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Physical Education

We aim to create a firm foundation for a lifetime of learning by demonstrating the importance of health, well being, competitive and recreational sport through high quality teaching and learning experiences. Instilling the values of mental and physical health (that are supported by exercise and activity) into each of our children.

We believe that physical education, experienced in a safe, engaging and supportive environment, is a significant factor in developing our children’s physical competence and confidence.  As well as being important in its own right, physical well being can contribution mental well being. 

We promote physical skillfulness, physical development and knowledge of the body in action. We aim to give a stimulating, enjoyable and appropriately challenging learning experience. Children may learn as individuals, be paired-off or take part in group activities. During co-operative, creative and competitive situations they are encouraged to use their improvisation and problem-solving skills.

Our children are also encouraged to appreciate the importance of a healthy lifestyle and be aware of the factors that affect our health and fitness. 

Physical Education Curriculum

High-quality PE lessons are taught twice a week, covering 2 different sports/skills units per term. We follow the sequenced Merton School Sports Partnership's Get Set PE schemes of work to ensure all pupils participate and develop in a variety of sports, covering the National Curriculum objectives. The consistency of the planning and resources provided by MSSP ensure lessons across years show progression, allowing children to further develop advanced skills required in all areas of the curriculum.

Throughout the children in Key Stage 2 are given the opportunity to trial and compete in sports events both internally and externally. Our Class V Class tournaments and MSSP local and borough competitions/festivals give every child an opportunity to compete at an appropriate level to enrich their experience of PE and competitive sport. During the summer term, we hold a competitive sports day, where the children represent their classes and take part in a variety of track and field events that are accessible to all.

Read our Physical Education curriculum aims here.

Read our Physical Education curriculum overview here.

Read our Physical Education Progression of Key Skills overview here.

Read our Intent, Implementation and Impact statement for Physical Education here.

We were recently re-awarded the Platinum MSSP School Sport Mark in recognition for our commitment to physical education and school sport achieving the Gold award for at least 5 consecutive years.

We were also awarded the Gold School Games Mark Award for the 2022/23 academic year. The School Games Mark is a Government-led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.


Learning and Assessment in PE

In PE, we assess pupil attainment and progress using the Head, Heart, Hands assessment model:


(Creativity, understanding and decision making)

Children learn the rules of games and develop their understanding of strategy. They progress in their ability to apply the rules and strategies to games independently and collaboratively. 

We aim for the children to develop the ability to make quick decisions in different circumstances and to respond to different situations with skill and purpose. 

Children will reflect on their performances and the performances of others and suggest improvements in strategy and/or practice.


(Fair play, leadership, social)

Children learn to distinguish between thinking emotionally and logically in sport. They will learn to win and lose with decorum and will learn the behaviours of a role model. 

Children learn specific sporting etiquette as well as general sportsmanship. 

Our children will learn how to be leaders on the sports field and be able to use their influence to affect change. 

Sport is taught with a positive individual and team ethos in mind, with a focus on encouragement and aspiration.


(Fitness and physical literacy)

Children learn a broad range of transferable physical skills with a particular focus on education around the importance of physical fitness for a healthy body and a healthy mind. 

Children are prepared for success in multiple disciplines and will be able to apply physical skills and fitness in a variety of different scenarios. 

Children learn the importance of good technique from a safety and success point of view. 

Children also learn to transfer these skills from practice to a competitive environment.


Early Years and Foundation Stage

At Bishop Gilpin Primary School, our dedication to providing dedicated Physical Education (PE) sessions for Early Years children, guided by MSSP schemes of work, aligns with the requirements of the National Curriculum, specifically in the domain of physical development. Our approach comprehensively addresses the core aspects of physical development in Early Years, including fine motor skills, gross motor skills, core strength, and coordination.

Here's how our approach complements the National Curriculum:

  1. Fine Motor Skills Development:

    • Our PE sessions incorporate activities that involve handling and manipulating various objects, fostering the development of fine motor skills.
    • These skills are essential for tasks such as handwriting and using tools, supporting Early Years children in their broader academic and life skills.
  2. Gross Motor Skills Enhancement:

    • The MSSP schemes of work and our PE sessions prioritize activities that enhance gross motor skills.
    • Children engage in exercises that promote running, jumping, climbing, and other physical movements, aiding in their physical fitness and overall coordination.
  3. Core Strength Building:

    • Our sessions include activities that require core strength, such as balance exercises and games.
    • Core strength is fundamental for maintaining a stable posture, enabling children to sit comfortably and concentrate during class activities.
  4. Coordination Improvement:

    • The focus on body awareness and object control in our PE sessions contributes significantly to coordination development.
    • Children learn to control their movements, handle objects with precision, and navigate their environment effectively.

By aligning our Early Years PE program with the National Curriculum's physical development goals, we ensure that children receive a well-rounded education that encompasses not only academic skills but also crucial physical abilities. Our approach is designed to prepare them for the academic challenges of Key Stage 1 and beyond while nurturing their physical literacy, confidence, and overall well-being. This comprehensive approach to early physical development contributes to a firm foundation for lifetime of learning and physical activity.

Competitive Sport

Our children are given the opportunity to trial and compete in multiple sports across the school year. Bishop Gilpin enter multiple teams in many sporting competitions, from tag rugby and football to dance and gymnastics. Our children compete against other schools in the Borough, in London and nationally, often with great success.  

In addition, all children are involved in internal competitions in a variety of sports and disciplines.

Great care is taken in the monitoring and recording of those children who compete in an attempt to ensure every child has the opportunity to compete.

Under the superb leadership of Mr Smail, our competitive sport curriculum offer has been better than ever before with all children in key stage 2 having the opportunity to take part in intra school competitions throughout the year and 210 children across key stage 2 representing Bishop Gilpin at inter-school level in 2022-2023. Numerous successes in inter-school sporting competition have once again supported our excellent curriculum offer. 

Read more about competitive sport at Bishop Gilpin on our Sports and Competition page here.

We are part of, and support the aims of, the Merton School Sport Partnership. Hosted and supported by the Sport Specialist College, Harris Academy, their vision is to inspire young people to achieve their best in sport and physical activity through the provision of high-quality PE, coaching, leadership, extracurricular activity and competitions. For more information, please visit the Merton School Sport Partnership website, below:

Web icon http://www.mertonssp.org.uk/

Extra-Curricular Sports Provision


We offer a wide variety of extra curricular opportunities to allow our children to practise, consolidate and develop skills learned during curriculum time. 

This is also an excellent opportunity to develop the social side of sport with children from different classes and year groups. 

Older children are able to use their experience to develop the learning of younger or less experienced children and enjoy the responsibility of sharing their knowledge in a warm and welcoming environment.

See our extra-curricular club timetable here.

PE Sports Premium Funding

We use the money from the Sports Premium Grant to provide our children with equipment and experiences that have a lasting impact on the sporting lives of our children. 

Our membership of the MSSP enables us to allow more children to represent the school in sport.  

The quality of investments that we make improves the PE provision in the school but also on the overall health and fitness of our pupils.

Schools have a central role to play in supporting all children and young people to live healthy active lives. This is particularly true of primary school where the foundations of positive and enjoyable participation in regular physical activity should be established.

Crucial to achieving this is ensuring that pupils have access to at least 30 minutes of physical activity during the school day, alongside high-quality PE provision taught by confident and knowledgeable teachers and opportunities to experience and participate in a wide range of sports and physical activities. PE and sport premium grant funding should be used by schools towards these aims.

Read our full report on the PE and Sports Premium at Bishop Gilpin Primary School for 2022-23 here.

 At Bishop Gilpin Primary School, we are committed to providing high-quality physical education (PE) opportunities for our pupils. We recognize the importance of the PE and sports premium funding we receive. Our intent is to continue to develop and enhance the overall PE experience for our pupils and promote a lifelong love for physical activity and sport.

Our key focus areas for PE funding allocation this year are as follows:

  1. Investing in New Sports Equipment:

    • We will allocate a portion of the funding to replace old worn sports equipment and acquire new sports equipment and resources to build on the range of curricular and extra-curricular activities available.
    • This investment will also ensure that pupils have access to modern and safe equipment, promoting engagement and skill development.
  2. Continuing Our Relationship with Ricards Lodge:

    • We are extremely lucky and grateful to be able to use the sports facilities at Ricards Lodge and we will strive to maintain our close partnership with our neighbours to ensure our pupils can benefit from their state-of-the-art facilities. 
    • This collaboration enables us to offer a wider variety and higher quality of sports and activities, as well as provide students with the experience of using specialized sports facilities.
  1. Investing in CPD for Staff:

    • We will allocate funds to provide Continuous Professional Development (CPD) opportunities for our teaching staff.
    • This investment will empower our educators with the latest teaching methodologies, ensuring they can deliver high-quality PE lessons that cater to individual pupil needs and abilities.
  2. Investing in Specialist PE Staff:

    • We will allocate resources to continue employment of Alec Smail our PE lead who will continue to deliver extracurricular opportunities and oversee our students' participation in sports events.
    • Alec Smail will continue to organize and coach extracurricular clubs, develop talent, and ensure our students are well-prepared for inter-school competitions.
  3. Investing in Local Sports Partnership:

    • We will collaborate with our local sports partnership, MSSP, who provide PE schemes of work, CPD opportunities, and inter-school competitions.
    • This partnership will enrich our PE curriculum, offer our staff valuable training and development opportunities, and enable our pupils to participate in a broader range of inter-school competitions and festivals, fostering healthy competition and sportsmanship.

Through these initiatives, Bishop Gilpin Primary School aims to continue to build a vibrant and inclusive PE program that not only meets the educational requirements but also promotes physical health, teamwork, and a lifelong passion for sports and physical activity among our students. We are committed to tracking the impact of our investments to ensure that every pound spent contributes to the holistic development of our pupils.