Market Drayton Infant & Nursery School

‘An excellent, happy school, where we enjoy learning’


In P.E. we want children to:

We believe  that P.E. plays a vital part in the development of our children. P.E. develops physical competence and confidence and our curriculum has been set up to give the children an extremely wide range of sporting activities to develop their abilities. It fits perfectly with our whole school Visions and Values of Collaboration, Aspirations, Respect and Positivity. By offering such a wide range of opportunities, we go far and beyond the KS1 expectations of the National Curriculum. We hope the children will discover their aptitudes, abilities and preferences, and how to make choices about getting involved in lifelong physical activity.



Our programme promotes physical skilfulness, physical development and knowledge of the body in action. We provide opportunities for the children to be creative, competitive and to face up to different challenges as individuals and in groups and teams. Our whole school programme promotes positive attitudes towards active and healthy lifestyles which links in to the Wellbeing Award the school achieved in March 2019. 


Wellbeing Award

Children in school know that there are five ways to wellbeing to keep their body and mind fit and healthy. In school we have a character called CLANG, representing these five ways. The A stands for Active - we want children to be active every single day and we promote this through our PE lessons and Daily Mile sessions. For further information about Wellbeing, visit the PSHE curriculum section.


P.E. in Early Years Foundation Stage

In EYFS, P.E. is covered under physical development. It covers both fine and gross motor development. It is delivered through adult-led and child initiated sessions. Our aim is that all children will work towards achieving the ELG, to show good control and coordination in large and small movements, move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space, handling equipment and tools effectively. The children are given the opportunity to take part in our Bikeability programme.

At the end of EYFS, in reception, the children are given a more structured approach to P.E. lessons through two lessons a week and also opportunities in child initiated sessions. This includes:

  • dance 
  • gymnastics
  • Bikeability
  • games rotations to experience the large and small ball skills
  • skipping
  • tennis and kwik cricket to prepare them for KS 1.

P.E. in KS1

In KS 1, the children have two sessions a week as shown in the long term plan. This includes tag rugby, uni-hoc, football and netball, dance and gym, tennis and kwik cricket and athletics and swimming in Yr 2.


The children’s practical skills are developed in order to participate, compete and understand the importance of and be happy to lead a healthy lifestyle. Our PE plan links closely to the interleaving PSHE curriculum. The PSHE topics and themes are revisited within and through the sport blocks across the two year groups. We build on the knowledge developed in reception, to KS 1 which supports the interleaving curriculum in the rest of the school, and thus is taken through to KS2 to build their skills further.

Daily Mile

We all know ‘exercise is good for you’, and The Daily Mile is no exception. There are a wide variety of health and wellbeing benefits associated with daily physical activity and an emerging body of evidence supports the positive impact The Daily Mile can have on children’s health.

In March, studies found that 15 minutes of self-paced exercise, such as The Daily Mile, is beneficial for pupils’ cognition and wellbeing.


Our school is proud to take part in this activity. Children in Reception run at the front area of the school and when they reach Key Stage Once, children use the specially designed track at the back of the school around the field. There are daily mile champions which link to our Wellbeing Award who encourage children to run further each time. 


Threshold concepts

These are concepts that the children return to again and again in each of the sport blocks in the breadth of study.  We call this interleaving which means that the children return to each skill again and again through each area in the curriculum breadth.  This helps the children develop in that sport and secures the skill development into long term memory and allows for progression.  This increases their knowledge of the area of many sports over time.

We know that interleaving works because over time the children know more and can tell you more about the sport, they are able to physically show more about what they have learnt.

The threshold concept for P.E. is:

  • Develop practical skills in order to participate, compete and lead a healthy lifestyle. This concept involves learning a range of physical movements and sporting techniques.



Supporting children with Special Educational Needs (SEN)

Effective quality first teaching is our key driver to enabling all children to participate and progress their skills in Physical Education. Differentiation within lessons is a vital component to ensure that there is an equal balance of support and challenge for all children. Challenge and support within Physical Education might include: varying the type of equipment used e.g. larger ball if working on catching and sensory balls that make a noise to cater for all areas of SEN. Support can also be provided by teachers, TAs and peers. 


Many of our children with SEN do not have an SEN need in physical education and this is why it is so important for the coverage so that they can have the chance to develop their skills.

Our Physical Education curriculum has also been designed to offer a balance of sports, giving the opportunity to experience a wide variety of sports and activities and develop a range of skills. 

Alternative sports and wider opportunities

In line with our driver, 'Reach for the Stars', we aim to give the children a wide range of opportunities to keep fit, health and try new things. In order to enrich the experiences of the children, we offer:

  • Parachuting 
  • Bikeability
  • Swimming (Y2)
  • Tri-golf
  • Arrows Archery
  • Traversing walls
  • Outdoor gym equipment
  • Outdoor learning


Extra-curricular activities

We offer a range of extra-curricular activities.  These include:

  • Gymnastics
  • Dance
  • Jujitsu
  • Multi-sports
  • Tennis

For children in receipt of pupil premium funding, we support children to access clubs so that all who want to can participate and are not at a disadvantage due to finances. 

Competitive Sport

In year 2, the children have the opportunity to participate in a a range of competitive sports. We hold intra-school competitions with mixed teams competing across the year group.  We also participate in a range of inter-school competitions, including dodgeball, cross country, gymnastics and tennis.  



In order to assess progress in P.E. we have  assessment sheets that we use before and after each block of P.E.

Progress is measured over time.  By the end of Year 1 pupils should have a basic grasp of required skills for each block of sport. By the end of Year 2 pupils should have an advancing understanding of these skills, whilst some will have a deep understanding.

In year 1 and 2 pupils will be inspired by a high-quality PE Curriculum, some will succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. They will have had opportunities to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Furthermore our PE curriculum will help them to become caring, respectful, confident and responsible individuals.