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).


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 at least 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.


Residential visits are a key feature of our outdoor education provision and we offer opportunities for pupils from Y2 to Y6.

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 Year 3 have a weekly swimming lesson at Thirsk Swimming Pool in the autumn term.  Parents are asked to make a voluntary contribution to the lessons and transport.


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, 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 Musical Theatre and Dance for Reception to Y2 with Miss Amy from Butterflies as well as Gymnastics and Yoga for Y2 to Y6 with Mrs Taylor from Sporting Start on Mondays, a Multi-Skills Club for Reception to Y2 with Mr Loudoun on Wednesdays and a KS2 Sports Club with Mr Cairns on a Friday.  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.


Kirby Hill 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.



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