All children follow the National Curriculum for Physical Education, which promotes a healthy lifestyle, co-operation and opportunities for individual practice and team work. 


We aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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
  • lead healthy, active lives.

P.E. lessons are comprised of dance, gymnastics, games, athletics and outdoor activities.  A range of resources is used to support teaching and learning in P.E.  Small and large apparatus is used in indoor lessons in the hall, as well as CDs to support dance activities.  A variety of dance traditions is taught.

The school has extensive grassed areas, which are used for sports, particularly in the summer term.  We also benefit from some outside tuition in sports from professional coaches purchased through the sports funding for schools.

We believe that a high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. We aim for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness and that opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.

Using our sports funding we have bought into Pendle School Sports Partnership coaching programme to provide the following opportunities:

  • Netball league matches
  • Football league matches
  • Reception cycling
  • KS1 and KS2 Indoor athletics
  • KS1 and KS2 multi-skills events
  • Quads Kids for KS2
  • Small School swimming gala (2019 champions!)
  • Bikeability (for Year 6)

Using our sports funding we have bought into 'Sports Cool' to provide the following opportunities

  • after-school clubs: KS2 athletics; Zumba; Tri-golf; Hockey; Olympics; Streetdance; Year 3 and 4 football
  • Golden time activities: Kurling, Orienteering
  • Lunchtime sporting activities - variety of sporting activities to keep our children fit, active and healthy, competitive and non-competitive. 

We also use sports funding to pay for a professional cricket coach (former professional player) through Lancashire Cricket club to provide coaching in curriculum time and in an after-school club for KS1 and KS2 children. 

We have also used sports funding to provide exciting sporting opportunities for all our children in curriculum time. These include the visit of a professional athlete and a 'Fitness Evolution Day'

This is in addition to activities we already provide, including:

  • Two PE sessions for each child per week
  • Year 3 receives a weekly swimming lesson for one half-term
  • A full week residential outdoor activity weekend at Winmarleigh for our Year 6 pupils
  • Annual sports day
  • Year 5 and 6 Football and netball after-school clubs (free – run by parents and staff);
  • Football friendly competitions (home and away matches)

The PE Subject Leader is Mrs Lesley Lahey


Sports Premium

Click here for more information about how we spent last year's sports premium and how we plan to spend this year's premium.

Extra-curricular sport

Click here for more information about our extra curricular sports clubs

Sporting fixture dates

At Barrowford St Thomas we are providing increasing opportunities for the pupils to become engaged in competitive sport.

Click here for more information about football and netball fixtures.

PE Policy

Planning and progression in skills

At Barrowford St Thomas, we follow the Lancashire scheme of work which we access through the PE Passport app.


Our Year 3 and 4 children at Quads Kids!


Sports Day