At Thornaby CofE Primary School, we believe the development and internalisation of the four core values of love, perseverance, hope and forgiveness are vital for our children’s future.


Physical education, school sport and physical activity (PESSPA) at Thornaby CofE Primary School has a vital role to play in developing these core values as well as the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of children. Children need to be able to demonstrate and live out these values throughout their lives in order to develop as British and Global citizens who will have a positive impact on society as a whole and in the community in which they live.


PESSPA are important in giving children the knowledge, understanding and the tools to make informed choices about healthy living and have a positive impact on their own health and well-being. Our curriculum aims to improve the wellbeing and fitness of all children at Thornaby C of E Primary School, not only through the sporting skills taught, but also through the underpinning the values and disciplines PESSPA promotes.


The physical education curriculum at Thornaby CofE Primary School, aims to provide for pupils’ increasing self-confidence through an ability to manage themselves successfully in a variety of situations by engaging pupils in their learning, developing their knowledge, skills and understanding, and putting these into practice. We also want to teach children how to cooperate and collaborate with others as part of an effective team, understanding fairness and equity of play to embed life-long values. Children will have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of sports and physical activities, carried out in a safe and supportive environment, where effort and hard work, as well as success, is celebrated and enjoyment and working together is promoted.


. At Thornaby C of E Primary School we:

  • Provide a curriculum that satisfies the requirements of the National Curriculum.
  • Provide up to two hours of high-quality physical activity per week for all pupils.
  • Provide an environment in which pupils enjoy and are committed to PE and sport.
  • Ensure pupils understand that physical activity is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, including social and emotional well-being; both in and out of school and now and in the future.
  • Provide all pupils, irrespective of ability, opportunities to experience and succeed in positive, enjoyable and stimulating PE and sport.
  • Provide opportunities, within the school and between schools, for pupils to participate in a range of competitive, creative and challenge-type activities, as individuals and as part of a team.
  • Develop competence in the fundamental movement skills and control in gross and fine motor skills.
  • Develop stamina, suppleness, strength and agility and the determination and resilience
  • Establish clear learning objectives and success criteria, opportunities for pupils to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and competence, challenges to enable pupils to select and use skills with regards to tactics and composition and other opportunities for pupils to communicate, solve problems and make decisions.
  • Provide meaningful links to other areas of the curriculum and to national and international agendas.
  • Establish good habits: an awareness of safety and hygiene and being responsible for PE equipment.

We help motivate children to participate in a variety of sports through quality teaching that is engaging and fun. From our lessons, our children learn to take responsibility for their own health and fitness, many of whom also enjoy the success of competitive sports. We equip our children with the necessary skills and a love for sport. We aim for them to grow up to live happy and healthy lives utilising the skills and knowledge acquired through PE.


P.E Crew

We have a children’s leadership team who oversee the development of our P.E curriculum. Their responsibilities include:

  • To monitor and evaluate P.E lessons 
  • To lead lunchtime sports clubs
  • To plan a range of after school sports clubs


P.E Policy 

P.E Progression Document