Physical Education

At Benwick we believe that physical activity has a central role in developing a child’s physical and emotional health. It also directly impacts on academic achievement. To this end we seek to provide a well planned, delivered and resourced entitlement to physical activities. We are also aware of the benefits of physical activity and the understanding of health related issues in the wider school community as this directly influences the attitudes and opportunities for exercise available to our pupils. To this end we make a conscious effort to promote these, through consultation, education and the provision of opportunities to participate in a range of physical activities.


  • develop habits leading to a healthy lifestyle and promote physical and emotional well-being
  • develop confidence and self-esteem, and positive self-image regardless of ability
  • develop an enjoyment in all forms of physical activity
  • enable children to develop and explore physical skills with increasing control and co-ordination
  • allow children to organise equipment and apparatus and begin to design and apply simple rules
  • encourage children to work and play with others in a range of group situations
  • develop a sense of commitment, endeavour, fair play and tolerance to cope with losing
  • develop communication skills including the use of correct terminology to promote the development co-operation and improvement of performance
  • foster an appreciation of the artistic and aesthetic aspects of physical activity
  • teach children to recognise how their bodies feel during exercise and be aware of the benefits of exercise
  • foster an appreciation of safe practice

Entitlement and Curriculum Provision

All children are entitled to a progressive, exciting, motivating and vigorous physical education programme which covers National curriculum requirements and which takes into account individual needs and interests.

Children are entitled to an experience of gymnastics, games, dance, swimming and outdoor adventure activities.

Each child is entitled to up to 2 hours of physical activity each week, and we actively encourage the children to engage in further activity through the use of clubs, extra-curricular events and encouraging children to walk / cycle to and from school (see Travel Plan). We encourage activity during playtimes by playing organised games, and making a range of motivating play equipment available with newly founded Sports Leaders.

To continue reading please look at our Physical Education Policy.