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The PE curriculum at Callington Primary aims to provide all our children with high-quality physical education to enable and inspire them to build confidence and excel in their individual ability and achieve their potential. We provide opportunities for children to become physically confident within a varied curriculum allowing them to strive in competitive sports, build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect. We believe there is a sport/activity that every child can enjoy and participate in. Therefore, we endeavour to give all children a variety of experiences throughout the year across PE lessons, after school clubs and external coaching.



Children are taught regularly by both teaching staff and a sports instructor from Reception to Year 6. The curriculum is further enhanced by participation in sporting tournaments with other schools in the area and after school clubs.

As an Active School, we aim to ensure that the children participate in the Daily Mile every day to improve not only fitness and wellbeing but also to improve concentration for the rest of the day.

We follow the guidelines set by the national curriculum to ensure we offer a range of PE activities that allow each child to feel challenged and offer opportunities to progress further.


As part of the EYFS statutory framework pupils are taught physical development. This involve providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food. The second area is moving and handling where children are taught to show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively. The final area is health and self-care: children are to know the importance of physical exercise and a healthy diet and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe.


In Key Stage 1, pupils develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They are able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.

Pupils are taught to master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities. We also encourage participation in team games; developing simple tactics for attacking and defending and teach the children to perform dances using simple movement patterns.


In Key Stage 2, pupils continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.

Pupils are taught to use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination. Children are encouraged to play competitive games, modified where appropriate (for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis), and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending. We develop children’s flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance (for example, through athletics and gymnastics) as well as teaching them to perform dances using a range of movement patterns. There are opportunities for children to take part in outdoor and adventurous activity that challenges them both individually and within a team. Finally, we encourage them to compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.



Once children reach Year 4, they will participate in a 6 week block of swimming lessons led by our qualified teaching staff. Top-up sessions are held in Year 5 and again in Year 6 to enable all children to achieve the required 25m.



Our curriculum provides children with 2 hours of stimulating activity per week, which has an advantageous impact on their well-being. Within our lessons, children are taught about self-discipline and that to be successful you need to take ownership and responsibility of their own health and fitness. Our impact is therefore to motivate children to utilise these underpinning skills in an independent and effective way in order to live happy and healthy lives.

In all classes, children have a wide range of physical ability. Whilst recognising this fact, we provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child and in doing so raise pupil’s health and fitness levels, improve skills and develop pupil’s resilience, teamwork and perseverance (school values).

The use of assessment, questionnaires and surveys (pupils and staff) and by talking to children, the quality of lessons and confidence in the teaching of PE improves and as a result the level of enjoyment and positive outcomes increases.

A recent inset day was utilised to increase the confidence of staff across PE lessons to include planning, assessment and lesson content. The positive impact of this CPD on teacher’s confidence and ability has been seen recently through lesson observations and pupil conferencing.


PE and Sport is an essential part of everyday life at CPS. We build upon the statutory two hours PE time, by providing opportunities inside and outside school to extend the time children are physically active. We are proud to be a Healthy School. 

We are fortunate enough to have extensive playgrounds, a large hall, use of Callington Cricket Club pitch next door and St Germans playing field to keep all children physically active. Additionally we have our own Forest Schools Area where we teach our SMSC curriculum through outdoor education. Classes visit this on a half termly basis. There is a wide variety of equipment for different sports, that can be used during lessons, playtime/lunchtime and at after school.


As a school we are making full use of the Sport Premium money that the government has provided us, to better the physical learning experiences of all children. We are committed to using this resource in developing high quality PE lessons, alongside greater opportunities for sporting competitions and clubs for all our young people. Please see our school website to see details of how we will be spending our money and the impact of our expenditure. 


If you were to look at a picture of PE and Sport at CPS you will see:


  • In curriculum time-a wide variety of sporting activities to enrich children’s PE experiences. This may include alternative sports such as Tchoukball and Street Surfing.
  • All children completing the daily mile on a daily basis. 
  • No barriers. All children are catered for to meet their individual needs.
  • Extra physical activity during the week in addition to the statutory two hours.
  • A variety of extra-curricular sports clubs.
  • All children being involved in a 'Sports Week' where they are able to play a range of sports/alternative sports. As well as cooking/creating a healthy meal snack. 
  • Large numbers of children taking part in different extra-curricular sports clubs.
  • Large numbers of children representing the school at festivals, matches and performances.
  • Confident children who can talk passionately about their physical/sporting performances, healthy lifestyle fitness and PE learning.
  • Children who understand how they should think differently as a dancer, athlete, gymnast, games player and problem solver.
  • Children who are always looking to beat their personal best as well as trying to achieve their best collectively within team games

Enrichment in PE

Extra-curricular activities 

The children take part in 'Alternative sports' day each half term, this is where the children are exposed to a range of different sports that include: fencing, tchokball, zorbing and many more. 

CPS also offer a 'School Sport Week' for all children to try out new sporting experiences as well as focusing on healthy eating and nutrition by cooking a healthy meal/snack for the whole class. During this week, all children are involved in an annual sports day. We have a KS1 sports day afternoon and KS2 sports day.






In year 4, some children can take part in 'Level 1', and then take part in 'Level 1/2' in Year 5. The professional instructor that comes into school, helps children develop better, safer cycling habits. Bikeability trained cyclists receive a badge and a certificate in recognition of the level they’ve achieved. The certificate also includes areas for further practice noted by the instructor.



Throughout the year many children are involved in sports competitions locally and nationally. KS2 children have repeatedly been  involved in a local Football and Netball league at the local comprehensive school and have always done very well. Every year, the children are able to take part in the a variety of local cross country competitions. Many children do very well and qualify to go onto represent the school at the 'East Cornwall School Games Primary Cross Country Qualifier'. Last year, children from the gymnastics after school club competed at the South West Schools Floor and Vault competition in Bideford. This resulted in them being awarded a team silver medal - they came second in the South West. 


Sports Clubs

We offer a vast range of sports after school clubs throughout the year. This ranges from class teachers teaching sports to outside agencies coming into teach the children. These have included: Football, netball, gymnastics, cross-country, rounders, rugby, cricket, alternative sports, team building activities, circuits, zumba, bats and balls and yoga. 

The children have great fun learning news skills or challenging themselves to become a better sports man or women.