Physical Education

Our Vision for PE

We have a clear vision which is fully inclusive, well structured and inspirational.
Over the Next 5 years we will be working towards the PEDPASS Strategy “Every Move is a Good Move” with the aim to get more children active and healthier physically and mentally by offering a broad and varied PE Curriculum and Extra-Curriculum opportunities. Maintaining the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games legacy to inspire and celebrate athletic performance and develop talent. As we grow it is important that we build physical activity into our daily routines. The curriculum we deliver is the basis for a healthier lifestyle from Nursery through to Year 6. It has been designed to promote active learning across a range of subject areas. In addition to providing all of our children access to their 2 hour entitlement of high quality PE teaching. For information about our Activity policy please click on to the following link – PE policy 2016

Foundation Stage & Key Stage One

Our young athletes take part in the “Leap into Life” programme which develops all components of effective motor function, including large muscle movement, eye-hand co-ordination, balance and rhythm. It has been developed with the expertise of foundation and KS1 teachers and physiotherapists. The programme helps teachers to identify and support children with movement difficulties at an early age.
There are four strands: functional movement, aesthetic movement, manipulative skills, and movement concepts. Each strand is made up of six progressions to be delivered daily throughout the academic year, maximising physically active time.

We are very aware of our location living close to numerous water resources, the Grand Western Canal, Local rivers swimming pool and beaches, therefore we feel strongly in being able to provide our students with the life skill of being able to swim in addition to water safety around these provisions. So we provide swimming lessons from Year 2 with a progressive programme as they move up the year groups. Year 2 swim during the first 10 weeks of the Autumn Term. Our vision embraces the Devon 100  swimming schemes, whereby children gain water confidence, are aware of how to be safe in and near the water and the ability to swim confidently 100m by the time they leave in Year 6 and move onto secondary education.

Key Stage Two

The children continue to develop those skills taught in Key Stage one but also go on to acquire and develop the skills needed for Athletics, Invasion Games, Dance & Gymnastics along with Swimming and Outdoor Adventurous Activities. To continue to build upon our recent success of introducing Indoor Climbing to the curriculum. This is proven to be very successful as part of our special educational needs ‘Thrive Programme’, In addition to our extra-curricular club. Our pupils actively enjoy our large open grounds with an established Forest Schools programme, onsite Orienteering course and annual participation in the Tiverton Challenge.  We entered two teams into the Exmoor challenge which is a tough 16 mile orienteering walk across Exmoor, competing against other local schools. Both teams successfully achieved the challenge and we look forward to this being an annual event on our sports calendar.

Year 6 Swimming Progress Cohort 2016_2017


We are very fortunate with the facilities for PE activities. We have 2 halls, a large playground and field for outdoor games and activities with an all weather track and Trim Trail. (surrounding the text pictures of the hall being used by Y5 gymnastic lesson, field children running around, playground and trim trail) We feel strongly about providing children with the opportunity to develop and become water confident and provide swimming lessons (currently free of charge) to all pupils before they leave to go onto secondary education. Our vast extra-curricular programme offers many different sporting activities at lunch time or out of school hours (link to clubs for timetable). These include cross-country running, netball, tag rugby, indoor climbing, dancing and football. We compete in local leagues against other primary schools across a range of sporting disciplines, Wilcombe Wobbler cross- country, Football, Netball, Tag Rugby, Kwik-Cricket, Rounder’s, as well as entering teams in fun runs, swimming competitions and regional tournaments.

Getting the Inactive Active

During break and lunch times we provide a variety of equipment to extend our children’s learning, allowing them plenty of opportunities to practise a range of sporting skills. We have recently trained our Year 6 pupils to become ‘Sports Leaders’ which will allow them to plan, organise and run activities during lunchtimes and encourage ALL children to become active and provide them with new interest and opportunities to be active and make new friends. We have invested PE premium money into supporting our playground staff in providing a more active playtime, new equipment and the introduction of Year 5 and 6 playground buddy system.

Inter House Competitions

Our children are divided up into 6 house teams as part of our whole school reward system. We use these houses to inspire healthy competition against each other across a range of sporting activities. Each term we aim to hold an inter house competition where individuals and team representatives from each house have the opportunity to apply new sporting skills they have learnt in a competitive environment against their peers to win the house trophy. These competitions take place during the school day and proved very popular with our children, especially during our Annual sports day. Our Nursery, KS1 and KS2 pupils have the chance to try their best at a range of events, winning points for their allocated houses and are collated to determine the winning house.

Exmoor Challenge 2017

We are very proud of our year 6 students who have shown resilience, dedication  and team work this past month in preparation to represent Heathcoat Primary School in the arduous 16.1 mile 2017 Exmoor Challenge. Both teams have been committed from the start, listening carefully and developing their navigation, map reading skills and physical endurance needed to complete the course over challenging terrain. We are delighted that both our teams successfully accomplished the event with one of our teams being awarded the Seward cup for the best Primary School team, a massive accomplishment when you realise the amount of primary schools that train for the event from all over the region.
A big thank you to all the parents, Mrs Soper, Mr Pryce, Mr Hagley and Mr Newsome without their time and dedication this fabulous opportunity would not be possible.