P.E. and Sport at Nook Lane

National Curriculum

The National Curriculum for P.E. in KS2 states that:

"Key stage 2 Pupils should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success. Pupils should be taught to:

  • use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
  • play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
  • develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics]
  • perform dances using a range of movement patterns
  • take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
  • compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best."

"Physical education - Key stages 1 and 2 - Swimming and water safety: All schools must provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2. In particular, pupils should be taught to:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations."

Our PE Curriculum

Pupils have two hours of PE timetabled per week. P.E. at Nook Lane aims to develop the children's knowledge, skills and understanding, so that they can perform with increasing competence and confidence in a range of physical activities.

We aim to expose children to a wide range of different sports and physical activities during their time at Nook Lane. These include dance, gymnastics, cross country, health and fitness, hockey netball, basketball, benchball, ultimate Frisbee, tennis, tag rugby swimming and water safety, indoor and outdoor athletics and outdoor and adventurous activities.

We are continually adapting the P.E. curriculum at Nook Lane to ensure children get a rich diet of different sports and activities. The sports and activities covered in curriculum time are supported and enriched through a wide range of sports clubs and opportunities for children to compete in a range of sporting competitions, festivals and events.

As an inclusive school we ensure that everyone takes part in P.E. where possible and we strive to remove any barriers which may stand in the way of a child's participation in curriculum and extra-curricular P.E. and sport.

Physical education at Nook Lane promotes an understanding in children of their bodies in action. It involves thinking, selecting and applying skills and promotes positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle. Alongside the skills, knowledge and understanding of different sports and activities, children will also gain an understanding of how physical activity effects their bodies, the importance of physical activity for a healthy lifestyle and the ways in which they can improve their health and fitness levels through physical activity and a healthy diet. Thus we enable them to make informed choices about diet and physical activity throughout their lives.

P.E. and Sport Premium for Primary Schools

Sport Premium is funding for primary schools aimed at sustainably improving the provision of physical education and sport in primary schools as well as encouraging the development of healthy, active lifestyles in all children. This year the finding has been increased and each school will now receive £16,000 plus £10 per pupil. Here at Nook Lane this comes to approximately £18,530 per academic year.

Please see our action plans for an overview of how we have previously spent the P.E. and Sport Premium, its impact on our school and pupils and how we plan to spend it in the current financial year.


Previous Years

Health and Physical Wellbeing at Nook Lane

At Nook Lane the health and physical wellbeing of all our children is one of our school priorities. The Department of Health advises that all children should participate in at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day.

This YSF poster Physical Activity for Children and Young People is available to download.

At Nook Lane our aim is to try and provide children with a wide range of opportunities for children to be as physically active as possible throughout the school day. Our goal is to ensure that the majority of our children are taking part in at least 30 minutes physical activity throughout the school day.

Please find below some of the things we are doing to increase the physical activity of the children at Nook Lane and our Physical Activity Policy.

Change4Life Clubs

We run a series of Change4Life clubs at Nook Lane throughout the academic year. These clubs are in addition to the wide range of sports related clubs we have on offer.

The Change4Life clubs are designed to target those children who have not taken part in school sport previously, who find it hard to get physically active or who just want to join in and have a go!

The aim for this academic year is to use the Change4Life clubs to ensure that as many children as possible at Nook Lane are engaging in some sort of extra-curricular physical activity on a regular basis.

Mile a Day Challenge

At the beginning of the 2017-18 academic year Nook Lane launched its own 'Mile-a-Day' challenge. The idea of this initiative is for each child to build up to running, jogging or brisk walking at least a mile every day.

Children are given breaks from learning to complete as many laps as they can of the playground and of course can take it upon themselves to complete some laps during playtimes!

To find out more about the 'Mile-a-Day' challenge and the benefits it has for both physical wellbeing and learning please visit: https://thedailymile.co.uk/

Active Playtimes

At Nook Lane we have tried to ensure that children are being as active at playtimes as possible. We have invested in new sports equipment which the children access on a rota throughout the week. Each year group also has a designated day to use the adventure playground and the football pitch.

Please find our playground timetable below:

Playground Timetable

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Zone 1: Football pitch
Y5 Y3 Y4 Girls Y6
Zone 2: Adventure playground
Y6 Celebration children Y3 Y4 Y5
Zone 3: Basketball nets
Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 Netball club
Zone 4: Traverse wall
Y4 Y5 Y6 Y3 IR
Zone 5: Top yard
Morning play: Shed equipment (NO FOOTBALL)
Lunchtime: Sports Leader activity (NO FOOTBALL)
Afternoon play: Shed equipment (NO FOOTBALL)


Sports leaders' timetable

Our Sports Leaders are given the job of promoting school sports as well as delivering fun, sports activities during lunchtime. Through this role, they are given an opportunity to develop a sense of responsibility, enhance confidence and self-esteem, improve people management skills and, on top of this, develop some peer mentoring skills.

Each day, at least two sports leaders plan, set up and run a game for other children to enjoy.

Day Sports Leaders Time Where
Monday Elliott, Jason, Luke

Imogen, Amelia, Harriet D
Top yard / Next to the shed.
Tuesday Edward, Theo, Jude

Ren, Izzy, Elise
Top yard / Next to the shed.
Wednesday Lola, Harrison, Max B, Kyle

Lily, Sadie, Faye
Top yard / Next to the shed.
Thursday Dan, Henry, Slate, Vinnie

Emma, Maisie, Evie
Top yard / Next to the shed.
Friday Erin, Willow, Amber, Freyja Lunch
Top yard / Next to the shed.

P.E. Cupboard Monitors - Maisie, Emma, Evie, Faye

Shed Monitors - Faye, Willow, Erin, Amber, Freyja

Clubs, Competitions, Festivals and Events

At Nook Lane we aim to engage as many children as possible in extra-curricular school sport and physical activity. We want to provide an opportunity for our gifted and talented children to compete at the highest level possible while at the same time providing opportunities for all pupils to get involved in a sports club or competition.

Events Calendar 2018/19

Please be aware that the dates and venues of the events listed are subject to change.

Events Calendar 2018/19

Cross Country Fixtures 2018/19


Data from P.E. and Sport tracker 2017-18

  • 149 children attended a club this year.
  • ALL children attended at least 1 event/festival/competition.
  • Only 38 children who did not attend a club attended only 1 festival/event/competition. These children will be targeted in the next academic year.
  • 23 out of 32 pupil premium children attended a club. 6 of those who did not were from the IR.
  • 24 out of 32 pupil premium children attended more than one festival/event/competition.
  • 51 of the 71 children are on the School Support or SEND register accessed an extra-curricular club.

Events, Competitions and Festivals - 2017/18

Through our involvement with LINKS, the children at Nook Lane are given opportunities each year to take part in different sporting festivals and events working amongst and against children from other schools. Please see below the table of data for Events, Competitions and Festivals that the pupils have participated in so far this year:

Event Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Attended by (children):
Intra- school Inter- school County A team B team C team
Y3 Benchball   X   5 5 3
Y5 Cross-Country X     64
Y5/6 Sports Hall Athletics   X   10 10  
Y6 Dancing - Charleston X     60
IR Bowling       10
Year 4 Swimming   X   61
Mixed Cross Country

9 Saturday Events throughout Autumn and Spring
  X   6 6 6
1+ team 1+ team 1+ team
Sheffield High Netball tournament   X   8
Mixed Key Steps Gymnastics   X   5 (Y3/4) 5 (Y5/6)  
5 (Y5/6)    
Boys Futsal   X   6 7  
Movefest - dancing   X   26
Y4/5/6 Netball X     32
Y4 Tennis X     60
Y3 Partnership Games   X   20 20 22
2 teams of 10
Y5/6 High 5s Netball   X   10 10  
Bouldering   X   5 5  
Bouldering Finals   X X 5 5  
Y3/4 Tennis   X   4 4  
Y5/6 Athletics   X   22
Mixed Orienteering   X   16
Y5 Cricket X     64
Y5/6 Athletics   X   10 10
Y5/6 Athletics - Sheffield Final   X X 4    
Orienteering - South Yorkshire School Games Final     X 4

1 team of 4
Y3 Girls Hillsborough Football festival   X   10    
Y4 Cricket DRAX   X   10 10  
Sports Transition Day X     120 pupils
60 Year 3 competitors
60 Year 5 leaders
Sainsbury's School Games - Sports Day X     Whole school 254

Clubs - 2017/18

Club Date Attended by (children):
Dance - mixed Spring Term 26
Netball All year 32
Gymnastics Club Spring Term 15
Football Y6 Boys Autumn Term 16
Football Y5 Boys Spring Term 8
Football Y5/6 Girls Summer Term 16
Change4Life Club Y3/4 Autumn Term 15
Spring Term 15
Summer Term 15
Change4Life Club Y5/6 Autumn Term 15
Spring Term 15
Summer Term 15
Breakfast Club
(Ball skills, dodgeball, skate hockey, fitness games)
Summer 25>
After School Club
(Ball skills, dodgeball, skate hockey, fitness games)
Summer 25>

Health and Fitness events/activities

Event / Activity Date Number of children
Mile a Day challenge All year Whole School 254
Active Lunchtimes - Sports Leaders running playtime and lunchtime activities All year All children have had access to this provision. Run by 24 Sports Leaders across the week.
Sport Leaders leading events at Infants School Summer Term 24 Sports Leaders
Whole school fun run Summer Term 60 children and parents/carers

Young Leaders - 2017/18

'Pupils leading sport at Nook Lane - 2017/18'

In addition to our fantastic Sports Leaders, lots of other children at Nook Lane are given the opportunity to develop their leadership skills by helping to organise school sport. Please find a list of events and activities that children at Nook Lane participated in and helped to organise in the 2017-18 academic year:

Event Date Number of children Year Group
Playground Leaders All year 24 Y4/5/6
Gymnastics Club Leaders Spring Term 6 Y5/6
Dance Club leaders Spring Term 4 Y6
Sainsbury's School Games Team Captains Summer Term 16 Y6
Infant school playground Sports Leaders Summer Term 24 Y5/6
Y2/3 Transition Sports Afternoon Summer Term 60 Y5
PE Curriculum Council All year 30 All

Total children: 248 (including IRU 10)

Local Sports Club Links 2017/18

Club Sport Contact
Chance to Shine - Bradfield Cricket Club Cricket Johnny Younis
Wisewood Football Team Football Bryan
Wisewood Girls Football Team Football Bryan/Andy
British Judo Judo Destination Judo
Sheffield Eagles Rugby League Sheffield Eagles
North Midlands Youth Squad Go Ride @Forge Valley Cycling Andrew Akers - British Cycling

LINKS - School Sports Partnership

Nook Lane is part of the LINKS School Sport Partnership which is an organisation that is made up of families of schools based around several secondary schools across the city. They support and develop PE and sports within our school giving pupils and staff many opportunities to ensure the high delivery of PE lessons, and increased opportunities to take part in school sport and out of hours learning.

Our partnership with LINKS is assisted by our School Sport Coordinator (Faye Ruddlestone) and School Games Organiser (Kim Horton) as well as the other SSCos and SGOs from across Sheffield.

LINKS aims are:

Strategic Planning: To develop and implement a PE and school sport strategy, as part of school development plans, through working in partnership with key strategic organisations and providers in the area.

Primary Liaison: to improve PE and school sport programmes by establishing and developing links within and between families of schools (particularly around the KS2/3 interface).

Out of School Hours: to provide new and enhanced out of schools hours opportunities for all young people in the partnership, including out of school hours learning, non-competitive participation and competition.

School to Community: to increase all young people's participation in community sport through creating and strengthening links with sports clubs, leisure facilities and community providers.

Coaching and Leadership: to provide training, support and deployment opportunities in leadership, coaching and officiating for senior pupils, adults other than teachers (AOTTs) and teachers.

Raising Standards: to raise standards of pupil's achievement in all aspects of their school life, through increased participation and improved performance, motivation and attitudes.

Sainsbury's School Games Mark

Over the last 4 years, Nook Lane Junior School has significantly increased children's participation in clubs, extra-curricular activities and inter-school competitions, qualifying for a range of city-wide and county-wide sporting events.

This impressive work has been recognised by the Sainsbury's School Games Mark, a government-led awards scheme. Nook Lane Junior School was awarded the BRONZE level in the academic year 2013/14, the GOLD level for 2014/15 and 2015/16 and the SILVER level for 2016/17 and 2017/18.

The School Games Mark was launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Schools in England are able to assess themselves across bronze, silver and gold levels of the Mark.

In order to achieve any level of the Sainsbury's School Games Mark, schools must meet the following prerequisites:


  • a system in place to track young people's participation in the Sainsbury's School Games;
  • opportunities that attract less active young people to participate in physical activity;


  • run a Sainsbury's School Games Day as the culmination of a year-round competition programme;
  • provide a calendar of competition that demonstrates opportunities for young people with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) to take part in competitions;
  • display a notice board promoting Sainsbury's School Games activity.

To achieve GOLD LEVEL, a school must meet all of the prerequisites, as well as the following:


  • provide all students with two hours of physical education per week (within the curriculum only); and have extra curriculum provision in addition to this;
  • engage at least 50% of students (20% for special schools) in extra-curricular sporting activity every week;

The provision of support for talented young sports people

  1. 1. Secondary criteria: offer talented young sports people specific support to help them to balance their sporting commitments with school and home life;
  2. 2. Primary and special criteria: offer talented young sports people specific support to help them to develop their sporting potential;


  • Use the Sainsbury's School Games formats to provide the opportunity for both boys and girls to take part in the appropriate level of competition.

Swimming at Nook Lane

As part of our Year 4 curriculum, all children are given the opportunity to learn to swim.

We take the children to Hillsborough Leisure Centre where they receive 9 one hour swimming sessions. We aim for all pupils leaving our school to be able to swim at least 25m.

Please see our 2019/20 Swimming Results to see the progress of the 2019/20 Y4s.

Cycling at Nook Lane

Bikeability Cycle Proficiency: As part of our Year 5 curriculum, all children are asked to take part in Bikeability, which is cycling proficiency for the 21st century, designed to give the next generation the skills and confidence to ride their bikes on today's roads. For the pupils participating, we aim for them to ALL to complete their level 1 bikeability training (learning to control and master their bike in an environment away from cars and traffic). We also aim for as many as possible to complete their level 2 bikeability training (which gives them a real cycling experience, on small roads, so that they are able to deal with traffic on short journeys such as cycling to school).

Bike It Project!: We are happy to announce, that we are now taking part in an exciting new project called Bike It, which is run by Sustrans, the country's leading sustainable transport charity, who help pupils to be able to cycle to and from school.

Over the next few years, Bike It will promote cycling in our school in the following ways:

  • By making sure our school has the facilities needed by pupils who want to cycle to school, including a secure cycle storage.
  • By working with the local council to provide additional cycle training to help children in our school ride safely and feel more confident on their bikes.
  • By organising promotional activities and events to encourage our pupils to cycle to school.
  • By involving local shops, clubs and other organisations to help us.
  • By working with our wonderful parents so that they can help support this project.

Our aims for the Bike It project is to increase the number of children cycling safely to school, reducing the number of cars around the school, making the neighbourhood a quieter, safer and less congested place.

The Bike It project will be providing lots of opportunities for parents to get involved in the various activities that will run throughout school and, can even train them to become cycle instructors!! If you are interested in helping out, please see Mrs Lindley (PE Co-ordinator) or Mr Arbon-Davis (Headteacher).

You can download our Cycle BIKE IT! Policy should you wish to do so.

Celebrating sport and physical activity

Year 4 / 5 Netball

The Year 4 and 5 netball team embarked on their first tournament on Saturday. For all the girls who played it was their first experience of competitive netball.

The girls played brilliantly under the expert eye of Caroline Graham our fantastic coach. They won 3 games, drew 1 and lost 3 which meant they came 4th in the league.

A very impressive achievement. Well played girls!

Y2/Y3 Transition Sports Afternoon

On Monday, the Year 2 children from Stannington Infant's School joined the Y3s for an afternoon of sport and games.

In a brilliantly organised transition event, the Year 5 children led a variety of activities from javelin to assault courses. The Year 5children also supported all of the younger children in their roles as team leaders.

It was a fantastic event and thankfully the rain held off. All of the children left with red, smiling faces!

Movefest 2019

During the Spring Term, the children in Dance Club worked incredibly hard in preparation for their performance at LINKS 2019 Movement Festival. Nook Lane have attended this event for several years and it is one of the largest in the LINKs School Sport Partnership calendar.

This year's theme was 'The Greatest Show' and, on Friday 29th March, children put on their dancing shoes and enjoyed a day of fun, music and dancing. Parents and teachers also threw themselves into the day, with Mrs Quick making her debut and showing off her flossing talents.

The children's hard work definitely paid off as their performances were spectacular!

Cross country 2018/19

What a superb finale to the cross country season at the Sheffield Primary Cross Country relays on Saturday morning. All the teams were absolutely fantastic and showed great determination and team spirit throughout. A special mention must go to the Y6 boys who finished 3rd and can leave Nook Lane knowing that they are in the top 3 teams in Sheffield! A big shout out must also go to Matthew and Ben who were excellent team players running alone due to not enough runners to make a team.

The presentations for the cross country league were also made before the relay races started. This year has been full of success for Nook Lane cross country and we would like to say a huge well done and thank you to all the runners who have given up their time and raced for Nook Lane this year. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Y3/4 boys (individual) - 7th place- Finlay Mackenzie
  • Y5/6 girls (individual) - 2nd place - Izzy-May Wilson
  • Y5/6 boys (individual) - 13th place - William Baldwin
  • Y5/6 boys (team) - 3rd place

We couldn't be prouder or more impressed by the team spirit and support shown by all the children throughout the season at events and during training. For the Y6 children, some of who have been running for Nook Lane since year 4, it is the perfect reward for all their hard work and determination over the years.

A massive thank you to Julie Cuff, Julie Wilson, Liz Hemsworth, Sue Jeff, Jamie Hemsworth, Michaela Mander and all the other volunteers who have organised and run running club every week this year, training the children in preparation for these events!

Key Steps Gymnastics Competition - Tuesday 5th March 2019

Mrs Robbins and Mrs Mumby took 12 children to Concord sports centre for the inter-school competition which they have been training very hard for over the past weeks.

Their hard work paid off with some fantastic results! Well done girls!

  • Y4 team (Freya, Ava, Lily J and Olivia) - 9th place
  • Y5 team (Katie, Olivia, Imogen and Emily) - 8th place
  • Y5/6 team (Jyotika, Phoebe and Bethany) - 2nd place

Primary School Bouldering Championships

On Friday night, a fantastic team of 16 children went to the Mini Climbing Works to take part in the qualifying round of the Sheffield Primary Bouldering Championships.

From the more experienced climbers to the first timers, everybody gave every climb their absolute best continually challenging themselves along the way. Despite the tired arms, the children weren't daunted as the climbs got gradually more challenging.

A massive thank you to all the very supportive parents especially Claire Brown who supported staff at the event. We will keep you posted on the results of the qualifying round!

Year 3 Gymnastics and Movement Festival 2019

The Y3 girls have had a brilliant evening at the gymnastics festival at Bradfield School.

Joined by many other local schools the girls were able to have a go, practise and perfect some of their moves. They gave everything their all, from the floor routine to the vault, with big smiles on their faces. Well done girls!

Year Five Netball 2019

The Y5 netball teams had a fabulous afternoon on Saturday when they attended the High School Under 10s Tournament. There were over 10 different schools there and they had to play 7 matches.

The girls played brilliantly and improved with every match they played. Their attitude and sportsmanship was outstanding. The parental support was also really appreciated.

A huge thank you to Caroline and her daughter Amelia for coaching and umpiring on the day.

Santa Hat Fun Run 2018

On Friday 7th December, the first Nook Lane Santa Hat Fun Run was a great success despite the typically English winter weather! All the children had lots of festive fun, there were lots of sweaty, muddy Santas by the end and everyone was full of Christmassy cheer.

We would like to thank the overwhelming number of parents, carers and grandparents who came out in their numbers to support the event and hope to hold similar events later in the year!

Halloween Fun Run 2018

What a spooktacular first Halloween family fun run on Friday!

It was fantastic to see so many children and parents getting involved and all the creepy costumes. There were lots of red faces and happy smiles by the last lap. All finished off with some Halloween treats.

A big thank you to our fabulous parent organisers.

Look out for more details about the next run. We would love to see you all there!

Sainsbury's School Games - Sports Day 2017

On Thursday 6th of June, Nook Lane Junior School held its annual Sainsbury's School Games Sports day. The children competed in house teams in a range of different events before the long distance, sprint, bean bag balance and javelin throw events at the end of the afternoon.

The children were amazing in their support and encouragement for each other and the staff were all so proud of how they conducted themselves throughout the afternoon. They are a credit to their school!


  • Winning house - Sheaf
  • Winning team - Loxley C

A huge thank you to all the families and supporters who came to cheer the children along, it made for a cracking atmosphere!

Move it Day - Friday 30th June 2017

On Friday 30th June the whole of Nook Lane took part in a city wide initiative called 'Move It' day. The idea of the event was to get as many children and adults in Sheffield active for the majority of the day.

The children and teachers of Nook Lane were challenged to be active in class for at least 50% of the school day. Lots of active sessions were planned and we even had an active singing assembly, led by the ever energetic Mrs Parkin.

Everyone really got involved in the day and it was a huge success! Hopefully it will inspire the children (and teachers!) to get more active!