PE & Sports

Why PE is important

Participation in PE and sport can improve a huge range of skills for children:

  • Positive attitudes, attributes and physical skills
  • Gross and fine motor skills
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Positive behaviour
  • Promotes inclusion and cohesion
  • Introduces competition and the concepts of winning and losing
  • Teamwork and listening skills.

Our four key PE values are Communication, Teamwork, Perseverance and Leadership. We aim to instill these key values into the PE lessons and develop these lifelong skills along with the children’s physical development.

Key Stage 1

At Knaphill Lower School, our two primary focuses of PE is to develop the Fundamentals Movement Skills (FMS) and to ensure the children enjoy being active as much as possible. Our curriculum is centered around the FMS and we look to advance the balance, locomotor and object manipulation skills of our pupils. It is our belief that if our children enjoy PE and being active, they will continue to lead healthy lives.

The facilities at Knaphill Lower School are ideal to help develop our children’s physical ability. We have a large playground, a trim trail, an all-weather astro-turf area and a huge grass area for outdoor PE. Indoors, we have a spacious sports hall which comes fitted with incredible gymnastic equipment. All these facilities allow us to teach the full breadth of the PE Curriculum.

Key Stage 2

At Knaphill School, we believe that it is every child’s right to be offered a Physical Education that is challenging, fun and competitive. Therefore, we offer every child an hour of Games and an hour of PE each week in the autumn and spring terms and in the summer, Year 5 substitute their dance or gymnastics with swimming lessons, making 2 hours of curriculum time PE.

The children are offered a wide range of sport in the curriculum, including dance, gymnastics, hockey, Outdoor and Adventurous Activities (OAA), cricket, rugby, football, athletics, swimming, netball, hockey, circuits and basketball. We are also delighted to be adding lacrosse to the PE Curriculum in 2021.

The children have access to a large range of facilities to use in PE lessons. There is a large playground with a netball pitch attached along with an indoor sports hall.  The pupils also use the large sports field which is the perfect place for our Games lessons.


We get involved in many borough competitions and have an inter house competition every half term. During the 2020-21 year we have also taken part in the Virtual Surrey Games.

Inter-house competitions

Inter-house competitions are competitions that are played inside school. The children compete against other classes in their year group and also across House Teams. Competitions are held every half term and will involve the skills children have learnt that term. This consolidates their learning from class and gives them the opportunity to use the skills they have learnt in a game/competition situation.


We have a Playmakers Award programme at Knaphill School which is an exciting opportunity for children in Year 6. The Playmakers Award does not only consider a learners sporting ability but instead helps them develop leadership skills which they can use to lead others in sports activities.

Once the children have learnt how to lead others, they are encouraged to use these leadership skills in a whole host of different ways; from leading their peers and younger children in break time games to supporting activities within the school and community, both under direct supervision.

They are easily spotted in their orange t-shirts!

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