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We are fortunate to be able to offer two playgrounds for children to enjoy. Our upper playground is laid out with two mid-size multipurpose courts, four small tennis courts and a daily mile track running around its perimeter. Our lower playground is marked with games and active trails for children to use during playtimes as well as a large climbing frame to develop children’s physical strength and control.  We have direct access to public playing fields behind the school which we use for games lessons during warmer weather. A short walk away, we have access to a swimming pool at Ferndown Leisure Centre where we take children in Key Stage Two for swimming lessons.


At Ferndown First School we believe teaching Physical Education gives children the tools and understanding required to make a positive impact in their own physical health and well-being. We want all children to experience a wide variety of sports and physical skills which will enhance life-long fitness and life choices. Positive mental wellbeing is closely linked to physical wellbeing and we hope to support children’s understanding that regular exercise and activity can contribute to feeling positive and optimistic.

PE can challenge and promote self-esteem through the development of physical confidence and problem solving. It can teach children to cope with both success and failure in competitive, individual and team based physical activities. Within dance it will allow children to explore their personal and spiritual identity.

We aim to inspire and engage children’s interest in sporting activities through providing a wide range of opportunities within school, after school and within the wider community.

In a nutshell, ‘PE is about developing a healthy and active lifestyle.’


  • PE is taught through the big ideas of Health and Well-being, Participation and Movement.
  • PE is taught by a combination of class teachers, and a qualified sports coach.
  • Children have equal opportunities to take part in a range of sports and physical activities within a supportive environment where effort as well as success is recognised.
  • Children are encouraged to participate in exercise through-out the day during PE lessons, clubs, outdoor learning, daily mile, lunch provision and special events.
  • All children across the school will experience indoor PE and outdoor PE each half term.
  • The PE curriculum is structured to provide a range of sports experiences during which every child participates to develop their skills and learning through competitive, team and individual sports. Through our provision children can aim to flourish at sports in which they have a particular interest or flair for.
  • Children with additional needs are provided with appropriate support to enable them to take part and gain confidence in skills, understanding and motivation.
  • We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children.
  • Children gain experience of a variety of fundamental skills. This has a focus on agility, balance, coordination, control and movement as well improving children’s overall fitness and stamina.
  • Children take part in individual skills, group skills and team games, using PE equipment appropriate for their age.
  • PE lessons involve providing opportunities for children to be active and interactive; developing their language and communication skills.
  • During KS2 children will have a series of structured swimming sessions.
  • Children have the opportunities to develop their leadership skills through the available roles of Play Leaders, Sports Ambassadors and captaining teams for sports day.


At Ferndown First School we aim to develop active children who:

  • Are able to acquire new knowledge and skills exceptionally well and develop an in-depth understanding of PE.
  • Are willing to practise skills in a wide range of different activities and situations, alone, in small groups and in teams and to apply these skills in chosen activities to achieve exceptionally high levels of performance.
  • Understand the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle, including an understanding of the role hydration, diet and nutrition play.
  • Demonstrate high levels of physical fitness and the ability to remain physically active for sustained periods of time.
  • Show good sportsmanship and respect to each other and encourage and praise others, winning or losing with dignity
  • Listen to others and play cooperatively, suggest solutions to problems and communicate effectively.
  • Take the initiative and become excellent young leaders, organising and officiating, and evaluating what needs to be done to improve, and motivating and instilling excellent sporting attitudes in others.
  • Successfully participate in team games and follow the rules of a game
  • Show the fundamental movements – stability (balance whilst static and in motion), locomotion (walking, running, jumping, skipping, crawling, galloping, hopping, leaping, climbing) and object control (manipulating and controlling objects with the hand, foot or an implement)
  • Show high levels of originality, imagination and creativity in their techniques, tactics and choreography, knowledge of how to improve their own and others’ performance and the ability to work independently for extended periods of time without the need of guidance or support.
  • Show a keen interest in PE. A willingness to participate eagerly in every lesson, highly positive attitudes and the ability to make informed choices about engaging fully in extra-curricular sport.
  • Show a good level of water confidence and begin to learn basic swim strokes.