Witton Gilbert Primary School

Physical Education (PE)

In this section of the website, you will find information about our approach to teaching Physical Education at Witton Gilbert Primary School.

PE Subject Progression


Witton Gilbert Primary School recognises the value of Physical Education (P.E). We fully adhere to the aims of the national curriculum for physical education to ensure that all children:

  • 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
  • Have access to competitions and external links with outside clubs
  • Build self esteem
Intent Linked to our School Values
Childhood and Play


Children are encouraged to discover, play and stay on task, learning new physical and mental skills, allowing each child to recognise sport as play, develop a love of PE, which will stay with them as adults.
Respect for Ourselves and our Environment Overall, a broad and balanced PE curriculum can develop a range of life skills and values. A whole school approach to PE and School Sport can successfully promote fundamental British values. Children are encouraged and taught about Friendship · Courage · Inspiration

· Determination · Equality · Respect · Excellence.

Equality and Diversity


Our school is committed to ensuring that all children will have access to an exciting, appropriate and inspiring curriculum that will support their progress and achievement. We examine the lives of sports people from different backgrounds, ethnic experiences and different physical and mental abilities to inspire us.
Perseverance and Resilience


Children are introduced to high level skills through coaching and PE lessons, pushing them out of their comfort zones but ensuring they are equipped with all the necessary skills to achieve their goals. These are extended through OAA activities and residentials in Upper Key Stage 2. Children are encouraged to demonstrate the physical resilience of: trying, attempting, failing and succeeding, which are all essential to making children more rounded individuals.
Collaboration and Cooperation Children are encouraged to work together to develop skills in both PE lessons, tournaments and residentials.


Key Stage 1 children at Witton Gilbert Primary School will:

Develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others.

They engage in competitive (both against themselves and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.

Children are taught to:

  • Master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities.
  • Participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending.
  • Perform dances using simple movement patterns.

Key Stage 2 children at Witton Gilbert Primary School will:

Children continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.

Children are taught to:

  • Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination.
  • Play competitive games, (modified where appropriate) for example: badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis, and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending, develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance (for example, through athletics and gymnastics).
  • Perform dances using a range of movement patterns and take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team.
  • Compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
  • Swimming and water safety; children are taught to: swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • Use a range of strokes effectively.

Children participate in at least 2 hours of physical activity and learning per week.

Cultural Capital in PE

Access to community links and high-level coaching enables children to possess the accumulation of knowledge, behaviours, skills and experiences, that as young adults will equip them with the confidence to communicate and progress fully, not only in our community but the wider world.

At Witton Gilbert Primary School, we promote equality through our commitment to developing cultural capital for all our children.

During their time at Witton Gilbert Primary School, they will also experience:

  • Sporting events and festivals organised and run by the Schools Sports Partnership for all children from Reception to Year 6.
  • Children will have the opportunity to visit sites of sporting excellence in Durham throughout school eg. Maiden Castle, Durham City Gymnastics Club.
  • Children will have the opportunity to be taught by high performance coaches and sportswomen throughout school.
  • Healthy lifestyles through games and Fitness First clubs delivered by sports coaches in, before and after school, throughout the week.
  • Football team competes in Durham league and tournaments regularly.
  • Weekly swimming lessons for Year 3 class at Freeman’s Quay and Year 4 at Bullion Lane School Pool.
  • High level coaching is evident across a variety of sports.


Children are taught PE as a basis for life-long learning where their access to a range of activities will have a positive effect and help them continue to have a physically active life.

Children will have a good understanding of what a healthy, active life is like and the importance of leading one.

Children will be given opportunities to compete in sport and other challenging activities that will build character and help embed values such as fairness, respect and teamwork.

Children will be given the opportunity to shine through the range of different sporting and adventurous activities offered.

Children will learn how to celebrate each other’s strengths and differences in different sports and situations.

Children will become reflective learners who strive to improve, support each other and are proud to be part of Witton Gilbert Primary teams.

Swimming data 2022/23 Witton Gilbert  YR 6
Number of children who can swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of 25 metres Number of children who can use a range of strokes effectively Number of children who can perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations
63% 45% 39%