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Physical Education


To allow pupils to develop their physical literacy (physical competence, confidence and motivation) through the six main areas of the PE curriculum and for them to understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle and concepts such as fair play and respect. 



At South Hill, we allow pupils to develop their physical literacy (physical competence, confidence and motivation) through the six main areas of the PE curriculum and for them to understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle and concepts such as fair play and respect. 


The six main areas of PE are:  

  • Dance 

  • Gymnastics 

  • Games 

  • Athletics 

  • Outdoor and adventurous activities 

  • Swimming 



As part of our PE curriculum, we have carefully mapped out 8 'Golden Threads' which allow us to build on previous knowledge and to make links between what we have already learnt and what we are learning now and in the future: 




Pupils build up their skills and knowledge in these areas, which enables them to compete, perform, evaluate and to help them to lead healthy lifestyles.  


In the EYFS, the building blocks to PE are taught through ‘Personal, social and emotional development’, ‘Physical development’ and ‘Expressive arts and design’. 

In Key stage 1, pupils should develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations. 


In Key stage 2, pupils should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success. 


At South Hill, our year 4 class have swimming for the whole year at the local sports centre.  We also are able to provide top up swimming lessons for our year 6 children that need it.   


At South Hill, we are members of the Dacorum School Sports Network, which means we are able to offer competitive events to every year group each year.  The school games is a programme designated to keep competitive sport at the heart of schools, and provide more young people with the opportunity to compete and achieve their personal best.  Being part of the school games, means we can provide intra-school, inter-school, county and national competition.  Our children have always done well in the cross-country and athletics events at all levels.  We value the 3-tier system at the heart of the school games, as we know that not all children enjoy competition.  With this in mind, we ensure we take part in the events designed to aspire, develop and engage, as well as compete.  The dance competition at our local sports centre is enjoyed by years 4 to 6 and is a fantastic event and a great opportunity for the children. 

The DSSN is also a wonderful support for our SEN children, providing several events that they are able to attend and thrive at throughout the year. 


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Community clubs 

We are extremely lucky to be close to so many great sporting clubs, who are willing and able to support our pupils and teachers.  We have benefited from the coaching skills of Berkhamsted Hockey club, Leverstock Green tennis club, Bytomic Taekwondo, Christina Marks School of Performing Arts and Hertfordshire Cricket.  The children have also been inspired by a visit from Victoria Ohuruogu - an English track athlete who won silver at the Commonwealth Games last year!

We also book workshops for the children that support their physical and mental wellbeing.  Challenge Sport Education have provided us with these a number of times and have been greatly enjoyed by the children. 

Running track 

Our extensive school grounds, includes a running track which is used by every year group each day.  The children are encouraged to run or walk around the 300-metre long track in their break times, but also as healthy active breaks during lesson time.  Once a half term, our sports coach sets an extra challenge, where children compete against other classes to run or walk as many laps as possible in a week.  We understand that active children are often happy children so Friday is Daily Mile Friday for family to join in too!  The side gate opens at 8:20am each Friday for families to run with their children before school.

Orienteering course 

Our grounds has an orienteering course, which enables us to make some of our other lessons in the curriculum more active.  Children can regularly be seen running happily from zone to zone to solve historical, geographical, mathematical and English facts. 


We offer a range of clubs at our school.  Please use the links to find out more information. 

  • Morning Games Club – years 2 to 6 

  • Game On football – years 1 and 2 

  • After school football – years 3 to 6 

  • Mini shooters – years 1 and 2 

  • Netball – years 4 to 6 

  • Basketball – years 3 to 6 

  • Street dance – years 1 to 6 

  • Rounders – Summer term 









Sports day 

Our sports day is a day designed to inspire and engage pupils, as well as to compete.  We have a whole day of sporting events, starting with a carousel, which is supported by our Sports Ambassadors, and finishing with a range of races. 


Pupil Voice

I like playing games with my friends.  I love it when we play football.  It is my favourite sport.  Harry Y2


PE is very fun and it keeps me healthy.  I play football, basketball, cricket and rugby.  Aiden Y5


I like when we do running games.  It makes me feel happy.  We always have fun.  Arlo Y1


My favourite sport is football.  It is fun to do PE because it gives us a break from learning.  I like doing tag rugby.  Sam Y6

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