What does PE look like at Hilderthorpe?

At Hilderthorpe Primary School, we follow the national curriculum for physical education (PE), using the Primary Steps in PE scheme of work. 

Primary Steps in PE provides creative lessons for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and offers a progressive, broad and balanced PE curriculum to give children experience of a wide range of activities. 

In Key Stage 1, the focus is on improving children’s basic skills and physical literacy and these themes are continued into Key Stage 2 as well as giving children opportunity to develop their leadership skills and teamwork.

Subject Leader

The subject leader for PE is Mr Hodgson.

I love PE - this is because I really like sports. We have brilliant equipment and great coaches and helpers! There is always something going on with sports and everyone is welcome to join in. I have personally got to do football tournaments, swimming and badminton.

Kalem, Year 6

Intent Statement

All pupils leave primary school physically literate and with the knowledge, skill and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy active lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.
Primary Steps in PE  is a broad and balanced Physical Education programme for EYFS to year 6. It provides high quality PE and active learning resources so that all children develop a love of being active. All children should have access to high quality PE and extracurricular sporting opportunities.        

Primary Steps in PE provides a varied and innovative scheme of work which gives children the opportunity to acquire new skills and develop existing skills that can be applied across a wide range of activities and sport, and encourage them to pursue a healthy life through sport.

In key stage 1 the focus is on improving children’s basic skills and physical literacy and these themes are continued into Key Stage 2 as well as giving children opportunity to develop their leadership skills and teamwork. The units also provide opportunities for children to compete in a variety of sports and activities.

For information on how we spend our Sports Funding, please see here.

Key Information

All children have two PE lessons each week. We employ specialist coaches who deliver our curriculum alongside teachers. We have extensive school playing fields, a playground and a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA). In our hall we have a wide range of large and small apparatus and equipment. 

We have a clamber stack and have developed a garden to encourage active outdoor activities and lessons.

The Primary Steps in PE scheme ensures that all areas of the national curriculum are covered including Outdoor and Adventurous Activities in Key Stage 2.

We provide swimming instruction in year 3 and aim to teach children to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres using a range of strokes effectively. Children also learn to perform safe self-rescue in different water based situations. We offer top up lessons to older children who did not achieve the required standard in their curriculum lessons.

Teaching for Greater Depth

Children working at greater depth may take part in extra curricular sports clubs and represent the school in competitions. They will show a high level of skill and commitment. In lessons they will have the confidence to lead a warm up or task and show the skills of a good sports leader.  

Children working at greater depth will be able to show an understanding of health and fitness. For example, they can explain why the body has to warm up and cool down, why the heart beats faster when we exercise, and which muscles are used when performing certain exercises. 

Links to Real Life

We have long established links with local clubs and invite in coaches from the local community to encourage children to participate in sport outside school. Children have the opportunity to compete in tournaments at some of these venues.

The school encourages children to travel to school on bikes and scooters and we have storage provision on the school premises. Year 5 and 6 children take part in the ‘Bikeability’ scheme. We are involved with the East Riding Road Safety team and participated in the R-evolution Cup, as part of the Cycle4Life Challenge which promotes healthy active lifestyles and active journeys.

Residential visits to outdoor adventure centres are offered annually


We provide a wide range of extra-curricular clubs and activities to develop the application of skills, tactics and strategies. 

We are members of the school Sports Partnership (SSP) which provides opportunities for children who excel to experience competitions against other schools in a range of team sports.       

There are competitions and events in sports and activities which are more inclusive and open to all, and events for SEN pupils. We give every child the opportunity to participate in competitive sport if they wish. We have been successful in the past at reaching Level 2 and Level 3 competitions and representing our cluster and county with our gifted and talented pupils.

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