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Physical Education

At Cronton CE Primary School our KEYS Curriculum is built around the National Curriculum, enriched to reflect the children and community we teach in. As a church school our Christian ethos and school values are the heart of everything we do.

We believe every child can be their BEST with our Vision statement reflecting this.

“I can do everything through God who gives me strength” Philippians 4:13

How  P.E links  with our KEY curriculum


Physical Education is about pupils learning about themselves and what they can achieve in a variety of physical pursuits. It should be active, fun and a basis for a future healthy lifestyle. In Physical Education, general and specific physical skills are acquired, knowledge and understanding developed and positive attitudes, along with personal and social attributes, encouraged.


A high quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activated. 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.

Key attributes of P.E at Cronton CE


Children will show initiative, and good problem solving skills

They will show resilience and perseverance.

They will gain independence,  setting  personal targets to work towards to improve their own fitness and skills.

Children   will develop  leadership and communication skills with opportunities to inspire and motivate others.

Children will develop important skills of working in a team, collaborating with others demonstrating empathy and adapting to changing situations.          


We encourage all our children to demonstrate  the school games values. 


The core aims of the P.E curriculum are for children to;

1. Develop a positive attitude to participate in physical activity.


2. Make informed decisions about the importance of exercise in their wider life during school, after school and in adulthood.


3. Become skilful and intelligent performers by acquiring and developing physical competence and confidence in a range of physical activities and contexts.


4. Learn how to select and apply skills, tactics and compositional ideas to suit activities that need different approaches and ways of thinking.


5. Develop ideas in a creative way.


6. Set targets for themselves and compete against others individually and as team members.


7. Become a good sports person, who plays fairly and can develop a team spirit 7.


We will provide opportunities for all children to participate in all activities at their own level whilst extending their skills and knowledge to achieve their potential


Physical development across the Key Stages.  

Foundation Stage

Physical development in the Foundation Stage includes both fine and gross motor skills. (See Foundation Stage Development Matters).


In the Foundation Stage the children are encouraged to:

  • Experiment with different types of movement
  • Handle objects and tools with increasing control
  • Enjoy physical movement
  • Develop spatial awareness
  • Move and name various body parts.
  • Listen and follow simple instructions.
  • Be aware of the safety aspects concerned with physical awareness
  • Use small and larger apparatus safely
  • Manage own clothing.


Throughout the Foundation Stage the children are timetabled for 1 session weekly in  the hall . They also have opportunities to complete physical development activities throughout the day.

The skills and knowledge gained through the taught session are also applied in the outside continuous provision in which children have access to various equipment. This is used independently on a daily basis.


Key stage 1

Children will have two P.E sessions each week.

Children will have opportunities to develop fundamental movement skills including running, jumping, throwing and catching.

There will access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination.

They will participate in team games and engage in competitive (against themselves and others) and cooperative physical activities.

They will be taught to perform, appreciate and evaluate simple dance movements.

Key stage 2

Children will have two P.E sessions each week. The long term plan has been designed to ensure children have opportunities in both upper and lower KS2 for participation in invasion games, net games, target games, gymnastics, dance and inclusive games. 

Children will have opportunity to take part in outdoor and adventurous activity (OAA) challenges, including during residential  visits.

Children from  Y3-5 will attend   8 sessions of swimming lessons each year, in which they will be taught to use different strokes with the aim to swim 25 m and perform a self rescue.

Children will play competitive games, modified where appropriate and apply basic attacking and defending principals.  They will play a variety of sports and games which may vary from year to year depending on resources and  external coaches and opportunities.

They will be taught to perform, appreciate and evaluate simple dance movements and patterns.

Children will be encouraged to compare their performances with previous ones and be encouraged to improve their personal best.

They should develop strength, flexibility, technique and balance.   This will be covered in  sessions such as dance, athletics and gymnastics.      




Lesson Structure 

Despite the widely different sports covered in  P.E,  lessons  still have the same  basic format,  that allows children to develop their knowledge  and skills in a consistent and safe manner.  This lesson structure has been designed to ensure the children learn more and remember more, combining recapping with new skills allowing the children to develop transferable skills and make links within and across sports.   





Children achieve well in P. E.  We are very proud to have achieved a Platinum School Games award for our commitment and participation to sport over the past five years last year. We have also been awarded a Recognition Award from Knowsley Schools Sport Partnership for our continued  commitment to school sport during enforced enclosures  due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Our most recent  children survey ( Nov 2021) shows overwhelmingly positive attitudes about P.E at Cronton with over 93% of every class saying they enjoy P.E lessons. . 

We enter many competitions including  inspire events and inclusive sports, allowing as many children as possible the opportunity to represent the school in a competitive experience. We are very proud that we have won several of these and  in some cases this has led on to representing   Knowsley at the Merseyside Games in recent years.  All