New Road Primary School

Physical Education

Curriculum Overview

At New Road Primary School we believe that PE is an integral and vital part of the curriculum that ultimately impacts on pupils future well-being. We believe that a high quality PE curriculum shapes well rounded pupils who understand how to take care of themselves, both physically and mentally.

We give our children the opportunity to experience a range of sporting activities and to compete in competitions, aimed at all abilities. We provide children with the chance to excel and showcase their talents in a variety of different sports and our progressive curriculum meets the needs of pupils from Reception to Year 6.

Every child participates in at least two hours of PE per week and alongside this we offer a variety of lunchtime and after school sports provision across both key stages. We ensure that sporting opportunities are varied in order to increase participation and encourage children to try new sports.

Our PE curriculum is inclusive and accessible to all pupils and our aim is that all our pupils learn more, remember more and understand more. 

At New Road teachers follow The PE Hub scheme of work to support their teaching and work alongside our dedicated Sports Coach who works in school two days a week. Our PE lessons follow a clear and consistent teaching sequence and you can click on the curriculum and skills overview below. 

New Road received the School Games Gold Mark in 2021-2022 for our dedication and commitment to the promotion and development of sporting activities both in school and within the community ( See our sporting achievements below).


PE at  Reception - Key Stage 1

Pupils begin their journey in EYFS where they progress through the EYFS curriculum with Physical Development and onto the National Curriculum.

Our teaching in KS1 allows children to develop their fundamental movement skills and increase confidence in balance, agility and coordination.

Children participate in a range of competitive and cooperative sports including dance and gymnastics, multi skills, throwing and catching and invasion games.

We continue to develop CPD for teaching staff to ensure high quality provision is delivered. We have a specialist coach who works alongside the teachers to ensure that staff skills, knowledge and understanding are constantly improving.


PE at Key Stage 2

We offer a wide variety of sports on a one-year cycle. This ensures children develop skills in gymnastics and dance, net and wall games, invasion sports, inclusion sports, striking and fielding, outdoor and adventure, world sports and athletics. Through the progressive curriculum the children are given lots of opportunities to practice and embed key skills and concepts. 

All children in Year 4 participate in swimming each year at Sowerby Bridge Swimming Pool, where they learn the essential skills required to become a confident swimmer and to understand water safety. We aim for  all children to achieve their National Curriculum Swimming Award.

Throughout school our pupils are taught to understand and demonstrate how to be a 'Good Sport' and use this to build character and embed values such as fairness, respect and teamwork.


Extra-Curricular Activities

Our curriculum is further enhanced by our children's participation in numerous sporting tournaments with other schools in the area, inter-house competitions and a variety of after school clubs. We also offer clubs that allow pupils to experience a diverse range of sporting activities that they may not otherwise have opportunities with which to engage, such as - Archery and Fencing. 

In 2022 we introduced a new Family Fitness Is Fun after school club, the focus of the session is for parents and children to spend an hour exercising together in a fun, safe and friendly environment. We are passionate about ensuring our children and families well-being has as much of a focus as their educational teaching.

The activities in the session include working with equipment found in gym’s such as Boxing Gloves and Pads, Kettlebells, Dumbbells, Steps, Resistance Bands etc. The Sports Coach leads the sessions having already introduced the children to the equipment in their class PE lessons.

We were awarded a grant from Sport England through the ‘Opening Schools Facilities Funding’ which enabled us to purchase all of the equipment required. The aim of the funding, provided by the Department for Education, is to help schools deliver extra-curricular activities and open their facilities outside of the school day.

The Family Fitness is Fun sessions have grown so much  in popularity since the launch that we are now working at full capacity with a waiting list.


Cultural Capital 

Where possible we do our best to make PE come alive! We plan trips and take children out into the community to provide first hand experiences.

In 2022 to further inspire our girls football team, we arranged a trip for them to watch the opening game for England's Lionesses Euro 2022 at Old Trafford. This experience helped empower our girls and has given them the opportunity to see how their skills and passions can take them beyond school teams. 


As there are no national standards for PE, our teachers work alongside the Sports Coach to assess each child at the end of each term. The assessment is based on the skills and knowledge they have secured over the term and the progress they have made.

The teachers and Sports Coach use this assessment to inform and adapt future lessons to ensure our pupils are supported and challenged appropriately. Our PE lead is then able to analyse the data and identify any whole school trends or gaps to support future staff training needs. 

See curriculum coverage, skills progression and key vocabulary if you click on the links below -

PE Curriculum Coverage: EYFS - Year 6 

PE Skills Progression

PE Key Vocabulary

Also look at our Active School page in the News/Parents tab which tells you all about some of our amazing achievements linked to physical activity.

Our Sporting Achievements 2021-2022