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Statement of Intent

The intent of our PE curriculum is to provide all children with a high quality Physical Education, school sport and Physical Activity. It is our vision for every pupil to succeed and achieve their potential as well as to lead physically active lifestyles.

We believe that physical activity inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in physically demanding activities and helps them to become confident in a way which supports their health and fitness throughout their lives. Therefore, we believe that our children should be physically active every day, whether through our daily Finchale Fitness run, P.E. lessons, lunchtimes or extra-curricular activities. We also believe that children should have the opportunity to compete in sport and other activities that build character and help to embed values such as teamwork, fairness, resilience and respect. Our school participates in many sporting competitions and events outside school, allowing our pupils to compete against a much wider range of pupils, providing a higher level of challenge. This can lead our pupils to compete at regional, national and even world events. We also involve our parents and carers in some of our events, such as the Finchale Family Jiggly Jog and the Sports Day races to encourage family exercise.


We believe there is a sport/activity that every child can enjoy and participate in. Therefore, we endeavour to give all children experiences throughout the year that they can then choose to follow up within the local community. Above all we want every pupil to enjoy physical activity so that they are inspired to lead fit, active and healthy lifestyles.

Curriculum P.E.

Take a look at our curriculum map to see how P.E. is taught.

School Sport

  • This term both of our Y5/6 football teams will be in action in their respective leagues. Training is on every Monday night with Mr Pratt.
  • Our new Y5/6 High-5 netball team have entered their first league which starts in November. The girls and boys are training hard every Wednesday night with Mrs Morton and Mrs Wilkes, one of our Parent Governors.


This term lots of children will be out of school trying out lots of different sports at various venues in and around Durham:

  • Y6 will be trying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Dance and Dodgeball.
  • Y5 are sampling Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu too along with Cycling.
  • Y4 will be developing their hockey skills as well as taking part in a Gymnastics carousel.
  • Y3 will be experiencing Golf, some for the first time.
  • Y2 will participate in a Multiskills festival.
  • Y1 and Y2 will take part in an Athletics festival, held at our school and led  by our Y6 Sports Leaders.
  • The Y5/6 Athletics team will compete in the Sportshall Athletics event.
  • Our Y5/6 Tag Rugby team will be trying to qualify for the County Final.
  • We will also be entering teams in the District Cross Country event. Watch this space for results. 


Next term:

  • Y2 will be performing in the Dance Festival at the Gala Theatre as well as participating in a Multisports event.
  • Y1 will be taking part in a gymnastics carousel as well as attending an OAA event.
  • Reception will be attending their first sports event, at New College.
  • Our KS2 swimming team will be competing at the Durham schools Swimming Gala.
  • The Y5/6 team will compete at the Durham Triathlon. 
  • Our Y5/6 Basketball team will be trying to qualify for the County Final.


Next term also sees the return of Leanne Kemp to run our much-loved fitness sessions. Watch this space!


There will be more events in the Summer Term too.


Physical Activity

  • Daily Finchale Fitness will continue.

Coming soon - This year we will be using an app to track how many laps each child runs. They will be challenged to complete various marathons from around the world. 


  • Active Playgrounds   

Our equipment monitors will continue to organise fun things to try every day.


  • Personal Challenges

Playground leaders will be organising challenges for children to compete in. Will they be able to improve to achieve a new personal best?


And, of course, we are looking forward to our annual events too. We hope to see you at the Fun Run, Sports Day and our Finchale Family Jiggly Jog.


We use our School Sports Premium to ensure:

  • The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity - the Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that all children and young people aged 5 to 18 engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, of which 30 minutes should be in school.
  • The profile of PE and sport being raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement.
  •  A broader experience of a range of sport and activities is offered to all pupils.
  • Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport.
  • Increased participation in competitive sport.


Look at our plan to see how the money is spent and the impact it has.

Participation in sport 2019/20