Curriculum  »  Physical Education (PE)


Physical Education is a key area of our curriculum. We focus on a wide range of sports to teach a range of skills suitable for children with diverse physical abilities. In addition to the curriculum elements of PE, each half-term children are chosen to take part in an Inter-School competition. Every child who represents Oakwell Rise at a sporting event will receive a t-shirt to wear (and keep) along with a medal for taking part. Trophies are awarded to winning schools and are displayed in our Trophy cabinet in the Hall. 

Our mission in promoting healthy living extends beyond our classroom curriculum. During break-times and lunch-times, children are encouraged to be active on our sports arena, our trim trail, our climbing installation or by taking part in playground games. 


Your child will be taking part in Physical Education on the following days. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit with them.

Foundation Stage : Monday and outdoor learning daily 

Year 1 and Year 2: Tuesday and Wednesday

Year 3 and Year 4: Thursday and Tuesday

Year 5 and 6 : Monday and Thursday

PE Curriculum Cycle 1:

PE is an essential component of our school curriculum and students are encouraged to maintain a healthy balance between their education and exercise. It also helps to provide the balance between their physical and mental health/well-being.

Our curriculum aims to develop our pupils’ physical competence and knowledge of movement and safety, and their ability to use these to perform in a wide range of activities. Indeed, we want to shape our future students into healthy active people.

It is essential to the development of motor skills, hand-eye co-ordination and good body movement to encourage and develop healthy body posture. Other benefits include:

  • Improved physical fitness
  • Regular, healthy physical activity
  • Self-discipline
  • Student responsibility for health and fitness

Pupils are taught the following skills:


EYFS (Foundation Stage 1 and Foundation Stage 2)

  • to move freely in a range of ways such as skipping, hopping, walking
  • climb equipment using alternate feet
  • balance
  • catching, throwing and kicking
  • jumping with control and co-ordination

KS1 (Year 1 and Year 2)

  • basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination
  • participation in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
  • performing dances using simple movement patterns.

KS2 (Year 3 - Year 6)

  • running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
  • to play competitive games
  • to develop flexibility, strength, technique and control
  • to perform dances using a range of movement patterns
  • take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
  • to compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.

Through this skill development, our PE provision develops our pupils’ competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in an out of school. Our high-quality PE curriculum enables all pupils to enjoy and succeed in many kinds of physical activities. We cover a vast range of activities to ensure all pupils have the opportunity to try new activities. In PE we teach essential body management. We develop teamwork, sportsmanship and cooperation. We promote physical fitness in a fun and engaging way through the activities we offer.

Activities include:

Football, Cross-country, Hockey, Swimming (Y4), Netball, Basketball, Gymnastics, Dance, Trampolining, Dance, Tag Rugby, Hockey, Orienteering, Tennis, Athletics, Kwik cricket, Rounders and the Daily Mile.

We also have well-developed PE provision beyond the curriculum. We offer:

  • a vast range of extra-curricular opportunities including competitive situations, inter and intra competitions and work to feed into external clubs
  • work closely with our Occupational Therapist to develop provision such as a sensory circuits programme
  • take part in external initiatives such as ‘Beat the Street’ to encourage being active out of school
  • active break and lunchtimes where our own play leaders deliver activities alongside our staff
  • partnerships with sporting organisations such as Barnsley Football Club, Barnsley School Boys and District Club, Yorkshire Sport, Mini Kicks, Love Life Football, Team Activ and we do the daily mile.

We are delighted to announce that we, Oakwell Rise Primary Academy, have achieved the School Games Mark Award for the 2019/20 academic year.

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.

We are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible.