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At Otford Primary School, we believe that PE is a hugely important part of the curriculum and keeping children healthy in both body and mind. We aim to encourage a lifetime love of sport in our children as well as equipping each child with the skills to become effective team players, supportive of each other and well-rounded sports people who have the opportunity to inspire others in our community.
We recognise all the benefits that high quality PE provision can bring, including:

•    physical: e.g. developing a healthy and active lifestyle, improving physical strength and skills;
•    social: e.g. responsibility, leadership, teamwork, communication, the importance of fair play, respect for others;
•    emotional: e.g. enjoyment, perseverance, raising self-esteem, confidence, learning to cope with success and defeat; and
•    academic: raising attendance and attainment, improving concentration, decision-making and analysis.


Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
At the end of the EYFS at Otford we expect the children to be able to control and coordinate their movements independently and to manage their own personal hygiene, including dressing and undressing for PE.




Children’s physical development is taught through a combination of teacher led class base activities including managing their own personal hygiene and developing their fine and gross motor skills, as well as structured PE sessions.

Moving and Handling: Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space.
They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.
Health and Self Care: Children are able to manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently.


Key Stage 1 and 2
Children are taught a wide variety of skills through termly blocks of units. Each weekly lesson includes a Warm up, Revisit (revisiting previous skill covered), Focused teaching of  new skills , Skills Practice and development and Self-Evaluation.


Key stage 1 : Pupils 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 are taught the skills to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations. Pupils are taught to master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities, participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending, and perform dances using simple movement patterns.

Key stage 2:  Pupils 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 enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success. Pupils are taught to use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination, play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending, develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics] perform dances using a range of movement patterns, take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team, compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.


Extra Sports Activities

Through a combination of staff, outside agencies and specialist coaches, we offer a wide range of extracurricular clubs.

We consistently provide maximum opportunities for children to participate in competition, both internally through staff-led house competitions and pupil-led competitions and externally through Kent School Games and the Knole Sports Partnership.



Individual Impact/Assessment

During each lesson children are encouraged to evaluate their own and others’ performances against set criteria relating to the focused skills being taught. These are then used to inform planning and teaching of the next lesson with emphasis on each child to challenge themselves further and progress their skills throughout each unit.

All children are also assessed against key performance indicators throughout the year.
Whole School Impact

We have been awarded the School Games GOLD Kitemark Award which reflects the pride we take in offering children as many opportunities as possible to get involved in sport, both during and after school. 


Our competitive Inter sporting successes include winning competitions in both Rugby and Football in consecutive years, as well as numerous individual personal successes in a variety of different sports. We are currently entering teams in:

  • Hockey
  • Football- girls and boys teams
  • Rugby
  • Multi- sport teams for KS1

For our PE and Sports Premium Report please see our School Data and Reports page.

Girls Football Tournament - Knole Academy

A massive congratulations to our girls' football team who won the Girls Football Tournament 2022 at Knole Academy on 28 November. The girls showed great teamwork, sportsmanship and school spirit. 


The girls played four games against local schools and won all of their games, only conceding one goal and the trophy was awarded to Otford Primary!


Huge congratulations to Aimee, Freya, Ruby, Kali, Rosie, Erin, Katie, Florence and Yana. Well done team! We are so very proud of you all!

Tag Rugby Tournament - Knole Academy

Breaking news! The Blue Team have won at The Rugby Festival- super proud to bring the trophy back to OPS! Go team! Very proud of all your hard work and commitment.

Sports Day 2019

What a fantastic day full of fun and fabulous team spirit! Thank you to all of the parents and carers and extended family who attended to cheer on the children and create a great atmosphere. Thank you as well to the PTFA for providing lovely refreshments. Here are a few action photos of the day.


Healthy Schools Day

We had a really great day learning about eating healthily and living a active life. All of the children got to make and try smoothies made by pedal power on the fabulous Smoothie Bikes. Year 1 made some healthy vegetable cakes and Year 6 made a yummy vegetable curry with some of the produce grown in our kitchen garden. Reception learnt about what is healthy and unhealthy to eat and made vegetable prints, Year 5 made colourful and exotic fruit kebabs, Year 2 learnt about what makes a healthy balanced diet, Year 4 designed a menu for a completely nutritionally balanced meal and Year 3 made fruit and vegetable "Top Trumps" cards. A really fun and educational day with some amazing costumes!

Otford won the Sevenoaks RFC Tag Rugby Schools Competition!

Breaking news!!! Otford has WON the Sevenoaks RFC Tag Rugby Schools Competition! We are now the proud owners of this cup and incredibly proud of all our children who attended and represented Otford so well. A huge huge well done and thank you to our teachers Mr Platts, Mrs Balcombe, and Ms Owens for supporting the children so they felt confident and shone on the day!

Well done to everyone! What a success! We are very proud of you.