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P.E. and Games

What we aim to achieve in P.E.

At Hillborough Junior school we aim to inspire ALL of our children to find a passion for, and to build a positive relationship with physical education, activity and sport. In turn we wish this to instil a lifelong love of exercise enabling our pupils to lead healthy, active and confident lifestyles far beyond their time here.

We will provide high quality active PE lessons that engage boys and girls of different backgrounds and abilities to build physical competency, confidence, enjoyment, knowledge and understanding. Every child will collaborate, officiate, compete and support within internal, intra and inter sports competitions throughout their time at Hillborough Junior School.

What P.E. looks like at Hillborough Junior School

It is our intention to provide a safe, engaging and stimulating learning environment that both challenges and creates opportunities for success. Pupils will learn through purposeful practise, deliberate and game based play to develop physical confidence and competence across a range of sports. Children are then best placed to continue to lead lifelong healthy lifestyles and are prepared for high level skill acquisition.

All children need to experience what it is like to actively take part in sport whether individual or team based. As such, all children participate in school competitions via a mixture of individual, team, class and house competitions. We offer a wide range of extra curricular school sports that are available to all. We have dedicated staff that ensure talented children have access to high level coaching and competition to maintain their development.Swimming is a fundamental and vital life skill as such all children in year 4 swim for the entire year and we have swimming interventions for year 5 children.

The skills and knowledge we develop in P.E.

Physical education at Hillborough Junior school develops physically literate pupils who display competence, confidence, enjoyment, knowledge and understanding of the subject. These outcomes are underpinned by providing opportunity for children to develop their fundamental perceptual motor skills (FPMS). Children have two hours of high quality PE each week where they develop on the learning and mastering sports specific skills pathway. This results in clear progress of techniques and skills, and high quality performances.


Pupils should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.

Pupils should be taught to:

  • use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
  • play competitive games, modified where appropriate, such as badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis, and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
  • develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance, for example through athletics and gymnastics
  • perform dances using a range of movement patterns
  • take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
  • compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.

Swimming and water safety FROM THE NATIONAL CURRICULUM

All schools must provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2.

In particular, pupils should be taught to:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • use a range of strokes effectively such as front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
Meeting national curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety  
What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres? 62.2%
What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]? 32.2%
What percentage of Year 6 pupils can perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations? 91.1%
Schools can choose to use the Primary PE and Sport Premium to provide additional provision for swimming but this must be for activity over and above the national curriculum requirements. Have you used it in this way? Yes

National School Sports Week

To celebrate and launch National school sports week in conjunction with the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, Hillborough Junior School hosted a very special guest speaker for their morning assembly. Gary Burgess - Head of Officiating for England Netball - joined us via video link to tell us more about the Commonwealth Games and his journey. He has umpired World, Commonwealth and Super league Finals and travelled all over the world as part of his role in Netball. He is considered to be one of the top if the best umpires in the game and took the time to explain how he got to where he is. Please enjoy the recording of our assembly.

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