Physical Education

Aims & purpose
Foundation Stage
Key Stage 1 - Years 1 & 2
Key Stage 2 - Years 3, 4, 5 & 6
Aims & purpose

A good PE curriculum inspires pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities.

We aim to:

  • promote an enjoyment of physical activity
  • help children to be more skilful in the ways they control their movements and develop co-ordination.
  • develop positive attitudes to health, hygiene and fitness
  • teach children how the body responds to activity
  • contribute to children’s social and emotional development
  • promote children’s confidence and self-esteem
  • embed qualities such as commitment, fairness, tolerance and concern for others
  • help children cope with losing and develop a sense of sportsmanship
Foundation Stage

During the Foundation Stage, children will have the opportunity to develop a range of skills that promote their own physical development.

Lessons will concentrate on:

  • the development of manipulative and motor skills
  • experience of spatial awareness, control and co-ordination
  • playing games
  • movement
  • the importance of caring after our bodies
  • sharing, turn taking, choosing and making decisions
Key Stage 1 - Years 1 & 2

Children should develop movement skills, become increasingly confident and have a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others.

They should be able to engage in competitive and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.

Pupils should be taught to:

  • master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
  • participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
  • perform dances using simple movement patterns
Key Stage 2 - Years 3, 4, 5 & 6

Children 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 activities and sports, and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.

Pupils should be taught to:

  • 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 show improvement to achieve their personal best.
  • children will be given opportunities to master these skills by attending a variety of sporting after school clubs

PE Competitions 2016-17

Sandown Cross Country
Netball Qualifiers and Finals
Collins Cup Football
Athletics Finals
Sports Hall Athletics Cluster
6 Aside Mixed Football
Tag Rugby Festival
Cross Country
Sandown Cross Country

Sandown Cross Country - 22.03.17

The annual Sandown Cross Country tournament was held on Wednesday 22nd March with 7 schools attending from the area. A host of other schools were invited and accepted, however, the constantly changing weather, understandably, meant the tournament was reduced from its expected 10 plus schools.

Sandown once again had a huge representation across the four races and during the trial runs that were held previously, at least 70% of Key Stage 2 wanted to get their names on a starting place. Those that were picked represented the school with great pride and to quote Mr Lindsay, 'They showed grit and determination and didn't stop'. Although we had a few finishing in the top 3, we were constantly placing our three runners in the top 15, which meant our overall score was standing us in good shape.

At the awards ceremony, the tension could be felt in the air! The top two out of seven were Sandown and Sacred Heart. 2 points separated both and the winners were ........................... Sacred Heart! A well done to Sacred Heart but, again, this is the best performance by a Sandown school in years! A fantastic achievement! 

Netball Qualifiers and Finals

Netball qualifiers and finals - March 2016

Having entered a netball team into the cluster tournament and with limited training, we went with hope rather then expectation to the Hastings Academy. Once again, in part due to the excellent player management of Mr Hamed and Miss Jenner, we qualified for another finals at St Leonards Academy. The team were fantastic and learnt the rules quickly, being able to adapt to the new positions as hi 5 netball requires.

At the finals, we were once again playing against the best of the local area. Winning our first game we were full of confidence, however, we then played the overall champions, who were firm, fair and had obviously played as a team for years, and they won comfortably. Drawing our final game meant no qualification to the knock out rounds, however, it  was a great learning experience for everyone involved! Next year, more training prior to the event!

Collins Cup Football

Collins Cup Football - March 2016

In early March, we were entered into the annual Collins Cup competition. With weeks of training under their belt through Mr Davies tough training regime (watch our Jose Mourinho), our team were full of confidence. Our first game was at home against St Paul's in conditions that can only be described as horrendous (the pictures does it full justice). Even the parents and staff on the sidelines were struggling to see the action, let alone the players from both sides! Against a strong side, we were victorious by a superb 10-4, with some fantastic goals and defending.

Later in the month, we hosted Sacred Heart. With the teams evenly matched, Sacred Heart triumphed 3-1 and knocked us out of the competition. With more cup experience, we are hoping to progress further than before next year!

Athletics Finals

Athletics Finals 13.01.17

After the fantastic second place finish at the cluster competition last year, we took part in the area finals at Summerfields, where the standard of competition was very high. It was our first qualification to a major athletics competition for years. After taking 12 students to the cluster competition, we took double that amount to the area final. Despite not winning overall, the children competed fantastically, smashing their times in the cluster event in running and also the field events. They now have the motivation to want to compete against the best students from the local area. A huge well done to all involved.

Sports Hall Athletics Cluster

Sports Hall Athletics Cluster

Year 3 and 4 - On Monday 12th December, Year 3 and 4 mixed pupils competed in the Sports Hall athletics cluster meeting at Hastings Academy. For some of the children, it was their first time entering a competitive tournament and they did themselves and Sandown proud. Some super individual efforts in the sprint and field events meant Sandown came third overall. Well done to all involved and we hope that they continue to represent Sandown throughout their time at our school.

Year 5 and 6 - This cluster meeting was held on Thursday 15th December and was a qualifying event for an event to be held at Summerfields Leisure Centre in the New Year. With only two teams out of six qualifying and an Olympic athlete present (Abi Oyepitan - British sprinter from London 2012), meant the children were eager to impress.

They were superb and there were some heroic performances in the individual, team sprints and the fields events. The children did fantastically well against some superb runners from other schools and they successfully qualified for the finals at Summerfield in January. The children really are putting Sandown on the map for sports and should be immensely proud of themselves.

6 Aside Mixed Football

6 Aside Mixed Football

On Monday 21st November and Thursday 24th November, we entered the Year 3 and 4 mixed football and the Year 5 and 6 mixed football tournament. Despite not being qualifying events, both teams competed fantastically. Both remained unbeaten, with the Year 3 and 4 team winning their tournament. The Year 5 and 6 team were joint winners and didn't even concede a goal during the event. Above all, all children played with enthusiasm, a smile on their face and supported each other.

Tag Rugby Festival

Tag Rugby Festival

On Wednesday 19th October, we entered the Tag Rugby Festival held at Ark William Parker. It was the first time we had entered this competition and we were put into a group containing schools that were entering for their first tournament too.

Wow, what a result and performances the team put on! We won all five competitive matches we played and the team displayed real courage and determination in supporting each other on the pitch and even when they took their turn as a substitute. Now the children have had their first taste of competitive Tag Rugby (and victory) there is a real enthusiasm to enter the next competition and test ourselves against schools that play the sport regularly.

Cross Country

Cross Country

Sandown hosted the Hastings Cluster competition qualifiers for Cross Country on Thursday 6th October. We had over 80 pupils from Key Stage 2 (just over a 1/3 of all KS2 pupils) compete - the most ever- and all children competed fantastically. Fifteen children - again, another record - qualified for the finals, which will be held at William Parker. Despite only qualifying for the next event if they came in the top 10, all the staff are immensely proud of all of the childrens' achievements. Next year, we're going to push for 1/2 of the Key Stage 2 to compete!

School games gold

Sainsbury's School Games