PE and swimming

Physical Education (PE) at Mossgate is child centred, engaging and challenges every child. Every opportunity is given to develop physical competence and well-being. We strive to deliver a high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. We provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident, focusing on the development of agility, balance and co-ordination, healthy competition and co-operative learning, in a way which supports their health and fitness.

Through our inclusive, engaging and challenging PE lessons, 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 and lead healthy and active lives. Therefore, all classes undertake PE twice a week fulfilling, whenever possible, the recommendation of 2 hours physical activity per week. If, due to the weather, classes are not able to participate in PE outside, they take part in a 10/15 minute High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) session due to its benefits from a health and fitness perspective, in developing working memory and cognitive control.

During the school day, the children take part in 15 minutes of physical activity through using the school running track to complete the ‘Daily Mile’ or if adverse weather conditions, completing a 10 minute HIIT session. This is designed to improve the children’s fitness, health and concentration levels.


Swimming is part of the National Curriculum for children in KS2. Children in years 5 and 6 currently go swimming throughout the year. 

National Curriculum Requirements



What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres?



What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]?



What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations?



(*Schools may wish to provide this information in April, just before the publication deadline.)

We work in partnership with Bay Leadership Academy and Morecambe High School to provide Outdoor Adventurous Activity as part of the curriculum. Children also have the opportunity to take part in two residentials during their time in KS2.


Date – TBC

Y6 Residential – Lakeside

September 2019

Y3 Ghyll Scramble (full day)

September – day 1

Y3 Ghyll Scramble (full day)

September – day 2

Y3 Ghyll Scramble (full day)

September – day 3

Y4 ½ day Kayaking

Y4 ½ day Kayaking

September – day 4

To be confirmed

January – Winter Day

Y4 ½ day Kayaking

Y4 ½ day Kayaking

May – day 1

Y5 Caving (full day)

May – day 2

Y5 Caving (full day)

May – day 3

Y5 Caving (full day)

May – day 4

Y4 Residential – Wastwater

May 2019

In addition to physical education during curriculum time, we encourage children to be active at break and lunch times. The staff at Mossgate work hard to offer a wide range of extra-curricular sports clubs. Children are also encouraged to be physically active and play games at break time and lunch time. We also have a weekly ‘Keep Fit Friday’ club before school which is accessible for all pupils throughout the school. By doing this, we hope to support all of our children to find a sport that they enjoy and encourage lifelong participation.

We also offer opportunities for our children to compete in sport and other activities that build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect. In school, the children have the opportunity to take part in intra-school competitions, allowing them to exhibit and hone their skills within a range of sports.

In addition, we take part in lots of inter-school sporting competitions with other schools from Lancaster, Morecambe and the wider district. Events such as interschool athletics, hockey, netball, rounders, football and gymnastics competitions are regularly attended to provide children with the opportunity to demonstrate their sporting ability at the highest possible level.

In addition to intra-school and inter-school events, we also hold our own Mossgate Sports Day and this year plan to introduce house teams so children can compete against each other throughout the school year.

Miss Rachel Lyons (PE Leader) and Mr Callum Thwaites (Deputy Headteacher)

Working Together to Achieve Success