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Leighton Middle School

Physical Education

PE at Leighton Middle School aims to develop the capabilities, knowledge and skills necessary for mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing in our children now and for their future. Physical fitness is an important part of leading a healthier lifestyle. It teaches self-discipline and that to be successful you must work hard, show resilience and have the determination to believe that anything can be achieved. To be the best they can be. We encourage the students to be independent learners, always striving to improve and show resilience. They each have a PE ‘Progress’ booklet which they complete on their journey through Leighton Middle School.


It is our intent at Leighton Middle School to teach children life skills that will positively impact on their future. We aim to deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities that inspire all children to succeed in physical activities. The knowledge and skills are built up from Year 5 (Fundamental skills), Year 6 (Rules of the game), Year 7 (Tactics and more advanced skills) and Year 8 (Leadership/Coaching others).  We want to teach children how to cooperate and collaborate with others, as part of a team, understanding fairness and equity of play to embed life-long values and achieve personal excellence. P.E. is taught at Leighton Middle School as an area of learning in its own right as well as integrated where possible with other curriculum areas.

PE Curriculum  Map 


In Year 5 we aim to give children the access to key fundamentals within sports, rather than be specific to each area.  This will include key motor skill development, such as improving running and jumping.  They improve balance, agility and co-ordination and the opportunity to apply these skills within a range of activities.  We also aim to ensure each child forms a healthy bond with sports and fitness.

In Year 6 children will continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills.  Effective communication will be taught, and the importance of team work and collaborating with each other.  Pupils will play within a competitive environment learning game team-based sports e.g. football, hockey, netball, handball etc.  Also, they will develop flexibility, strength and balance within gymnastics and dance.

Children will also have access to gymnastics and dance related PE, helping support the need for fitness, strength, flexibility and muscular development.

Year 7 & 8 pupils should build on and embed the physical development and skills learned in key stages 1 and 2, become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques, and apply them across different sports and physical activities. They should understand what makes a performance effective and how to apply these principles to their own and others’ work. They should develop the confidence and interest to get involved in exercise, sports and activities out of school and in later life, and understand and apply the long-term health benefits of physical activity.

In Year 7 and 8 the students use the reciprocal coaching cards to peer assess and support both in class and when helping in KS2 PE lessons.


Pupils at Leighton Middle School participate in twice weekly high quality PE and sporting activities.  Our PE programme incorporates a variety of sports to ensure all children develop the confidence, tolerance and the appreciation of their own and others’ strengths and weaknesses. We provide opportunities for all children to engage in extra-curricular activities before, during and after school, in addition to competitive sporting events. This is an inclusive approach which endeavours to encourage not only physical development but also well-being.

PE at Leighton Middle School provides challenging and enjoyable learning through a range of sporting activities including; invasion games, net & wall games, strike and field games, gymnastics, dance, swimming and outdoor & adventure.

The long term plan sets out the PE units which are to be taught throughout the year and ensures that the requirements of the National Curriculum are fully met. Pupils participate in two high quality PE lessons each week, covering two sporting disciplines every half term. In addition, children are encouraged to participate in the varied range of extra-curricular activities. Lunch time sports clubs are available each day and children can attend after school sport clubs four evenings per week.

Children are invited to attend competitive sporting events within the local area. This is an inclusive approach which endeavours to encourage not only physical development but also mental well-being. These events also develop teamwork and leadership skills and are very much enjoyed by the children. In addition, some children (those that might be less confident to try out for a team) participate in workshops covering a variety of sports throughout the year. For example archery, outdoor and adventure, boxing and skipping, again providing the children with an opportunity to develop, improve their fitness and to try something new. The School Sports Partnership (SSCO), who we work closely with, have changed the competitions structure in-line with the Youth Sports Trust; this takes the focus away from purely competitions and competing. It allows students to develop skills during the workshop events or play fixtures without the overall placements of teams to reduce pressure and maximise enjoyment.

Each year a small group of Year 8 children are invited to become Sports Leaders for the school. They develop into sporting role models for the younger children, assisting with lunch-time clubs, our annual Sports day and any other Sporting activities.

We teach lessons so that children:

  • Have fun and experience success in sport
  • Have the opportunity to participate in P.E at their own level of development
  • Secure and build on a range of skills
  • Develop good sporting attitudes
  • Understand basic rules
  • Experience positive competition
  • Learn in a safe environment
  • Have a foundation for lifelong physical activity.


Our curriculum aims to improve the wellbeing and fitness of all children at Leighton Middle School, not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes. High numbers of students attending extra-curricular clubs and involvement in the inter house games. Within our lessons, children are taught about self-discipline and that to be successful you need to take ownership and responsibility of their own health and fitness. Our impact is therefore to motivate children to utilise these underpinning skills in an independent and effective way in order to live happy and healthy lives. 

 PE Progress Booklets

PE Progress Booklet 

Athletics PE Progress Overview

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British Values


Individual Liberty


Mutual Respect and Tolerance

Of equipment Y5, each other and players Y6, referee decisions Y7, respecting different abilities Y8

Safety Y5, Learning Partners, individual differences Y7, Sports Leaders Y8

Fair play/ rules

Different cultures through dance. Reward and sanctions. Competitions within the school sports partnership, listening to other people's views and tactics.


Health and well-being - importance for all careers.PE teacher, NHS worker. Sports journalism, Photographer. RAF, Navy, Army. Emergency services. Physiotherapist.

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSC)





Explore, creativity through producing dance and gymnastic routines.

Creating and developing own attacking and defensive set plays and tactics.

Reflecting and critiquing their own and others performances.

Displaying emotions through their dance and gymnastics routines.

Using discovery style to allow students to have their own thoughts, ideas and concerns.

Questioning students throughout lessons – WHY, WHAT, WHERE and HOW.

Units of work focusing on Team building – Motivation, determination and character building.

Sense of achievement – Sports star awards, Player of the match, Most improved.

Students are taught to believe in themselves and what they can achieve if they have a ‘can do' attitude.

By undertaking a variety of roles including performer, coach and official, students develop their compassion and empathy for others.

Students are provided with ample opportunity during their lessons to be imaginative and creative.

Taking it in turns, working together to achieve the goals, respecting the team we have not just ability. Creating a sense of community in lessons and clubs

Interact with the community and primary schools through coaching

Encourage students to recognise and respect social differences and similarities

Celebrate sporting success both in and out of school

Use of sports leaders running clubs and activities

Encouraging the attendance to extracurricular activities

Promoting team work throughout lessons supporting one another to develop their skills in a cooperative situation.

School Games Values – Teamwork, Respect

Defeat with dignity - to focus on the taking part and not just winning. Trying ones best is enough.

Promote fair play and team work in lessons.

Encourage good sportsmanship throughout.

Respect with equipment both when using it and when storing it.

Following instructions and decisions made by officials. Abiding by the rules, in all sporting situations.

Respect for their facilities and the environment they are active in.

Listening to teacher and peer feedback on particular sporting skills

Promote trust with peers through team building activities.

Using students as sports leaders/ambassadors

Sports charity  - fun runs etc.

Students learn that sport has rules to keep people safe as does society for the same reason

Students are challenged to give 100% effort in lessons and have an ethos of encouraging others as they should in life.

School Games Values – Teamwork, Respect, Determination, Honesty, Self-belief, Passion.

Learning where different sports originate from and what the national sports of different countries are

World Cups and Olympic games.

Exploring and respecting a variety of different cultural dances.

Gaining an understanding of different sports and their foundations.

Use of international examples of different athletes and their achievements.