Physical Education at Vicarage Primary School

Vicarage Primary School is committed to providing an excellence in Physical Education for every pupil. We achieve the target of 2 hours of physical activity each week for every child. Our aim is to ensure that every child understands the importance of physical activity in order to achieve a healthy lifestyle.
The curriculum is taught through various sports such as dance, multi skills, football, athletics, gym, basketball, rounders, tennis and hockey. Within these sports children learn a number of skills including, creativity, flexibility, strength, balance, control, competitiveness and co-operation skills. These are learnt both as individuals and as a team.

Early Years

In the Early Years children will learn how to:

  • Move freely and with pleasure and confidence in a range of ways, such as slithering, shuffling, rolling, crawling, walking, running, jumping, skipping, sliding and hopping.
  • Mount stairs, steps or climbing equipment using alternate feet.
  • Walk downstairs, two feet to each step while carrying a small object
  • Runs skilfully and negotiates space successfully, adjusting speed or direction to avoid obstacles.
  • To stand momentarily on one foot when shown.
  • Can catch a large ball
  • Experiments with different ways of moving.
  • Jump off an object and lands appropriately.
  • Negotiate space successfully when playing racing and chasing games with other children, adjusting speed or changing direction to avoid obstacles.
  • Travel with confidence and skill around, under, over and through balancing and climbing equipment.
  • Shows increasing control over an object in pushing, patting, throwing, catching or kicking it.
  • Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements.
  • They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space.
  • Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements.
  • They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space.


Pupils should develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.
In Key Stage 1 the children will learn:

  • basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching
  • developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
  • perform dances using simple movement patterns
  • participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending


Pupils should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.

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

At Vicarage the pupils will partake in swimming lessons throughout Year 4. Here they will learn:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • use a range of strokes effectively
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.


Vicarage has an inclusive policy. We believe all children should have the opportunity to partake in Physical Education. We run a dance session called Rocking and Rolling. Starting in 2018 we will have SEND sports club, run by a specialist sports coach.


Vicarage runs a number of lunchtime and after school clubs including: Football, Cheerleading, Multi-skills, Dance, Cricket and Rugby, Basketball, Handball and Table tennis.


Vicarage partakes in a number of competitions including: Football, Athletics and we are going to enter the biggest competition in the borough: Newham Mini Games.

This is a great way to showcase the unique skills they have learnt and is a great way to encourage team work, fair play, healthy competition and improve self-esteem.

Play Leaders

We have trained children from Years 5 and 6 to run activities and competitions during lunchtimes for the younger children. This gives the children a great sense of responsibility, boosts confidence and is of course a lot of fun.

PE Coordinator: Miss Hopkinson
Sports Coach: Mr Griffin

Richard Buck Visit

Vicarage Primary School had the privilege of having double Olympian champion Richard Buck spend the day in school. He delivered a whole school assembly and then various children across all year groups got to take part in a PE session with him. They practised various athletic skills, games and techniques. This really gave the children somebody to aspire to. They understood success comes with lots of hard work and dedication. The day was met with positive feedback across the school, from teachers, pupils and Richard included.

“The children really enjoyed it, they had so much fun. Even I learnt some new games I can try with the children.” Mrs Tanvir (Teaching Assistant)

“I loved it. We did loads of really fast running called sprints and played games too.” Remel Kellawan (Reception)

Royal Docks Adventure

Children took part in the Royal Docks Adventure Day. Here they did various water sports including rowing and sailing, run by the Sea Cadets. They thoroughly enjoyed their day as it gave the children an opportunity to enjoy sports they would not normally experience.