Sandon JMI School

Learning, Resilience, Independence

 PE at Sandon is… 

For Everyone For ever!


At Sandon School, Physical Education (PE) is an integral part of our curriculum that is inclusive and engages all pupils in a supportive and challenging environment. We aspire for children to acquire, develop and refine their practical skills and techniques: to further their knowledge and understanding of PE concepts and principles and develop their overall competence to enjoy and excel in a broad range of sports and physical activities.

We aim to deliver high quality teaching and learning opportunities which enable all children to succeed; to enjoy their learning; to be resilient and consistently strive to give their best efforts at all times and achieve their potential and personal best.

Children participate in competitive sport and through this we teach children how to cooperate and collaborate effectively as part of a team and compete appropriately against others adhering to our PE values (Excellence, Determination, Inspiration, Friendship, Equality, Respect and Courage).

We understand the importance PE, School Sport and Physical Activity has on children’s general health, fitness and mental wellbeing. We provide opportunities for all children to be physically active for sustained periods of time and we teach children the importance of leading healthy, active lives and the importance of making informed lifestyle choices.

Swimming is an important life skill and we aspire for all children to leave Sandon being able to swim at least 25m and have knowledge and self rescue techniques.



-PE at Sandon provides challenging and enjoyable learning through a range of sporting activities including Games, Gymnastics, Dance, Athletic Activities, Outdoor and Adventure Activities and Swimming

-The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and carefully planned provision are designed to support children’s physical development. We offer daily playful opportunities for children to engage in physical activity both in and outdoors. Our children have access to free flow play for sustained periods of time and are encouraged to use our outdoor environment including our forest school, mud kitchen, play equipment and large sandpit. We access this environment all year round and in all weather conditions to support the development of gross and fine motor skills, control, balance, coordination, confidence and problem-solving skills. The class sits together to share a range of healthy snacks to develop an awareness of the importance of a balanced healthy lifestyle and nurture good manners. The class has a weekly lesson with the specialist PE teacher. The class also have a Daily Physical Activity (DPA) session working on both gross and fine motor skills.

-All children in Key Stage 1 participate in 2 PE lessons each week. Key Stage 2 also have 2 lessons and an additional swimming lesson.

-The curriculum map sets out the PE activities which will be taught over the year and ensures that the requirements of the National Curriculum are met.

-Sandon uses the Getset4PE scheme of work which is age appropriate and progressive

-The emphasis of our PE curriculum is inclusion. We strive to provide suitable learning opportunities for all children

We promote both participation and competition through PE and Sport. We ensure all children experience competition individually and as a team in lessons and in the extended curriculum

-We have a House system and all children participate in intra house competitions

-Children in KS1 and KS2 have the opportunity to participate in extra curricular physical activities throughout the year

-We are members of the North Herts School Sports Partnership, North Herts Rural Schools’ Partnership and the Letchworth and Baldock Schools’ Sports association who all provide sporting opportunities for our pupils including KS1, KS2 and Inclusion events. Our participation and successes at these events raises the profile of PE further and creates even more enjoyment of physical activity

-We like to have workshops at school for all pupils which provide our children with opportunities to experience new activities and learn new skills

-We offer a residential OAA experience for children in years 5 and 6

-We have an annual whole school sports day to which family, friend, former pupils and our village community are all invited

-Playtimes and lunchtimes are an important time at Sandon for children to engage in physical activity. The Chief Medical Officer advises 60 mins a day and we strive to offer opportunities to reach this goal

-We have a Sandon Sports Crew (year 5 and 6 pupils) who act as role models and leaders on the playground. They organise equipment and activities and ‘buddy up’ with younger pupils

-Weekly awards are presented in Celebration Assembly for PE which are linked to our PE values. End of year trophies are given for excellence.



We help motivate children to participate in a variety of sports through quality teaching that is engaging and fun. Our children learn to take responsibility for their own health and fitness, many of whom also enjoy the success of competitive sports. We equip our children with the necessary skills and a love of sport. They will hopefully grow up to live happy and healthy lives utilising the skills and knowledge acquired through PE.

‘Physical Education at Sandon is for everyone, forever.’


Enrichment Activities

Active after school clubs are offered every day, year-round for all ages. There are regular fixtures in a variety of sports. These range from friendly matches with local schools to Festivals and District, county and National competitions. 

We hold an annual Sports Day which is a great opportunity for family, friends and our neighbours in the Sandon community to get together and have some fun! 

Our older pupils attend the annual Olympic/Paralympic Day where they compete in a range of sports against other schools.

We have activity days at school where all our classes take part. A recent success was the visit of Paralympian Athlete (along with his medals and the Torch) followed by a day of Paralympic sports.

We have also taken our pupils to see live top class sport including a visit to the Olympic Park in London to watch world class Hockey, the World Canoeing Championships at Lea Valley and an FA cup semi Final at Wembley.

 Club Links

In addition to offering Physical activity and Sports at school we like to be able to direct children to clubs outside school. The following website has a list of local clubs that the school and our Sports Partnership work with closely.

 It also has a directory of sports clubs available in the North Herts area.


Ideas for PE / Sports /Physical Activity at Home

We see Physical Education as a partnership between School and Home. The Chief Medical Officer for England has stated that our children should be physically active for 60 minutes a day (not including their PE lessons.) This is to be made up of 30mins at school and 30mins at home. We know many children attend clubs out of school and achieve their 30mins every day. However, it does not have to be an organised, it may be a dog walk, cycle ride or helping in the garden.

Some children from Class 2 have been making up their own clapping games to help with coordination. Some of their ideas are shared below or why not make up your own?!




Here is a list of websites that you may find useful to gain ideas for activities to do with your children:

British Cycling ‘Ready Steady Ride’ activities



 PE Progression Document 

PE Vocabulary Document

Statutory information

View our Sports Premium documents here.