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PE at Riddings!

In Physical Education, we learn about the importance of being active, gaining skills for different sports. This makes us healthy and good competitors.

Our vision:

At Riddings Infants, staff plan lessons carefully to ensure skill and knowledge progression is paramount. We ensure this by using meaningful cross-curricular and thematic links where possible. 


We aim to inspire all children to develop a love of PE, enabling them to achieve, succeed and excel through physical activity and sport.


At Riddings Infants, we believe in high quality Physical Education for all children. We succeed in delivering this through participation in School Sport and diverse opportunities for Physical Activity (PESSPA).


Our whole school core values are: Integrity, Respect, Enjoyment, Development, Quality and Inclusion. These are embedded in all PE lessons to support our aim for all children to grow into resilient, confident and positive learners.


At Riddings Infants, we believe that a high-quality PE education will help pupils gain a strong understanding of the skills and values of why being physically active is important by the time they leave us to go onto Junior schools, Secondary schools and later in life too.


We aim to nurture the love of being physical and being involved in sport with both our children and their families. This develops a greater knowledge of how we can all lead healthier lives both in school and at home.

Our intent:

At Riddings Infant and Nursery School, our PE curriculum aims to support all children's physical development and allows them to learn and build on fundamental movement skills from Nursery through to Year 2. Our intention is for children to develop a love of physical activity to develop control, coordination, agility, strength and balance while having fun. As a result we want our children to become happy, healthy competitors of sport.


We want them to adopt an active life style thus giving them a healthy body, healthy mind and to become physically confident towards health and fitness. Our PE lessons help to improve fitness and self-esteem.


By the time they leave Riddings Infants our intention is that children have a love of being physically active, understand why physical activity is important and have developed a fantastic sportsmanship attitude to sport.


We expect all children to:

  • be good competitors
  • be aware of the importance of a healthy lifestyle
  • develop and explore physical skills with increasing control and co-ordination
  • work and play with others as part of a team
  • develop fundamental skills such as running, jumping and catching
  • be able to recognise and describe how their bodies feel during exercise
  • be able to use the skills they have learned and apply them to different activities
  • develop a love of being physical through creativity and imagination.



Our PESSPA at Riddings Infants provides challenging and fun learning through a range of physical sports including: invasion games, net and wall games, striking and fielding games, gymnastics, dance and much more.


The long term plan sets out the PE units which will be taught throughout each term along with after school clubs and competitions which will be taking place alongside the curriculum.


Each year follows a continuation of sports that progress throughout each year group and builds on the prior skills and knowledge children have learnt.


Children participate in two high quality PE sessions each week and are encouraged to engage in a range of physical activities set up over lunch times by our trained Play Leaders. There are also varied afterschool clubs which take place each term that children are encouraged to sign up for. In addition to this the children will experience one termly block of Forest School sessions.


We participate in both intra and inter competitions across the school year to allow children to apply their skills in competitive situations.



We aim to motivate our learners to participate in a variety of different sports through high quality teaching that is both challenging and fun. From our lessons, children will learn to take responsibility for their own health and fitness and learn to adopt a healthy lifestyle. We hope that our children will leave Riddings Infants with the developed skills and knowledge, and utilise these throughout their lives to be happy and healthy learners.

At Riddings, we recognise that not all children learn at the same pace and that some children need additional support. In Physical Education we have invested in a wide range of resources and strategies to ensure that all children make expected progress. This document can be seen below.

Our Learning:

We are very lucky at Riddings Infant and Nursery school to be an affiliated school to the Amber Valley School Sports Partnership (AVSSP). AVSSP provide a range of services and opportunities to support our school's delivery of PE, School Sport and Physical Activity. 


Our AVSSP coach at Riddings Infant and Nursery School is Mrs Mitchell who teaches lessons on a Monday in school. School staff work alongside Mrs Mitchell to deliver high quality, fun and engaging lessons for all pupils to access. 


Being a part of AVSSP gives children lots of new experiences, throughout a year we have visitors come to school to talk to the children about keeping fit and healthy. We have sport professionals lead workshops such as dance and karate. We have balance bike and scooter sessions taught by a trained coach and many more opportunities for children to develop their physical education.


We are even lucky enough to have an extensive range of afterschool sport clubs delivered by professional from both AVSSP and Soccer Stars. Some of the offered clubs include: boxercise, fencing, basketball, cricket and lots more!

Our Playtime Leaders


We are super lucky in school to have three trained members of staff to facilitate lunch time activities. Mrs Weightman, Mrs Turner and Mrs Bennett are our Riddings Play Leaders who ensure that the children are always remaining active throughout break and lunch times. 


Our fantastic Play Leaders are able to train Y2 Mini Leaders each year to help keep all of Riddings Infant and Nursery School active and healthy in every break time.

Enrichment Opportunities


We are very lucky at Riddings to have the opportunity to experience lots of different sports across the academic year. So far, Y2 and Nursery have taken part in Bikeability and Balanceability. Y1 and Reception have Scooter Smart booked in for Spring Term and KS1 have Dance sessions in the Summer Term. Extra enrichment for specialised sports that we offer to the children are also Martial Arts and the Ozzy Obstacle Course later that children take part in later on in the school year. 

Nursery Balance Bike Workshop


We have completed a balance bike workshop. We practised our balancing skills on stepping stones and a bench. We also played some games to improve our balancing. We then got to use the balance bikes and were shown how to balance, glide and use the bikes safely.

Our Curriculum Road Maps


Within the EYFS curriculum Physical Development is broken down into two sections- Fine Motor and Gross Motor. Within PE sessions our focus is mainly on a child's gross motor development. Such as moving in a range of ways- jumping, skipping, hopping, crawling etc. We focus on the development of balance, co-ordination and core strength through athletics, dance, invasion and team games. In the Autumn term Reception take part in 'Write Dance' sessions where we not only develop our Gross Motor skills but our Fine Motor skills too!



Pupils should develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.

Pupils should be taught to:

  • master basic movements 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

To develop the children's competitive skills, every half term KS1 take part in intra competitions where they learn to work as a team, follow sport rules, thinking tactically and showing inclusivity to score and win points for their term. They play competitive games within their year group to experience winning and losing and develop integrity and enjoyment of the games.


Being a part of AVSSP we also have numerous opportunities to take part in inter competitions with other schools in the Amber Valley area where children are chosen to represent our school. We love showing other schools and our grown ups just how hard we have been working in PE!

Alongside developing skill and confidence in taking part in a range of physical activities, the children also learn 'think' and 'feel' objectives as part of AVSSP coaching scheme. These are objectives to ensure that children are team players, good sportsmen, respect others and also understand the effects of PE and why we need to be active.


At Riddings we love PE!