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PE at The Sherwood School

At The Sherwood School we are proud of our healthy schools status and committed to ensuring that each week, our students have two hours of high quality, curriculum time P.E. In addition to this our pupils are able to access additional, organised extra curricular physical activites throughout the week in a safe and supportive environment.


Key Stage 1

Pupils are encouraged develop their physical ability by learning to master fundamental movement skills such as balance, agility, coordination, running, turning, jumping throwing and catching. This is achieved by providing pupils with the opportunity to work both individually and in small groups, utilising a mixture of simple cooperative, competitive and non-competitive activities.


Key Stage 2

Pupils continue to develop and refine their fundamental movement skills and are encouraged to perform these skills in isolation and where appropriate in conjunction with each other to provide a sequence of movements that is pleasing to the eye. Pupils will also take part in more games based activities, (for example, basketball, hockey, football, tennis & rounders), as well as dance and gymnastics to further their learning. Pupils will learn to compare and evaluate their own learning and performance in PE. In addition to this pupils will be provided with leadership opportunities so they can teach simple activities to KS1 pupils.



The Department of Education requires that all schools should provide a swimming programme for their KS1 or KS2 pupils. The Sherwood School provides a term of swimming lessons for all year 4 pupils and an additional term of top up swimming lessons for year 5 pupils who have not achieved 25 metres.

Pupils are taught to:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.


PE Kit

In order to promote safety and hygiene The Sherwood School insists on pupils changing into the following PE kit for all PE lessons. This will avoid confusion for the children and helps to make Sherwood pupils visible in both outdoor and off site activities. We therefore ask that parents and guardians of children ensure pupils have the correct P.E. kit so their child can fully participate in the lesson.

Games & Athletics

  • Green Sherwood Shorts or track suit bottoms
  • Yellow Sherwood PE T-shirt
  • Green Sherwood sweatshirt for cold days
  • Suitable plimsolls/trainers.

Dance & Gymnastics

  • Same as games & athletics but with bare feet.


  • One-piece swimming costume or swimming trunks, (no Bermuda shorts please).
  • Swimming goggles, (advisable but not essential).

General Points

  • Jewellery should be removed before PE lessons and preferably not worn on days when PE lessons are timetabled. Teachers cannot take responsibility for items of jewellery.
  • Long hair should be tied back for safety.
  • Children are expected to take part in PE lessons, however, in the event of injury or some instances where a child is recovering from  illness then a parental note should be provided.
  • Pupils not taking part in PE lessons are to remain with their class and help assist the teacher and pupils or on occasion take notes on the lesson.
  • If a pattern of non-participation arises, the school will contact the parents or guardian with the aim of clarifying and resolving the issue.



The Sherwood School believes that all children are entitled to an inclusive physical education programme. Where appropriate, the individual needs of children will be taken into account in the planning and delivery of P.E, working in conjunction with the school SENDCo.



Using a mixture of peer and teacher lead assessment, progress is constantly monitored in the PE lesson. At the end of each unit an assessment of each child’s progress is made which will contribute to their end of year assessment report.