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Physical Education

Rickleton Primary School is committed to promoting the health and well-being of its pupils and staff through physical activity.


Rickleton Primary School strives to assist young people to achieve physical fitness and to maximize opportunities for children, young people and all associated with the school to be physically active by promoting all avenues for activity to create a life-long interest in physical activity through a varied programme of sport and exercise within and beyond the curriculum.


Physical Activity aims and objectives

• To ensure a curricular PE programme which meets the statutory National Curriculum requirements is taught.

• To work towards and ensure at least two hours of curricular PE in which a broad and balanced programme is provided.

• To make sure there is relevant training for staff and all those involved in the delivery of physical education.

• To ensure children can enjoy active break and lunch times.

• To provide a range of extra-curricular activities and ensure the views of children/parents/staff are considered when choosing them.

• To manage the use of outside agencies to help with running of clubs, workshops, activities etc.

• To promote positive attitudes towards participation and encourage the involvement of parents and the local community in physical activities.

• To promote the celebration of sporting events.

• To provide safe and stimulating areas in which children can play and be active.

• To offer a broad and balanced activity programme that is inclusive to all pupils, that all children’s contributions are valued.

• To encourage staff to participate in physical activity.


Curricular Aims

  • To develop skillful use of the body, the ability to remember, repeat and refine actions and to perform them with increasing control, co-ordination and fluency (acquiring and developing).
  • To develop an increasing ability to select, link and apply skills, tactics and compositional ideas (selecting and applying).
  • To improve observation skills and the ability to describe and make simple judgements on their own and other’s work, and to use their observations and judgements to improve performance (improving and evaluating).
  • To develop an understanding of the effects of exercise on the body, and an appreciation of the value of safe exercising (knowledge and understanding of fitness and health).
  • To develop the ability to work independently and communicate with others and respond positively towards others (working alone and with others).
  • To promote an understanding of safe practice and to develop a sense of responsibility towards their own and others’ safety and well-being (applying safety principles).


The children at Rickleton Primary School will have the opportunity to participate in a range of after-school activities during their time in all years. These include sport specific activities such as: rugby tag, football, netball and badminton. Others develop skills in basic fundamental movement and hand/foot coordination (running, jumping, throwing and ball skills).


Rickleton Primary School has a long and rich history of sporting success. We regularly participate in a wide range of inter school sport festivals and competitions by both our local associations and the local School Sport Partnership, including football, netball, tennis, dance, skipping, athletics and dance.

PE and Sport Premium


At Rickleton Primary School, we recognise the contribution of PE to the health and well-being of the children. We believe that an innovative, varied PE curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of all our children.


Our dedication last academic year to the improvement of Physical Activity for all our pupils and the delivery of high-quality PE sessions and after-school activities was rewarded with the accreditation of GOLD Standard for the City of Sunderland Active Charter Award (3rd year running) and Bronze Standard in the Sainbury’s School Games. We intend to work to again to improve upon these standards and to extend our provision.


Our School Sport Lead is Mr Woodhead


Active Playgrounds


Every year we use our sports funding to purchase a great range of games and equipment to keep our children active during break and lunchtime. The equipment is managed by our Year 5 'Sports Leaders', who are trained to organise active play during lunchtime. This also means that children always have someone to play with and lots of fun things to do. We have plenty of open space to help the children to keep fit and healthy. For children who prefer a more gentle lunchtime, we have a 'quiet' area where less active games are allowed.