Physical Education

“Intelligence and skill can only function at the peak of their capacity when the body is healthy and strong.”

John F Kennedy

Subject Coordinator: Mrs Sarah Pirie

Subject Link Governor: Bernie Walster

External Links: Caroline Holder - PE Advisor

Vision and INtent

All young people should have the opportunity to live healthy and active lives. A positive experience of sport and physical activity at a young age can build a lifetime habit of participation.

Physical activity has numerous benefits for children and young people’s physical health, as well as their mental wellbeing (increasing self-esteem and emotional wellbeing and lowering anxiety and depression), and children who are physically active are happier, more resilient and more trusting of their peers. Ensuring that pupils have access to sufficient daily activity can also have wider benefits for pupils and schools, improving behaviour as well as enhancing academic achievement.

A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect. 

The curriculum aims to promote an understanding of the many benefits of exercise, through a balanced range of relevant activities. It is also important to us to provide a succession of sequential swimming lessons to enable our pupils to become water confident and competent in a range of strokes and water safety skills.

In addition to the importance placed on P.E. lessons, we also promote our wider curriculum offer which includes the opportunities for pupils to take part in extra-curricular sports and activity clubs and competitions. Daily physical activity and health enhancing activities also play a crucial role in our offer to pupils. This includes: active lessons, active break and lunchtimes and extra-curricular activities.

At the heart of the PE curriculum lies our 7 CPS RESPECT Values- Resilience, Empathy, Self-Awareness, Positivity, Excellence, Communication and Teamwork, all of which are integrated into our PE sessions as well as our wider curriculum. 

PE Coordinator

My name is Mrs Sarah Pirie and I am the PE Subject Coordinator at Cheadle Primary School. PE is the subject I feel passionate about as I have been engaged in sport and physical activity since I myself was in Primary School. 

I have now been at the school for 20 years, and feel honoured to see the enthusiasm, progress, fun and engagement of children in PE over the decades. I recognise the importance of Physical Education to a child’s physical, cognitive, social and emotional development as well as the role it can play in a child’s spiritual, moral and cultural development. 

Physical Education develops the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding, so that they can perform with increasing competence and confidence in a range of physical activities. It promotes attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle to gain a lifelong love of sport and physical activity. 

I am proud that we offer children new experiences within sports and activities they may not have tried before so they can pursue these in the wider community. 

Curriculum and implementation

Here are the principles and strategies for the teaching and learning of physical education at Cheadle Primary School to achieve the main aims. 


Teachers create a positive attitude to physical education within their classrooms and reinforce an expectation that all pupils are capable of achieving high standards in PE.



The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils: 




Planning for PE is completed at three levels:


Subject LTP Whole School Map PE Otrack Objs Y1-6.pdf

Core Knowledge and skills

Please click on the links below to see our subject progression documents for PE.


Children’s progress is continually monitored throughout their time at Cheadle Primary School and is used to inform future teaching and learning. By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know and apply skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study as set out in the National Curriculum. These are set out as statutory requirements. We also draw on the non-statutory requirements to extend our children and provide an appropriate level of challenge. 


In P.E. assessment is an ongoing process where teaching staff evaluate the progress of children’s learning and assess and record progress on O Track. This informs the learning and teaching for future lessons. At the beginning and end of any unit of work children can be assessed to establish a starting point and track progress achieved.

Specific records will be kept by the class teacher for swimming awards and achievements and passed to the next teacher. Staff taking after school sport clubs will keep a register of children attending then pass the register to the PE coordinator. The criteria for success and learning objectives are made clear to pupils, which enables them to evaluate their own progress in learning. Teachers and children have the use of iPads as a form of peer and self-assessment.

cultural capital and enrichment

Cultural capital is the accumulation of knowledge, behaviours, and skills that a child can draw upon and which demonstrates their cultural awareness, knowledge and competence; it is one of the key ingredients a pupil will draw upon to be successful in society, their career and the world of work.


In PE, Cultural Capital can be gained in many ways;         

-Through dance and gymnastics, pupils will be made aware of the different styles of movement and activities that cultures from around the world provide.

-Through intra and inter competitive sporting opportunities, children learn how to interact and behave in a competitive situation and how to be successful, or be defeated gracefully and with the right spirit within their community.

-Learning a new skill is one of the Five Ways to Wellbeing, through PE the children have the opportunity to learn new sporting skills such as yoga, table-tennis, tri-golf, archery and orienteering and learn the different traditions of sports from around the World.

-Children will use Worldwide events such as The Commonwealth Games, The Winter and Summer Olympics, The Paralympics, The EUROs, Football and Rugby World Cup, 6 Nations Rugby and Wimbledon Tennis to gain a cultural awareness of events within and external to our country.

Playground Leaders

Playground Leaders is all about encouraging other children to get active, be fit and have FUN! Twenty-six Year 5 pupils have been specially trained to organise games and activities on our playground.  Playground Leaders are easily identified on the playground as they wear special green caps. Playground Leaders enjoy leading games to our younger Y1 to Y4 children.


Some of the many benefits of the Playground Scheme include;

Click here to meet our current Playground Leaders

Cheadle and District Schools Sports Association


For over 20 years now Cheadle Primary School has been involved with CADSSA. This is a community of 12 schools from within our school locality and further afield (Uttoxeter and Wetley Rocks) who participate in an annual programme of competition. The events range from competitive ‘A’ Team and ‘B’ Team events, High School Transition Events to inclusion and development events for children who have never previously represented their school. Some of the events include, tag-rugby, football, gymnastics, archery, cross-country, tennis, hi-5 netball, rounders and a swimming gala.

BRONZE School Games Mark Award

Cheadle Primary School, have achieved the School Games BRONZE Mark Award. The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success. Our sporting achievements include: Football, Cricket, Cross Country, Netball, Tennis, Swimming, Archery, Multi-Skills, Tag Rugby, Dance, Athletics, Rounders and all CADSSA sports events! Pre-covid, many of our pupils competed in local inter-school competitions, we are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport. As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school was rewarded. A special thanks to all the team at CPS. Extra special thanks also to all families and friends who have helped out with transport to and from fixtures and for washing kits and strips! You are amazing!

Daily Mile / Well-being Walk

Over the course of each week all classes will be completing the Mile Challenge! 

It has been proven that taking part in regular physical activity has lots of benefits for children’s physical health, mental health and wellbeing, and maximises their learning potential.

The Daily Mile is successful because it is simple and free:

Evidence has shown that its impact can be transformational- improving not only the children's fitness, but also their concentration levels, mood, behaviour and general wellbeing. So happy walking Cheadle Primary pupils! 

Active Lives Survey

As part of a national survey, in December 2021 we were invited to participate in a wellbeing survey to analyse children’s’ activity and participation in sport both in and out of school. In Year 1, parents of the pupils were also invited to answer the survey questions to support the children’s’ responses. Having completed the survey, we were given feedback on the findings and awarded funding to purchase some new playground equipment for the Y1/2 playground.

What our pupils say

Year 1

Brooke “I love team games because we play with our friends and it’s fun! We warm our bodies up before we start.”

Oscar “I like throwing and aiming bean bags in a hoop. PE makes us stronger and we also learn about eating good food.”


Year 2

Olly “PE gives me energy to run around lots. It is good for your body. I like to get out of the classroom and it doesn’t feel like you are learning but you are!”

Scarlett “When we are outside, it feels good to be in the fresh air. I like doing games with my friends and I learn new rules to keep things fair.”


Year 3

Eli “I like PE because it is fun and I get to do some exercise to look after my body. When we do games, it feels like playtime. I get to explore new games.”


Year 4

George “It’s fun, you get to go outside and it doesn’t feel like hard work. We learn new things in PE and it makes me athletic and keeps me fit!”

Marlee “I like to do sports and activities outside. PE is good as it makes you exercise. It helps your body with your mental health.”


Year 5 

Linda “I really enjoy PE lessons because you can play tennis, golf and many other sports. It is unlike other lessons because it’s active and so fun.”

Izzy “PE lessons teach us loads of new things like golf, tennis and netball. It’s really good because it’s fun, active gets us out of the classroom and helps us to keep healthy.”


Year 6

Owen “I love PE because we play games in groups with your friends and try different sports. It’s fun and keeps us healthy. I also like running or walking the mile. I get to use the skills I have learnt in PE in other subjects too.”

Ava “I love PE because it’s fun and you get to compete against other classmates and try out new tactics. It keeps you fit and healthy and give you the chance to try new things like archery and tri-golf. You get to practise your aim and learn how to improve it. I’d rather do PE than any other lesson.”

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