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Physical Education

Our Subject Leader is Mr Codd.


At Upperby Primary School, we want our children to love physical education and sport. We aim to support them to understand that physical education could lead them to many careers: personal trainers, nutritionists, sports journalists, physiotherapists, or even gold medal winning athletes. A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to try their best in competitive sport and physically demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident and active in a way which supports their health and fitness. Children also learn about their bodies and how to keep them healthy. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect. The PE curriculum has been carefully crafted so that our children develop and progress. We want our children to remember their PE lessons in our school, embrace the opportunities they are presented with, know the importance of a healthy lifestyle, and aspire to become sportspeople.



Physical Education at Upperby Primary School has been designed for our pupils and carefully mapped out to ensure the building blocks of knowledge and skills are built upon as each child progresses through their learning journey. We place a high priority on providing additional swimming lessons throughout Key Stage 2 to ensure our children have had the opportunity to acquire secure water safety skills before the leave our school.


We encourage the children to take part in both inter and intra competitive sport competitions, including some of our gymnastics team taking part at National Level competitions. We offer extra-curricular clubs. We have girls’ and a boys’ football teams which train weekly, compete in friendlies and the boys’ team also competes in the local school league. We have sports clubs delivered by coaches to enhance the sport offer at the school.


We use Sports Premium to maximise the opportunities for children to participate in physical activity and to enhance our space and equipment on offer.



The pupils are assessed against the performance descriptors for each year group which have been carefully mapped out using the Cumbria PE Tracker which teachers also use as a formative assessment tool. Skills in Physical Education are progressive and built on year on year. Assessment information is used to inform future learning opportunities and curriculum developments. The subject leader monitors assessments and provides support for staff to ensure continued progress.

See previous Sports Premium Reports here: 

Our PE lessons are enjoyable and a great opportunity to learn new skills as well as consolidating skills in gymnastics, games, dance and swimming. We evaluate our performance and think about how we can improve. We also enjoy extra curricular sports opportunities. Look at all the exciting things we get up to! 

PE Long Term Plan


In reception, we work to improve our skills of coordination, control, manipulation and movement through play and structured activities. 

Year 1

Children's opinions: 

Charlotte: We worked with Sam and Michael to do some dancing. I really enjoyed it. My favourite dance was the Hakka.


Brandon: We do skipping and running with Mr. Mason. When he shouts an animal, we have to be that animal. I think my favourite thing is showing everyone in the class what I have done.

Year 2

Children's Opinions: 

Olivia: We have been doing Guy Fawkes dances. My favourite part of PE is copying the dances off the cards.


Indianna: We have been doing dancing. We have to look at the cards to tell us what to do. I love the digging dance.


Year 3

Children's opinions: 

Erin: I enjoy swimming when you put your face in the water. I love the game where we have to get the sinkers.


Logan: It’s really fun jumping in the deep end!


Michaela: I really like doing games like swimming through the ring and treasure hunt. I love going in the deep end and I like swimming a lot!


Year 4

Children's opinions: 


Alex: I love dance because I can’t dance but I like learning new dance moves. I liked the hockey. I really like P.E.


Harry: I think I do well in P.E. I really enjoy hockey because it is something new.




Year 5

Children's opinions:

Shannon : There isn’t lots of talking so there is lots of doing the activity (At Richard Rose Central Academy). They showed us the correct techniques. The Secondary school pupils are a good help.


Imogen: It is really good! The instructors reassured us we wouldn’t fall off the trampoline. The bouldering was really safe and fun.


Hayden: It’s okay because the people really know what they are doing. Rock climbing is fun and trampolining is a cool experience.


Eve: I’ve enjoyed learning new skills on the trampoline and how to climb on the rock climbing section.





Year 6

Children's opinions: 

Amie: I have enjoyed dance because I liked making up our own routine for the Charleston. I also enjoyed the judo taster session.


Kobe: I really enjoyed the judo session. I liked tennis because we played proper matches. Caterpillar was really fun too!



In Gymnastics we have been working with a partner to practise our key shapes, rolls and balances. We created routines and thought carefully about our transitions between positions. 


We have also been using the apparatus to practice our balances and travelling. We tried to find as many different ways to travel along the climbing frame and the other apparatus as possible. 





We have been learning how to play tennis. We learnt how to hold a racket, how to hit a forehand and backhand shot and how to move effectively to hit the ball. We learnt how to play and officiate mini-tennis games. 


We have learnt how to lead a good warm up and a cool down. The children lead their own warm ups and cool downs in small groups. 

Clean Winner

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A good rally between Aimee and Maizie ending in a clean winner.

Ben goes for a strong forehand

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A good effort at a strong forehand from Ben. However, good officiating from Harry to call it out.


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A good rally between Harry and Elian


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Kobe and Danny are officiating correctly. A good rally between these boys


During our dance topic we have learnt some of the basic steps of the Charleston. We then worked in groups to choreograph a dance the including 4-6 different moves. 

Group 1

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Group 2

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Group 3

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Group 4

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Getting Active

Judo Taster Session

On Tuesday 13th November, Glynn came into school to give all of KS2 a 30 minute active judo session. We absolutely loved the experience because it was something different and was taught with a very quick pace. 


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