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Bishop Pursglove C of E Primary School

Reach Higher, Think Deeper, Love Wider


At Bishop Pursglove School, we consider sport and physical education to be integral for each child’s health and wellbeing. We follow the EYFS Statutory Framework 2021 and the National Curriculum which identifies and groups subject objectives for KS1 and KS2. 


We aim to develop a balanced curriculum offering a variety of activities to enhance skills in physical education. We expect pupils to have a positive outlook towards their PE lessons and strive to perform to the best of their abilities all the time. Active participation in physical education will enable children to increase self-esteem, independence and team work.


We aim to:


  • Develop confidence, skills and knowledge.
  • Pursue excellence.
  • Be proud of achievements.
  • Promote fair play, sportsmanship and respect.
  • Encourage healthy, active lifestyles.
  • Provide an extensive extra-curricular programme.
  • Develop club links that enable pupils to pursue their sports out of school.

    The children are taught the PE curriculum by professional sports coaches and instructors and skilled teachers. This ensures that the children develop the necessary skills to take part in a variety of sports alongside communicating, collaborating and competing with each other.


    Children from Year 4 spend a term attending swimming lessons at our local swimming pool (Bakewell) where they learn how to swim alongside essential water safety skills.


    At Bishop Pursglove School all children have the regular opportunity to learn and compete across a wide variety of sports with other local primary schools. We are part of the Lady Manners Cluster Partnership and have a full calendar of festivals and competitions which every member of the school can participate in. 


    Children always conducted themselves in a professional manner and had great fun taking part in all of the activities and representing their school.



Spiritual development

Through teaching PE, pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of the body’s performance when exercising; this leaves pupils amazed at the body’s ability. This is also linked to the Christian value ‘perseverance’, as pupils have to show perseverance when exploring the body’s capabilities. Through Dance and sports such as Gymnastics pupils are being creative, expressing feelings and emotions in their performances. Allowing pupils’ reflection time to evaluate their experiences allows them to build a positive mindset and promotes progression. Pupils will also see a sense of awe and wonder when observing elite performance from professional athletes and their peers. 


Moral development

Living a healthy lifestyle and promoting healthy living is apparent in each PE lesson at Bishop Pursglove. Pupils develop the ability to tell between right and wrong through fair play in sporting events and participating in competitive situations, giving pupils a sense of justice, and how to respond appropriately when they feel there is an injustice. The frequent opportunity given to pupils to umpire and referee supports the importance of abiding by rules. Pupils are challenged to consider ethical and moral issues by discussing the use of enhancement drugs in sport and how fair or unfair this may be.


Social development

The nature of PE allows all pupils to develop the necessary skills to work in teams or pairs, as the majority of activities are based around team games or creating sequences in groups, co-operation with others is paramount to success. Giving the pupils roles such as leaders, coaches, or umpires, and offers pupils the opportunity to develop their communication skills, leadership skills and the ability to settle any discrepancies which may occur. Pupils are encouraged to reflect upon feelings of enjoyment and determination. 


Cultural development

Pupils are given the opportunity to explore dances and learn games from different traditions and cultures including their own, such as the Haka, Irish dancing, Bollywood Indian inspired dance, and the Lindy Hop. Pupils also recognise and discuss the differences between male and female roles within sport, at both elite and amateur levels. Compassion and respect for other culture and traditions is also displayed by all when exploring unfamiliar games or dances. Pupils will discuss how culture affects what sports different nations excel at and how cultural traditions can affect which sports men and women participate in.

Specific examples of Spiritual, Moral Social and Cultural Develop in Physical Education include:  

  • Pupils learning to cope with both success and defeat with dignity.  
  • Pupils discussing learning objectives and reflect upon issues as well as listening to others opinions.  
  • Strategies and tactics being introduced to pupils  
  • The role of coaches, leaders, and umpires are used to develop pupils’ sense of right and wrong.  
  • Pupils witnessing positive behaviour in PE and are allowed the opportunity to reflect upon the need for rules and fair play.  
  • Pupils becoming aware of different cultural attitudes towards aspects of physical activity.  
  • Discovering the role of sport and dance within society including learning dances and games from different traditions.  
  • Pupils learning to cope with their emotions in socially acceptable way during competitive situations


British Values



PE provides a code of conduct for the school that permeates all subjects, including PE.  Pupils are taught about the need for different roles and different responsibilities, including teamwork and decision making. PE also provides a pupil voice for PE & School Sport (e.g. re curriculum, extracurricular activities, kit).


The Rule of Law 

Children are taught about age appropriate rules, fairness and respect, through a variety of PE activities. Children  learn to work individually and in groups.  An established ethos in PE with regard to how to win and lose fairly and understand good sports personship.  Competition against oneself is encouraged in addition to competition against others. 


Individual Liberty 

PE recognises individual differences. There is an ethos where the views of individual pupils are listened to and respected within an acceptable framework.  Pupils are taught safely and about safety within PE lessons, sports and competitions.


Mutual Respect and Tolerance

Pupils are taught about historical, cultural and religious differences, through a variety of PE activities.  The culture in PE respects cultural differences.  Pupils are taught about the environment and different activity contexts. There are appropriate rewards and sanctions in PE for inappropriate behaviour.  Bishop Pursglove engages in competition and encourages competition within and across the community.


Protected Characteristics 

Part of providing a meaningful PE offer for ALL pupils is being proactive and effective in identifying, addressing, raising awareness and closing inequalities. All staff at Bishop Pursglove promote an inclusive practice, especially in supporting pupils with protected characteristics (age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation). Bishop Pursglove take steps to eliminate discrimination, reduce in-equality, promote equity and strive for social justice. This includes having due regard for the need to: 

  • provide equal opportunities to all children with regards to PE and sports
  • meet the needs of all children through a tailored and adapted PE curriculum. 
  • encourage those who share a protected characteristic to participate in PE and sports activities competitions. 


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