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Here at Collis Primary School we believe that Physical Education (P.E.) is essential to the development of the whole child – academic, social, emotional, spiritual and psychological.  It provides the foundation for a healthy lifestyle and promotes character building, co-operation and self-esteem.  We aim to embed fair play, social skills and leadership within PE and school sport and realise how vital these skills are in developing a level of good sportsmanship that will stay with each child throughout their lives.  We call these our Collis Player Values.  We have identified key sticky knowledge and skills throughout every unit of work that build upon what has gone before and prepare for what is to come.  Key vocabulary is also taught throughout the PE curriculum and teachers embed this as the children progress through the school.


The National Curriculum for PE aims to ensure that all pupils;

•    Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
•    Are physically active for sustained periods of time
•    Are engaged in competitive sports and activities
•    Lead healthy, active lives



When developing the P.E. curriculum here at Collis Primary School there is a focus on teaching the children new skills and techniques.  To ensure P.E. lessons provide the children with a real sense of purpose, they are all linked directly to National Curriculum aims through a wide range of individual and team sports/activities.  An example of this is in Year 3 where the children complete a racquet and ball unit of work.  During the unit there is a focus on skill development culminating in a Borough event, held at Teddington Tennis Club, where these skills are applied in a competitive team environment against other local schools.


To ensure the children at Collis are exposed to a broad variety of sports and activities, our curriculum includes a focus on ABC (Agility, Balance and Co-ordination), swimming and dance in the Early Years and Key Stage 1. This moves on to sport specific units in Key Stage 2 including Athletics, Gymnastics, Football, Tag-Rugby, Ultimate Frisbee, American Football, Hockey, Cricket and Rounders among others.  


The P.E. at Collis supplemented effectively with a broad and varied extra-curricular sporting offer.  Led by specialist sports coaches and dedicated members of Collis staff, a vast majority of children are actively involved in a variety of clubs including Gymnastics, Skipping, Football and Dodgeball.  Those children who are the least active are identified and actively encouraged to come along, raise their heart-rates and join in the fun.  These opportunities are open to everyone and can be funded by Collis where necessary.


P.E. has a high profile at our school. Our children are confident with applying a range of skills and techniques to actively participate in different activities.  


Each class is given a weekly swimming slot for at least a term each year in our school swimming pool. Together with high quality teaching, this incredible facility is improving all children’s competency in swimming. This is evident in younger children taking their first strokes and those in Key Stage 2 who are preparing to swim competitively in the Richmond borough Gala.


Children are confident to talk about what they have learnt in PE and reflect on how they can develop their skills. All children aim to display our sporting ethos of fair play and sportsmanship at Collis: they are encouraged to act with grace and humility in both victory and defeat.

If you were to walk into a P.E. lessons at Collis, you will see:

•    Active, happy children
•    Clear skills being taught
•    Sustained periods of exercise through a range of activities
•    Teamwork and collaboration 
•    Children competing against one another
•    Sportsmanship

An example of skill progression within our P.E. curriculum:



Pupil Voice 


What do you enjoy about Physical Education?


  • In Gymnastics, you get to vault.  At the start I was quite scared and kept stopping before the agility table.  By the end, I could vault pretty well and I was really proud of myself!  (Dylan Y4)


  • The Daily Mile and 8 Minute Move really gets me out of breath, but I can feel myself getting fitter and stronger.  (Anna Y3)


  • I loved the Kwik Cricket lessons we had with the coaches from Middlesex.  The activities were so much fun especially when I got to hit the ball for 6!  I even got my mum to sign me up for Cricket All Stars Club on Sundays at Teddington. Now I play cricket all the time and it’s amazing!  (Corey Y2)

What helps you to improve in Physical Education?  


  • I can improve in PE because the teachers and coaches are really good at teaching you new skills.  I didn’t know how to pass a rugby ball properly, but now I do.  (Sarah Y4)


  • In Dance, our group was able to improve our routine when we worked with another group and they gave us some really useful feedback.  They weren’t just saying negative things, they told us what they liked and gave some suggestions on how we could make it even better.  (Berry Y6)

Successes in 2018 – 2019 


  • Achieving the Youth Sports Trust’s Sports School Games Gold Award (5th consecutive year)
  • Implementing the Merton School Sports Partnership Scheme of Work across the school
  • All teaching staff attended high-quality Gymnastics CPD
  • Over 60 Collis girls from year 4 to 6 took part in our girls football festival
  • Increased teaching and learning time in swimming 
  • Year 6 boys football team reaching the National Football Final at Wembley Stadium in May 2019