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Physical Education

Welcome to the Physical Education page at Furness Primary School. Our aim is to develop the full potential of every single child in our school. Our students are encouraged to take part in a wide range of sporting opportunities, which will improve thinking, as well as social and emotional changes, as part of the new national curriculum which is at the heart of each discipline and underpin the study of the subject. We identify what learners need to absorb to further improve their knowledge, skills and understanding in the subject.

Developing a broad range of skills in PE, making and applying decisions, developing physical and mental capabilities, evaluating and improving and making informed choices about healthy active lifestyles are the essential skills and processes that students need to learn to make progress in the subject, and this is recognized not only within the subject, but also fits with the ethos of the whole school.

Children must wear their PE kits to school on the day when PE is timetabled. See timetable below
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The whole school approach to PE,

Physical Activity, Health and Well-Being

Teachers and children are enocuraged to take part in the Daily Mile across the whole school. Click on the banner below to find out more about this initiative. Teachers are also encouraged to take children out when possible to do outdoor activities and sporting games. 

Daily Mile

Furness Does Daily Mile

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PE Overview
PE Medium Term plan(2)

Autumn Term 2021

Autumn Term

Spring Term 2022

Spring Term

Summer Term 2022

Summer Term

SDP PE - Intent, Implementation, Impact



A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.

At Furness we aim to ensure that:

Children develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities

Lessons are physically active for sustained periods of time.

Children engage in competitive sports and activities

Children lead healthy, active lives.



Different ways of moving and travelling

Jumping and landing

Spatial awareness

Balance and climbing

Showing control when using equipment: Throwing, Catching, Kicking



To master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching

Participate in team games and develop simple tactics for attacking and defending

Develop balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities.

Perform dances using simple movement patterns.



Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination linked to various sports

Perform dances using a range of movement patterns.

Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance and applying these in various competitive and non-competitive situations

Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres.



The National Curriculum

Children at Furness explore and learn a variety of skills and sports covering different category areas: Invasion Sports, Gymanstics & Dance, Net/wall games, Sticking & Fielding, Outdoor activities and Athletics. The delivery of PE is carefully crafted to meet the needs of all the children, equipment and space available amongst other important factors. This is an extremely important balance to strike and can be achieved through meticulous planning which very much takes into account these important variables. It's one of the reasons PE doesn’t follow a standard scheme of work but it is instead planning fits the specific conditions of our children and school while following the National Curriculum.


Whole School Approach to implementing PE, PA (Physical Activity) School Sport (competitions).

  • Throughout the year and at the end of each term, children will engage in various Level 1 competitions across the different sports within the same year group.
  • Level 1, Balance bike, and Level 2 bikeability training for EYFS, KS1 and KS2 will be run throughout the academic year giving children the opportunity to learn and improve a lifelong skill as well as creating healthy and active habits for life. We aim to provide every single child with several bike session during their school life
  • Each year group has a follows a particular rota while in the playground giving children the opportunity to engage in active breaks and to further develop their sporting skills through play activities in a more informal format. Children also access to a range of ball games: Basketball, Volleyball, Football, and Table Tennis.
  • Furness Primary school has a partnership with a local secondary school and council with the aim to offer children extra-curricular PE sessions during the day delivered by external sports coaches.
  • Throughout the year, children take part in reading and writing activities, when they self-assess or compare their performances with previous ones or against that of their peers. They also have the chance to improve their reading and writing skills through observations, fact files for different sports, assess the lesson and the creation of posters linked to topics such as cycling, pollution and the environment, Sports Day.
  • The Bike It Crew promotes active travel with the implantation of a healthy travel card where children get their card stamped when travelling to school by scooter or bike. They get prizes when they reach 20 stumps.
  • Young leaders / Sports Captains help supervise and run some of the activiies for younger year groups in the playground as well as tracking the levels of involvement in physical activities throughout the year.
  • KS2 children swimming once a week from Year 3 to Year 6, this is part of the school’s long-term commitment towards swimming and making Furness stand out from other schools. We definitely offer more than the average students would receive in a different school and we are very proud of that. This high level of provision equips our children with skills for life.
  • There are three Football training sessions per week for Year 5 and 6 children. These sessions are part of the Level 2 competitions and will spring board the most talented children to an even higher achievement in sports and also promotes attendance and punctuality.
  • Throughout the year, children take part in several events linked to being active and leading healthy lives, it starts in September with Bike to school week with emphasis on safty and the need to be seen as evening get darker.
  • This academic year we have implemented DEAM (drop everything and move) where classes stop what they do and exercise for a few minutes to boost blood circulation to the brain.
  • Every class engages in weekly Daily Mile sessions as well to improve the levels of physical fitness, these are fun, non competitive sessions where children try to achieve a high number of laps by walking, jogging or running. 



  • A high quality delivery of physical education will have a positive impact on young people’s physical, social and cognitive development, their well-being and their overall level of achievement not only in PE but across other areas of study. This not only affects the level of knowledge but also their mental health which is really important.
  • School Sport experiences such as Level 1 and 2 competitions give students an opportunity to further improve their sporting skills, strengthens their social connections, improves confidence and builds character.
  • Having structured play in the playground at break and lunch time is very important, it gives more children the opportunity to practice their sporting skills and this impacts positively on their behaviour and their levels of positive engagement. It promotes schools PRIDE rules, the percentage of time children are active is higher and it strengthens positive social links.
  • Extra curricular activities such as those delivered by Sports Coaches (Cycling and Cricket) have a great impact on the children’s lifelong skills, it promotes good habits for life as well as equipping children with new skills. Children will benefit greatly from being exposed to a wider variety of experiences in their school life, this is very enriching and inspiring.
  • The impact of swimming can be seen on the increased percentage of students meeting the national swimming requirement (25m swim) compared to standard provision by the time they leave primary school. In 2019 (latest data) 54% of children could swim 25 and more and we hope that changes made 2 years ago in year 5 and 6 from 30 minutes to 45 minutes will increase the percentage further.

Swimming Data 2019 (data from 2020 and 2021 was not obtained due to Covid-19)

No data is available from last year due to School closure. According to Swim England (Swimming Governing Body in England):

  • "Only 42 per cent of children and young people with a low family affluence score can swim 25 metres unaided".
  • "Only 45 per cent of children and young people going to school in the most deprived areas of the country can swim 25 metres".

We are please to say that Furness is above the avarage due to the amount of investment in swimming.

All Students have received training on water confidence as well as how to swim effectively on three different strokes: Frontcrawl, Backstroke and Breastroke (body positioning, stroke development and full stroke

All Year 6 students have been been trained on water safety skills including:

Treading water for 1 minute 

Swimming with clothes on

Performing rescues 


All Students have received training on how to swim effectively on three different strokes: Frontcrawl, Backstroke and Breastroke.

PE map(2)
PE Map-progression skills(1)
Sports Premium
PE Action plan
Full SDP
PE Policy(1)
Cycling Policy(1)
Sports News
Clubs After School(1) 

Compilation from 2020-2021


Evidence of Learning in PE & Broader Curriculum

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