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Why is PE important?

Physical activity not only improves health, reduces stress and improves concentration, but also promotes correct physical growth and development. Exercise has a positive influence on academic achievement, emotional stability and interaction with others. PE is important as it develops an understanding and love for physical activity and the importance of wellbeing. This is something we value as it instills a lifelong passion for a healthy lifestyle and it means we are ‘Preparing our Children for their Future’ Therefore, both teachers and children should be aware of its importance. We provide the broad and balanced programme of physical education we believe every child should have; with activities designed to be enjoyable, vigorous, purposeful and regular. Through providing positive experiences, a lifelong interest in physical activity is encouraged and we can prepare our pupils for their future by promoting a healthy lifestyle. The range of physical activities is wide and includes athletics, dance, games, gymnastics, swimming and outdoor education. A high-quality programme is designed to satisfy the needs, abilities and interests of all individual children.


As a Christian school, we find it important to teach our children Christian values through our subjects. In PE, we encourage an atmosphere of support, tolerance and respect.

When is PE taught?

PE is taught for a minimum of two hours a week. We use the Val Sabin Scheme of Work, which teaches a range of sports, activities and skills. There are also opportunities for children to take part in competitions and after school clubs.

How is PE taught?

Through the Val Sabin Scheme, we teach a range of skills which then can be applied to different sports/activities. There is a progression of skills from each year group which continually builds on previous learning.

What do we learn about?

We teach the children a variety of skills that can be applied in:

  • Gymnastics

  • Games – (invasion, striking & fielding, net & wall)

  • Dance

  • Athletics

  • Outdoor and adventurous activities

  • Swimming

  • Fitness and healthy lifestyles activities

  • Daily Physical Activity


How do we assess and monitor PE?

Opportunities for checking progress should occur naturally in the course of teaching each area, where significant observations are recorded by the individual teacher. Verbal feedback should be given throughout the lesson including next steps and areas for development.


PE Kit

  • All children should change into PE kit for all PE lessons. This should include different clothes & foot-wear during the school day.

  • PE kits include – a white T-shirt / red shorts (tracksuit in winter for Juniors)

  • White trainers may be worn for outdoor PE.

  • Children should be in bare feet for gym / dance, as this allows for better quality work.

  • No jewellery should be worn during PE / sport activities. Long hair must be tied back.

  • Children who persistently forget their PE kit should be reminded of the importance of PE and if necessary a letter should be sent to parents asking for their co-operation.

  • Swimming kit should be brought to school on the day when swimming lessons take place and taken home the same day. Long hair must be tied up, and the wearing of swimming hats encouraged.

Extra activities

At Hooton Pagnell, we want to instill a love for sport and living a healthy lifestyle. Therefore, we try to engage in a range of inter and intra school competitions (particularly with our Academy chain). To add, we run a range of sporting activities throughout the year to give children access to a range of sports.

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