PE & Sport at The Leys

"Whatever you want to follow as your passion, it’s about having the right mental attitude, having the right focus, following your dream and never wavering from it." Ian Poulter

National Curriculum Aims

The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:

Here at The Leys we use the power of sport to further promote and develop the children's personal and social growth.

We ensure that physical, personal and social progress is at the heart of our high quality provision.  

PE is delivered by a number of different teachers across the school, however Mr Newlands and myself (specialists) provided the majority of the pupils' provision throughout the week.  The teaching topics are arranged so that they are taught by teachers with past and present experience.  All our swimming provision is provided by Stevenage Swimming Pool and their qualified and experienced instructors.

We have used PE as a tool to embed the importance of positive healthy well-being and the benefits of leading this lifestyle.   

We offer all our pupils a broad diverse PE curriculum that offers all pupils the opportunity to shine and flourish.  Through our whole school PE curriculum we have ensured that all subject content for both KS1 and KS2 has been met and provides greater opportunities to enrich all our pupils' education and beyond. 

All pupils access 2 hours of high quality provision each week.  This is supported by PE Passport, a fantastic scheme that provides great support for non-specialist teachers.

We have a whole school approach to our active umbrella initiative.  This active umbrella approach includes our daily mile, active maths/English, outdoor adventurous activities (Year 6 residential, orienteering on site), active PE bags to support movement breaks, extra curricular clubs and competitions through Stevenage Sporting Futures and local providers.

In Year 6 we have Sports Ambassadors and House Captains, who act as role models, develop leadership skills and support younger children at lunchtime and on whole school sports events to develop positive values in sport.

Our Year 6 pupils each year visit Manor Adventure for a week of incredible outdoor activities and team building exercises.  This week provides our pupils with lifelong memories.  

Our year 4 pupils visit Wymondley Wood each year and do an overnight stay.  This trip is to help build teamwork and develop outdoor adventurous skills along with personal and social development.  

Both our Manor Adventure and Wymondley Wood trips have an amazing impact and this is reflected in the pupils' PE work and also in other learning activities and environments.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Our EYFS take part in PE every week with Mr Byford and Mr Newlands.  The teaching and learning for our early years pupils is centred around their EYFS curriculum and the PE lessons are designed to develop all areas of the children's growth.  The EYFS have their own specific outdoor learning area which they use daily throughout the entire year.  This outdoor space allows all pupils to further develop their physical skills along with personal and social development. 

Subject Content
Keys Stage 1

Pupils 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 are taught to:

Subject Content
Keys Stage 2

Pupils will 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 are taught to:

Swimming and Water Safety

We provide swimming instruction in key stage 2 (year 4 all year and year 6 top up swimming summer term 2). 

In particular, pupils are taught to:  swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres and to use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke].  Pupils perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.

The children are awarded different certificates at the end of their swimming block to celebrate their achievements.  We also provide our year 6 pupils with an additional online swimming safety program provided by Swim England.  We are a registered Swim England School. 

The expectation is that 75% of our year 6 cohort should be able to swim 25 metres safely and effectively by the end of KS2.  

Passion and power of sport is the drive behind our PE provision. 

Yours in Sport

Mr B Byford
PE Lead

Stevenage Community Clubs

At The Leys we value our children’s participation in a wide variety of sports activities and clubs outside of school hours.  We support this commitment by providing our own extra-curricular activities and opportunities.  We are committed to giving our pupils opportunities to participate in non-competitive and competitive events, festivals and fixtures.  These activities help to sustain young people's commitment to a healthy active lifestyle.  We love to see our children’s sporting achievements outside of school and celebrate these in our newsletter.  We often provide our interested families with local links, in particular to community football clubs.  

The link below will provide access to all the community clubs currently within Stevenage and covers a vast range of sports.  If you require further information or advice please speak with Mr Byford or Mr Newlands.

Sport Stevenage Clubs

Autumn Term 2 - 2022 PE and School Sport Update

It has been a wonderful half term with so many sports events happening across the entire school.
We have continued to see amazing enthusiasm and motivation from our pupils even with the challenging and tricky weather conditions setting in.
We have spent a large amount of time teaching PE outside and our pupils have  applied and adapted themselves extremely well.
Our Early Year pupils have taken part in a Pudsey Bear Children in Need workshop and their energy and enthusiasm was incredible.
The year 4 pupils have been taking part in a six week Action Mat initiative to help develop their fundamental skills.
A group of KS1 pupils have taken part in a balance festival with the aim of developing their core strength and stability through a range of different activities, these pupils excelled throughout the morning activities.
We have also participated in the year 5/6 basketball competition and thepupils represented our school extremely well, winning 3 of their games. We are also taking part in a rowing competition before the Festive Holidays arrive and this will be attended by a group of year 5/6 pupils.
This half term we have also introduced active bags to years 1-4. These bags have supported and enhanced the pupils' outdoor learning and their afternoon movement breaks.
The curriculum time teaching and learning has been fantastic with wonderful progress across the school. There have been many different learning focuses from basketball and netball to fundamental movement and target games.
Thank you to all our pupils for their tremendous efforts and to all our staff for supporting and facilitating an amazing learning environment.

Many Thanks
Mr Byford & Mr Newlands

Autumn Term 1 - 2022 PE and School Sport Update

It has been a fantastic start to the new academic year. The pupils have shown excellent enthusiasm and engagement towards their PE and Sport.
We have seen great participation levels in our extra curricular activities and this is having a positive impact on the pupils progress.
Our year 5/6 girls football team has already competed in a tournament and performed wonderfully. Our year 5/6 mixed team also competed in their autumn term tournament and represented our school incredibly well. We have recently had our first year 3/4 football fixture of the season, the boys played brilliantly and drew 0-0.
Our year 3 pupils have been learning a new topic this half term and have thoroughly enjoyed playing and learning about hockey. Year 4 have settled extremely well into their weekly swimming lessons.
We have also participated in a number of other sporting events with great positive outcomes.
Well done to all pupils and staff as our whole school's active umbrella approach continues to have excellent impact.
Keep up the great work!
Many Thanks
Mr Byford & Mr Newlands

Documents to download

More Able

Lots of our pupils take part in out of school sporting activities including: swimming, dancing, gymnastics and football, click here to have a look on our more able page to see some of the awards they have received.

Pupil Voice

Year 6 - Pupil Voice - Autumn 2022
Q: Is PE your favourite subject?
A: 73.5%
Q:  I understand the importance of a healthy active lifestyle
A:  95%
Q:  Do you feel that the daily mile is helping your PE performance?
A:  86%
Q:  Do you feel that you have made positive progress this half term?
A:  100%
Year 5/6 Boys/Girls Football Teams - Pupil Voice
Q: I understand my roles and responsibilities within the team
A: 17/18 Students
Q:  I feel proud to represent The Leys School
A:  18/18 Students
Q:  I feel that representing the school has furthered my development and understanding of Football
A:  16/18 Students
Q:  I feel more competitive after representing The Leys School
A:  18/18 Students
Year 3 - Autumn 2022 - Hockey
Q: Have you enjoyed your hockey topic?
A: 89% Yes
Q:  Do you feel confident and safe when playing hockey?
A:  81% Yes
Q:  Is this the first time you have ever played hockey?
A:  78.5% Yes
Q:  Would you like to continue to play hockey?
A:  76.5% Yes
Year 3 Pupil feedback - Spring 2022
Pupil A - I can see and feel that I have progresses in my PE work

Pupil B - I am working hard in PE

Pupil C - I love PE and clubs

Pupil D - I am better at my jumping and landing
Reception Pupil Voice - Spring 2022
Question - What do you like about your PE lessons?
Jeffers Class
Pupil A - I like playing with the balls and I like jumping

Pupil B - I like exercising, it makes me feel good

Pupil C - PE makes me feel strong and I enjoy balancing on the jellies

Murphy Class
Pupil D - PE makes me happy because I like jumping off the benches

Pupil E - I like climbing on the horse box

Pupil F - I like climbing stuff, it makes me feel happy

Year 4 - Autumn 2022 - Swimming
Pupil A - I like that we can move up swimming groups as we get better

Pupil B - I like our instructors because they are kind and patient

Pupil C - I enjoy having fun in the water

Pupil D - I am enjoying learning something new
Year 3 Pupil Voice - Spring 2022
Q:  I understand what I am learning in my PE lessons
A:  96% Yes
Q:  My teacher makes it clear what I need to do to be a successful learner
A:  92% Yes
Q:  I understand the effects PE has on my physical and mental health
A:  62.5% Yes
Q:  I enjoy my PE lessons
A:  96% Yes
Q:  I attend an extra-curricular sports club
A:  67% Yes
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