Physical Education

PE Vision Statement

As part of a coastal county as well as one with a strong sporting heritage, the Southerly Point Co-Operative Trust engages all pupils in adventurous, cultural, creative and traditional sporting opportunities. Our PE curriculum covers 12 sporting disciplines each year and extends these pathways with extra curricula clubs, community links and competition pathways.

Our KS2 PE curriculum offers in excess of two hours of PE each week and KS1 complete two hours. Pupils engage in blocks of sailing, swimming, dance, gym, team and individual sports as well as offsite enrichment days and school camp. We focus on developing enjoyment and confidence through enabling pupils to recognise and celebrate their achievements and encourage their appetite for new challenges. We develop fundamental skills to transfer between sports and nurture valuable life skills in working successfully towards personal goals, group work and leadership responsibilities. A combination of these key beliefs, an enthusiastic staff team, a PE specialist and a county full of opportunity ensures we offer sporting pathways for every pupil to take on into the future.

Pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6 take part in weekly sailing run by the "HRCST" (Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust), in the summer term and first half of the autumn term.  We are very fortunate that our children are able to take part in this fantastic learning opportunity.

Learning to swim is essential for our children, living near the coast and spending so much of their leisure time on the beach and in boats. Swimming for the whole school takes place in the summer term and first half of the autumn term. All pupils work for the STA Watermanship and Distance Awards. These awards give them a great sense of achievement and confidence. We swim at our local holiday park 'Sea Acres'.

Curriculum PE sessions are held twice a week with our PE Specialist and the class teachers.

Please see the links below for our current Sports Premium Statement and information from the previous year.


These are the essential skills of a sports person that we aim to develop whilst at Grade Ruan School:-

• The ability to acquire new knowledge and skills exceptionally well and develop an in-depth understanding of PE.

• The willingness to practise skills in a wide range of different activities and situations, alone, in small groups and in teams and to apply these skills in chosen 

activities to achieve exceptionally high levels of performance.

• High levels of physical fitness.

• A healthy lifestyle, achieved by eating sensibly, avoiding smoking, drugs and alcohol and exercising regularly.

• The ability to remain physically active for sustained periods of time and an understanding of the importance of this in promoting long-term health and well-being. 

• The ability to take the initiative and become excellent young leaders, organising and officiating, and evaluating what needs to be done to improve, and motivating 

and instilling excellent sporting attitudes in others. 

• Exceptional levels of originality, imagination and creativity in their techniques, tactics and choreography, knowledge of how to improve their own and others’ 

performance and the ability to work independently for extended periods of time without the need of guidance or support.

• A keen interest in PE. A willingness to participate eagerly in every lesson, highly positive attitudes and the ability to make informed choices about engaging fully in 

extra-curricular sport.

• The ability to swim at least 25 metres before the end of Year 6 and knowledge of how to remain safe in and around water. 

Keskowethyans Performance of CATS 

‘Amazing’…’stunning’…’talented beyond their years’…were just a few of the comments from the vast audiences who attended a series of  productions of ‘CATS The Musical’ performed recently by  children from the schools which make up the KESKOWETHYANS MAT.  Over three nights, at the Life and Life Centre in Helston, 130 children from Coverack, Grade Ruan, Manaccan, St Keverne and St Martin Schools wowed packed houses with their beautiful singing and high energy dance routines. The performances, inspired by the works of T S Eliot, and Andrew Lloyd Webbers musical, kept the audience captivated from beginning to end.  ‘Very privileged to have been in the audience tonight – those children had a fantastic time and performed so well!’,  commented one spectator. ‘So moving – such energy, timing and enthusiasm right to the end. Unbelievable and unforgettable.’

The performances were the culmination of a series of dance workshops led by local dance teacher Jules Praed, and were facilitated by Government Sports Premium funding. Jules Praed said: ‘The children have been totally amazing with their commitment and enthusiasm for these performances. They have learnt highly complicated and intricate dance routines and performed them with skill and real dedication. It has been a huge pleasure working with each and everyone one of them over the past ten weeks.’

Headteacher at the time Tom Harman commented: ‘It has been an exhausting few weeks for pupils and staff involved in these performances of CATS…but every second has been worth it. Having seen the West End version of CATS I felt this would be a venture that would inspire and engage the children who attend the KESKOWETHYANS MAT schools and they certainly responded in a very professional manner to everything we asked them to do. They learnt many different dance routines and a whole variety of songs from the original stage show, and over three nights performed to an exceptionally high standard. All of the shows were sold out – in excess of 600 tickets – and we could have done this several times over, so positive was the response. A huge amount of credit must go to Jules Praed, who led the dance sessions, and to the staff in all of the schools for their support, but in particular to the children who were all stars.'

KS2 Summer Camp
In June 2018, KS2 children from across the MAT spent an action packed couple of days at BF Adventure.  The children slept in tents and cabins and enjoyed lots of delicious meals, cooked by school staff.
They took part in a range of activities including kayaking, den building, bush craft, abseiling, orienteering, rock climbing and assault courses.
There were lots of team games which, once again, provided an opportunity for the children to spend time with their friends from other MAT schools - something they all look forward to when our five schools come together.

The children in Year's 5 & 6 are instructed in cycling every year.  Bikeability is underpinned by the National Standard for cycle   training, a government-recognised set of principles. This  programme is an improved, updated and more relevant  version of the old cycling proficiency scheme.  The aim is for the year 5's to complete level one and the year 6's to complete their level 2.