Sports, PE & Swimming Competency

Pupils have access to high quality PE provision, with a range of sports taught within the school’s curriculum and a number of after school clubs that take place year round.  There is a wide variety of resources to support the teaching of PE across the school ensuring that all abilities are catered for.  PE and sport develops pupil’s knowledge, skills and understanding, so that they can perform with increasing competence and confidence in a range of physical activities.  It also contributes to healthy and active lifestyles, as well as developing key leadership and social skills.

Swimming is taught from the start of year 1 and pupils have a lesson once a week throughout the year.  Pupils are put into a swimming class according to their ability. Water confidence is quickly developed for beginners using fun games and activities, and soon they are able to progress to swimming on their front and back with confidence.  Pupils are taught water skills, breathing techniques, diving, survival skills, water safety, distance swimming and how develop their swimming strokes.  The school uses the Kellogg’s Water Skills Awards and also the Rainbow Distance Awards.  Our aim is to teach children to swim as soon as possible, to be confident in the water, to behave in a responsible manner and to observe safety precautions.  Swimming is an excellent aerobic exercise that children of any age, size or ability can take part in and is also accessible to children with physical disabilities. 

In last year's cohort of 12 Year 6 pupils

  • 100% could swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • 100% could a range of strokes effectively, and
  • 100% could perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations


In Early Years and Key Stage 1 sports lessons concentrate on moving with confidence, control and coordination.  Initial ball handling skills are introduced such as holding, rolling, throwing and catching, in addition to adapted skills from invasion games.  In Key Stage 2 pupils are introduced to more formal invasion games.  The rules of different sports are taught, rugby, rounders, hockey,  netball, cricket and tennis. Pupils are taught to play as a team, to obey rules, to respect the umpire’s decision, to play their best, to accept defeat gracefully and to take pride in a match or game won. Music, Movement, and Dance are taught throughout the school and skills are demonstrated annually in the School Show.

The school is a member of the Downham Cluster School Sports Partnership and regularly participates in sporting festivals and events with local schools.  From these events there is the opportunity to progress to competitions in West Norfolk, and also county finals, in which some of our pupils have featured.  The school also arranges additional fixtures with other schools.  Sports Day is held every summer for all the pupils and each child is able to accrue points for their respective house team.  There are plenty of races suited to a variety of skills, such as team races and obstacles courses meaning that all pupils have a chance to excel.