respect, through a variety of PE activities. Children  learn to work individually and in groups.  An established ethos in PE with regard to how to win and lose fairly and understand good sportspersonship.  Competition against oneself is encouraged in addition to competition against others. 

Individual Liberty 

PE recognises individual differences. There is an ethos where the views of individual pupils are listened to and respected within an acceptable framework.  Pupils are taught safely and about safety within PE lessons, sports and competitions.

Mutual Respect and Tolerance

Pupils are taught about historical, cultural and religious differences, through a variety of PE activities.  The culture in PE respects cultural differences.  Pupils are taught about the environment and different activity contexts. There are appropriate rewards and sanctions in PE for inappropriate behaviour.  Loscoe engages in competition and encourages competition within and across the community.

Protected Characteristics 

Part of providing a meaningful PE offer for ALL pupils is being proactive and effective in identifying, addressing, raising awareness and closing inequalities. All staff at Loscoe promote an inclusive practice, especially in supporting pupils with protected characteristics (age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation). Loscoe take steps to eliminate discrimination, reduce in-equality, promote equity and strive for social jutice. This includes having due regard for the need to: 

  • provide equal opportunities to all children with regards to PE and sports
  • meet the needs of all children through a tailored and adapted PE curriculum. 
  • encourage those who share a protected characteristic to participate in PE and sports activities competitions. 

Useful links and websites including things you can do with your child

Please see our Progression of Skills document link listed below.

The curriculum is further enhanced by participation in sporting events and after school clubs with other schools. We are part of the AVSSP Affiliation. This membership allows our children to attend all Amber Valley sports festivals and competitions. AVSSP targets festivals and competitions to a wide variety of our children, it therefore provides opportunities for pupils who would not ordinarily get to represent their school. We ensure that at Loscoe all children will have equal access to local competition.

Physical education is part of our children’s lunchtimes every day. We have experienced play leaders that support and lead sporting activities for our children. At Loscoe, we recognise the importance of physical games being child led and therefore we have sports ambassadors supervise activities at lunchtime. Children relish at different ‘mini leader’ challenges set every week in our celebration assemblies.

In Key Stage 2 every child in year 5 attends weekly swimming lessons taught by qualified teachers at William Gregg Leisure Centre. The children work through their water safety and aquatic awards throughout the year.

To find out about how our school uses its Sport Premium funding please click here.

Miss Cherese Naylor (England Netball Team 2022)

Cherese Naylor works for AVSSP as a sports coach and Loscoe have been lucky enough work alongside her for the past year. 

Here is Cherese's journey to the England Netball Team:

Cherese started playing with Ripley Netball Club when she was around 7 years old. She got into the Derbyshire Netball squad in year 5 and Regional squad in year 9. Cherese played for Loughborough lightning U19’s in year 10 until she was 19 year old. She went to England U17 trials when she was 15 but got told that she was too small. However, in 2022 went for England mixed squad trials and got a place!

Well done, Miss Naylor - we are really proud of you! 

School Games Mark 2022-2023

School Games Mark 2021-2022

Loscoe has been awarded the 'Gold School Games Mark award' for our commitment, engagement in the School Games for 2021/22 and 2022/2023.

Knowledge and Skills Progression document including core knowledge and vocabulary progression

PE action plan

PE Policy