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PE & School Sports

Aims of our curriculum

At Essendon Primary School we recognise the importance PE play in the curriculum and are committed to providing all children with opportunities to engage fully in Physical Education. The aim of our PE programme is to develop children's basic physical competencies, build confidence in their   build the foundations for a lifelong love of sport, physical activity and a healthy lifestyle.


PE lessons encourage children to compete against themselves and others whilst being challenged to improve their physical, social, emotional and thinking skills. These skills are embedded in the heart of our planning. Our objectives in the teaching of PE align with the National Curriculum in that we aim to ensure 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

Teaching and Learning

Our PE lessons are planned using the Get Set 4 PE platform, which aligns with our core values, our whole child approach to PE and the objectives laid out in the National Curriculum. Get Set 4 PE is planned so that progression is built into the scheme which ensures our children are increasingly challenged as they move up through the school.


We encourage the physical development of our children in the nursery and reception class as an integral part of their work. As these classes are part of the Foundation Stage of the National Curriculum, we relate the physical development of the children to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals, which underpin the curriculum planning for children aged three to five years of age.


Our teachers assess the children’s work in PE, both by making informal judgements, as they observe them during lessons, and through assessing against the specific objectives set out in the National Curriculum. We have clear expectations of what the pupils will know, understand and be able to do at the end of each Key Stage.

Health & Safety

We recognise that participation in PE and Physical Activities contains an element of risk. Staff  are familiar with safe practice which reduces the element of risk to the absolute minimum within their control. Staff are aware of pupils who have special needs with regards to physical activity and make special provision for needs where appropriate e.g. physical disability, asthma.

Extra Curricular PE

At Essendon Primary School pupils are able to attended an after school activity club each day.  The clubs are run by Multi Active with activities changing on a half termly basis.


We are members of the Hertford and Ware Schools Sport Partnership and attend sporting festivals and competitions through the year. 

PE skills and knowledge ladders

Whole school PE overview map

Skip 2 b fit
Netball Team
Badminton Day
Football game against local school
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