‘Champions don’t become champions when they win an event but in the hours weeks and months and years they spend preparing for it.’

Alan Armstrong


At Dringhouses Primary School, Physical Education is an integral part of our curriculum and we strive to create a culture which aims to inspire an active generation to enjoy PE, encourage each other and achieve.

We provide a safe and supportive environment for children to flourish in a range of different physical activities which is essential in supporting their physical, emotional, spiritual, social and moral development.

We aspire for children to adopt a positive ‘growth mindset’ and believe that with determination and resilience great things can be achieved. At Dringhouses we offer a dynamic and varied program of activity to ensure that all children progress physically through a unique and fully inclusive PE curriculum. Our curriculum aims to improve the well-being and fitness of all children, not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes. We aim to deliver high quality teaching and learning opportunities that enable all children to achieve their personal best.

All children participate in competitive sport which can be either inter or intra school sport. We encourage children to transfer the Dringhouses character values to sporting and physical activity, ensuring that they aim to be the very best that they can be whilst demonstrating the school vision.

We aim for all children to be physically active for sustained periods of time and to be able to make informed decisions to lead healthy and active lives. Thus, embedding life-long values. Swimming is an important life skill and we aspire for all children to leave primary school having met at least the minimum requirements of the National Curriculum.


PE is planned on a yearly cycle with different skills and/or sports being covered each half term.

In EYFS and KS1, there is a particular focus on enjoyment, engagement and skill mastery. Sports are not specialised and instead it is the teaching of skills, movements and body control that is focused upon. This is based on the principle that once these skills are mastered, they are readily transferable to a competitive environment.

LKS2 sees the introductions on ‘traditional sports’. Skills mastered in KS1 are applied through sports specialisation and we begin the ‘skill to sport’ transition. In UKS2, this is developed further with a focus on Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU); a model where tactics and play are a focus over technique. TGfU increases positive transference to other PE contents, and, consequently, to physical activity practice (O’Leary, 2016; Stolz and Pill, 2014).

Previously at Dringhouses, PE was taught for one hour by the class teacher and for one hour by Total Sports (PPA cover). The decision was made at the end of the 2020 contract with Total Sports, that all PE teaching would be done by class teachers. This decision was made due to the fact the teachers provided by Total Sports were Level 2 coaches in a particular sport and not teachers. They displayed good subject knowledge in regards to a the particular sport the have a qualification in but were not in the child developmental side of teaching.

Our PE coordinator is Mr Sam Hardcastle

Please contact him via the School Office for further information.

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