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Physical Education

Curriculum Leads: Natasha Clark-Hammond (KS2) and Sarah Lloyd (KS1)



Physical education at Coten End provides opportunities for all pupils to become physically active in a way that supports their health and fitness. Children will be given the opportunity to be active on a daily basis and will learn the importance of exercise as a lifestyle. It gives chances for children to be creative, cooperative and competitive and to face up to diverse challenges both as individuals and in groups. Many activities taught in PE improve teamwork and leadership skills, whereby children can develop essential concepts of fair play, honest competition and good sportsmanship. We aim to provide children with a broad range of physical activities, with a progression of skills that builds on past understandings and combines new practices. We strive to deliver engaging and inclusive lessons so that children of all capabilities can appreciate and enjoy PE for sustained periods of time. We enable all children to swim competently and learn about water safety as an essential life-saving skill. Physical education can also reduce anxiety, stress and tension and results in improved attention in the classroom, fundamentally supporting children’s mental well-being.



  • A cycle of lessons for each subject, which carefully plans for progression and depth in the different subject areas.  A wide range of sports and activities are delivered from Reception to Year 6 enabling pupils to develop their knowledge and skills in physical education in a variety of different areas.
  • A specialised sports coach supports and delivers some of our physical education lessons across KS1 and KS2.  This ensures pupils are receiving high quality Physical Education in sport specific areas and also teachers are receiving CPD whilst the sessions are being delivered. 
  • Alongside our curriculum provision for P.E we also provide all pupils with the opportunity to participate in at least 3 different sports clubs weekly.  These clubs may be provided by our resident sports coach, class teacher or external coach. Pupils are consulted termly about which sports club they would like to be offered.  
  • Pupils are encouraged to take part in competitive sport.  Upon joining the school each pupil is allocated a ‘House’.  Each term the pupils compete in a variety of different sports and can earn house points for their house.  At the end of the school year pupils also compete in a fun/ competitive school games event.  Sport Ambassadors are recruited from the Year 6 pupils each year. 
  • Coten End also encourages pupils to apply their skills and knowledge in sports against other schools.  Pupils from Year 1 to Year 6 take part in team games against other schools.  Sports that we compete in during the academic year are football, netball, athletics, cricket, dodgeball, gymnastics, archery and multi-skills and rounders.
  • All children from the age of year 3 are encouraged to take part in weekly swimming lessons for half of the academic year. Pupils will be able to swim at least 25 metres before the end of Year 6 and will know how to remain safe in and around water.
  • Year 6 are provided with ‘Bikeability’ session which aims to develop mastery in cycle handling in an off-road environment and prepare riders for cycling on the road.



  • Our PE Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression.
  • We focus on progression of knowledge and skills in the different physical activity areas and like other subjects discreet vocabulary progression also form part of the units of work.
  • If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

- A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes.

       - Pupil discussions about their learning.

       - Video/Photo analysis through recordings of performance in lessons.

       -The annual tracking of standards across the curriculum.

  • The impact of our P.E curriculum is also measured in the uptake of our afterschool clubs and participation in inter school sports competitions.  Each year we aim for 50% of pupils to have attended a sports club or competed against another school in a sport.  Participation levels are tracked by our specialised sports coach.
  • External measures are also used to measure the impact of out P.E curriculum.  Each year we apply for the School Games Award.  This recognises high quality provision in school with either a bronze, silver or gold award.  We have achieved the Silver Award for our high-quality physical education and school sport.


Wasps Netball Community Day


On 14th November 2019, Coten End's Netball Team travelled up to the Ricoh Arena to participate in Wasps Netball community day. Despite the miserable weather, it did not dampen the children’s enjoyment of the mornings activities.

The morning started with a welcome induction by 5x time Super league grand-finalist and Wasps Head Coach Mel Mansfield, who spoke about what her role at Wasps Netball consists of and the steps she has taken to achieve her ambition of becoming a Netball head coach.

Afterwards, the children rotated through various different netball activities led by Wasps Netball coaches (Including Miss Blair, who the children were delighted to see!). With the highlight being a Netball match against another school on an inflatable court.


In addition, the children were given a tour around the Wasps dressing room by Wasps Netball players including Jade Clarke who has recently won Gold at the Commonwealth Games with England.

Year 5/6 Athletics Tournament


On 7th November, thirty Year 5 & 6 pupils headed to Myton School to compete in an indoor athletics tournament. For many, this was their first competitive experience in a sporting setting. Coten End competed against pupils from All Saints, Bishops Tachbrook, Budbrooke, Telford, Newburgh, Ferncumbe and Woodloes, with the top two progressing through to the county finals.


With little practice and experience the children excelled in at both the field and track events, with particular highlights in the 6 lap parluuf relay race and the vertical jump. Impressively, Coten End finished 2nd with 312 points, narrowly behind Telford, with both schools thrilled to be in the county finals.


With more experience and a taste of competitive sport, Coten End headed to Newbold Comyn Leisure Centre and were eager to go one better and win the county finals. Strong displays in all activities especially the 4x1 lap relay and speed bounce resulted in Coten End amassing a fantastic total of 331 points. However, this total was not quite high enough to win, finishing 3rd, with the impressive Telford progressing through to represent Central Warwickshire in the Midlands finals.


The Coten End pupils conducted themselves perfectly, congratulating Telford for winning and were a credit to themselves and Coten End. They can be extremely proud of their performance, competing so strongly with very little practice.

School Games SMILES principles

Year 2 Infant Agility Tournament


On 9th October 2019, thirty year 2 Coten End pupils competed in an infant agility tournament at a blustery Kingsley Sports Ground. With very few children having competed in a sporting tournament before, they were extremely excited and keen to showcase their skills. The children participated in Javelin, Speed bounce, Bean bag toss and running relays, with many of these events being the first time the pupils had tried them.


The event was attended by over 900 pupils, with Coten End finishing a fantastic 8th place out of 27 schools, with Newburgh being the eventual winners.


Although many of the events were completely new to the pupils, they listened and followed instructions fantastically from various sports leaders, despite being extremely excited to participate in the activities.


Year 5 'Spirit of the Games' Dodgeball tournament


On 27th January 2020, nine year 5 Coten End pupils competed in a Spirit of the Games Dodgeball Tournament at Newbold Comyn Leisure Centre.  


In a traditional dodgeball tournament, scoring would be based upon the first team to eliminate the other players. However, in this tournament scoring took place following the ‘Spirit of the Games’ values; teamwork, honesty and respect. Following each match, the pupils privately scored the opposing team out of ten for each of the ‘Spirit of the Games’ values.  


In addition to the pupils showcasing their dodgeball talent, Coten End also amassed a hugely impressive total of 164 points finishing joint 2nd out of 8 schools. Only five points behind the winners, St Patricks 


With one of the scoring values being respect Coten End illustrated why they placed 2nd, by going over to the St Patricks students and congratulating them on winning the competition.  



Year 2 Gymnastics Competition 


On 4th March 2020, ten year 2 Coten End pupils ventured to Leamington and Warwick Gymnastics Club to participate in a Gymnastics competition.


For the competition the pupils were scored on two different routines. Firstly, the pupils performed a routine on a piece of apparatus similar to a beam where they showcased their balance as well as leaps. Next they performed a technical floor routine consisting of complex rolls, turns and balances. Despite having very little time to learn and practice these difficult routines, each pupil was faultless, with Coten End amassing 534 points out of 600.


After the routines, the pupils had the opportunity to practice on different gymnastics apparatus led by the Leamington and Warwick Gymnastics Clubs coaches. The pupils practiced on the low bars, vault and bounce track. However, each pupil enjoyed jumping in to the foam pit the most.


To end the event all of the schools gathered together to watch professional gymnasts perform a floor routine which led to faces of amazement on the Coten End pupils. All of whom were inspired to emulate their talent.