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Physical Activity Policy

Kirkby C of E Primary School Physical Activity Policy


At Kirkby Church of England Primary, we have a responsibility to help pupils and staff, establish and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Regular physical activity is one of the most important ways people can maintain and improve their physical health, mental health and overall well-being. It is important that pupils are given opportunities to participate in a range of enjoyable physical activities at an early age so they are more likely to continue being physically active throughout the rest of their lives. The planned use of the PE and Sport’s funding will be extremely effective in improving and sustaining high quality PE and sports provision.



Definition of Physical Activity

Physical activity is defined as ‘any force exerted by skeletal muscle that results in energy expenditure above resting level’ and includes ‘the full range of human movement, from competitive sport and exercise to active hobbies, walking and cycling or activities of daily living’.


The promotion of physical activity is delivered through:


Physical Education Lessons

There is a sequential scheme of work for PE which involves moderate to vigorous physical activity on a regular basis. Every pupil in each year shall participate in regular physical education for the entire school year. We use the school hall, playground and field for PE activities.  All pupils participate in physical PE activity each week and swimming is timetabled for Key Stage 1 and 2. 

Early Years Foundation Stage

We encourage the physical development of our children in the Foundation Stage as an integral part of their day.  

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.  

We encourage the children to develop confidence and control of the way they move, and the way they handle tools and equipment.  

We give all children the opportunity to undertake activities that offer appropriate physical challenge, both indoors and outdoors, using a wide range of resources to support specific skills.

Extra-curricular Physical Activity

Pupils have a diverse choice of activities in which they can participate- competitive, non-competitive, structured, unstructured and including some physical activity options such as drama, gardening, parachute games.

All activities shall be supervised by members of staff or qualified coaches or instructors who may or may not be teachers. A member of school staff will be available in case support is required – e.g. an accident.

We are part of a cluster of schools and regularly take part in different festivals and tournaments for pupils of different ages.

We actively encourage pupils to go to local clubs and promote our gifted and talented through outside clubs.

Lunchtime Activities

Our school has; playgrounds, playground markings and play equipment for free play. Mid-day supervisors engage and encourage pupils in physical activity at lunchtime.

Equal Opportunities

All pupils in our school including those with special needs are entitled to a comprehensive programme of physical education which fulfils the Statutory National Curriculum requirements and takes into account of their individual needs and interests. It may be necessary to amend the activities to meet the needs of individual pupils. We encourage all pupils to participate in extra-curricular activities whatever their levels of ability.


Physical activity provision within our school is developmentally appropriate and a variety of teaching and learning approaches and organisational management are adopted to ensure that:

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship

PE contributes to the teaching of personal, social and health education and citizenship.

Children learn about the benefits of exercise and healthy eating, and how to make informed choices about these things.

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

The teaching of PE offers opportunities to support the social development of our children through the way we expect them to work with each other in lessons.

Groupings allow children to work together and give them the chance to discuss their ideas and performance. Their work in general enables them to develop a respect for other children’s levels of ability, and encourages them to co-operate across a range of activities and experiences.

Children learn to respect and work with each other, and develop a better understanding of themselves and of each other.

Assessment, Recording, Reporting and Monitoring

An audit if out of school activities is kept to indicate the number of pupils participating in physical activities

Levels of participation will be monitored with regard to gender and overall levels of interest.

Pupils are monitored during lessons by including assessment criteria in lesson plans, through teacher observation in the lesson and by questioning the pupils to find out what they enjoy/ don’t enjoy about PE.

We use assessment sheets to link pupils’ achievements to National Curriculum level descriptors and use this information to inform parents in the end of year report.

Staff Training

Our PE and PSHE attend training and cascade to staff within school.

Our school is part of a local partnership with other primary schools.  The designated School Sports Coordinator (SSCO) attends regular meetings to organise tournaments for the pupils to compete against other.  

We have a PE specialist teacher, he has access to a wide range of training courses and in the future will offer training for staff.

Health and safety plays a major part in all training for staff.

Health and Safety Guidelines

Risk assessments are carried out regularly and members of staff continually assess the safety of playground activities

All guidelines for physical education and games are followed e.g. supervision, behaviour, clothing, jewellery and use of equipment.

All coaches from other organisations must hold suitable qualifications and will be DBS checked- including parent helpers.

Promoting Physical Activity to the Whole Community

Parents are sent details of physical activity clubs their children may attend

Parents are welcome to observe or help where possible

Details of physical activities in the wider community are sent home- especially activities taking place during the school holidays.

The collection of Sainsbury and Tesco sports vouchers by the wider school community raises the awareness of the enjoyment and the benefits of physical activity.

Monitoring and Evaluation

The Creative Team are responsible for providing clear leadership and management in developing and monitoring physical activity within school. They work closely with all members of staff and our PE Specialist Teacher. They monitor levels of participation and make appropriate adjustments.  The team, consult with pupils and staff to identify barriers to participation and to ensure there is broad range of activities are provided for all pupils to participate in.

This policy is a working document will be reviewed every 2 years.

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