Physical Education and Sport


At Gainsborough Primary and Nursery School, we recognise the importance and value of PE, and the role it has in promoting a long term, healthy lifestyle. Whilst fulfilling the requirements of the National Curriculum, our bespoke programme intends to provide all children with high quality PE and sports provision that will positively impact on them and their future. Physical education not only provides our children with the appropriate skills and knowledge, but it teaches them the importance of self-discipline, perseverance and resilience. We aim to provide lessons that teach children how to co-operate and collaborate with others, understanding fairness and equity of play to embed life-long values.

It is our vision for every pupil to succeed and achieve their potential; we strive to inspire our pupils through fun and engaging lessons; that are not only enjoyable, but challenging and accessible to all.


Here at Gainsborough Primary and Nursery School, our PE curriculum is sequential – lessons are practical and differentiated – allowing skills to be learnt, revisited and embedded. Our curriculum is designed to provide all pupils with accessible opportunities to achieve and even exceed the objectives.

At Gainsborough, our children participate in weekly high quality PE lessons and sports provision. We employ expert external coaches who provide outstanding provision for both our children and staff. Sustainability is a key focus for our school and ensuring effective subject expertise and knowledge ensures PE is taught effectively.

Our curriculum programme incorporates a range of different sports to ensure all children develop the confidence, tolerance and appreciation of both their own, and others, strengths and weaknesses. We recognise the importance of celebrating success and managing the challenges of defeat – whilst developing leadership and individual character.

We provide opportunities for all children to engage in extra-curricular activities, in addition to participating in competitive sporting events. This is an inclusive approach which endeavours to encourage not only physical development but also well-being.


Our broad and balanced PE curriculum impacts greatly on our children’s ability to acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to make appropriate choices about their physical health. They understand key concepts and skills taught and are able to transfer these into a variety of different sports and settings.

Our curriculum develops positive self-awareness in children as they become physically competent. They also demonstrate a healthy attitude towards competition, showing respect for individuals, teams, officials and coaches.


PE at Gainsborough 

At Gainsborough we want every child to be healthy and fit and have the opportunity to participate in sport and PE so that they are physically confident. This is achieved through positive teaching and learning experiences at all levels and for all children. 

PE and sport is led by the PE subject leader and supported by all members of staff.  

Our PE lessons cover all areas of the National curriculum, including; games, gymnastics, dance, outdoor activities and athletics.


Every year we take part in several sporting competitions.These include; basketball, dodgeball, high 5 netball, cricket, football, futsal, rounders, athletics, cross country and the Crewe swimming gala. 

Inclusive sports - here at Gainsborough we view sport as sport for all. We believe that everybody should have the opportunity to take part in sport. We take part in the Inclusive Sports events at South Cheshire College each term. 

Our year 3 children have the opportunity to take part in swimming lessons every year. We then offer top up swimming lessons to children as they enter year 5.

Dance week

Each year we hold a 'dance week' and all children throughout the school take part in a dance workshop. Some year groups learned hip hop dance, whilst others danced to Brazilian and music from other countries. At the end of their dance workshop our children performed for their parents and carers to showcase their new skills and moves!

Multicultural arts week

During our Multicultural Arts week, we were fortunate to have specialisist Chinese and African dance workshops in school. Last year, our year 5 children learnt all about the Chinese New Year and some dance skills which they later performed to their parents. Whereas our year 6 children enjoyed learning how to drum and dance in the African workshop which they later performed to the whole school. We are already beginning to plan for this upcoming year! 


Here at Gainsborough, we are fortunate to have experienced qualified coaches working alongside our teachers. Sportscape offer great teaching and learning opportunities for our children, whilst providing extra CPD for our staff. The children have enjoyed taking part in outdoor adventures, and some year groups have been fortunate to learn new team games such as tri-golf and boxing. Sportscape also offer a wide range of after school clubs, which our children throughly enjoy.

Pupil Voice

It is important that our children not only enjoy the sports that they are taking part in, but they have the opportunity to reflect and share their experiences with everybody else in the school. We encourage our children to share their successes and to be proud of what they have achieved.

In school, we post all successes on our weekly newsletter. We also ensure that our children enjoy their PE lessons at school, by completing pupil voice monitoring sheets.

Keeping physically fit!

We believe it is vitally important that our children have the best opportunity to be physically active - therefore we ensure that equipment in school is accessible for all. At break time, we have purchased new basketball nets, play equipment and table tennis tables, which fit nicely alongside our ball cage, climbing frames and tyre park. We have a team of trained playleaders in school who lead games at break and lunchtimes, encouraging all children to learn new games, play cooperatively and be physically active.

Change 4 Life champions

At Gainsborough, we are part of the Crewe and Nantwich school sport partnership. As part of this, we took part in a change 4 life champions training day where a team of children learned new games and activites which they could then relay back to children at school. Our children came up with the name, 'Ready, set, Gainsborough!'. Since then, we have been really keen for our children to take on active play leaders roles - therefore each year we appoint new play leaders! 

Healthy Living week

During Healthy Living week children have the opportunity to learn all about food and the importance of eating their 5 a day!  Healthy eating and healthy living is of vital importance and we host assemblies throughout the school year to ensure our children are making the right choices. We also have a healthy eating trolley - which provides our children with a choice of fruit, vegetables and healthy snacks at playtime.

Sports relief 

Every year, we take part in Sports relief! As one of the UK's biggest fundraising events, Sports Relief brings the entire nation together to get active, raise money and change lives.

Last year, our children had the opportunity to complete a fun circuit challenge - this included jumps, hoops and balls. KS1 were challenged to complete 30 minutes non stop physical exercise, whilst KS2 were challenged to complete one hour! No stops, no breaks, no walking. We raised approximately £800 - a HUGE amount of money that will help to change lives.

Hopefully this year we can raise a little bit more!


Please see the Statutory Information section of our website to see details of how we spend our Sports Premium.








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Be Ready:

- To Listen and Learn
- To Share
- To Follow Instructions
- To Work Hard and Do Your Best
- To Help and Be Kind

Be Respectful:

- Think About Others
- Use Good Manners
- Choose the Right Behaviours
- Talk to Others in the Right Way
- Accept and Celebrate our Differences

Be Safe:

- Play and Learn Safely
- Report Bullying or Unkind Behaviour
- Move Around School Carefully
- Tell an Adult if You Don't Feel Safe
- Look After Each Other

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