PE Curriculum

PE Kit

All children are expected to bring their PE kit to school to enable them to take part in PE lessons. Children are advised to bring their PE kit with them every day or bring them on a Monday and take them home on a Friday. Please can you ensure that your child has their PE kit with them on the following days:

  • Reception – Tuesday
  • Year 1 – Monday and Tuesday
  • Year 2 – Monday and Friday
  • Year 3 – Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Year 4 – Tuesday and Thursday
  • Year 5 – Monday and Friday
  • Year 6 – Thursday and Friday


Our PE curriculum is based on what we know is best for our pupils.

We aim to provide learning opportunities that enable all children to achieve their personal best. We strive to make sessions enjoyable, challenging and accessible to all. We provide opportunities for pupils to develop personal values and transferable life skills such as fairness, respect, team work, sportsmanship as well as providing pupils with opportunities to take part in competitive sport and Do yourself proud events. Children develop the knowledge, skills and competence to excel in a broad range of sports and physical activities including dance, gymnastics, athletics, games and outdoor activities. We offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities which encourage children to be physically active for sustained periods of time.

We inspire pupils to take part in sports activities long after they leave Lincoln Gardens and we equip them with knowledge and skills to be able to make informed decisions to lead healthy and active lives.

We believe in an approach to PE and Sport which:

  • Values the efforts and contributions of all children
  • Engages them in purposeful and enjoyable physical activity
  • Offers equal opportunities to all children
  • Supports and encourages healthy competition within the school community

Our objectives are to:

  • Provide a broad balance of physical activities for all pupils every week
  • Cover a range of gymnastics, dance, games, athletics and outdoor and adventurous activities (OAA) through dedicated lesson time
  • Provide access to the North Lincolnshire swimming scheme
  • Provide children with opportunities to compete in both intra and inter school competition
  • Enhance the school curriculum with external expertise
  • Teach all pupils to be concerned about their own and others’ safety in all activities, including the safe movement of equipment and resources
  • To encourage full participation in the range of extra-curricular activities made available in school throughout the school year

National Curriculum

Foundation Stage – Physical development

In Foundation, children will explore physical development, which involves children learning how to be active and interact with others; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children will also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity. Children at Lincoln Gardens will explore units of movement, body management and object manipulation in their lessons.

Key Stage 1

The national curriculum for PE aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • lead healthy, active lives

Pupils should develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.

Children will be taught to:

  • master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
  • participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
  • perform dances using simple movement patterns

Pupils will access units of athletics, dance, games, gymnastics and sending and receiving and locomotion.

Key Stage 2

Pupils should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They will explore different ways of communicating, collaborating and competing with each other whilst developing an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.

Children will be taught to:

  • use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
  • play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
  • develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics]
  • perform dances using a range of movement patterns
  • take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
  • compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best
  • evaluate their own personal fitness through a range of fitness tests in jumping, throwing, running and agility

Pupils will access units of athletics, dance, games (invasion games, net/wall games and striking and fielding), and gymnastics (body management, floor exercises and flight)

Swimming and water safety

Pupils in key stage 2 will be provided swimming instruction through the North Lincolnshire swimming scheme.

Children will be taught to:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres (National Curriculum standard)
  • use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations

Data will be provided by the North Lincolnshire swimming scheme which will be used to identify pupils who did not achieve the national curriculum standard of 25 metres and these pupils will be offered booster swimming lessons during curriculum time.

School Games Mark

The School Games Mark is a government led awards that rewards schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Participating in this process allows us to evaluate our PE provision and develop an action plan for future progress.

Each School Games Mark application is divided into four sets of questions. They cover the following basic topics:

  • Participation – how many young people at our school are being engaged in sporting activity?
  • Competition – how many different sports are being played and how many competitions are being entered?
  • Workforce – how many pupils are involved in leadership activities alongside taking part in competitions?
  • Clubs – how many local links does our school have with clubs or establishments from the area?

Previous application results:

2013/2014 – Awarded Bronze

2014/2015 – Awarded Silver

2015/2016 – Awarded Gold

2016/2017 – Awarded Gold

2017/2018 – Awarded Gold

2018/2019 – Awarded Gold

2019/2020 – Awarded Gold

2021/2022 – Awarded Gold

2022/2023 – Awarded Gold

School Sport

At Lincoln Gardens we offer a wide range of competitive sports. Every competition is categorised as a certain level; level 1, 2 or 3.

Level 1 – Intra-School Competition

We regularly provide pupils with the opportunity to compete in competitions, whether that be between houses, classes, or even friendship groups in curriculum time or as an extra-curricular activity.

Level 2 – Local Inter-School Competition

Competitions that involve competing with other schools from within the local or wider community. These are accessed via the school’s membership with the North Lincs School Sport Network which allows us to compete against schools in North Lincolnshire. There are three different variations of inter-school competition:

  • Pathway events – an inter-school event where the winners feed into a county final
  • Development events – an inter-school event where there is no pathway and the purpose is established locally
  • Festival events – an inter-school event which involves a rotation of skill based activities

Level 3 – County Finals

The county final is a culmination of numerous inter-school competitions. If schools are successful within selected level 2 competitions, they will qualify to represent the county at the final. The finals include schools from North Lincolnshire, East Riding, Hull and North East Lincolnshire