"Physical Education should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness." (The National Curriculum 2014)

PE at St Chad's

Our aim is to promote the physical well-being and contribute to the mental well-being of children and adults here at St Chads. We encourage the children to realise the importance of a healthy lifestyle and fitness to equip them with life-skills to enjoy a healthy and happy future.


  • To think creatively and confidently.
  • To make decisions independently.


  • To be engaged in a healthy active life-style.
  • To have a positive attitude towards sport.
  • To value the social and emotional well-being it can bring and have fun.


  • To grow in strength, co-ordination and technique.
  •  To become physically competent.

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (Nursery/Reception) and the Key Stage 1 National Curriculum (Year 1/Year 2) provides us with a basis of the skills and techniques that our children will learn throughout their time at St Chad's.

Children begin their journey to becoming healthy, physically active young people in Early Years Foundation Stage.

Physical development is one of the three prime areas within EYFS. It is divided into the following Early Learning Goals:

  • Moving and handling: skills enabling children to show good control and coordination in large and small movements. Children are able to handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing
  • Health and self care: children knowing the importance of good health which includes physical exercise and a healthy diet. Children are able to manage their own basic hygiene needs.

We are committed to ensuring our children are providing with strong fundamental movement skills, and as well as physical development being provided through teaching and learning. Nursery and Reception children are provided with an engaging outdoor area within which to be physically active during the school day.

Across Key Stage 1, children are taught to:

  • master basic movement including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
  • participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
  • perform dances using simple movement patterns.

Our PE Coordinator, Miss Holland and our teaching staff deliver PE lessons for Games, Gymnastics and Dance twice a week throughout the year from schemes of work written by Derby City School Sport Partnership. Each year the school uses Sport Premium funding to affiliate to Derby City SSP. They provide opportunities in association with Derby County Community Trust to promote the development of PE, Sport and Physical Activity. Further information on SSP can be found here.

As part of the Derby City School Sport Partnership affiliation package children are invited throughout the year from St Chad's to join other schools to take part in Sports Festivals at larger sporting venues. Children enjoy visiting the Derby Tennis Centre or Willows Sports Centre to take part in multi-sports activities and also the Derby Riverside Centre to take part in a “Celebration of Dance”.

Physical Literacy

This programme designed by Derby City Physical Literacy Partnership is used by teaching staff to accurately assess the physical development of children using age appropriate gross motor skill checklists in Foundation and Year 2. Intervention programmes are then implemented with daily physical activities.


These classes bring stories to life through specially developed moves inspired by yoga. Children are encouraged to express their emotions physically and improve concentration techniques through balancing postures. Nursery and FS children take part in these sessions run by a visiting instructor. Y1 and Y2 re-visit these skills using an on-line Yoga programme “A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure!”.

Rammie’s Daily Mile

Inspired by Derby County’s Rammie, children are challenged to improve their fitness by running or jogging for 15 minutes a day in school or nursery. Children access the school playground and playing field to complete their challenge. The school is currently in the process of applying for an “Awards for all” grant to install a running track also.

This is an on-line FREE dance and fitness programme designed to get children moving at home and in the classroom. The children have had lots of fun dancing to “Best Day Of My Life” in our Celebration assemblies. Here are some of our favourites for you to try at home too – “Bee Breath”, “Dynamite”, “Cheerleader”, “Banana, Banana, Meatball” and “Melting”. Further information can be found here.

Dough Disco

Children mould dough in time to music and perform different actions with their hands such as rolling, flattening, poking and squeezing to strengthen their fine motor muscles. Children in Nursery and Foundation Stage practise this every day.


Children learn to ride a bike who may be getting on 2 wheels for the first time or trying to improve. Visiting instructors from “Cycle Derby” coach children to improve their skills and confidence. Children learn that cycling is a fun sport to take part in and is also beneficial for their overall health and fitness. Foundation children have regular access to balance bikes and trikes on their playground. Cycling or scootering to and from school is encouraged.

Mini Leaders

During lunchtimes and playtimes children are given training and resources to lead mini physical activities.

Outdoor Poddely Play Equipment

Children have access to a set of modular pods from Playforce on the KS1 playground during lunchtimes and playtimes. It is a large construction kit to promote children’s gross motor, fine motor and hand-eye co-ordination skills. Through active play they can create obstacle courses or build dens and much more.

Take 10

Lunchtime staff finish off the dinnertime period each day by leading the children in 10 minutes of movement to music or singing. Our favourites include “Down in the Jungle” and “Do the Hokey Cokey”.

After School Clubs

Miss Holland and Derby County coaches deliver a choice of after school physical activities. Popular clubs with the children have been multi-sports, football, gymnastics, skipping, cheer-leading and GoNoodle. We look forward to trying out different choices in the future as we aim to follow the children’s interests. Further information on clubs that we are offering this academic year can be found here.

Health and Fitness Week

During this week in the Summer term teaching staff focus on promoting physical activity, health and wellbeing as skills for life. As part of that week we run our annual Sports Day Event and invite parents to support their children taking part competitively.

Mickleover Gymnastic Club

Children enjoy visiting their local purpose built gymnastics facility with gym area, soft play and gymnastics equipment to develop co-ordination, strength, balance and confidence.

Arboretum Park

Children regularly enjoy visiting the playground at their local park with their school friends.

Walk to School

All children are encouraged to choose an environmentally friendly and health conscious form of transport to get to school. We are very fortunate to have a bike shed on our school premises and children are encouraged to cycle and scooter to school. Each year, the school takes part in Sustrans Big Pedal Challenge. During this week, parents are encouraged to leave their car at home and try a different mode of transport to school.