Physical education at Brightwell

"We are Healthy and Active"


Curriculum Intent

At Brightwell School, Physical Education is a central part of our curriculum and it is an inclusive subject where all pupils are encouraged to challenge themselves to achieve their personal best. We offer an exciting, challenging and well-structured environment in which pupils can discover all that is good about sport and being active.

Pupils learn a full range of sports during their time at Brightwell School and our coaching and teaching enables them to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to excel in these. Sports we teach include hockey, netball, tennis, athletics, football, tag rugby, gymnastics, dance, fitness, cricket, swimming and rounders.


We teach pupils how to be part of an effective team by focusing on key skills such as communication and respect. These skills are practised when engaging in competitive sports tournaments and festivals both in and out of school. Our pupils are taught to approach problems within the activities with an open mind. Pupils engage in competitive and co-operative physical activity in a range of challenging situations. They evaluate and recognise their own successes and understand how to achieve in different activities.


We aim for all pupils to make informed decisions to lead healthy and active lives through their bodies and minds. Staff are able to deliver high-quality teaching and learning that encourages children to fulfil their potential by having a clear understanding of the National Curriculum, use of expert external coaches, and appropriate CPD.


Links with Wallingford Area Partnership

Brightwell School contributes to developing sport across the Wallingford Area Partnership.

We join with Wallingford School to host a netball tournament. The tournament is organised by our PE co-ordinator, with support from staff and is supported by secondary students from Wallingford School, (Sports Leaders).

We also enjoy taking part in a range of competitive events such as the Sports Hall Athletics, Hockey, Multi-Sports, Cricket and Cross Country running.


School Clubs

Brightwell runs a number of high-quality clubs across the academic year, which are led by both external coaches and staff. These include:

  • Martial Arts
  • Multi-skills
  • Football
  • Cricket
  • Netball  

Please see our Curriculum Overviews on the class pages for further details of what the children are learning.