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Physical Education - Intent

At Withycombe Raleigh C of E Primary School, Physical Education (PE) is an integral part of our curriculum. We aim to deliver a fun, high-quality, progressive curriculum, that not only encourages children to succeed and excel in PE lessons, but also provides our children with a deep understanding of the links between physical literacy and health, mental well-being and emotional development. Thus creating life-long habits and enabling our children to make informed decisions in their adult lives.

Our dynamic PE curriculum teaches children the skills, knowledge and vocabulary required to succeed across a range of sports, outdoor activities and physical situations and encourages them to immerse themselves fully in what the local environment has to offer.

Children will have the opportunity to explore competition and enrichment opportunities in a safe and inclusive environment, which not only raises the profile of PE, but also encourages them to adopt a Growth Mindset and believe that anything can be achieved with the application of the five foundations for building character (resilience, determination, self-belief, friendship and fair play).

It is our intention that our children transfer the school vision and values to their sporting and physical activities ensuring that ‘happiness and well-being’ is at the heart of everything they do, enabling all children to view Physical Education as a subject within which they can be successful at a level appropriate to themselves and achieve their full potential – not sure about this?


  • At Withycombe Raleigh C of E Primary School Physical Education is accessible for all children/groups of children within the school (BAMS, PP, FSM, SEND etc).

  • PE at Withycombe Raleigh C of E Primary School provides challenging and enjoyable learning through a range of sporting activities including invasion games, net and wall games, striking and fielding games, gymnastics, dance, swimming and outdoor and adventure. 

  • The PE curriculum at Withycombe Raleigh C of E Primary School is progressive and builds on previous learning.

  • The Long Term Plan sets out the PE units which are to be taught throughout the year, to ensure curriculum coverage and ensures that the requirements of the National Curriculum are met.

  • Pupils participate in two high quality PE lessons each week, covering two sporting disciplines every half term.

  • We ensure that the status and importance of PE as subject is recognised and that links to the wider curriculum are made where ever possible E.g. Science and RSE. 

  • PE HUB?

  • Planning and assessment?

  • Teachers use rigorous planning and assessment to inform their teaching and ensure that lessons show progression and help children to realise the potential of their own bodies in a structured and supportive environment.

  • Targeted, high-quality physical interventions are delivered to reduce the impact of Covid-19 on our children and support those children who are significantly below age related expectations (FunFit and ???).

  • PE Leads and teachers work closely with SGO’s, DSSP and other learning community PE leads to ensure the PE provision is constantly monitored and improved – often leading to high quality CPD.

  • Children are encouraged to participate in a varied range of fully inclusive (on-site) after school clubs. Clubs are offered for both KS1 and KS2 children and include the following: tennis, multi-skills, football, tag rugby, nature School (Wild Tribe) and running club.

  • Children are given the opportunity to work with sports coaches both in and out of school and are sign posted to clubs available in the local area, if these are not offered on-site. 

  • For all children to attend competitive sporting events and festivals within the local area and beyond. An inclusive approach which endeavours to encourage not only physical development but al mental well-being.

  • At Withycombe we have introduced a bespoke active travel scheme designed to encourage children to bike, scoot or walk to school and also alleviate congestion.

  • We aim to ensure that physical activity is embedded across the school day and all our children achieve the essential 30 minutes of physical activity. This is encouraged through the use of active travel, active break and lunchtimes (gym equipment, play boxes, trim trail etc), daily mile, GoNoodle, Imoves active blasts and more.

  • All Year 6 children can become Play Leaders for the school. The Play Leaders develop into sporting role models for the younger children, assisting with and organising games at break times.

  • Year 5 and 6 children are also offered the opportunity to receive training to become Mental Health Ambassadors within school and support their peers.

  • At Withycombe parental interest and engagement in physical activity is encouraged through the use of the School Games/Active Devon virtual challenges.

  • Our PE provision aims to expand beyond the norm and includes OAA such as sailing (YR5), paddle boarding, kayaking and windsurfing (YR4,5,6) and a residential OOA stay with PGL (Yr6). We hope that this inspires our pupils to make a life-long commitment to engage with what their local environment has to offer. 

  • Children in Year 3 swim once a week for 10 weeks with the intention that all children are safe and confident in the water and reach the minimum National Curriculum requirements. Catch-up sessions are also offered for identified swimmers in Year 6.

  • Wild Tribe training has been undertaken by some staff and this is intended to be woven through the curriculum to encourage outdoor/active learning where possible. Withycombe is also being used as a training site for schools.

  • We celebrate the sporting achievements of our children and staff (both in and out of school) in our weekly newsletter and assemblies to ensure that a love of sport/ physical activity is shared within the wider school community.




We aim for our children to leave Withycombe Raleigh C of E Primary School physically literate with a passion for sport and exercise which is underpinned by a thorough understanding of what it means to truly be healthy – mind, body and spirit. We hope that our children will become adults that can make informed choices about how they use and care for their bodies and that their choices lead to happy and content adulthood. Through exposure to a well-planned curriculum with many wider opportunities and adventurous activities we aim for our children to be confident to try new things and make full use of what our locality has to offer.