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Physical Education


"Keeping kids active is more important than elite sport." Sir Mo Farah

At Rushey Mead Primary School, we hope for all children to feel as passionately about PE and physical activity as we do.  We aim to inspire a lifelong love of sport amongst all our pupils and provide them with the foundational sporting skills which will allow them to thrive during competitive sport in future life.  We believe sport and physical activity is for everyone and our goal is to help children fall in love with it. Not just for their physical health, but for their social, mental and emotional wellbeing too.

"The strength of the team is each individual member.
The strength of each member is the team." Phil Jackson

In line with our Rushey Rules and Key Character Traits, we teach our children the values of respect and kindness and how, win or lose, treating teammates, the opposition and referees with dignity is a must. Within our sporting community, we also value each and every member of the team. Regardless of aptitude, each team member is valuable and has an important role in helping us perform to the best of our ability. We teach our pupils that we are most successful in life and in sport, when we work together.

Subject Leadership Team

Our PE subject leaders are

Mr B Rogers
Mr I Allen

We have been recognised for our commitment to PE by being awarded with the School Games Gold Award!

Beat the Street

Beat the Street turns towns into giant games. Earn points, win prizes and discover more about your area by walking, running and cycling. At Rushey Mead, we always take part and encourage our children to be active in the local area. 

We came 4th in the whole of North East Leicester!

Daily Dash

In addition to our PE lessons, children at Rushey Mead do a Daily Dash every day on our all-weather track! The Daily Dash involves all the children running or walking a mile around our track.

Benefits of the Daily Dash:

For more information about the benefits of the Daily Dash, please see the document below 'Benefits of Physical Activity - How The Daily Mile Can Help?'


As a school we value the unity of a team and understand that some of the sense of belonging comes from wearing the same uniform or kit. We have invested in matching t-shirts for our children to borrow and wear when they take part in sports events and competitions. 

These tops are also available to purchase should you want one to keep or wear for PE. If you would like to buy one for your child, follow the link below.


Swimming is an important and mandatory part of the curriculum for primary school children. For many children, school swimming will be the only opportunity that they will have to learn to swim.

In line with national guidelines, pupils at Rushey Mead are taught to:


Pupils at Rushey Mead are taught to swim by the council’s swimming teachers and are supported in pool by Rushey Mead staff.  Swim England have produced the ‘School Swimming and Water Safety Charter’ to support the delivery of quality swimming lessons. The council’s swimming teachers teach to the criteria stated in awards 1 to 6 as stipulated by Swim England and work closely with pupils and Rushey Mead staff to ensure that pupils receive the best outcomes.

School Swimming and Water Safety Awards



  1. Enter the water safely (steps or swivel entry)
  2. Move forwards, backwards and sidewards for 5 metres
  3. Scoop the water and wash the face, wash hair, be at ease with water showered from overhead
  4. Blow bubbles a minimum of 3 times with nose and mouth submerged
  5. Take part in a movement game
  6. Give examples of two pool rules
  7. Recognise and understand beach flags
  8. Exit the water safely



  1. Enter the water safely (steps, swivel, or jump)
  2. Move from a horizontal floating position on the front and return to standing (aids may be used)
  3. Move from a horizontal floating position on the back and return to standing (aids may be used)
  4. Push and glide in a horizontal position to/ from the pool wall on the front
  5. Push and glide in a horizontal position from the pool wall on the back
  6. Travel on the front for 5 metres (aids or equipment may be used)
  7. Travel on the back for 5 metres (aids or equipment may be used)
  8. Maintain a floating position on the back
  9. Demonstrate a signal for help
  10. Exit the water safely
  11. Understand the water safety code



  1. Jump in and submerge (minimum depth 0m)
  2. Fully submerge to pick up an object
  3. Perform a tuck float for 5 seconds
  4. Push from wall & glide on the front arms extended on the surface
  5. Push from wall & glide on the back, optional arms extended
  6. Perform a rotation from the front to the back to gain an upright position.
  7. Perform a rotation from the back to the front to gain an upright position.
  8. Identify & discuss an open water hazard
  9. Exit the water safely



  1. Jump in, submerge, surface and swim back to the point of entry (minimum depth 0m)
  2. Push & glide towards the pool floor with arms extended
  3. Perform a sequence of changing shapes (minimum of 3) whilst floating at the surface
  4. Push & glide on the front with arms extended and log roll onto the back
  5. Push & glide on the back with arms extended and log roll onto the front
  6. Travel 5 metres on the front, tuck to rotate around the horizontal axis to return on the back
  7. Travel 10 metres on the front
  8. Travel 10 metres on the back
  9. Perform a shout & signal rescue
  10. Exit the water safely without the use of steps



  1. Jump in, submerge, surface and swim back to the point of entry (minimum full reach depth)
  2. Perform a horizontal stationery skull on the back
  3. Kick 10 metres Backstroke, (one item of equipment optional)
  4. Kick 10 metres Frontcrawl (one item of equipment optional)
  5. Kick 10 metres Butterfly or Breaststroke on the front or on the back (equipment may be used for breaststroke only)
  6. Travel on back and log roll 180 degrees in one continuous movement onto front
  7. Travel on front and log roll 180 degrees in one continuous movement onto back
  8. Swim 10 metres, choice of stroke is optional
  9. Give two examples of where it is safe to swim and why
  10. Exit the water safely



  1. Perform 3 different jumps into deep water to include a straddle jump
  2. Perform a head first skull for 5 metres
  3. Two out of the following three must be completed.
  1. Swim 10 metres Frontcrawl
  2. Swim 10 metres Backstroke
  3. Swim 10 metres Breaststroke
  1. Tread water for 30 seconds.
  2. Perform a handstand and hold for a minimum of 3 seconds  
  3. Perform a forward somersault, tucked in the water
  4. Swim 10 meters in clothes
  5. Swim 25 metres, choice of stroke is optional
  6. Exit deep water without the use of steps

Please note additional awards such as the national curriculum aquatics award and national curriculum self-rescue award may also be taught as additional awards, however the core focus will be on awards 1 to 6.

Where could I practise?

Our most local swimming pool is Cossington Street Sports Centre. Follow this link to see their pool timetable so that you can visit and practice your swimming during the weekends and holidays:

PE Gallery






Check out Mr Rogers getting active on the Year 6 residential!

Amazing Opportunities


                    Wheelchair basketball                                    Kirsty Brown - Leicester Riders Women's Basketball     

Yoga club



                                            Kimbles                                                                                        Bikeability


What do the children think?

“I like PE because it is fun and it is a way to keep to fit. I like playing sports!”

“It is fun because we play various sports. I now like sports which I didn’t even like before!”

“I like all of the sports festivals and clubs and, most importantly, swimming! I like swimming a lot!”  

“I like PE because it makes me active. PE makes me feel energised!”

“PE help me stay healthy and I enjoy playing basketball as it tricky but it feels so good when I score.”

“We play so many games and it makes me feel happy. I like playing rugby because I have to catch my friends.”

“I like PE because I like being sporty and playing sports like football and basketball. It makes me feel confident and when I’m older I would like to be a basketball player.”

“I like running and being sporty because it helps me stay fit. I feel happy when doing PE and would love to play for a football team when I’m older."


Mr Rogers – Member of the PE Team & teacher – “PE is not just for Christmas. It is for life! I hope that we can help all our children discover and foster a lifelong love for PE and physical activity and find a sport that helps them to feel as happy as PE makes me! PE is so special as it has the power to help us all with our physical, social, mental and emotional health and wellbeing. I hope we can help all our pupils discover this lifelong superpower!”

Additional Documents

  1. PE Intent
  2. PE Long Term Plan - DSP 2023/24
  3. PE Long Term Plan - EYFS 2023/24
  4. PE long term plan - Years 1 - 6 2023/24
  5. PE timetable - Autumn 1 - 2023/24
  6. PE timetable - Autumn 2 part 1- 2023/24
  7. PE timetable Autumn 2 part 2 - 2023/24
  8. PE timetable - Spring Term - 2023/24
  9. PE timetable - Summer Term - 2023/24
  10. Learning Journey - Kimbles - EYFS
  11. Learning Journey - Locomotion - Jumping - EYFS & KS1
  12. Learning Journey - Ball skills - Hands - Unit 1 - EYFS & KS1
  13. Learning Journey - Ball Skills - Feet - EYFS & KS1
  14. Learning Journey - Racket & Ball skills - EYFS & KS1
  15. Learning Journey - Gymnastics - EYFS, KS1 & KS2
  16. Learning Journey - Attacking & Defending skills - KS1
  17. Learning Journey - Dance - KS1 & KS2
  18. Learning Journey - Multi-sports - Years 1-3
  19. Learning Journey - Athletics - Competitions - Year 3
  20. Learning Journey - Football - KS2
  21. Learning Journey - Cricket - KS2
  22. Learning Journey - Basketball - KS2
  23. Learning Journey - Tennis - KS2
  24. Learning Journey - Tag Rugby - KS2
  25. Learning Journey - Athletics - KS2
  26. PE Warm up Progression
  27. PE Pillars of Progression
  28. Knowledge Progression - Ball Skills Feet into Football
  29. Knowledge Progression - Ball Skills Hands into Basketball
  30. Knowledge Progression - Ball Skills into Cricket
  31. Knowledge Progression - Locomotion into Athletics
  32. Knowledge Progression - Dance
  33. Knowledge Progression - Tag Rugby
  34. Benefits of Physical Activity - How The Daily Mile Can Help?
  35. Primary National Curriculum - Physical Education
  36. Rushey Mead Primary School PE achievements 2022-2023