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Physical Education



At Downs, PE is active, inclusive, challenging and fun! We have great facilities and equipment to provide the children with a range of activities and experiences to develop their physical competency and encourage positive attitudes towards physical activity. The children have opportunities to participate in a wide range of games, gymnastics, dance and athletic activities. We work with a physical activities specialist, who helps to deliver high quality PE experiences for all children. In lessons, you will see children engaging in a variety of high quality physical activities that promote collaborating while celebrating the successes of themselves and others. We aim to teach a skills based PE curriculum that also gives the children an understanding of the importance of health and fitness.


Physical education is taught twice a week. Children in Years 3 and 5 participate in swimming lessons for half a term which is taught by trained instructors. Children in Year 5 also have the opportunity to take part is outdoor adventure activities during a residential trip to the Isle of Wight. 

There are all also many opportunities for children to enrich and develop their understanding of physical education through extracurricular clubs. We use pupil questionnaires to find out which clubs children would like to attend and change clubs accordingly. We currently have school football, rugby, cricket, basketball, gymnastics and netball teams which compete in competitions and tournaments. Regrettably, we have had fewer competitions recently due to Covid restrictions but we hope that this will change in the near future.


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