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Thorner C of E

Primary School

Proud to be a part of the Elevate Multi Academy Trust

0113 2892541

Kirkhills, Thorner, Leeds LS14 3JD

Mrs G. Whawell - Headteacher

An inspirational place to learn and play, helping us make the most of everyday “All things are possible to those who believe.” (Mark 9:23)

Physical Education

At Thorner PESSPA is an integral part of our school vision and ways of working.  As an inspirational place to learn and play, we strive to provide the children in our school with opportunities to develop both confidence in their physical abilities and their whole sense of wellbeing. These opportunities are provided to all children from EYFS to Year 6 on an equitable basis, taking into account individual needs, including SEND. 


Our intent for PE is for all children:

  • To have the opportunity to experience a wide range of physical education and well-being activities that both fulfils and enriches the National Curriculum

  • To have the confidence to take on personal physical challenges and have an awareness of their achievements.

  •  To voluntarily. participate in intra and inter-school competitions and recognise the value of their participation. 

  •  To enjoy being physically active and to identify when and how they are being physically active.

  • To understand how being physically active and having a healthy lifestyle can benefit them both now and in the future.


We implement this by:

  • Using robust Long Tern Planning to ensure that pupils have both access to a broad range of physical activities, as well as opportunities for progression.
  • Providing physical activity opportunities outside of P.E. lessons.  These includes: physically active learning across the curriculum, active breaks, and enhanced play provision (OPAL).
  • Ensuring that resourcing is regularly scrutinised and updated to facilitate outstanding lesson delivery.
  • Investing in The Leeds Well School Partnership to ensure pupils have access to a broader range of competitions and physical activity opportunities.
  • Provide children with a range of enrichment activities to support a healthy life-style – such as cooking classes and nurture groups.
  • Identifying ways to use our grounds and local environment to best effect in supporting physical activity and healthy living.
  • Providing opportunities to all year groups to experience competition in a supported way through voluntary participation in House Competitions.
  • Prioritising inter-school competitions that allow large groups or whole year groups to participate, such as Cross Country and Triathlon – so that children aren’t deterred from participation due to a selection process.
  • Identifying and prioritising children with low levels of engagement in physical activity.
  • Providing teaching staff with regular access to specialist training to ensure the continued provision of high-quality P.E. lessons.
  • Encouraging children to be role models and advocates for physical activity – including the use of Play Leaders.
  • Ensure that PE is accessible for all pupils, including those with SEND, and provides an appropriate level of challenge and equitable opportunities.


The impact of our PE approach is that children:

  • Make outstanding progress in PE and regularly choose to be physical active. 
  • Understand the importance of physical activity and a healthy lifestyle and intend to continue to be physically active as they move into high school.
  • Have voluntarily participated in an inter and intra-school competition by the end of Year 6.
  • Have experienced a wide range of physical activities and can state if they prefer an activity and why.
  • Have the self-confidence in their own physical abilities to be willing to attempt new physical challenges.

Here's what our children say:

"P.E. is energising and fun."

"Commando Joe’s tests our creativity."

"Competitions give us the chance to work together as a team and they’re fun."

"I like OPAL because you get to explore your imagination to create something."