PE Intent:

At Clifton Primary School, we aim to develop pupils who will be physically active and can flourish in a range of different physical activities. The aims of our PE curriculum are to develop pupils who:

  • Are willing to practise skills in a 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;
  • Have and maintain high levels physical fitness;
  • Lead a healthy lifestyle which is achieved by eating sensibly, being aware of the dangers of drugs, smoking and alcohol and exercising regularly;
  • Are able to remain physically active for sustained periods of time and have an understanding of the importance of this in promoting long-term health and well-being;
  • 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;
  • Employ imagination and creativity in their techniques, tactics and choreography;
  • Are able to improve their own and others’ performance;
  • Can work independently for extended periods of time without the need for guidance or support;
  • Have a keen interest in PE – a willingness to participate eagerly in every lesson, highly positive attitudes and the ability to make informed choices about engaging fully in extracurricular sport;
  • Can swim at least 25 metres before the end of Year 6 and know how to remain safe in and around water.


Sport plays a fundamentally important part in the life of our school and we pride ourselves on our ability to engage and encourage pupils to participate in a wide range of sports. The PE curriculum is carefully planned to ensure progression and depth in the different subject areas.

Teaching and non-teaching staff hold a variety of coaching awards and have a vast range of experience in the teaching of Physical Education. We also work closely with visiting sports coaches as part of our PE programme, ensuring that our children have access to a very high standard of PE. The children in our school participate in a minimum of 2 hours PE per week, with the opportunity to access at least three other extra-curricular PE clubs either out of school hours or at lunch time. We also take our children off site to external providers to access sporting activities such as Horse Riding, Fell walking and Swimming.

We also invite other external sports coaches in to school to work alongside teachers.  This ensures pupils are receiving high quality Physical Education in sport specific areas and teachers are receiving CPD whilst the sessions are being delivered.  Examples of external sports coaches that work with us in school are from Eden Valley Sports Partnership, Penrith Hockey Club, Action Ants and Penrith Football Club.

Our links with the Eden Valley Sports Partnership, Action Ants and other local schools enable us to participate in a comprehensive fixture list throughout the year. These sporting competitions include: High 5 Netball, Football, Rugby, Hockey, Cross Country, Cricket, Gymnastics, Swimming, Multi-Skills, Orienteering, Athletics and many more.  Some of these competitions lead on to District – Eden and County – Cumbria competitions. We ensure that all pupils attend at least 2 of these events, if not more, a year. In addition, we hold our own competitive events annually: a swimming gala, a sports week and a sports day. Our aim is to give all children opportunities to take part in healthy competition, to enable them to learn about winning, losing and fair play, and to develop a sporting presence in both victory and defeat.

Pupils can track their achievements on our school sports page on our website or noticeboard located in school.

Upon joining the school each pupil is allocated a ‘House’.  These represent 4 local mountains: Blencathra, Helvellyn, Scafell and Skiddaw.  Each term the pupils compete in a variety of different sports to earn points for their house and at the end of the school year pupils compete in a competitive school sports day.  Each pupil is given points to add to their house total with the winning house at the end of the year being crowned “CHAMPIONS”.  House and Sport Leaders are recruited from the Year 6 pupils and these pupils help to organise, lead and coach sporting clubs and events during the school year.

The value of camaraderie and teamwork cannot be understated and we foster this through our house system and external competitions. Pupils in all teams have a respect for one another, their opponents and referees and feel a pride in their performance. In this sense of pride, of course, they are not alone! We have frequent comments about how well our pupils represent their school. Above all we hope we enthuse and build confidence in our pupils.

We have followed the success of our past pupils. Clifton’s footballers, dancers, runners, rugby players have gone on to compete at all levels, from county meets to National trials. We continuously encourage our talented athletes to join local and county clubs with which we have strong links with to develop their talents further



Our PE Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. We focus on progression of knowledge and skills in the different physical activity areas. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes;
  • Pupil discussions about their learning;
  • Video analysis through recordings of performance in lessons;
  • The annual tracking of standards across the curriculum.

The impact of our P.E curriculum is also measured in the uptake of our sports after school and lunch time clubs, participation in inter school sports competitions and external competitions.  Each year we aim for 85% of pupils to have attended a sports club or competed against another school in a sport.  Participation levels are tracked and recorded.

External measures are also used to measure the impact of out P.E curriculum.  This year we are applying for the School Games Award.  This recognises high quality provision in school with either a bronze, silver or gold award.

PE at Clifton – Progression of skills