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Physical Education, School Sports and Physical Activity (PESSPA) at Cononley Primary School

To see the Curriculum Statement, please click here. 

To see how we develop British Values through PESSPA, please click here. 


What our pupils will learn:

To see the Physical Education curriculum for Early Years Foundation Stage  (Physical Development) Key stage 1 and Key Stage 2, please click below:

EYFS Curriculum: Prime Areas (this includes Physical Development) 

Physical Eduation Curriculum at Key Stage 1 

Physical Education Curriculum at Lower Key Stage 2 

Physical Eductaion Curriculum at Upper Key Stage 2 

In addition to our taught Physical Education lessons, Physical Activity is vital for the health and well-being of our pupils. We aim for our children to be active for at least 30 minutes each day (mostly during playtimes) in addition to receiving 2 hours of Physical Education lessons each week.


School Sports enhance our PE curriculum by providing all of our pupils with the opportunity to take part in sports and activities outside lessons.


How our PESSPA curriculum will be taught to our pupils: 

In EYFS, pupils are taught the knowledge and skills for ‘Physical Development’ using a thematic approach outlined in our EYFS Curriculum: Prime Areas.  


Physical Education is taught to all pupils in Key Stage 1 and 2 for two hours per week.


Physical Activity takes place every playtime for all pupils in key Stage 1 and 2: 15 minutes in the morning, 10 minutes in the afternoon and approximately 30 minutes within the 1 hour lunch break, depending on the amount of time taken to eat lunch!  Children have access to sports and ‘active’ equipment at morning and lunchtime break. All children in Year 5 and Year 6 act as Sports Leaders and deliver activities to younger children in school. This helps children stay active, practise skills and have fun.  Sports Leaders also help to develop SPIRIT values (Sportsmanship, Perseverance, Integrity, Respect, Intelligence and Teamwork) and children who demonstrate these values are chosen to receive a certificate in Achievement Assembly.

Throughout the school year, our House Captains will help to organise sport tournaments for all KS2 children in school, such as dodgeball, football, tag rugby and netball.


School Sports: children at Cononley attend local competitive sports events throughout the  year, organised by our local secondary school, South Craven School.  This enhances our relationships with local primary schools and the local secondary school. Every child at Cononley in KS1 and KS2 is given the opportunity to attend at least one of these events. All children also have the option to attend various after sports and activities including Netball Club(KS2), SportsCool  (whole school) and Bradford City (whole school).

 Many of our children take part in sports and activities out of school and are members of local organisations such as Skipton Tennis Club, The May School of Dance, Sutton Juniors (football) and Craven Swimming Club.


Progression and Assessment in PE:


Regular observations and assessments of learning are recorded using an on-line journal (Tapestry) and contribute to a summative assessment at the end of EYFS using the Early Years Outcomes for Understanding the World: ‘People and Communities’.

KS1 and KS2

Regular, ongoing observational assessments are made using the Progression of Skills documents:

Progression of Skills KS1 

Progression of Skills KS2 



The impact of the curriculum will be reviewed at the end of the year through observations and assessments of pupils’ learning using the Progression of Skills documents. 

The positive impact of Physical Education at Cononley can also be seen through the year; children look forward to PE lessons and extra-curricular clubs are always well attended. Since 2014, we have achieved the Silver Sports Mark, which we have then managed to improve to the Gold Sports Mark for the last two academic years. We have had success in a wide variety of extra-curricular sporting competitions including cross country, football, netball, swimming and athletics. Further information about cluster tournaments can be seen on our Sports page. 

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