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Great Missenden Church of England Combined School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust


PE and Sport

PE and Sport 

A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect..” DEFF 2013


The staff and governors at Great Missenden C of E School (GMS) believe that physical education (PE) plays a vital part in the physical development of the whole child. PE is a foundation subject of paramount importance within the National Curriculum for which all teaching staff have a responsibility, as well as encouraging children to take part in physical activity outside of the school day.


Here you will find everything you need to know about PE and Sport at GM school. 



At Great Missenden School our vision of Physical Education and Sport is one which enables everyone to participate in physical activity on a regular basis so our children become more physically confident and competent. Through our sporting opportunities we hope to develop a love and passion for sport which continues into their later lives.

We aim to provide the children with at least two hours of engaging Physical Education lessons a week to keep the children healthy and active whilst promoting a love of movement.

Great Missenden prides itself on the extra-curricular sporting opportunities we offer. These range from yoga and gymnastics to football and netball. Through these opportunities, the children have access to competitive games and festivals. Every single child has the opportunity to represent the school in at least one sporting festival each year. This helps expose the children to various different activities they might not have experienced whilst learning about sportsmanship.

Some year six students get selected to become sports leaders where they get the opportunity to help support and lead games, organise games and events. Through these extra leadership opportunities, we hope the children learn from the importance of communication, organisation, team work and respect.

Physical Education is a key part of life at Great Missenden which helps to prepare our children for later life.





The programme of study outlines four areas that all children should be involved in at Key Stage One, focusing on developing fundamental movement skills and becoming increasingly more confident in sport. These are:

  • Team Games – indoor and outdoor
  • Gymnastics
  • Dance
  • Multi-Skills


In addition, swimming activities and water safety will be taught in the school pool and simple athletic skills will be taught in the summer term.




The programme of study outlines seven areas that all children should be involved in at Key Stage Two. These are:

  • Running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and combination.
  • Competitive games – indoor and outdoor.
  • Gymnastics
  • Dance
  • Athletics (summer term)
  • Swimming (years 4,5,6 use Amersham swimming pool for weekly lessons at various stages of the academic year, and all years can use the school swimming pool) (year 3 to use Great Missenden school pool once a week in the summer term).
  • Outdoor and adventurous activities (through field and residential visits)

We aim to provide a detailed programme of extra-curricular activities involving a high proportion of children in the school.

  • Sports clubs run by staff, parents or outside agencies. Examples of these are: football, netball, cricket, tag rugby, gym, dance, biking basics, cross country and many more. Our philosophy is open access, and children will be asked to show commitment by regular attendance.
  • We aim to stimulate greater team spirit by participating in intra and inter-school matches, tournaments and festivals. Groups or teams can be chosen from those children who attend their clubs regularly.
  • Our children have benefitted from links with local tennis, football and cricket clubs, who have offered coaching sessions during school hours and also after school.
  • The school is a member of the SSCO (School Sports Coordinator Programme), which have regular sporting competitions and gatherings with local schools.