‘It doesn’t just come overnight, you’ve got to train for it and believe in yourself; that’s the most important thing’

Mo Farah


  • At Clifton with Rawcliffe, the aim of our PE curriculum is to value the importance of Physical Education (P.E).

We aim to develop a fun, high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sports and other physically-demanding activities. We do this through fully adhering to the aims of the national curriculum for physical education to ensure that all children:

  •  develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  •  are physically active for sustained periods of time
  •  engage in competitive sports and activities
  •  lead healthy, active lives.

It is our intention to build a curriculum that enables children to develop knowledge, skills and vocabulary in a broad range of sporting activities, as well as developing values and transferable life skills such as resilience, fairness and respect.

We want our children to have a breadth of sporting experiences so they can apply their learning to the wider world and go on to participate beyond school.

We want to ensure that children have the confidence, knowledge and skills to participate in a range of games and other physical activities.


Children able to show respect to themselves, their peers, adults and are inclusive of others.


Children show determination to succeed and have a positive approach to self-improvement and competition.


Children are all given the opportunity to compete and apply the skills (individually)  they have learnt both in school and in the wider community.


Children can work sensibly with equipment as well as showing that they are responsible for their own body and looking after it. 


Children to demonstrate fairness and honesty both within sport and outside the school environment.


We follow the National Curriculum and participate in the York School Sports Network.

We follow our school’s progression document; ensuring learning builds year by year.

We use quality equipment and coaches to stimulate children’s learning.

We emphasise the importance of keeping active and healthy and the reasons for doing so, be that in focused sport or as part of our daily routines.

Class teachers work closely alongside skilled sports coaches to deliver a high-quality sports provision. Swimming lessons are also provided for KS2 by qualified swimming teachers to support children in being able to competently, confidently and proficiently swim a distance of at least 25 metres. After school sports clubs are also offered to pupils to enhance the sports provision on offer and provide children with an opportunity to further develop their skills.

A carefully planned whole school PE curriculum, supported by schemes of work from Primary P.E planning.

Pupils from Year 1 to Year 6 are taught PE twice a week. Early Years children have at least one session a week and access to their outdoor area daily.

There are a range of engaging extra curricular clubs that enhance our P.E. curriculum. This is both external and internal.

At break times, we build on core physical skills and encourage children to stay active during their break. Children have a wide range of equipment and apparatus to use.

Each year group has an annual sports day where the children compete in a variety of individual and team events.

We aim to host intra competitions with Year groups and phases. We also attend inter competitions against other schools. We like to offer all of our children the chance to compete.

Children participate in workshops covering a variety of sports throughout the year. For example football, tennis and cricket, and rugby, again providing the children with an opportunity to develop, improve their fitness and to try something new.

The long term plan sets out the PE units which are to be taught throughout the year and ensures that the requirements of the National Curriculum are fully met.