Physical Education at Harrow Gate Primary

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Physical education plays a crucial role in the education of the whole child. It contributes directly to development of physical ability and health and fitness, and helps children learn to make informed choices and understand the value of leading a physically active lifestyle. Physical education is unique to the school curriculum as the only programme that provides students with opportunities to learn fundamental movement skills, develop fitness, gain an understanding about physical activity and promote social, cooperative and problem-solving abilities in children. Through physical education, pupils learn about the benefits of being physically active as well as the skills and knowledge to incorporate safe, satisfying physical activity within their lifestyle.

Curriculum Intent for Physical Education

At Harrow Gate we promote 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. We ensure they have opportunities to compete in sport and other activities, build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.

The national curriculum for physical education 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


PE curriculum at Harrow Gate

Champions is a Sports, Fitness and Health programme for Years 1 to 6. It is an holistic approach to the teaching of PE, which improves fitness, develops skills and deepens knowledge of health and wellbeing. It was inspired by an approach at Ark Bentworth and Ark Conway schools. It has been developed and successfully implemented in school by specialist teachers and, as such, is a proven part of wider school improvement and an effective measure of individual children’s fitness and sport progress.


The structure

The PE curriculum for each year group is organised into Sports units, six Health units, and six Fitness units. Within each unit are 6 lesson plans. The curriculum is built on a progression of skills and these are revisited to ensure application and refinement of all aspects.

PE Overview

Swimming and water safety

‘All schools must provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2’. (National Curriculum 2014)

At Harrow Gate Primary we provide a 2 week intensive swimming programme for years 5 and 6. We ensure that all children leave us with the ability to:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • use a range of strokes effectively (for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke)
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations


Enhanced Physical Education offer

At Harrow Gate we try to ensure that our children experience a range of sports, skills and competitive events. We work closely with local schools within the 'Stockton Schools Sport Partnership' to create opportunities for children to develop their physical, social and emotional skills through experiencing high quality PE, competition and sports leadership. The Stockton Schools Sport Partnership supports schools to:

  • Engage their students in regular activity to kick start healthy & active lifestyles.
  • Increase the confidence, knowledge and skills of teachers and wider school staff in delivering PE & school sport.
  • Access a broader experience of a range of sports and activities for all pupils.
  • Encourage increased participation in competitive sport and helping young people to achieve their personal best.
  • Use sport as a tool for whole school improvement



 School Clubs

At Harrow Gate Primary, we offer all children a variety of sports clubs before school, lunch time and after school. These clubs are free to all children. It is important that all children have equal access and opportunities to be active. Due to our schools location, it is difficult for all of our families to access extra sporting interests for their children. This is sometime due to cost and ability to travel. Below are the schedules for all of our clubs:

School Clubs

Sports Premium

The primary PE and sport premium was introduced in March 2013 to improve the provision of physical education and school sport in primary schools across England. The £150 million per year funding is provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health, and Culture, Media and Sport (DfE, DH, DCMS).

At Harrow Gate we ensure that the PE and sport premium is spent on ‘making additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport’ for the benefit of all pupils to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles.

PE Sports Premium