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Physical Education

At Richard Coates CE Primary School we intend to deliver a P.E curriculum which is inclusive and will develop the WHOLE child through a child-centred and individualised learning experience. At Richard Coates CE Primary School we believe all children are entitled to benefit from high quality PE provision and we understand PE and physical activity contributes to healthy, active lifestyles, improves emotional wellbeing and develops key skills such as leadership, confidence, social and team building skills. It is evidenced that high quality PE provision will promote learning right across the curriculum. Through play, physical activity, physical education, sport and active learning, the children here at Richard Coates CE School will go on a physical literacy journey which will increase their motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for lifelong engagement in physical activity. Enabling our children to be physically literate will support their development as competent, confident and healthy movers. Richard Coates CE Primary School hopes to encourage all children to develop positive attitudes to PE and sport, improve health and well-being, cater for all abilities, allow every child to fulfil their potential, encourage lifelong participation, and provide competitive activities. To enable this, we aim to:


  • To engage all pupils in regular physical activity in line with the recommendations from Youth Sport Trust and government guidelines, striving for our children to be active for 30 minutes a day in addition to their two timetabled PE lessons

  • To increase participation in competitive sport

  • To provide opportunities for children to participate in a broad range of physical activities, providing variety and an introduction to as many sports and activities as possible

  • To develop the children’s fundamental movement skills, enabling lifelong participation in physical activity

  • To develop multi-ability skills through PE, enabling the children to use and develop cognitive, personal, social, creative and physical skills through physical activity.

  • To encourage all children to achieve their personal best.




At Richard Coates CE Primary School we use the Real PE approach to teaching PE which is developed by Create Development ( It is a unique, child-centred approach that transforms how PE is taught, engaging and challenging EVERY child. This focuses on the importance of developing fundamental movement skills alongside multi-ability skills such as personal and social skills enabling children to apply these skills to any game or activities. Real PE ensures fundamental movement skills are developed progressively and uses clear steps of progression at every level. The children are encouraged to aim for their personal best and to discover ways they can improve and challenge themselves personally. The language of ‘personal best’ is used so that all children can achieve in a lesson no matter what level of physical skills that they have.


Real PE provides fun and simple to follow lessons and support for Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 that helps deliver outstanding PE. It is fully aligned to the National Curriculum and Ofsted requirements and focuses on the development of agility, balance and coordination, healthy competition and cooperative learning through a unique and market leading approach to teaching and learning in PE. 


Teachers use interactive resources to support their teaching. Teachers plan and deliver a variety of activities which will engage and motivate the children and hope to increase their participation and love for sport and physical activity. Through the delivery of high-quality physical education we hope to inspire all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport (in their own unique way) and provide opportunities for ALL pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness and to engage our children to lead healthy, active lives. 


At Richard Coates CE Primary School, children (KS1 and KS2) have two lessons per week: one delivered by class teachers or HLTAs (REAL PE) and one delivered by specialist NUF coaches. Our Reception children also have two lessons per week: both delivered by class teachers or HLTAs. However, in the Summer term, Reception children will also have one session per week delivered by specialist NUF coaches. This means all children benefit from specialist coaches and teachers. 


In their weekly NUF PE sessions, children experience a variety of sports specific activities where they apply the skills learnt through Real PE in activities such as athletics, invasion games, striking and fielding, multiskills, gymnastics, football and dance. Our aim is to give children an opportunity to develop skills through a wide range of activities preparing them for future participation in sport and PE at secondary school whilst developing the skills that will enable them to be healthy, active and engage in lifelong participation in sport and physical activity. (Our curriculum map is available on our website). 


Our curriculum map sets out when Real PE units are covered and which sports are introduced. Sports and games are taught during their season by the NUF so that they can directly link to clubs and competitive opportunities. 


Teachers and coaching staff use their professional judgement to observe children over the period of a term. They use REAL PE assessment strands, which include demonstrating fundamental movements in isolation and also applying to sports and physical activities, to make a judgement based within age-related expectations, above or below at the end of each half-term. 


At Richard Coates CE Primary School the Sports Premium is used to improve the provision of PE in a number of ways. We work closely with the Newcastle United Foundation and their specialist coaching staff to support the planning and delivery of engaging lessons. The NUF also supports events, leads extracurricular clubs and provides weekly CPD for school staff. We have also invested in the Real PE Scheme to support our teaching staff with the planning and delivery of PE at Richard Coates CE School and we believe this scheme is a unique, fun and challenging approach to teaching primary PE. 


We also provide a wide range of after school sports clubs. They are open to all children and clubs are often oversubscribed. These provide opportunities for the children to participate in a range of activities and develop their skills further. We offer free clubs (run by Riahcrd COates staff or NUF specialist coaches)  as well as paid clubs which are run by outside agencies such as FUTSAL and Irish Dancing. 


Children also have the opportunity to take part in competitive sports. We run competitions during PE lessons along with a ‘personal best challenge’ where everyone has the chance to beat their own scores as well as being competitive against others.  As a school, we take part in many Northumberland School Sports Partnership events as well as Pele Trust sport competitions and events which provide many additional opportunities for our children to take part in competitions, leagues and festivals against other schools. 


Intended Impact:


  • Pupils will enjoy being active and be keen to engage in exciting lessons

  • The profile and expectations of PE and school sport will continue to be high

  • PE gives EVERY child the physical literacy, emotional and thinking skills to achieve in PE, Sport and life

  • Pupils will make good progress in PE but use skills learnt in other curriculum areas - have a broad impact across the school

  • Pupils will be eager to represent the school at events and competition

  • Pupils fundamental movement skills will continue to improve with more confident and physically skilled pupils overall

  • After school clubs will remain popular meaning children are keen to continue refining skills and have developed an enjoyment for being active

  • Richard Coates CE Primary School will strive to improve their current Bronze School Games Mark to Silver to future develop commitment to PE and school sport

  • Richard Coates CE Primary School will continue to make good use of the School Sports Premium and use it to raise the profile and provision of PE.