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Barcroft Primary School

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Our PE Vision...

‘Creating a healthy, active lifestyle whilst challenging children to be independent and respectful through their enjoyment of PE. We aim to give the children we work with the optimism and desire to achieve their goals’


At Barcroft, we have two full time sports coaches who have a passion for PE. Our sport coaches teach all lessons for children from nursery up to year 6.  Our curriculum is progressive and the children build upon their skills each year.


In Early Years, we encourage positive play! The children access PE through the subject Physical Development where the children develop their gross motor and fine motor skills. As well as PE lessons the children have access to the Trim trail and during continuous provision use the bikes, scooters and play equipment in their outdoor environment. 


Children are expected to listen to and follow the rules, and challenge themselves through the lesson.

We also encourage competition in order for children to learn how to win or lose. At Barcroft, we try to install our children with a ‘will’ to succeed in all that they do.


Every child at Barcroft gets approximately two hours of structured PE time during the week. Children in Key Stage 2 participate in a dodgeball league during lunchtime.

Our PE lessons are broken down into skills so that every child is given the chance to try the skill and develop it at their own pace. By doing this we able to make every child feel like an equal part of the session therefore making it much more enjoyable and keeping the children engaged.



All sessions are designed and planned using four stages:-

The warm-up – All our warm ups are based on working the pupils fundamentals, skills such as basic movements, co-ordination, space awareness, agility, speed, body control, reactions and decision making. The activity, length and tempo of the warm up is dependent on the session that will be taking place.


Try it – The children get the chance to play the game and try to learn from their own mistakes

Coach it – Once the children have tried the game, the coach then steps in to demonstrate the techniques needed before they play it again.


Progress it – The session is progressed either to individuals or as a whole to the entire group.

The sports coaches at Barcroft Primary School will very rarely place the class into ‘matches’. This is because we do not feel that matches are beneficial to the class as a whole. For example, if we were to place a whole class into football matches the dominate footballers will come to the front and the less confident children would be left out.


All our games are based on equal opportunities, giving every child the chance to try the game and learn from the game. These games are based on certain aspects of different sports in order to break up the skills and develop them to their fullest. The sessions are designed to teach the children key skills in fun and competitive games. At Barcroft Primary School we see it to be more important to learn the basic skills now before progressing into playing matches in the future.



Gymnastics – During term one, all children take part in gymnastics through PE. Key elements taught during this time are body control and presentation. KS1 work towards a routine they can perform while KS2 learn a different range of skills before placing what they have learnt in their own performance (Yr3/4 routine in pairs and yr5/6 routines in small groups)


Dance – During term two, all children take part in Dance through PE. Lower phase explore movement through emotions while learning the tempo change in music before then learning a simple routine. Middle phase explore music by working in small groups to find a beat of a song and develop their own dance warm up before learning a routine. Upper phase learn a more complex routine before working in small groups to develop their own routines. All year learn a routine and are given the opportunity to take part in our school dance showcase.


Athletics – During term three, all children take part in athletics. KS1 take part in different skill based running games. KS2 have the chance to try out all aspects of athletics.


After school and school sports

Barcroft offer a wide range of after school sports clubs to create opportunities to ensure children remain engaged in sports. We are currently offering 10 after school sports clubs per week.

We enter every competition the area has to offer in order to give our pupils the chance to compete and interact with other schools along with giving our pupils the chance to shine. We host a wide range of competitions throughout the year for all abilities and ages. At Barcroft, we are constantly creating links with local sports clubs so that our pupils can continue with a sport they enjoy, or develop in a sport they have a talent in. By doing this we hope to create a lifelong love of sport for our pupils.


PE Kit

Your child will need:

  • White T-shirt
  • Black short
  • PE pumps
  • You can provide trainers for outside
  • During the winter the children can wear a black plain track suit.


Mr Bartleton

PE Lead


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