In PE, across the school, children at George Washington Primary School:


  • 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
  • develop the knowledge and understanding of how to lead healthy, active lives.


Key Stage 1 children are taught to:

  • master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
  • participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
  • perform dances using simple movement patterns.


Key Stage 2 children are taught to:

  • use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
  • play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
  • develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics]
  • perform dances using a range of movement patterns
  • take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
  • compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.

Children take part in PE lessons every week and are sometimes taught the rules and game play for cluster competitions against local schools. Children in years two to six have the opportunity to work with coaching teachers from Oxclose Community Academy.  Over a term, the children work alongside the coach, developing their knowledge and understanding of a skill, technique and how to apply these in a game. 


Swimming and Water Safety

All schools must provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2. Children at George Washington Primary are taught to:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.

Currently, children in year 4 and 5 have weekly swimming lessons over the year and there are ‘catch up’ sessions for children, in year 6 who didn’t achieve their 25m swimming badge.  Each year, the lifeguards from Sunderland RNLI come into school to talk with the children about water safety, when at the beach and by the river.