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Arno Vale Junior School


We take part in PE lessons at Arno Vale to help us gain the knowledge, motivation, physical competence and confidence to engage in physical activity throughout our lives.



At Arno Vale Junior School, it is our belief that PE and sport should play a central role in every pupil's experience and that the skills they give children are as important as being able to read, write and add.

It is our vision to provide all children with the fundamental movement and sport skills to become physically literate individuals for life. 

The governing body prides itself in the school’s range of sporting activities and achievements as healthy competition is actively promoted here at Arno Vale. We aim to provide a wide range of extracurricular sporting activities and clubs, and lots of opportunities to represent the school with pride in matches, tournaments, festivals and competitions.

Children are taught the six school games values at Arno Vale - passion, self-belief, respect, honesty, determination and teamwork, alongside our school values, which develop positive interpersonal skills within the children.


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

• Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities.

• Are physically active for sustained periods of time.

• Engage in competitive sports and activities.

• Lead healthy, active lives.



Each class is required to complete two lessons of PE each week. One of these will be with their class teacher and the other will be provided by a specialist coach during PPA time.

Following the National Curriculum, we offer a varied PE curriculum, designed to meet the needs of our pupils and establish a lifelong love of sport and physical activity. We also allow opportunities for competitive games, intraschool events and performance opportunities, whilst constantly promoting our school values and school games values.

Indoor PE lessons take place in the school hall and each class has two timetabled hall slots. We also have a court area on our playground and a large grassed playing field for outdoor PE lessons. Our school has a well-resourced PE store, portable football, basketball and netball goals, portable and fixed gymnastics equipment as well as many mats.

Equipment is checked regularly, stocked and replenished as often as the budget allows.


The government is providing additional funding to improve provision of Physical Education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding – provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport - is allocated to primary school headteachers. Since September 2013, we have been held to account over how we spend our additional, ring-fenced funding. Arno Vale Junior School was given a total amount of £18,400 for the academic year 2021/22 based on the following: £16000 + £10 per pupil (based on the number of full time pupils on roll at the time of the January census).

We are spending our PE funding on employing a PE specialist teacher to:

• Provide staff with professional development, mentoring, training and resources to help them teach PE and sport effectively.

• Support and involve the least active children by providing targeted activities.

• Introduce new sports to encourage more pupils to take up sport and physical activity.

• Prepare teams for sports competitions.

• Increase pupils’ participation.

• Organise for pupils to take on leadership or volunteer roles that support sport and physical activity within the school.

• Embed physical activity into the school day.

• Ensure that statutory reporting requirements are met (online reporting).

• Liaise with the SLT to monitor and report back on the impact of the spending.

• Liaise with the PE co-ordinator to meet the requirements of the school as appropriate.

• Liaise with external clubs, coaches, providers and other agencies where appropriate and necessary. 

• Monitor the performance of the school against the five key indicators (as set out by the DfE) and the requirements of the school.

The decision to use our sports funding in this way allows us to teach PE to a high standard and to make sport sustainable and embedded within school life. 



By the time children leave Arno Vale, they will: 

  • Know how to apply the broad range of skills they have developed to different sports. Such as: running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination.
  • Know how to apply the basic principles suitable for attacking and defending in a variety of different sports.
  • Have developed flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance, through athletics and gymnastics.
  • Know how to perform dances using a range of movement patterns.
  • Have taken part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both in school and out of school on residential trips.
  • Know how to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres using a range of strokes effectively.
  • Know how and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
  • Enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other.
  • Know how they can improve their performances in different physical activities and sports.
  • Compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
  • Know how to evaluate and recognise their own success.


Assessment within discrete PE lessons will ensure that pupils are building on their skills and knowledge over time. Predetermined learning objectives allow teachers to be mindful of the assessment elements within lessons and can help them pitch and plan subsequent lessons.