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The subject of PE at Codnor Primary School reflects the purposeful journey for the whole child, equipping our pupils with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in all aspects of life, both inside and outside of the classroom. It takes our children on a journey which provides opportunities for them to develop skills and knowledge - both academic and personal - which will ensure that success is achievable for all, regardless of circumstance.

We value the development of the whole child. We provide opportunity for progression across the full breadth of the national curriculum as well as equipping our children with lifelong skills that can be developed within and outside of PE (such as resilience, endurance and independence). We intend to build on and develop a lifelong love of physical activity, sport and PE in all young children, aiming to help ensure a positive and healthy physical and mental outlook in the future, and helping all children to develop the essential skills needed for leadership and teamwork. Our children are not just learners - they are explorers, investigators, enthusiasts, performers, decision makers, contributors, creators, role models, members of society, and ultimately the future of our community and the world beyond it. In PE we relish building the athletes and team leaders of the future! We want our children to be excited and driven by the competitive nature of sport at whatever level they are able to access this as well as being supportive of those around them, showing the utmost respect to those they compete with and against regardless of cultural background. We aim to provide all our children with as many additional experiences as possible, allowing them to make their own choices in the future regarding the physical activities they may wish to pursue and enjoy.


Regardless of Key Stage, within each lesson, we strive to give every child the opportunity to develop skills in PE, consider the impact on their health and fitness, compete/perform and evaluate.



  • The ability to acquire new knowledge and skills exceptionally well and develop an in-depth understanding of PE.
  • The willingness to practise skills in a wide range of different activities and situations, alone, in small groups and in teams and to apply these skills in chosen activities to achieve exceptionally high levels of performance.
  • High levels of physical fitness.
  • A healthy lifestyle, achieved by eating sensibly, avoiding smoking, drugs and alcohol and exercising regularly.
  • The ability to remain physically active for sustained periods of time and an understanding of the importance of this in promoting long-term health and well-being.
  • The ability to take the initiative and become excellent young leaders, organising and officiating, and evaluating what needs to be done to improve, and motivating and instilling excellent sporting attitudes in others.
  • Exceptional levels of originality, imagination and creativity in their techniques, tactics and choreography, knowledge of how to improve their own and others’ performance and the ability to work independently for extended periods of time without the need of guidance or support.
  • A keen interest in PE. A willingness to participate eagerly in every lesson, highly positive attitudes and the ability to make informed choices about engaging fully in extra-curricular sport.
  • The ability to swim at least 25 metres before the end of Year 6 and knowledge of how to remain safe in and around water.

These key PE skills and concepts are:

  • Develop practical skills in order to participate, compete and lead a healthy lifestyle.

Our pupils leave Codnor Primary School with the knowledge to think like a sportsperson, act like a sportsperson and speak like a sportsperson, and they value the transference of these skills into their every day life, in education and beyond.



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