Physical Education & Swimming

Physical Education develops pupils’ physical confidence and competence, and their ability to use these to perform in a range of activities. It promotes physical skillfulness, physical development and knowledge of the body in action. It provides opportunities for pupils to be creative, competitive and to face up to different challenges as individuals, in groups and teams. It promotes positive attitudes towards healthy and active life style. Children learn how to plan, perform and evaluate actions, ideas and performances to improve their quality and effectiveness.

During the Foundation Stage and Key Stage One, children are offered a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and co-ordination, individually and with others. Children practice tactics for attacking and defending that lead onto team games, as well as building simple movement patterns to create dances. They enjoy extending and challenging themselves in accordance with their own personal best.

During Key Stage Two, pupils enjoy being active. They develop a broader range of skills and learn how to use them in different ways. They link skills to make actions, phrases and sequences of movement. They enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They develop an understanding of how to succeed in different activities and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success and demonstrate improvement as they strive to achieve their personal best. The breadth of study includes dance activities, games, athletics, gymnastics, outdoor and adventurous activities and, in Year 3, swimming.


Throughout the school year, Year 3 visit The Dolphin Centre swimming pool for a course of approximately 30 swimming lessons. We usually swim on Tuesdays between 9:30am and 10:00am. As a result, almost all of our pupils are competent swimmers by the time they move on to Middle school. All of our swimming sessions are overseen by qualified teachers and lifeguards are in attendance. We do ask for voluntary contributions of about £19 / term to help us to cover the cost of swimming.