"Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, the power to unite people in a way that little else does."
Nelson Mandela

At Delamere we believe that sport has the power to change the lives of our children. Sport is given great significance at our school. PE lessons and the inclusive sports offer at Delamere ensure that all children regardless of their special educational need are given opportunities to participate, achieve, succeed, learn new skills, make friends and shine.

"Physical education is a strength of the school"
Ofsted Report June 2017

What does PE at Delamere look like?


At Delamere School we believe that physical education is essential and plays an important role in supporting pupils physical and mental health. The curriculum aims to support this by focusing on key areas such as improving physical movement, self-confidence, problem solving and creativity. We believe PE offers the opportunity to be physically active for periods of time, promotes enjoyment from involvement in physical activities and develops personal strength, stamina, flexibility and posture.

At Delamere we aim to provide the tools so that pupils have the ability to manage themselves successfully in a variety of situations. We do this through an integrated curriculum which supports all experiential, structured and independent learners.

Our intent:


At Delamere all staff teach PE activities, including:

  • Swimming
  • Dance
  • Gymnastics
  • Games (including boccia, New Age Kurling, tennis, hockey and more).
  • Athletics

These activities are taught across the school by all teaching staff supported by the PE coordinator. Alongside this we have: several Rebound Therapy trained practitioners and support from the Physiotherapy teams and Occupational Therapists. Collectively our curriculum is designed so that each child can experience an inclusive breadth of PE activities throughout their years at Delamere. We realise that each child at Delamere is unique so therefore we take a holistic approach when it comes to delivering sports so that each child has the best opportunity to flourish and maximise their potential.

We have implemented a high-quality, inclusive curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed to the best of their ability across all areas of physical education, competitive sport, and other activities. Through regular assessments, lessons are planned to the ability of each child through differentiated activities, providing a level of challenge that is stimulating for all. As well as the PE curriculum pupils have opportunities to experience competitions and educational visits throughout the year. We have pupil sports leaders to help promote physical activity around the school.

The Physical Education Curriculum is specifically timetabled into our school day to ensure enough time is spent on building depth and rigour around the key concepts. These key concepts, principles and themes from the National Curriculum have been developed into a range of progressive skills through which the children are helped to grow and develop to succeed within both school and the outside world. This skill-based curriculum allows a creative way of teaching and learning, enabling us to deliver a more practical and engaging curriculum, which meets both the academic and pastoral needs of all our pupils.  

The areas covered in the PE curriculum for Key Stage 1 focus on the development of fundamental movements and skills which develop fitness, strength, agility, balance and co-ordination. Children are encouraged to develop additional skills such as communication and peer interaction e.g. turn taking.

These skills are then developed in more complex sequences of movement throughout Key Stage 2. Here the children have the chance to revisit and build on the knowledge, skills and techniques acquired in the previous key stage and use them across a large variety of sports. Children are also challenged to think, create and solve problems whilst working as a team and individually within competitive and non-competitive environments. Whilst developing their physical ability children are progressively introduced to the benefits of exercise and are encouraged to think about why having a healthy lifestyle is important to them.

For example; during gymnastics in EYFS children will explore basic movements such as developing physical skills to complete tasks and activities in the setting, for example, they decide whether to crawl, walk or run across a plank, depending on its length and width.

In KS1 they explore basic body shapes, travelling and linking movements together using equipment if they wish to. Children will work towards targets which are linked with their P levels, assessed by the class teacher, which allows them to make flexible adaptations to their planned teaching. As children move up into KS2 and progress through their P levels, children will experience more variations, sequences, use of different speeds, balances, rolls with more control and care. As previously stated tasks are matched to the ability of each child through differentiated activities and adult support, thus providing a level of challenge that is stimulating for pupils

What PE looks like through different departments

At Delamare we know that all children begin school with different abilities and staring points. From this our skilled staff are able to adapt the curriculum to meet the needs and interests of our children.

To enable PE to be accessible for all pupils including those with physical difficulties many activities and sports are adapted. For example; in dance experiential leaners will experience movement through moving back and forth, spinning and rolling using various pieces of equipment and through experiencing a range of different types of music e.g. Bollywood music and country and western. Alongside this our physiotherapists work closely with pupils to work on their strength (including core strength) and flexibility. We also have started to look at developing physical wellbeing for our experiential learners, which include activities such as dance massage.

Enrichment opportunities

As well as regular intra and inter competitions pupils at Delamere have opportunities to access a lunchtime club twice a week for KS2. During this time pupils get to play, enjoy and try out some new sports whilst building on their physical fitness and skills.

We also have some more able and talented pupils at Delamere. These pupils are given PE interventions to stretch their talents even further and will build on skills where they might not always have the opportunity to do so in their normal PE lessons. They work on skills such as moving and turning, scoring, developing tactical awareness, showing awareness of rules and comparing performances.


Pupils will have the opportunity to develop personal skills to the best of their ability whilst promoting a healthy and active lifestyle. We want children to leave Delamere with a love for sport and being active, taking part in sport as much as possible within a wider community. Pupils will develop a greater awareness of their own movements and will combine more complex sequences of actions with more quality and fluency whilst showing confidence when they change the movements and skills to meet their outcomes. They will apply their skills and movements more confidently in a range of sporting activities.

Please see additional tabs to find out about the different aspects of sport on offer at Delamere.

We are delighted to announce that we, Delamere School, have achieved the School Games Silver Mark Award for the 2021/22 academic year.

The School Games Mark is a Government-led award scheme launched in
2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward and recognise school's engagement (provision and uptake) in the School Games against a national benchmark and to celebrate keeping young people active, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success


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