Button Lane Primary School

Only the best is good enough

Physical Education

P.E. Lead - Miss Mills 

Sports Coach - Mr Walker




Wythenshawe is in the top 20% of deprived areas in England and the number of children that receive pupil premium funding is almost double the national figures. Tackling the effects of deprivation has been at the forefront when designing our PE Curriculum. We aim to nurture our children’s talents in order to inspire a love and passion for physical activity and promote positive attitudes towards health and fitness.


We aim to deliver a high quality Physical Education Curriculum which encourages all children to participate, succeed and excel in competitive sport and physical activities.  At Button Lane, our Physical Education lessons and wider enrichment activities are inclusive and develop our children's physical confidence and competence by providing opportunities for all children to take part in a broad range of physical activities. We aim to provide our children with a variety of sporting role models from different cultural and diverse backgrounds who our children can learn from and aspire to be. 

Our lessons not only focus on the physical activity but also develop children's social skills and thinking skills. We support children in understanding how to work as a team, such as listening to others, accepting advice and instruction for improvement. We encourage our children to celebrate each others successes and to understand that within competitive sport that you may win or lose and how to respond.  Our curriculum, promotes positive attitudes towards health and fitness and inspires a love and passion for physical activity. Our intention as children move throughout primary school and throughout their future lives  is to promote an active, more enjoyable and healthy lifestyle.

We offer wider enrichment activities, including a variety of after school clubs and the opportunity for children to take part in competitive and co-operative games to embed values such as fairness and respect. Values that we intend to stuck with them throughout their sporting pathway. 

Our aims are to

  • Encourage children to be physically active for sustained periods of time
  • Promote healthy, active lives
  • Develop children’s competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • Provide opportunities for children to take part in competitive sports and activities

In this they will

  • Develop a positive attitude towards participation in sport and physical activity
  • Understand the importance of leading a healthy, active lifestyle
  • Increase their competence and confidence to actively participate in independent and co-operative physical activities
  • Recognise and assess their own achievements and success


At Button Lane Primary School, we meet the aims and objectives of the National Curriculum and plan Physical Education lessons using the Primary P.E. Passport programme. We utilise the PE Passport as its been created by PE specialists who share our vision for developing a high-quality challenging, progressive and memorable PE provision. A clear progression has been mapped out to ensure children progress and build on prior skills as they move throughout school.  

All children partake in twice weekly Physical Education sessions that are delivered by our fully employed Sports Coach, class teacher or through a supportive team teach approach. Mr Walker is our sports coach and supports our teachers with delivering high quality P.E. lessons to all classes from Reception through to Year 6.  Each half term, children cover two sporting disciplines.

Our PE curriculum provides challenging and enjoyable learning through a range of sporting skills with a focus on activities including; invasion games, net & wall games, strike and field games, gymnastics, dance, swimming and outdoor and adventure. The long term plan sets out the PE units which are taught throughout the year and ensures that the requirements of the National Curriculum are fully met. Children in years 3, 4 and 5 complete swimming lessons across the three terms. We ensure that children who require further intervention within this area attend additional catch up sessions across the year. 



Our Reception pupils partake in a range of daily P.E activities in addition to their P.E. lessons. As part of our continuous provision, we have sporting areas in both our outdoor and indoor environments and children can access a wide range of sporting equipment out on the playground. 

Key Stage One and Two:

Children learn a range of fundamental P.E. skills and sports through the Primary P.E. Passport programme such as, invasion games, net and wall games, outdoor and adventurous activities, dance, athletics, striking and fielding. Each half term, year groups focus on a different area of P.E. Pupils' achievements and sports development is assessed by both the teachers and the sports coach throughout the year.


In addition to this, we encourage children to participate in a varied range of extra-curricular activities.  Lunch time activities and interventions are utilised and children can attend after school sport clubs. Children are invited to attend competitive sporting events within the local area. This is an inclusive approach which endeavours to encourage not only physical development but also mental well-being. These events also develop teamwork and leadership skills and are very much enjoyed by the children.

Pupil Leadership

Each year, pupils in Year 5 are selected to be Sports Leaders and take part in a course led by staff from the Manchester United Foundation. Mr Walker supports these pupils and delegates roles and responsibilities to them which they take forward as Sports Leaders in Year 6.


Assessment is used as a tool to inform our teaching and learning and to measure the impact of the curriculum we have created. We vary our approach to assessment to ensure it is tailored towards each subject. It takes place purposefully and meaningfully at key points across the year.

We assess each Physical Education unit in the following ways:

  • Questioning and daily discussions to review prior learning 
  • Moderation within school using observation, discussions with pupils and clear descriptors 
  • An end of unit outcome
  • Pupil Voice

Monitoring takes place across the year and conversations between subject leaders and class teachers take place to ensure that standards across the curriculum are monitored and reported annually to staff,  parent’s and  governors. This is used to inform future development and areas to focus on within our PE action plan.  


Our aim is for every pupil to have achieved the 25 metre certificate by the time they leave primary school. 

Pupils in years 3-5 swim for one term per year. They are encouraged to practice their swimming skills outside of school. 

Year 5 pupils who do not achieve their 25 metre certificate by the end of the Spring Term continue to attend swimming lessons for the rest of the year and in some cases, Year 6 pupils continue to attend swimming.

89% of our current Year 6 pupils achieved their 25 metre certificate. 

Events, trips and competitions

All children at Button Lane have the opportunity to attend an event, trip or competition related to sport. For example,  Year 3 visiting Didsbury tennis club, Year 6 visiting Old Trafford. Each half term, children from each year group will have at least one Level 1 competition,  related to the curriculum or a wider enrichment activity. Children can attend can many P.E events throughout the year and have the opportunity to try something new or continue with their chosen sport.

Some examples of events that we participate in are listed below:

  • Football Competitions
  • Local secondary school MHA Sporting Events
  • Tennis Competitions
  • School Games Competitions
  • Sports Leading Training
  • Premier League Primary Stars
  • Sports Day
  • Level 1 Competitions at School
  • Football Stadium Tours
  • Wow Time Clubs
  • After-school extra-curricular Clubs
  • Sporting fundraising
  • Manchester and Wythenshawe Cheerleading and Dance Events

After-school Clubs

Sports-related after-school clubs that we offer throughout the year include:

  • Rugby
  • Football
  • Netball
  • Athletics
  • Morris Dancing
  • Cheerleading
  • Irish Dancing

Fundraising and Charity

At Button Lane Primary, we are passionate about fundraising using a sporting element. We have raised money for the British Heart Foundation by having a 'Skipathon' and a separate 'Dodgeball' competition.

We have raised money for our school fund by having a sponsored 1 mile run around the school grounds and we held a Euro 2016 day to raise funds for new sporting equipment.

Sport Houses

Our six sports houses are named after inspirational Team GB athletes. 

On Sports Day, children compete against each other earning points for their house. Pupils represent their team by wearing their house colour.















Mr Walker's PE Challenges