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Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity (PESSPA)


PESSPA 2023/24

Supportive. Challenging. Progressive.


Our high-quality PESSPA offer at New Silksworth Academy provides children with the best foundation to develop holistically. We want our children to lead full and healthy lives, with love and respect for physical activity and sport.



  • Develop a culture where PESSPA is highly valued by all stakeholders
  • Deliver a curriculum that inspires and engages
  • Provide a wide range of experiences, sports and activities
  • Develop competence in children to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • Promote the participation of children in competitive and non-competitive sports and activities



We ensure that children participate in 1-2 hours of PE per week. KS1 and KS2 children can also access free after school clubs delivered by trained and qualified sports coaches. We ensure that every child participates in a minimum of 30 minutes exercise every day in school. We ensure that every child in KS1 and KS2 has multiple opportunities to engage in competitive and non-competitive sports.


Equal Opportunities & Inclusion

In accordance to Extol Trust Equality Policy, we believe that every child, whatever their background or circumstances, has the right to an outstanding education. All children have the opportunity to access to full range of the PE curriculum and extra-curricular activities. We aim to have 100% participation in sport and activities ran by external agencies. Additional clubs, during the school day, offer children more opportunities to grow and develop motor skills, abilities, social skills, health and self-esteem.


PE National Curriculum 2014

‘Key stage 1

Pupils should 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 should be able to engage in competitive

(both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of

increasingly challenging situations.


Pupils should be 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.
  • perform dances using simple movement patterns.



Key stage 2

Pupils should 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 should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They

should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and

sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.


Pupils should be taught to:

  • use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination.
  • 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.
  • develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics].
  • perform dances using a range of movement patterns.
  • take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team.
  • compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.’


A curriculum map is used to establish stages of development and provide progression throughout the learner’s time at New Silksworth Academy. In addition to this, it allows for the preparation for inter-school competitions. The curriculum is further broken down into areas of physical activity: Gymnastics, Dance, Games, Swimming, Athletics, Swimming and Outdoor & Adventurous Activities. The curriculum map is progressive and allows children to build on their prior learning from year to year as well as across the academic year.



It is the responsibility of the teacher to assess the progression of the learner throughout the year using the National Curriculum as a guide. In addition to this, teachers also use the school’s internal document ‘KPIs’ to monitor attainment and progression. Teachers and Sports Coaches work collaboratively to ensure this working document helps inform future teaching and learning. Additionally, we use external subscriptions to support us with baseline assessments of children in EYFS. This allows us to target specific children for additional support in their physical development.



Health and Safety is an integral part of the learner’s PE lessons throughout school. Children wear their PE kits whilst taking part in PE lessons. Children wear safe and sensible footwear. Children with long hair must have it tied back. Staff wear appropriate sports clothing for the session. Trainers or suitable footwear must be worn whenever physical learning takes place while dance and gymnastics should be done bare foot. Sports Premium funding is used effectively to purchase safe equipment from trusted suppliers and to replace any old or broken equipment.


When swimming, a trained and qualified lifeguard is always present and leads the session. Staff support in the assessment of children in swimming lessons. Children with long hair are required to wear a swimming cap. Adult to pupil ratios is considered when travelling to and from the pool, with a minimum of 2 staff members per group being observed.


When attending sports activities, a risk assessment is completed by the lead adult and a first aid kit is taken, after being checked.


Staff Development

External training opportunities are highlighted to staff and they can attend if they believe it is an area they should develop. Peer observations and/or video observations are encouraged to allow staff to learn from each other. External coaches provide development opportunities as staff are encouraged to observe the sessions and learn from their expertise. Currently, NSA employ sports coaches through Sports Premium funding to support in our delivery of the PE curriculum. These sessions are primarily used as staff CPD as teachers participate in these sessions and observe coaches in order to develop their skills.


Sports Coach

New Silksworth Academy has employed a sports coach, on a full-time basis, who works across the whole school and has a range of responsibilities;


  • Staff CPD
  • Leading and supporting the delivery of the PE curriculum across all year groups, supporting teachers with lessons, planning and assessments of children
  • Choosing children for sports teams and sports events
  • Leading clubs during and after school
  • Coaching Sports Leadership children
  • Maintaining links with outside agencies


Use of External Coaches

All coaches hold an up to date DBS. These coaches, who can range from secondary school PE teachers to sporting association affiliated coaches, can deliver sessions within curriculum time and as extra curriculum clubs.


Responsibilities of Parents & Carers

Parents and carers are expected to encourage their child in participating in all PE lessons. To do this they should provide their child with the school PE kit (black/navy shorts, white t-shirt and suitable footwear) and to encourage their child to take full advantage of all sporting activities on offer. Sports Premium funding has been spent to ensure spare PE kits are available in school to ensure maximum participation in PE lessons. Parents and carers will be informed via the school’s social platforms of up-coming extra-curricular events. Information for competitions outside of school such as school football team matches is shared via Class Dojo.


Equipment & Resources

The school has a large selection of equipment that is stored in the sports cupboards in the KS1 and KS2 halls. We also store outdoor equipment in our sheds, to be used during break times. Additionally, we have invested in OPAL (Outdoor Play and Learning) to enhance outdoor play and learning in our school.


Learning Environment

The school has five different areas that can be used to deliver PE lessons; we use the KS1 Hall, KS1 MUGA, KS2 Hall, KS2 yard and the school field. 


Extra-curricular opportunities

A range of extra-curricular clubs occur throughout the year. These are normally organised and ran by sports coaches and/or members of staff. To attend, parents/carers must return a permission slip, children must have a suitable change of clothing and be picked up on time if the club is after school.