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Physical Education Rationale


At Lydbrook School we are active.


During their time at Lydbrook School, our children will feel confident, valued, and prepared for the next stages of their physical education by learning and mastering the basic skills needed, as well as having as many opportunities as they can to represent the school. It is hoped that our pupils grow to adulthood with a passion for physical activity and keeping their body and mind healthy.


By the time they leave us at the end of Year 6, we want our children:

  • To use running and a variety of jumps in isolation and in combination.
  • To be able catch and throw in isolation and in a game situation.
  • To play competitive games.
  • To develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance through careful movements.
  • To perform dances using a range of movement patterns.
  • To compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
  • To take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges
  • To swim competently, confidently, and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • To use a range of strokes effectively while swimming.
  • To perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.


National Curriculum Purpose for Physical Education.

High quality Physical Education teaches students the knowledge, skills and confidence to be physically active for life. Students should have a minimum of two hours of physical education each week. It will be inclusive of all students and be adapted to meet all children’s needs. It develops competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities, as well as engaging students in competitive sports and activities.


Links with the National Curriculum Aims for PE

  • Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • Be physically active for sustained periods of time
  • Be engaged in competitive sports and activities
  • They can lead healthy, active lives.


Implementation: How Physical Education is taught at Lydbrook School

In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in Physical Education, we implement a long term, progressive curriculum where Physical Education is taught as part of a half termly or 6-week block to ensure a wide and varied coverage of the National Curriculum for Physical Education. The long-term plan is based on a two yearly cycle, where the themes are skill based to ensure children partake in a wide range of activities. Physical Education is taught alongside other subject areas where the skills and knowledge can be applied to help with memory and keep active.

Planning is supported by the Power of PE

A series of lessons will happen over 5-7 weeks and a typical lesson will be structured like this:

  1. Introduction
  2. Warm up
  3. Skills based activity (normally one or two)
  4. Games/Activities
  5. Cool Down
  6. Plenary


Vocabulary linked to Physical Education is embedded in all areas of the curriculum from positional language to understanding of rules.

External links

The school has many links with different sports teams around the Forest of Dean as well as being part of the Schools Games programme to give our children opportunities to compete.


Individual and team participation

Through the School Games programme, children are given an equal opportunity to participate in individual and team games.




Our Physical Education is based around 6 main areas, where each area has key skills linked to it- Large Ball Sports, Small Ball Sports, Athletics, Gymnastics, Dance and Swimming.

To reach the expected standard, pupils will have demonstrated they have achieved the necessary attainment levels in all the six main areas.

Children at Greater depth will take part in after school clubs with outside agencies and may achieve certificates and trophies with these clubs. These children will show a confidence in all areas of PE and make a good sports leader. They will also understand the health and fitness side of PE and will understand the importance of rules and tactics in a variety of games.

Fizzy will be used for children working well below the expected standard for PE to help develop motor skills for those who find it challenging.


Sports premium

The sports premium is used to fund additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport in the school and benefits all primary-aged pupils as well as early years. It is also used to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles.

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Lydbrook Primary School Fitness Challenge



Let’s 'be active' as part of our five ways to wellbeing! 

Please have a look at the suggestions below to make sure that you are looking after your fitness and wellbeing.


Remember, your aim is to do 60 minutes of activity each and everyday!


There is a link below for 'The Body Coach' where you can find a wide of recorded PE fitness session for children of all ages and abilities. 


What else can you try? There are many suggestions below.

Keep varying what you try so that the exercise stays interesting.

Set yourself daily goals to reach and beat...


  • Take this Disney sports quiz and see which activity it suggests for you! 
  • Go for a walk, jog or run with your family.
  • 10 Minute Shake-up! Change4Life and Disney have teamed up to bring you new Shake Up games inspired by Disney and Pixar's Toy Story 4 and Incredibles 2, and Disney's The Lion King and Frozen. These 10-minute bursts of fun will really get you moving and count towards the 60 active minutes needed every day! 
  • Visit to try out one of their sessions.
  • Try out a Go Noodle video. Which can be so much fun.
  • Become a super mover at - active learning to the max!
  • Choreograph a dance to your favourite song! This is a great way to get your heart pumping and allows you to be creative. If you’re in dance club, you could teach a family member the routine!
  • Just Dance – if you don’t have the game, there are lots available on YouTube with your parent/carers' permission
  • The floor is lava! Put cushions and tea towels on the floor to help you make your way around the room without touching the floor.
  • Musical bumps or statues. The perfect opportunity to revive these favourite party games.
  • Fun circuit training. Draw pictures of different activities and place them around the room – or all over the house. Visit each picture and do the activity – e.g. hop on one leg 10 times, do 10 star jumps, 10 squats, 2 roly-polies, etc.
  • Dodge ball or catch in the garden
  • Have your own family Sports Day! Egg and spoon at the ready…
  • Design your own obstacle course.
  • Hula Hooping!
  • Skipping – see if you can make your own rhymes to go with it!
  • Animal races: Hop like a bunny or frog; squat and waddle like a duck; and so on.
  • Move Crew - This is a fun programme developed with the expertise of teachers, physical activity specialists, elite athletes, children and coaches. Get active with the fun ideas on this website! 


Let your teacher or Mr Bowkett know about any new ideas so that he can add them to this page. Also send pictures to and they can be added to the website