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Great Missenden Church of England Combined School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust


PE and Sport

Physical Education and School Sport


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 dance and gymnastics to football and drama. 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 2 sporting festival each year. This helps expose the children to various different activities they might not have experienced whilst learning about sportsmanship.

This year, 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



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 3, 4, 5 and some of year 6 use Amersham swimming pool for weekly lessons at various stages of the academic year. Year 6 will get a top up in the summer term if they have not reached the swimming outcomes in year 5.
  • Outdoor and adventurous activities (through Physical Education lessons, field and residential visits as well as forest schools in Pre-School to Year 3)

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. Our Autumn term sports clubs are; Boys football (team), Girls football (team), football (AJD years 3-5), gymnastics (school), gymnastics (outside agency), dance, drama and ultimate frisbee. 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 recently 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.

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. 


To truly understand the impact of our Physical Education curriculum, you have to come and see us!


At Great Missenden CofE Primary School, we are athletes! We have started to introduce clear exit points for each unit of Physical Education, this is completed through a written piece of work which pupil complete in their WAC books. Staff are therefore aware of the expectations and the journey the children are undertaking. This information can then be used to inform their short-term planning and focus groups within lessons.


We believe that the physical aspect is only one quarter of Physical Education, coupled with the cognitive, social and well-being skills received throughout lessons – we build on the holistic view of the child. This ensures the children are well prepared for their life-long sporting journeys. We maximise sporting and well-being opportunities for children to ensure they have the confidence to lead a healthy and active lifestyle beyond their time at this school. 


Pupil Voice Impact Analysis

Year 1: ‘’I like being outside.’’

Year 2: ‘’PE is fun because we get to dance!’’

Year 3: ‘’I love PE because it is fun and we can help each other.’’

Year 4: ‘’PE reminds me about the importance of keeping fit and the fun activities I do in my garden with my family.’’

Year 5: ‘’I love PE as we are motivated to push ourselves and I enjoy being active.’’

Year 6: "I find PE fun as it keeps us active and gives us a break away from our desks.’’


Our children leave Great Missenden more knowledgeable about the effect Physical Education has on their bodies. They understand how new skills are learnt and applied within different sports. They leave the school with a confidence in their own sporting abilities and how this affects them on a day to day basis.



For the Autumn term, children in KS2 will be participating in Football, Netball and Handball for their games lessons as well as Gymnastics and Dance in their Physical Education lessons.

Year 4 will be swimming in the Autumn term, replacing their Physical Education lessons.


For the Spring term, children in KS2 will be participating in Dodgeball, Basketball and Tag Rugby for their games lessons as well as OAA, Health Related Exercise (Yr 6) and Dance (Yr 3 + 4) for their Physical Education lessons. 

Year 5 will be swimming in the Spring term, replacing their Physical Education lessons.

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind Fortnight 2020-21