Sport and PE at Kirby Hill Primary School

PE is taught using the National Curriculum Programme of Study 2014, Rising Stars units and the PESSCL Core Tasks. Children also have access to specialist coaches and teachers to enhance their learning (see Sports Funding page). FA coaches deliver a football programme in school in alternate years, funded by Lidl.  This is always very popular with the children and teachers alike.
PE contributes to the teaching of personal, social and health education and citizenship. Children learn about the benefits of exercise and healthy eating, and how to make informed choices to enable them to live healthy lifestyles.


Our Aims
Physical education develops the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding, so that they can perform with increasing competence and confidence in a range of physical activities. These include dance, games, gymnastics, swimming and water safety, athletics and outdoor adventure activities. Physical education promotes an understanding in children of their bodies in action. It involves thinking, selecting and applying skills and promotes positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle. Thus, we enable them to make informed choices about physical activity throughout their lives.

PE Lessons
Each year group from Year 1 to Year 6 have two timetabled lessons of PE each week. Reception children have increased access to outdoor play as well as one separate PE lesson per week.  PE lessons may be indoor or outdoor and include invasion games, net and wall, striking and fielding, athletics, gymnastics and dance. We are fortunate to have a large school field for outdoor games and sporting activities.
Year 4 children usually attend an outdoor pursuits visit to Carlton Lodge Outdoor Education Centre, or similar venue, once a year.
Year 6 children also experience a range of outdoor and adventurous activities on their residential week to East Barnby Outdoor Education Centre.

PE is assessed at the beginning and end of each unit of work against the core task cards or activities from the Rising Stars scheme. iPads also help teachers to photograph and video good examples of technique, to share with the class.

Children in years four, five and six have a weekly swimming lesson at Thirsk Swimming Pool in the autumn term each year.  Parents are asked to make a voluntary contribution to the lessons and transport and the PTA kindly donate towards part of the transport costs too.

Change4Life Club
This exciting club, run by the Chair of Governors and a Teaching Assistant, ensures children have the opportunity to get involved in a variety of different activities to get the body moving. They also explore how they can make healthy choices, such as through investigating the quantity of sugar in popular foods.

After School Clubs
The school also aims to provide a range of PE-related activities at the end of the school day. Such activities encourage children, usually from Reception upwards but sometimes from Y3, to further develop their skills in a range of areas as well as providing either relaxation or physical challenge at the end of a school day.

We currently offer a KS2 Sports Club with Mr Cairns on a Wednesday and Musical Theatre with Miss Caitlin from Butterflies on a Monday.  We are always looking to expand our range of activities offered after school so please do get in touch if you know of something that might benefit the pupils in our school.

School Games LogoCompetitions

The school is part of the Thirsk School Sports Partnership and children compete in a wide range of sporting events, as well as events within the local cluster. As part of a local cluster of schools, children have recently been invited to train as Young Leaders.

Look at our school page on the School Sports Website

The Athletics Team After Winning GoldKirby Hill sports teams often have success at competitions in the local cluster and all children are given the opportunity to compete
if they wish to.  Some children prefer not to, and Duncan Burgess from Thirsk School offers sporting activities in school from time to time, to allow them to compete in internal competitions.

Please visit to see our results.
Forest Schools
Forest School originated in Scandinavia and was brought to the UK by Bridgwater College in 1995. Programmes are delivered in woodlands over a period of time, to facilitate holistic development of children and young people. It now receives support from a broad base of organisations including Ofsted and the Forestry Commission in part due to its strong links into Every Child Matters (2004) and the National Curriculum at all stages.  In 2015-2016, one year group in KS2 were given the opportunity to take part in a programme of Forest School visits.

We explain the Forest School programme and focus in the following documents:

And you can find out more about Forest Schools at Kirby Hill Primary School (.doc).


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