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Physical Education

Physical education (PE) is part of every child’s entitlement to a good education.

It is unique in that it is taught through physical activity in weekly practical lessons both indoors and outdoors, in a wide range of physical, creative and aesthetic settings.

At Elmridge Primary School, we believe that Physical Education (PE), experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is essential to ensure children attain optimum physical and emotional development and good health.

Our school achieves well in a number of sporting activities and achieved the Gold School Games Mark (2022) in recognition of its PE provision and children’s access to competitive sports.

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At Elmridge Primary School, we believe that Physical Education (PE), experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is essential to ensure children attain optimum physical and emotional development and good health.  We intend to deliver high quality teaching and learning opportunities that inspire all children to succeed in PE. Our Curriculum underpins all of the ABC’s – Agility, Balance and Coordination – this is taught and instilled across all Key Stages. By teaching Physical Literacy, children will lead a healthier lifestyle. Through our progressive curriculum, we strive to teach children to cooperate and collaborate with others as part of a team. We value an inclusive approach to PE, which endeavours to encourage not only physical development, but also mental wellbeing.  Teachers encourage, reassure and support during every PE lesson to increase resilience within the children, dedication, determination and confidence to succeed.  Our intent is to teach all children from EYFS to Year 6, the skills needed to progress within sport and physical activity. Our intention is for PE lessons to positively influence children’s primary years and allow them to move into secondary and further education, with a healthy attitude towards exercise. PE at Elmridge, provides pupils with the generic skills, knowledge and understanding they need to become physically literate, and at the same time gives most of them their first regular experiences of sport. When taught well, physical education enthuses and inspires pupils to participate fully and develop a life-long love of physical activity, sport and exercise.

In our physical education programme, we aim to promote our children’s health, physical development and confidence. They experience a wide range of PE activities including dance, gymnastics, games, athletics and swimming.

We aim to provide a wide range of sporting activities according to the National Curriculum for PE.

Through physical education we aim to encourage:

  • Physical activity, fitness and promotion of a healthy lifestyle where safety is paramount.
  • Positive attitudes and a sense of fair play.
  • Social interaction through children’s involvement in extra-curricular activities.

Every child should have the opportunity to take part in physical activity on a regular basis and become more physically confident and competent. We hope that through all the sporting opportunities and physical activity we offer, children will potentially develop a love and passion for sport and continue this into their later lives.

At Elmridge Primary School, we follow a clear and comprehensive scheme of work, which ensures the requirements of the National Curriculum are fully met through a progressive, skills based programme. Each year group will practice developmentally appropriate skills through a range of sporting activities including; invasion games, net & wall games, strike and field games, gymnastics, dance, swimming and outdoor & adventure.

Pupils participate in two high quality PE lessons each week.

SEND children will be given the appropriate support and opportunities to achieve their potential in PE. Where appropriate, we work with outside agencies to support children.


National Curriculum 2014 Physical Education KS1

National Curriculum 2014 Physical Education KS2


  • Keen to continue to promote the Daily Mile, we have decided to launch the Elmridge Globe Trotter initiative. 
  • During each day, brain breaks will support mental wellbeing and physical health. These may include Yoga, Go Noodle, Mile a Day or 5-a-Day.
  • We encourage local community groups and sports coaches to come in and promote a career in sport.
  • We encourage visits from local sports groups to motivate our children to join groups or teams in the community.
  • Children will be given opportunities to take part in a range of extracurricular sports and take part in competitive sport, through both intra- and inter- school sport.
  • Playground Leaders promote physical activity during outdoor break and lunch times.
  • Sports Leaders lead warm ups and activities for younger pupils.

Clothing for indoor PE

  • Green shorts and yellow t-shirt
  • Pumps or bare feet

Clothing for outdoor PE

  • Green shorts and gold t-shirt
  • During cold weather, sweatshirts and tracksuits may be worn
  • Sensible trainers

Extra-curricular activities

Our specialised sport’s coaches and teaching staff, offer an extensive range of extracurricular activities throughout the week. For example, dodge ball, football, netball and golf. However, not all of our clubs are sport focused.

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Elmridge Primary School
Wilton Drive, Hale Barns
Altrincham, Cheshire WA15 0JF
Ofsted Good CEOP