Manifold Church of England Academy

Ofsted Rated 'Good'

Physical Education


At Manifold Church of England Academy, we are passionate about Physical Education. We are all acutely aware that physical activity is necessary to a person's well-being. Being inactive can have a negative effect on a child's development, both physically and emotionally. As such, physical education, school sport and physical activity play a large part in our curriculum. We aim to ensure that all pupils participate in daily exercise in addition to high quality PE lessons and swimming lessons (key stage two). Pupils engage in active maths and English sessions through a variety of mediums, one notable one being through the Tagtiv8 materials. 

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As a school we have a close working partnership with ASM Sports.  

ASM sports coaches support the delivery of PE within school, while developing our school staff through weekly CPD sessions, and also provide an after school sports club for us. 

We are regular participants in local sporting events, including those organised by the 'School Games' coordinator and our local school partnership with other Leek First schools. 

 We have invested a lot of time, energy and money in recent years to:

  • Ensure the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity 
  • Raise the profile of PE and sport across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement
  • Increase the confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
  • Broaden pupils' experience of a range of sports/activities
  • Increase pupil participation in competitive sport 


At Manifold Church of England Academy, our vision is to encourage children to engage in a healthy lifestyle and understand the importance of physical activity. We want our children to develop into confident and competent learners across a broad range of physical activities. We hope to do this by providing our children with a wide range of high quality, enjoyable opportunities to participate in physical exercise activities that build character, resilience and help to embed values and disciplines, both in a competitive and non-competitive environment. Children are given plenty of opportunities to build upon prior knowledge, allowing children to know more, and remember more. We aim to encourage pupils to be physically active for life.

Our intent is that every Manifold Church of England Academy pupil fosters a love of being physically active and understands and embraces the benefits of being active for life. We hope that every pupil is able to find an aspect of physical activity that they enjoy and wish to develop into adulthood. We aim to do this by delivering weekly high-quality teaching and learning opportunities, both indoors and outdoors, that inspire all children to succeed in physical education and in developing life skills. We aim for all children to be physically active for sustained periods of time and be able to make informed decisions about healthy life styles, a balanced diet, positive growth mind-set and the resilience to persevere with activities that may have once felt too difficult to achieve. Swimming is an important life skill, we aspire for all children to leave year 4 being able to swim, with the aim of them being able to swim at least 25 metres by the end of year six. We also want to teach children how to cooperate and collaborate with others as part of an effective team, understanding fairness and equity of play to embed life-long British Values.
‘Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.’ Michael Jordan

Our PE curriculum provides challenging and enjoyable learning through a range of sporting activities including; invasion games, net & wall games, strike and field games, gymnastics, dance, swimming and outdoor & adventure. Fundamental skills are built on throughout the year groups to ensure that all children develop the confidence, tolerance and appreciation of their own and others’ strengths and weaknesses. Each child receives two hours of curriculum PE time on a weekly basis which is carefully planned and mapped out to ensure a broad and full range of skills and activities are being covered. These sessions are either delivered by specialist coaches or class teachers during PE lessons. Two pupils in Year 4 children are selected to become Sports Ambassadors for the school ably supported by a small group of play leaders. These pupils develop into sporting role models for the younger children, assisting with lunch-time clubs, our annual Sports day and any other sporting activities. We also provide opportunities for all children to engage in extra-curricular activities after school, in addition to a range of competitive sporting events within the local area which are always well attended. We recognise that all children have diverse abilities and ensure that all lessons and extra-curricular activities are differentiated to promote an inclusive approach, which endeavours to encourage not only physical development but also well-being of all pupils.

Our aim is to provide all children at Manifold Church of England Academy with a broad and balanced PE curriculum that improves their well-being and fitness in a variety of sports through quality teaching that is engaging and fun. The PEDPASS assessment tool will enable us to monitor pupil progress from the start to the end of a sequence of learning. Children will learn about the impact and importance of a healthy body and healthy mind and will be able to verbalise to others how people can remain healthy. PE lessons will give children a platform and concrete understanding of how sport and exercise can, and should be sustained throughout their lives. Pupils will participate in intra sports competitions each term, affording them the opportunity to showcase their skills. Our impact is therefore to encourage children to employ these underpinning skills in an independent and effective way in order to live a happy and healthy life.



Early Years:

Physical Development

Moving and Handling -
ELG - Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements.

ELG - They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space.

Health and Self Care - 40-60m
• Shows some understanding that good practices with regard to exercise, eating, sleeping and hygiene can contribute to good health.
• Shows understanding of the need for safety when tackling new challenges, and considers and manages some risks.
• Shows understanding of how to transport and store equipment safely.
• Practices some appropriate safety measures without direct supervision.

ELG - Children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe.

Key Stage One:

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 Two:

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.



All schools must provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2.

In particular, pupils should be taught to:
• swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
• Use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
• Perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations

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