Physical Education

At Hampden Gurney, we believe that all children can find enjoyment and satisfaction from partaking in physical activity. In terms of our location, we are very urbanized but members of staff use the spaces available to us, both on-site and slightly further afield, to organise an effective, safe curriculum. We offer a good range of sports within the curriculum, with this being supplemented by the offer of after-school sporting clubs and visits by local coaches and instructors.

Our aim in teaching Physical Education at school is to:

  • develop physical skills, habits and interests that will promote healthy lifestyle
  • develop positive attitudes to physical endeavourincluding perseverance, fair play and sporting behaviour, and the ability to cope with success and failure
  • learn how physical exercise affects the body
  • understand the need for safe practice in physical activities and know how to achieve this

Pupils undertake a range of physical activities throughout the year. In addition to a dedicated hour long session for PE, pupils have another half hour mini-PE session timetabled weekly which usually takes place on one of the upper playgrounds.

In Nursery and Reception classes, pupils spend time learning basic skills involved with travelling and using equipment, and improving hand-eye co-ordination.

Within Key Stage 1 and 2, pupils move around a series of activities, changing each half term. These include games (netball, basketball, tag rugby and football), gymnastic activities, dance, racquet games (tennis, badminton and table tennis), athletics and bat and ball games (cricket and rounders).


All PE kits should be in school every day. PE uniform must be in a plastic or drawstring bag (sold in school) – not large holdalls.


Children from Year 1 upwards also take part in swimming sessions. Sessions take place on Monday afternoons at the Seymour Centre Pool. On swimming days, pupils need to come to school equipped with a swimming costume, towel and goggles.

Classes rotate each half term in the following order:

  • Autumn 1: Year 2
  • - Tuesdays
  • Autumn 2: Year 6
  • - Tuesdays
  • Spring 1: Year 5
  • - Tuesdays
  • Spring 2: Year 4
  • - Tuesdays
  • Summer 1: Year 3
  • - Tuesdays
  • Summer 2: Year 1
  • - Tuesdays


PE is an integral part of the National Curriculum and all pupils must participate unless there is medical reason why they should not. In the case of a medical reason, we would need a medical certificate for permanent exclusion from P.E. and a written note for a temporary reason for non- participation.

Sports leaders

A number of the Year 6 pupils volunteer their time freely to offer sport to pupils in Year 1 and 2 during lunchtimes. All the leaders take part in training so that they can organise and run clubs with younger pupils. This scheme has the double benefit of building the confidence and skills of our Year 6 pupils, whilst at the same time getting our younger pupils active.

Inter-school competition

We have a good record at Hampden Gurney of taking part in a wide range of inter-school sports. Over the past year, we have sent teams of pupils to represent the school at boys and girls football, tag rugby, netball, cross-country, cricket and athletics. We have had a number of individuals go even further and represent the borough in their chosen sport.

Local sporting organisations

We have very close links with Westminster Sports Unit and other local sporting groups. Over the last year, pupils have benefitted from climbing and martial arts taster sessions, tennis and football coaching.

After-school sport

In addition to PE taking place in curriculum time, pupils are also able to attend clubs after school. Please see the after-school club section (Day by Day - Resources) for more information.

Sports Day

Our annual sports day, is one of the highlights of the school calendar. Well-attended by parents, pupils compete in their houses over a series of events at the track at Paddington Recreation Ground. Please note that pupils should not be brought to school on this day: parents should arrange for children to be dropped and collected directly from the sports centre.

For the overview of our curriculum see the subject map below:
- Physical Education Skills and Progression Map