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Physical Education

At Stanhope we aim for Physical Education (PE) to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding, so that they can perform with increasing competence and confidence in a range of physical activities. These include dance, games, gymnastics, swimming and water safety, athletics and outdoor adventure activities. PE promotes an understanding in children of their bodies in action. It involves thinking, selecting and applying skills and promotes positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle, enabling them to make informed choices about physical activity throughout their lives.


Our PE aims are:

  • To enable children to develop and explore physical skills with increasing control and co-ordination
  • To encourage children to work and play with others in a range of group situations
  • To develop the way children perform skills and apply rules and conventions for different activities
  • To increase children’s ability to use what they have learnt to improve the quality and control of their performance
  • To teach children to recognise and describe how their bodies feel during exercise
  • To develop the children’s enjoyment of physical activity through creativity and imagination
  • To develop an understanding in children of how to succeed in a range of physical activities and how to evaluate their own success
  • To promote a healthy lifestyle


Children at Stanhope receive two hours a week of class PE (one hour taught by the class teacher and one hour by a specialised coach as part of PPA time). As required in Key Stage 1 (KS1), we teach dance, team games and master basic movements including running, jumping, developing balance, agility and co-ordination and gymnastics.

In Key Stage 2 (KS2) we teach running, jumping, throwing, catching, competitive games, athletics, gymnastic, dance and outdoor adventurous activities. Children will learn to compare performances and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.  Swimming and water safety is also taught in KS2 ever week for ½ hour at a local leisure centre.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Stanhope encourages the physical development of our children in the Reception and Nursery classes as an integral part of their work. We relate the physical development of the children to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Outcomes, which underpin the curriculum planning for children aged three to five years of age. The children are encouraged to develop confidence and control of the way they move, and the way they handle tools and equipment. We give all children the opportunity to undertake activities that offer appropriate physical challenge, both indoors and outdoors, using a wide range of resources to support specific skills.

Reception children take part in 30 minutes of structured PE teaching a week. The government and Stanhope have recognised that Physical Development (PD) is a prime area of learning.



At Stanhope we are working closely with London Elite, specialist sports coaches, developing our PE by taking part in regular fixtures against other local schools and participate in area knockout competitions. This will introduce a competitive element to team games and allows the children to put into practice the skills that they have developed in their lessons. These opportunities will foster a sense of team spirit and co-operation amongst the children at Stanhope. Children learn important life lessons about teamwork and fair play. Participating in sports teaches our children how to compete in the real world and we believe that healthy competition inspires children to do their best. When children compete they will become more inquisitive, research independently, and learn to work with others. They will strive to do more than is required. These abilities prepare children for future situations of all kinds. Competition also develops critical thinking, decision-making and problem solving skills from a young age.

As well as external competitions, our children have the opportunity to compete in inter-class competitions and team games.