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PE at Livingstone

P.E is not only an integral part of our school curriculum it is an essential element of our school ethos. The school believes that physical education, experienced in a safe and supportive environment is vital and unique in its contribution to a pupils' physical and emotional development and health. We strive to provide a balance of individual, team, co-operative and competitive activities to cater for individual pupil’s needs and abilities. The schemes of work are based on progressive learning objectives, using varied and flexible teaching styles. We endeavour to provide appropriate, stimulating, challenging and enjoyable learning situations for all pupils. We want to promote an understanding of the many benefits of exercise, through a balanced range of relevant activities. Physical education is considered as a vehicle to facilitate access to cross-curricular themes, skills and dimensions, rather than a subject concerned exclusively with the acquisition of motor skills and techniques.



To develop an ability to plan a range of movement sequences, organise equipment and apparatus, and begin to design and apply simple rules.

To develop an ability to remember, adapt and apply knowledge, practical skills and concepts in a variety of movement based activities.

To promote positive attitudes towards health, hygiene and fitness.

To foster an appreciation of safe practice.

To develop psycho-motor skills through a range of relevant movement based activities.

To develop a sense of fair play and sportsmanship.

To develop communication skills, encouraging the use of correct terminology, to promote effective co-operation.

To promote enjoyment and positive attitude to all aspects of Physical Education within our school.



All children in KS1 and KS2 receive at least two hours of high quality P.E teaching each week. This can be broken down into 1 hour of games taught and an hour of either gym or dance taught by our own sports coaches or the class teacher. In addition in Year 3 and 4 children receive weekly swimming lessons for half a year each delivered by the expert staff at Church Farm Swimming Pool. We also have a ‘catch up’ programme for non swimmers in Year 5 and 6. Currently the teaching of Games is a particular strength as we have two highly skilled sports coaches who deliver the curriculum in every class. Dance is also currently taught by a qualified dance instructor who works with classes throughout the year.


Teaching The quality of P.E teaching is monitored by both the P.E team and Senior Management Team (SMT) in regular observations of sports coaches and class teachers. In the last school year all teachers observed were graded good or above in formal observations.

Playtimes and lunchtimes are very active at Livingstone. Children have ample space to play football, basketball and playground games and are encouraged to do so. A number of activities are now led by our bronze ambassadors and Livingstone buddies.

Extra Curricular Sport

We offer extensive opportunities for all children to get involved in competitive sport. The school has a boys and girls football teams, a netball team, a mixed cross country team, an athletics squad, a tag rugby team, dance lessons and a boccia team. These teams all train after school or at lunchtimes and participate in competitive matches after school and at weekends.

The school years 2014/15 have been hugely successful for all sports teams at Livingstone with the following achievements:


  • North Yr5/6 Barnet Boys football league third place
  • BPSS Sports athletics third place overall
  • Year 4, 5 and 6 boys relay winners
  • Tug of war winners
  • BPSS netball tournament third place
  • BPSS boccia tournament second place

In addition to formal sporting fixtures, many other children had the opportunity to compete in inter-school events run with assistance of the East Barnet Secondary School P.E team. Pupils from Reception to Year 6 are given the opportunity to participate in games and activities such as trampolining.



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