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The start of 2020 might be a little different but we are still having fun during our PE lessons.

Class 1 have enjoyed "Chalk people Relay" Football skills, Multi Skill events, dance and how far can you run in 6 minutes.

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At Monkleigh Primary School, PE has always been an integral part of the curriculum with the focus on giving children many experiences and to foster a lifelong love of sport.
The dedication and enthusiasm of the PE coordinator has given rise to many opportunities for the children such as rounders, high five, tag rugby, gymnastics and even rowing in Year 6! The children also have the benefit of entering many inter-school competitions and get to travel and meet other children.
PE lessons are held outside in most weather conditions, due to a lack of indoor space, but this gives children the 'real life' experience of playing sport and truly promotes resilience. 
The children enjoy the lessons and thrive on not only experiencing the sport but also learning the rules and how to play fairly. The children value these experiences, are encouraged to try new sports and whilst competitive, they exhibit outstanding sportsmanship at all times.
As the link Governor for PE, I am thrilled at the wonderful opportunities that are offered to the children, both in school and out, with the added provision of after school clubs and an external cross country league.
Well done to Mrs Wilson, the staff and children of Monkleigh Primary School.
Leah Paiano
                                                                       Platinum GIF 1

At Monkleigh School P.E plays a very important role and we try to offer the very best for all of our children. Whilst our P.E lessons are a high focus we also have active playtimes/lunchtimes and extra-curricular clubs. Our clubs allow children to try a range of different sports such as Cross Country, Football, High 5, Table Tennis and Multi Skills clubs.

Our School is part of the Torrington Learning Community Group of which there is one secondary school and a group of local primary schools. The secondary school GTS offers us festivals and competitions and the sharing of good practice. This has given our children the opportunity to participate in regular Inter School competitions and use a wider range of equipment which we can’t always offer.

Our own school organises a very successful cross country which has over 150 pupils taking part and a key stage 1 multi skills afternoon with our year 6 pupils taking the lead.

We are lucky to be able to use FOMS bus along with a local club’s mini bus and our local secondary school bus. This keeps our travelling cost down and allows us to attend more festivals/competitions.

We also take our children to local venues so they can see what facilities are available in our area such as Atlantic Racket Centre.

Travelling time sometimes cut into our morning/lunchtime sessions but carefully planned organisation ensures nothing is missed out.

Our Physical Education Programme

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EYFS and Key Stage 1 

In foundation and Key Stage 1 teachers use the Devon Leap into Life scheme to influence their own planning. It aims to secure physical literacy in young children through these 4 strands:


Functional Movement – the development of fundamental movement skills.


Aesthetic Movement – incorporates body awareness and the ability to interpret a variety of stimuli through movement focused on dance and gymnastics


Manipulative Skills – focused on the ability to work with equipment and small apparatus and co-ordinate movements.


Movement Concepts – the development of decision making, how where and why to move and directional awareness.


Key Stage 2 

The following areas are taught at the sport co ordinator discretion and personalised to the need of all children in the class.


All of Key stage 2 will take part in Swimming, Gymnastics, Striking & fielding, Athletics, Dance, Net/ wall games and OAA.


Allocation of PE


Children at Monkleigh Primary School experience 2 1/2 hours of PE per week. Swimming and Gymnastics are extra on a class rotation.


Intra-School Activities


We have a three school teams Cavaliers, Vikings and Romans. The children are given their teams as reception and stay throughout the school.



All children are expected to have a full PE kit in school every day. PE kit should consist of a red t.shirt, dark shorts/skort and suitable footwear. We also have red hoodies and sporting leggings can be worn during the winter months. 


 Other Opportunities Outside of Curricular Physical Education 

Sports Leaders 

In year 6 children become Sports Leaders.Our children gain the skills to organise and run active games and activities independently considering all aspects of games including safety, space and modification.


Active Playtimes 

Active lunchtimes are encouraged and sports leaders aid the activities using the skills they have learnt through the sports leaders programme.


Residential Experiences 

Children in years 5 and 6 are offered the chance to partake in a 2 night residential trip in theAutumn term gaining valuable team building and learn fundamental independence skills.


  Extra Curricular Programme and Inter School Opportunities 

Festivals and Competitions 

We are very proud to be involved with the GTS School Sports Co-coordinator. The co-coordinator provides an abundant calendar of festivals, experience days and competitions. Some of the competitions lead onto area finals which feed into the area school games. Monkleigh have achieved all sorts of success at many of these levels. Competitive sport is encouraged at Monkleigh Primary. Take a look at our trophy cabinet in school!


Other Opportunities Outside of Curricular Physical Education 

Forest School 

Forest school is an inspirational approach which helps develop confidence, self-esteem, emotional and social skills, whilst developing a connection and respect for the natural environment. Activities are carefully planned and thoroughly risk assessed. The child’s natural inquisitiveness and enthusiasm leads them into many areas of learning. We then help to deepen this understanding by providing the resources, tools and ideas. The activities are small, achievable and child led, ensuring success and increased self esteem. This allows them to learn from their current level of understanding and develop their personal creativity. Adults are there to support learning and ensure safety, allowing the children to explore many stimuli provided by the resources of the natural environment.


Active Playtimes 

Active lunchtimes are encouraged and sports leaders aid the activities using the skills they have learnt through the sports leaders programme. All of our lunchtime supervisors encourage and join in with our active lunchtimes.


Class 1 having great fun keeping warm in P.E!