Subject Leader – Miss June Lowther

Sports Coach –   Mrs Nikki Jones


At Selside School, we recognise the role that PE has to play in promoting a long-term healthy lifestyle which is both enjoyable and fulfilling. PE is used as a vehicle to support both the physical and mental well-being of our children. At Selside School we aim to provide a high-quality physical education curriculum that follows and fulfils the National Curriculum requirements. PE at Selside School has long term plans which are coherently sequenced and planned, providing both a clear progression of skills and a framework that can be adapted to meet the needs of all children. Through an ambitious curriculum, lesson time, specialist coaching and our broad range of sports clubs, we support pupils in developing a skilful use of the body. At Selside School, we aim for all pupils to be physically literate and to have the knowledge, skills and cultural capital necessary to enable them to succeed in a healthy, active lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.


Children at Selside participate in weekly high-quality PE and sporting activities.  Our PE programme incorporates a variety of sports, outdoor learning, dance and gymnastic opportunities to ensure all children develop the confidence, tolerance and the appreciation of their own and others’ strengths and weaknesses. We provide opportunities for all children to engage in extra-curricular activities during and after school, in addition to competitive sporting events. This is an inclusive approach which endeavours to encourage not only physical development but also well-being and an active, healthy lifestyle.


Athletics activities and sports are a key part of our PE and Sports provision, they encompass everything to do with various jumping, running and throwing activities. These skills are taught in a progression from Nursery all the way through to Year 6. As the children progress, they learn to take part in both individual and team events, some of which are competitive.

We hold our traditional sports day annually and it’s a big event on our school calendar. There’s mix of competitive races and fun events, but all children are encouraged and supported to take part in everything.

Families and friends are invited to spectate and share in the fun of the afternoon, supporting and congratulating the children on their achievements.


At Selside School children are taught gymnastics in every year group by an experienced and qualified specialist gymnastics coach. We have good facilities and a wide range of equipment including springboard, trampete and large floor mats.


The games curriculum at Selside develops fundamental movement skills, enabling children to become increasingly competent and confident as they extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. Children take part in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations. They 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;
  • participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking
    and defending;
  • play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending;
  • compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.

Teaching and coaching is provided both by school staff and specialist coaches, usually in half-termly blocks. For the junior aged children, there are opportunities to represent the school at inter-school tournaments, festivals and competitions throughout the year.

Outdoor Adventure

Being based in the Lake District, there seems no excuse not to make the very most of what it has to offer, so that’s exactly what we aim to do! Outdoor activities are adventurous activities that usually take place in the wild and natural environment, whether that be in the woods, on the water or up in the fells, and it’s this that adds a different dimension in comparison to traditional sports and games.

Outdoor activities can offer individual challenges or demand collaborative teamwork, but usually in a non-competitive context and inclusive. This can appeal to those who are not motivated by competitive sports and carried out a whatever level of personal challenge is required. Involvement in outdoor activities also promotes an appreciation for the natural world and encourages a healthy lifestyle, all of which adds to a sense of well-being.

Throughout their time at Selside, children experience a range of adventurous activities, often beginning with taster sessions, before moving on to skills acquisition and putting themselves to the test with challenges and longer journeys.

Some adventurous activities are regulated and are delivered by suitably qualified instructors and staff.


Each year, children get to take part in sessions from trained dance teachers. Out oldest children get to preform at the local Platform Dance Performance with other primary schools.


Each year, all children from Year 2 to Year 6 take part swimming sessions at Shap Outdoor Swimming Pool. The sessions are 30 mins long and delivered by qualified swimming coaches, supported by school staff.


Our youngest children experience specialist coaches to start them on their biking journey with balance bikes. There’s nothing like that feeling of taking control of a bike and riding without any support – it’s one of those milestones in life!

Cycling contributes hugely to gross motor control development, body awareness and a sense of well-being, all of which adds up to increased self-esteem and confidence.

Our older children work with Cyclewise, Cumbria County Council’s chosen provider, junior aged children receive Bikeability training led by fully qualified instructors. During their Bikeability sessions children are encouraged and inspired  to take control of their bikes safely on the road.

PE Long Term Plan – Year A

PE Long Term Plan- Year B

PE Assessment & Vocabulary Progression

What does PE look like in the EYFS

Primary National Curriculum – Physical Education

At Selside School we also recognise the vital role PE has to play in the holistic development of the children. Our core Values respectcourage and friendship are reflected in every lesson. Finally, we understand that PE, physical activity and school sport make an extensive contribution towards aspects of pupils’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural development and so we strive to make the children aware of vital components of PE such as determination, persistence and resilience which we aim to translate in to all other subjects across our broad and balanced curriculum. We aim to constantly improve our enrichment and cultural capital offering:

  • Sponsored Run/Walk
  • Bike-ability
  • Swimming Gala
  • Inter School Competitions
  • Key Steps Gymnastics
  • UDance
  • Sports Leaders (Y6)
  • House Captains (Y2 & Y6)
  • Playtime Buckets
  • Targeted After School club Activities with Sports Coach
  • Fixed Equipment (Adventure Trails)
  • Sports’ Day
  • Day Trip and Residential


We want our Pupils to become Sportspeople who have:

  • The ability to acquire new knowledge and skills exceptionally well and develop an in-depth understanding of PE.
  • The willingness to practise skills in a wide range of different activities and situations, alone, in small groups and in teams and to apply these skills in chosen activities to achieve exceptionally high levels of performance.
  • High levels of physical fitness.
  • A healthy lifestyle, achieved by eating sensibly, avoiding smoking, drugs and alcohol and exercising regularly.
  • The ability to remain physically active for sustained periods of time and an understanding of the importance of this in promoting long-term health and well-being.
  • The ability to take the initiative and become excellent young leaders, organising and officiating, and evaluating what needs to be done to improve, and motivating and instilling excellent sporting attitudes in others.
  • Exceptional levels of originality, imagination and creativity in their techniques, tactics and choreography, knowledge of how to improve their own and others’ performance and the ability to work independently for extended periods of time without the need of guidance or support.
  • A keen interest in PE. A willingness to participate eagerly in every lesson, highly positive attitudes and the ability to make informed choices about engaging fully in extra-curricular sport.
  • The ability to swim at least 25 metres before the end of Year 6 and knowledge of how to remain safe in and around water.