Rucstall Primary School

A caring, fun loving, learning community

Physical Education

PE and Sports

We offer a varied Physical Education curriculum that encourages all pupils to participate in physically demanding activities. We aim to provide opportunities for every child to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Not only do we provide opportunities to compete in sport and other activities but we help to embed the school values, such as cooperation and respect.

Physical Education in Key Stage 1 focuses on:

  • mastering basic movements such as running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination.

  • participating in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending.

  • performing dances using simple movement patterns.


The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities

  • are physically active for sustained periods of time

  • engage in competitive sports and activities

  • lead healthy, active lives.

Attainment Targets

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.

Physical Education in Key Stage 2 focuses on:

  • running, jumping, catching and throwing in isolation and in combination.

  • competing in games, such as football and rounders and applying basic principles suitable for attacking and


  • developing flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance, through gymnastics and athletics.

  • performing dances using a range of movement patterns.

  • taking part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges, both individually and within a team.

  • comparing their performances with previous ones to achieve their personal best.

  • learning a range of swimming strokes and developing confidence and safety in the water.


PE is taught as a whole class by either the class teacher or sometimes, with a specialist P.E. teacher.

Alongside the teaching staff we have specialist sports coaches teaching certain aspects of the curriculum. This year we are looking forward to learning hockey and tag rugby skills in Years 4, 5 & 6. Years 1 and 2 have already enjoyed a tennis workshop. Year 5 also have cricket at QMC to look forward to!


Sport's Funding

Schools receive additional funding to improve provision of PE and sport, at Rucstall we use this in a variety of ways. This includes:

  • using a specialist PE teacher to work with our teachers when teaching PE

  • paying for professional development opportunities for our teachers in PE and sport

  • running sport competitions, or increasing pupils’ participation in school games

  • buying resources for PE and sport

  • improving the environment to encourage physical activity. For example the playground markings will be repainted and a trim-trail is planned.