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Lydiate Primary and Nursery School

Inspire. Achieve. Prepare for life.

Physical Education

'The sports premium funding is used well to provide staff training, to improve resources and to employ a dance instructor. Year 5 pupils have been trained to be sports leaders and in 2018 all Year 6 pupils were able to swim 25 metres by the end of the year.  These measures have increased pupils’ enjoyment of sport and exercise.' - Inspection report 2019


My name is Mr Zaim and I am the P.E. lead. The following information will give you an overview of Physical Education at Lydiate Primary School.


Having gained a Sports Science degree from Loughborough University, the leading institute for all things sport and physical activity, Physical Education is a great passion of mine. We believe that promoting a love of Physical Education and Physical Activity will not only help us remain fit and healthy but will also help us in the classroom and beyond.

Our Curriculum Drivers

Our Curriculum is driven around the three principles which make up our school motto: Inspire, Achieve, Prepare for Life. We start every lesson by setting the learning intention, explaining clearly why we are learning a concept, and drawing specifically on previous learning to help us.


Inspiring Our Pupils - The Intent

We want our children to develop an enjoyment of physical education in all its various forms including: gymnastics; games; swimming; dance. We aim for children to:

  • Develop agility,  physical strength, stamina, control and flair, using strategies, techniques and team spirit.
  • Compete against others within school and in other settings..
  • Experience a wide range of sports, dance, swimming activities and to see how they contribute to personal fitness.
  • Develop good habits that they will maintain for a healthy life and to find a sport or activity that they really enjoy.
  • Be good sports- playing, winning or losing graciously and always supporting each other.
  • Learn to swim at least 25 metres and preferable to learn to do much more than the minimum requirement


Ensuring our pupils achieve - The implementation

All of our pupils receive 2 hours of Physical Education per week. We make use of our indoor spaces in the infants and juniors as well as our amazing school grounds. The key knowledge and skills to be taught it all year groups has been mapped out by the P.E. lead ensuring that all work covered is progressive. Key vocabulary has also been identified for each unit of work. (Document available below).


Starting in the nursery, our children work on their goals from Development Matters (Document below). We have also incorporated some units of work from the EYFS stage to help develop these gross motor skills.


Our EYFS department take their objectives from The Early Learning Goals (ELG - see document below) again incorporating units of work from Complete PE scheme of work. Our reception children study units on locomotion, ball skills as well as Dance and Gymnastics. By the end of the EYFS stage, our children are ready for learning in Key Stage 1.


In Key Stage 1, our pupils build upon the locomotion and ball skills learnt as well as using gymnastics to develop their motor skills. We introduce our children to team games and by the end of KS1, our children will have learnt to work together as a team as well as the basics of attacking and defending zones of play. We work with GLS Dance throughout the year who choreographs routines that the children are able to learn and perform.


In Key Stage 2, all children again building upon the skills and knowledge learnt earlier in their school life. Every child has the opportunity to enhance their attacking and defence skills and we use Netball and Tag-Rugby as a vehicle to teach these concepts. We deliberately re-visit units taught in previous years here and ensure that maximum time is given to the children to allow them to master these skills.


We want our children to know more and remember more!


All children receive two units of gymnastics in order to help build physical strength as well as balance and coordination. Striking and Fielding, Net and Wall sports as well as athletics feature heavily in the Summer term when we can make excellent use of our extensive grounds.


We have designed the curriculum so that the children are able to transition from one key stage to the next. In year 6, this philosophy continues as they begin gymnastics transition work for KS3.


Scheme - Complete PE 

We use the Completepe scheme of work. The P.E. lead has used this resource to create a bespoke curriculum that is unique to our school and covers the full curriculum in KS1 and KS2. Early Learning Goals have been used to design schemes of work for our Early Years children. Our nursery children access the units of work to aid their progression through their development goals. The scheme builds progressively from EYFS to year 6 constantly revisiting skills and concepts taught and reapplying the key knowledge into new situations.


Preparing our Pupils for Life - The Impact

Complete PE is an excellent P.E. resource and has been created by P.E. specialists as well consultants from within the Youth Sports Trust. This high quality resource enables our teachers to provide an excellent Physical Education offer to all of our pupils. We also use an in-built assessment tool within Complete PE to identify what the children know. Teachers use this knowledge to address any misconceptions there may be as well as to take learning further.


We believe that our pupils leave us with great physical literacy. Our curriculum is designed to allow children to know more and remember more. Our children are building their knowledge on how to lead active and healthy lives. Many of our children go on to join many sporting clubs outside of school.


What can our children remember about invasion games?

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GLS Dance

Our wonderful dancing

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Every child in EYFS, KS1 and KS2 will work with GLS dance our resident dance instructor. We have worked with GLS dance for 4 years now and Dance is a strength of the school. As well as working with each class, we have used dance as an opportunity for the school to work together. Past projects include a whole school dance where all of our staff and pupils danced to the same routine. During the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, each class performed a routine from a different decade. We love to dance at Lydiate Primary!

Outdoor Education

We believe that outdoor education offers children an added dimension to their enjoyment of physical education. We want every child to have the opportunity to take part in a residential visit to a centre where they can work with qualified instructors and school staff.  We believe these experiences have a range of benefits including;

  • Developing courage, determination, perseverance, social skills, independence
  • Giving children an opportunity to try activities that they may never otherwise experience such as climbing, abseiling, kayaking, canoeing, mountain biking and problem solving in a challenging environment.


These experiences take children out of their comfort zone and help them to become more aware of their own strengths and abilities. They develop a sense of awe and wonder about the natural environment around them and a greater understanding of life in a contrasting locality to their own. They also develop aptitudes that will benefit them in later life such as being prepared to try new things and to learn to work and live alongside other people outside of their family unit. Children are encouraged to record and reflect on their experiences and sometimes these can be really life-changing experiences for some children that they will remember for many years to come.


Forest School

As a forest school, our children have access to our wonderful on-site facility. Our children work on communication, resilience, team work as well as gaining some wonderful knowledge and skills. The sky is the limit in forest school.

Lydiate Futures

Our extensive extra-curricular offer provides further opportunities for the children to take part in sport and physical activity. Our staff offer football, netball and play clubs. We work closely with Active Sports who provide a range of multi-sports to Key Stages 1 and 2. GLS Dance also provides extra curricular opportunities to Dance. Our extra curricular offer allows our children to freely enhance their learning taught within our curriculum beyond the school day.


We train Year 6 children to be our Sport's Leaders. Our Sport's Leaders provide physical games in EYFS, KS1 and KS2 during lunch times. The children relish the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills in school. At Lydiate, we are making Sport's Leaders for the future. Leaders who can enhance the community in which they live!


We are part of the MADCOS cluster and work alongside other primary schools in the Maghull area to offer opportunities for competition and physical activity.


The PE scheme of work covers the full national curriculum for KS1 and KS2 (see links below) and as the children progress through the school they will cover many units of physical education as well as meeting and covering many concepts repeatedly and progressively.



Mr. Zaim

P.E Coordinator



Want To Know More?

Any Parent/Carer who wishes to know more about our P.E. curriculum can make an appointment to see Mr Zaim. Please do so via contacting the school office. There are also some useful documents and websites below.

Frequently Asked Questions


What Knowledge will my child learn?

Your child will learn 'how' (Declarative) movements that relate to physical activity and sport are performed. For example, this could include:

  • Knowing what a warm-up is.
  • Knowing the different types of jump in gymnastics.
  • Being able to explain what they are being taught if they are asked by an adult.


Your child will be able to demonstrate their knowledge (Procedural). For example, this could be:

  • demonstrating a warm-up
  • participating in a given position in netball/rugby
  • being able to show different types of balances/jumps in gymnastics.


Your child will also have a growing understanding of how to improve (Disciplinary)  their knowledge and skills through experimenting in P.E. lessons. This could be:

  • How to outwit an opponent in rugby. 
  • How to improve their performance in gymnastics/dance.




How can we stay safe in PE?

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How might PE lessons look different to extra-curricular sport or physical activity?


Our P.E. lessons will always have a clear learning intention with clear learning outcomes. These intentions are all part of a sequence of learning which could span several weeks in school. Our extra curricular clubs may focus more on getting the children physically active for a sustained period of time as well as having lots of fun in the process.


Does 'getting better' in PE look different to 'getting better' in extra curricular sport or physical activity?

Our PE units of learning have been designed to ensure that all children make progress over three core areas. 

1. Motor Competence

We want our children to know how to safely and successfully complete movements and actions.  The fundamental movement skills that form the building blocks of sport-specific movements include: throwing and catching, running, jumping, balancing etc. Our children will be able to explain and describe different movements e.g. how to complete a chest pass, how to dribble the ball, where to look and where to move etc.


2. Rules, Strategies and Tactics

We want our children to know how to safely apply rules and regulations that are specific to them participating in an activity or sport. E.g. how to maintain possession in a game of netball. These attacking and defensive skills can be transferred into many different game situations.


3. Healthy Participation

To know the exercise benefits to physical activity and sport e.g. What does a warm-up look like? Our children understand that 'warming-up' prior to exercise has many health benefits.