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At Unsworth Primary School we believe in giving all pupils, irrespective of their academic or physical ability, the opportunity to discover and develop their physical potential through a balanced and progressive programme of activities. 

We do so in the belief that physical education, in a safe, supportive and challenging environment is a vital component in the development of children’s physical and emotional health and well-being. This includes qualities such as enjoyment, co-operation and development of expertise in different physical areas, which, in turn, allows children to apply skills, be creative and imaginative, thus giving children a chance to celebrate achievement and progression within the physical medium.

Through our PE curriculum our intent is to:

  • To develop attitudes of fair play, respect, enjoyment, participation, enthusiasm and competitiveness in physical activities within a safe and supportive environment.
  • To provide a coordinated programme of physical education across KS1 and KS2 in order to help build life long participation in sports, games and other recreational activity.
  • To provide the means for children to realise their full physical potential and to develop movements, coordination, confidence and body awareness in a range of contexts.
  • To promote an appreciation of physical movement as a spectator and critic in order to learn new skills of self-judgement and appraisal during individual and team routines.
  • To promote responsible attitudes towards safety of self and others in movement, in the use of equipment and to promote an understanding of the relationship between physical activity and health.
  • To develop the confidence and knowledge of our staff through the sharing of expertise within the school and through the advice and support of the L.A. and other external providers, particularly through CPD opportunities.


Sports Mark Award

Unsworth has achieved the Golds Sports Mark for the last 3 years consecutively.

How is the PE curriculum organised?

In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 each child will participate in two hours of timetabled PE each week.  Pupils will be taught skills across six areas of activity including gymnastics, invasion games and dance.  During each year they will be taught games and activities which aims to promote competition and challenge.  Orienteering will be covered in Y1, Y3 and Y5. Swimming will be taught during Key Stage 2 in Y4.  Where available the school’s own provision will be enhanced through specialist sports coaching.

This year, each half term, two classes will receive curriculum support sessions and two classes will be offered extra curricular activities (see Sports Funding page).

How do we assess achievement in PE?

Observational assessment is the most obvious way of collecting evidence in PE.  This may include discussion, responses to questions and children’s assessment of their own and others’ performance through the use of technology such as cameras and ipads.  Assessment of children’s attainment is a continuous process and criteria are needed which can be used in assessing children’s work in PE. These include:

  • Accuracy
  • Efficiency
  • Adaptability
  • Ability to do more than one thing at a time
  • Teamwork
  • Agility
  • Imaginative performance.

Extra Curricular Clubs

We currently run a number of sporting clubs throughout the year, although some are weather permitting at points throughout each term. Parents will be notified if, for some reason, a club does not take place from week to week.

All current and upcoming clubs can be found on the PE information board in school in the Lower Junior corridor. Please ask your child to take a leaflet for more information.

There are also a wide variety of clubs and associations that we as a school have direct links with. Take a look at the links on this page to find out about clubs in your area and click on the links to find out how to join.