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Physical Education


PE plays a pivotal role at Poverest Primary School. We intend for all children to access a wide range of high-quality and engaging Physical Activities both within the school day and through extracurricular activities. We intend our children will build on their own skills so that they are able to succeed and excel in competitive sports and other physically-demanding activities. We follow the National Curriculum and our skills' progression guidance ensuring that children:

  • are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • engage in competitive sports and activities within our school and with other schools
  • lead happy, healthy active lives
  • develop their own individual skills over time in a range of physical activities

In addition to the skills developed from reception to year 6, it is our intention that children develop life skills in self-managing games and activities, respect and tolerance.

We also intend our children to have a strong knowledge of a healthy diet to support a healthy lifestyle as well as having a positive growth mindset and resilience to persevere. 

Co-operation and collaboration also underpin our PE curriculum, with teamwork and leadership skills developed over time.


Poverest has a dedicated PE team led by Mr Duffin who works with the class teachers to deliver our PE curriculum. Children at Poverest receive at least two hours of high-quality PE across two sessions a week. A third full morning session is also taught each term. Poverest also has fantastic links with external coaches who work with the class teachers to teach specific sports skills.

Swimming is now taught in year 6 and includes a final top-up swimming week for those who have not yet achieved their 25m badge.


Children at Poverest love their PE sessions and leave primary school having learnt and enhanced their skills in a wide range of invasion games, gymnastics, dance and individual sporting events such as tennis, golf and cross-country. Health and fitness circuits are also taught well, so children can continue these independently in their teenage years and beyond. Children experience the competitive side of sport internally and many children experience participation in events with other children locally, whether through sporting fixtures or in running events such as the mini marathon and the Bromley Schools cross-country.

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  • Poverest Primary School, Tillingbourne Green, St Mary Cray, Orpington, Kent, BR5 2JD

  • 01689 816060