Handcross Primary


Physical Education at Handcross Primary

Our school believes that physical education and activity, experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is a vital contributor to a pupil’s physical and mental development and well-being.

The school provides all pupils with the full entitlement of two hours high quality Physical Education a week and is aiming to increase this to three hours through the provision of a broad range of after school physical activities.

All pupils in the school have equality of opportunity in terms of curriculum balance, curriculum time, use of resources, use of facilities and access to extra-curricular activities.


At Handcross Primary School, the children each class receives 2 hours of physical activity per week taught by specialist PE leads and class teachers. The sessions cover the statutory elements required by the Physical Education National Curriculum:

 Key Stage One:

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.

Key stage Two:

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 [for example, 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.

Teaching follow the yearly plan to ensure a balanced and progressive PE Curriculum.


In line with the National Curriculum, Handcross Primary School provides swimming instruction in key stage 2.

Children are taught to:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres.

  • use a range of strokes effectively (for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke)

  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.

GOLD Kite Mark Award for PE

Gold Kite

We are extremely proud to have achieved the GOLD standard Kite Mark award for our PE provision for the FOURTH YEAR IN A ROW - Congratulations to all.

Mrs Cribb, Mrs Aylett, Miss Lane and Steve from South Coast Sports are continuing to work hard in 2018-19 to aim for Platinum Standard, which will be a fantastic achievement  

The School Games Mark is an awards scheme which rewards schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school. Ofsted use the Mark award as part of their inspection framework and schools can use it as a development tool.

Steve, our PE teacher, and his colleagues from South Coast Sports (SCS), teach excellent lessons across the school and we participate in a variety of competitive and friendly fixtures/events each term, as well as intra-school competitions year e.g.: Run-a-Marathon, Sports Day and Danceathons. 

We have signed up to Mid Sussex Active (MSA) this year to improve the range of sports opportunities open to the children and to ensure they have access to a greater range of competitions throughout the year.

We aim for every child in Years 1-6 to take part in at least one physical activity club each week.  Our wide range of extremely popular sports and physical activity clubs for the Summer Term include Netball, Street Dance, Infant & Junior Football, Stoolball, Athletics, Infant Sports Skills, Infant & Junior Multi Sports, Kinball & Boccia (selected pupils), Cricket (before school) and Go Wild. Visit our Clubs page to view our full list of After-School & Morning Clubs

Pupils are actively encouraged to write sports reports, as well as to share achievements from sports/physical activities they are involved in outside school. These are celebrated in Friday Celebration Assemblies as well as on the PE noticeboard in school and in the section below.


Clubs commence the week beginning April 29th, with Cricket (morning), Stoolball, Athletics & GoWild are new additions this term.

See our calendar for details of forthcoming sports events, including our sports day on 

Thursday 4th July 2019


Boccia Club & Kin-Ball Krew - Tuesday afternoons

Our first ever Boccia club is up and running on Tuesday afternoons, based on the positive feedback from the pupils who attended the Boccia and NAK Festival earlier this year. Joseph & Harry  (Y6) have enthusiastically taken on a Sport Leader role teaching Mrs Ford & selected Y3 children the skills & tactics involved - Boccia is related to bowls & petanque, but all players are seated. Then immediately after Boccia, 12 pupils are having great fun mastering Kin-Ball - with its distinctive large colourful ball, Kin-Ball involves 3 teams of 4 playing against each other at the same time.