“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”  – Michael Jordan

What does PE at Fieldhead Carr look like?

At Fieldhead Carr we absolutely love PE! We appreciate the importance of a high-quality PE curriculum and understand the significant role it has to play on our pupils mental and physical wellbeing. Alongside skill development, we believe it is about providing opportunities to build friendships; to problem solve; to embed values such as fairness and respect; but most of all, we like to think it is about having fun and instilling a lifelong passion for physical activity. At Fieldhead Carr, children take part in at least two hours of physical activity a week with one hour taught by Mr McManus, our specialist PE Teacher, and the other hour taught by their class teacher.

Key Stages PE

Key Stage 1 PE

In Key Stage 1, it is essential that children are taught to develop their movement skills such as agility, balance and coordination as well as running, jumping, throwing and catching. Throughout the year, children will become increasingly more competent and confident with their skills and should be able to apply these during their physical activities. Pupils should be able to engage in competition with themselves and others and will develop the necessary skills to work cooperatively with each other.

Key Stage 2 PE

As the children move through Key Stage 2, they will continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to utilise them in varying ways. We aim to support children in becoming increasingly collaborative, where communication and competition is important. Not only will pupils develop their physical skills, they will also understand the importance of evaluation to make improvements and will learn to recognise their success.

You can see our school’s PE curriculum map below. This will show you what sports or activities are taught during the year in each key stage.

Year 5 Swimming Lessons

By the end of Key Stage 2, all pupils should achieve the National Curriculum standard of Level 4 in PE of which swimming is a key element. By the time our children leave school, they will have all spent a full academic year participating in weekly swimming lessons held at John Smeaton Leisure Centre.

During our lessons, children are taught by qualified swimming instructors who support and encourage our pupils to learn to swim and feel safe in the water. Every child will have a different level of ability when they start their swimming lessons in school; where pupils are continuing swimming, or have already reached the attainment level, sessions are planned to build upon the skills that they have already acquired.

Alongside learning all of the key skills to enable the pupils to be able to swim, the pupils are taught water safety where they follow a programme of study based on the principles and skills of water safety and survival.

As a minimum, pupils should be taught:

  • pace themselves in floating and swimming challenges related to speed, distance and personal survival
  • swim unaided for a sustained period of time over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • use recognised arm and leg actions laying on their front and back
  • use a range of recognised strokes and personal survival skills (for example, front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, sculling, floating and surface diving).

For more information on School Swimming Guidelines, please click on the link below.

(The ASA – ASA-School-swimming-guide.pdf (

After School Clubs

At Fieldhead Carr we offer a number of after school sports clubs that are educational, engaging and active. We try to have a primary focus for each key stage that will develop their skills across a range of sports. The clubs we currently have on offer are listed below:

Please ask your child’s class teacher if you would like further information on the sports clubs we have to offer.

Sports Leaders

At Fieldhead Carr, we have our Sports Leaders as part of our PE provision, who regularly meet to discuss any ideas regarding physical education. Sports leaders have an opportunity to share their own thoughts and opinions with the group and collectively agree on any decisions that are made.

Sports Leaders apply at the start of each academic year by writing a letter of application stating why they think they would make an excellent candidate for the job and most importantly, why they want to be one! They are then interviewed and a final selection is made.

Sports Leaders are trained at the beginning of the year to lead activities and games with children and are taught the important qualities that are needed when working with young people. During lunchtimes Sports Leaders will then lead games and ensure playtimes are inclusive for everyone and that no child is left alone with no one to play with. This role develops important values such a patience, friendship, compassion and kindness as well as building their confidence and communication skills throughout the year.

As part of their role, they are also responsible for looking after Equipment during playtimes, where they will collect and store all of our play equipment safely at the end of each lunchtime. This is an integral role to play in school as it builds up key skills in responsibility, communication, cooperation and teamwork.

This year, our Sports Leaders will also help to organise and lead events such as Sports Day and Sport Relief.

School Competitions

School competitions are a key part of PE at Fieldhead Carr. Whether it’s football, rugby, basketball or cross-country running, we love a competition! Our children at Fieldhead Carr are naturally competitive and thrive positively from exposure to both internal and external competition. We believe competition to be integral to not only development in sport but also the development of skills such as team-work, fair play and respect.

The past year has been tough on school competition due to the coronavirus pandemic but hopefully we will begin to see more external competitions opening up throughout the year.

Check out the photos below of the local football tournament that we hosted for Year 5 and 6 pupils and some cross country running photos from the Leeds School event held at Brigshaw High School below!

Further competitions are coming up, including a girls football tournament hosted by our very own Mr McManus!

Sports Premium

School Sport Funding is money that is provided by the government to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of Physical Education, sport and physical activity within schools. Schools receive PE and Sport Premium Funding based on the number of pupils in years 1 to 6. Schools are free to spend the Sports Premium as they see fit. This extra additional funding must be spent on Physical Education, school sport and physical activity. Each of these are defined as follows:

Physical Education – the delivery of the curriculum within lesson time to all children by teachers.

School Sport – the extra-curricular activities and competitions that our children have the opportunity to participate in.

Physical Activity – how we as a school promote exercise for enjoyment in addition to being an integral part of a healthy, active lifestyle

This means that you should use the premium to

  • develop or add to the PE, physical activity and sport activities that your school already offers
  • build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years

Schools can use the premium to secure improvements in the following indicators:

  • the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – the Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that all children and young people aged 5 to 18 engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, of which 30 minutes should be in school
  • the profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement
  • increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
  • broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
  • increased participation in competitive sport

We will utilise this extra funding to improve all aspects of Physical Education, sport and physical education. This includes maximising pupil progress, increasing participation in sport and physical activity, develop our competitive sport in school and, provide all children, starting in Early Years, with the skills and knowledge required to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.

A breakdown of how our funding was spent last year can be viewed via this link:

Click to view PE Spending budget