PE and Sports Premium

PE Curriculum

PE, at Bentley CEVC Primary School and Copdock Primary School, plays a vital part of everyday school life. All pupils have two hours of PE timetabled each week to cover the six main areas of the National Curriculum which are dance, gymnastics, games, swimming, athletics, and outdoor and adventurous activities. 

A healthy lifestyle is also promoted throughout the schools. Alongside the PE Curriculum the children have the opportunity to participate in numerous lunchtime activities everyday which are run by the Young Leaders and a range of after school sports clubs which have included tag rugby, golf, running, football, multi-sports, American sports, basketball, cricket and games. A selection of these are offered at different times throughout the school year.

At Bentley and Copdock, teaching of PE lessons aims to promote a healthy lifestyle as well as the development of skills and the opportunities to evaluate and improve their performance, in addition to developing enjoyment of sport, confidence and self-esteem.

Children are given the opportunity to participate in the local primary schools pyramid festivals and competitions. On a regular basis, school fixtures are arranged in many sports which enables the children to be proud to represent their school at a local and county level.

As a school we feel community sports links are essential and we therefore work closely with the local cricket and tennis club. We employ our own sports coach to support effective teaching and learning in PE. School staff are supported to develop their knowledge and understanding of a range of sports by working alongside our coach as required, both during curriculum provision and in after school clubs. We are take an active part in the School Games, liaising with the local School Games Organiser as well as our colleagues at East Bergholt High School and St Joseph's College.


We currently have swimming lessons for Y2, 3 and 4 for two terms each year. Lessons are held with First Strokes within the Oakland Nursery site on Hadleigh Road. At First Strokes the children are assessed against a number of stages in line with the national curriculum. Further information can be found here.

The vast majority of our children reach the National Curriculum goal of swimming 25 metres and can demonstrate keen water safety techniques by the time they leave Year 4. Children in Year 5 and 6 who have not already reached the NC standards for primary and important threshold for water safety, will attend additional lessons in the summer term. This means that almost all of our Year 6 children learn to use a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations, see impact report below.  Our aim is to extend their water skills in other ways through personal survival, opportunities to take part in galas and other water sports such as sailing. 

Data for July 2023 percentage of Year 6 who swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres? percentage of Year 6 who use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]?  percentage of Year 6 who perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations? 
Bentley CEVC Primary School 100% 100% 100%
Copdock Primary School 89% 89% 89%

PE and Sport Premium

The Government have been supporting Primary Schools for several years through the allocation of the Sport Premium.This funding is to be used for schools to provide, support and engage, develop and deliver sustainable high quality teaching in school physical education and sport. At Bentley CEVC Primary School and Copdock Primary School we  encourage all to have a positive attitude towards a healthy and active lifestyle. We also provide regular training to enhance the needs and development of staff and provide High Quality PE. Further information on how we use this premium is shown in the attached documents below.




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Bentley School's Christian Ethos

"Know that I am with you always," Matthew 28:20 We encourage the spiritual, social, moral and cultural development of the school family by embedding Christian values into everyday life. Our vision is for all children to be confident individuals, successful learners and responsible citizens who are well equipped for future life, knowing that God is with them always.