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'The five 'S's of Sport training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit.' Ken Doherty

Physical Education at Appleton Thorn - Our Intent

We aspire to be the best we can be, promoting a heathy body and mind.

We give our children opportunities to acquire new knowledge and skills exceptionally well and develop an in-depth understanding of PE.  Pupils develop willingness to practise skills in a wide range of different activities and situations, alone, in small groups and in teams and to apply these skills in chosen activities to achieve exceptionally high levels of performance. We work hard to promote high levels of physical fitness.  Our school ethos promotes healthy lifestyle, achieved by eating sensibly and exercising regularly. In each year group our children are encouraged to remain physically active for sustained periods of time and an understanding of the importance of this in promoting long-term health and well-being.   Many of our pupils take the initiative and become excellent young leaders, organising and officiating, and evaluating what needs to be done to improve, and motivating and instilling excellent sporting attitudes in others. Some of our gifted pupils show exceptional levels of originality, imagination and creativity in their techniques, tactics and choreography, knowledge of how to improve their own and others’ performance and the ability to work independently for extended periods of time without the need of guidance or support. All of our teaching team model keen interest in PE and expect our children to have a willingness to participate eagerly in every lesson, highly positive attitudes and the ability to make informed choices about engaging fully in extra-curricular sport.  

High Quality Teaching and Learning - Implementation

Physical education is taught by our dedicated and passionate teaching team, led by our own Mr Yates; teacher, qualified sports coach and swimming coach.  Our school site has two large grassed fields, a soft surface running track and two hard courts/netball courts.  Our children also have access to a Rope Ravine, an outdoor gym, an embankment slide, and a fixed obstacle course throughout the day. Children are also encouraged to play with logs, tires and balance boards within our free play provision within the woodland environment. 

Our older children have the opportunity to become 'Play Leaders' developing their leadership roles and supporting the physical development of their younger peers.  All areas are open during playtimes, giving children the choice of more structured games, inventive games, imaginative play, conversation and quiet spaces.  

Learn more about how we teach PE here:

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Mo Farah

Knowledge and Skills

Academic Year Overview Long Term Plan

Our Bespoke Curriculum 

Our teachers use and adapt the REAL PE Scheme which plans for an active, healthy primary school-aim for access to at least 60 minutes a day.  Our pupils are challenged, and motivated both physically and mentally and demonstrate a high level of learning. 

If you require any further information or paper copies, please contact Mr Yates our PE Lead via the school office on 01925 266764 or email office@appletonthorn.tcat.uk.com

Movement and 'Brain Breaks' throughout the day

Children often use 5 minute works that are created by Joe Wicks. Also, each class has a 15 minute slot on the track for their daily mile.

Extra Curricular Sports

Football Clubs - These are run by Mr Yates and Mr Williams for KS2, and an external provider for KS1. These give children the chance to develop into a team and then take part in competitions throughout the year.


Rugby Club - The children within the club get a chance to represent the school at the Fire 7s tournament at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Running Club - A popular early morning club that wakes even the most sleepy head.  Running competitions held at Walton Gardens on a Saturday morning and cross-country events in the summer term.

Tennis Club - We have specialist coaches who give high quality lessons to our children on our hard courts, in the mornings. 

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