Greenside Avenue, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 6BB

01226 381273

Welcome to Mapplewell Primary School.

Mapplewell Primary School

We provide excellence in learning; encourage a growth mindset
in all pupils and promote independence and motivation to succeed.

Physical Education

Our Ethos of Physical Education

At Mapplewell Primary School we recognise that one of the key contributors to the overall well-being of any pupil, both academically and physically, is PE & sport.  We believe that good quality PE and sport can help develop key life skills of our pupils, such as:  resilience, independence, cooperation, communication, confidence and aspiration.  We strongly believe in creating a fun and supportive, yet competitive environment which allows our pupils to learn and develop a lifelong interest in sport and exercise.


Physical development:

  • To develop physical competence and confidence by acquiring and developing a range of fine and gross motor skills.
  • To be aware of the different shapes and movements that can be made with the body.
  • To develop knowledge, skills and understanding, and the ability to remember, repeat and refine actions with increasing control and accuracy.
  • To promote fitness and a healthy lifestyle by understanding the effects of exercise on the body and the importance of developing strength, endurance and flexibility.
  • To appreciate the value of safe exercising.


Social and emotional development:

  • To develop a love of physical exercise.
  • To develop the ability to work independently and communicate with, and respond appropriately towards others using verbal and non-verbal communication.
  • To develop confidence in their own skills and abilities.
  • To promote an understanding of safe practice, and develop a sense of responsibility towards the safety of themselves and others.
  • To realise that the right exercise for you can be fun and will give you energy for other things in life.
  • To create and plan games and teach them to one another.
  • To develop a sense of fair play.


The PE Curriculum

At Mapplewell Primary, PE lessons are delivered by a qualified sports coach, which cover the statutory requirements for the Early Years Foundation Stage and the PE National Curriculum. In Key Stage 1, our PE lessons focus on developing 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 are also given the opportunity 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, pupils are allowed to continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and in a variety of units of work including: a range of invasion, net / wall, and fielding and striking games, gymnastics, dance, and athletics.



At Mapplewell Primary, pupils of Year 3 attend 15 compulsory lessons over the course of the year. They are taught to: swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres; use a range of strokes effectively; and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations. We ensure that all pupils leave Mapplewell Primary being able to swim at least 25 metres, therefore lessons will continue into Year 4 if required.


Equal Opportunities and Inclusion

Every pupil has equal access to National Curriculum physical education. Learning experiences are differentiated in such a way as to meet the needs of all pupils. All pupils in the school have equality of opportunity in terms of curriculum balance, curriculum time, use of resources, use of facilities and access to extra-curricular activities. Pupils who require additional support shall be provided with an adult to ensure they are accessing the curriculum.


Assessment and Recording

The school’s sports coach assesses pupils’ work in PE by making assessments as they observe them working during lessons. This allows the sports coach to make an annual assessment of progress for each child, as part of the pupils’ annual report to parents.


Equipment and Resources

There is a wide range of resources to support the teaching of PE across the school. We keep most of our equipment in the PE storeroom in the hall. The hall also contains a range of large apparatus for example benches and mats which we expect the pupils to help to set up and put away this equipment as part of their work. By so doing, the pupils learn to handle equipment safely. The pupils use the school field and playgrounds for games and athletics activities, and the local swimming pool for swimming lessons.


Health and Safety

We encourage the pupils to consider their own safety and the safety of others at all times. We expect them to change for PE into the agreed clothing for each activity area; pupils in Year 5 and 6 are not required to change together. Teachers are expected to set a good example by wearing appropriate clothing when teaching PE. It is also expected that no jewellery or watches are to be worn and that long hair is tied back for any physical activity.


Extra-Curricular Activities

Our extra-curricular programme compliments and supplements the range of activities covered in curriculum time. We are members of Team Activ and all of pupils in school have the opportunity to compete in various after-school clubs, inter-school fixtures and tournaments. At the beginning of each term, we publish a documented timetable of clubs on the school website. The extra-curricular content aims to be varied – including competitive and non-competitive and team- and individual based clubs appropriate for all pupils.