Physical Education

The importance of physical education is recognised through the planned teaching of gymnastics, games, dance and swimming. Skills are taught and developed from the Foundation Stage through to Year 4. Wherever possible, further sporting opportunities are provided e.g. Tops Play, netball, tennis and football, etc. Through links with other schools in the area (referred to as Partnership Schools), joint sport afternoons are arranged whenever possible. We are part of the School Sports and Physical education Partnership with NCC and participate in competitions organised throughout the year. The effective use of the School Sports Premium allows the school to bring qualified coaches and P.E. teachers into school to develop CPD for Teachers and to enhance the provision for pupils.


We have recently achieved a Silver Award from the Youth Sport Trust, one of only a handful achieved in the County, which recognises the standard of our P.E. provision.


Slaley First School is part of the Northumberland Healthy Schools Programme and is officially a Healthy School. This programme provides a framework, based on national quality standards, through which the school sets targets aimed at promoting a healthy learning environment. The programme works to address inequalities and build self-esteem. Slaley First School has a whole school approach to the four core themes which comprise the Healthy School Standard:-


  • Personal, social & health education including sex & relationships & drug education;

  • healthy eating;

  • physical activity;

  • emotional health and well being;


Aspects of work in these areas will continue to be part of school life, in order to maintain standards.