Isaac Newton Academy is committed to providing pupils with opportunities and experiences which enable them to lead healthy and active lifestyles. The Reception, KS1 and KS2 PE curriculum is dedicated to developing fundamental movement skills in all pupils, in order to increase confidence in a range of physical activities. During PE lessons, pupils develop their agility, balance and coordination through gymnastics, dance, games and athletics.


Within Reception, pupils acquire the knowledge and physical awareness to be able to run, jump, throw and catch as well as copy simple movement patterns through Dance; at KS1, pupils develop their core strength, flexibility and balance by imitating and creating gymnastics and dance sequences. They also deepen their coordination and agility skills through a variety of games activities based upon object manipulation using the hands and feet. Throughout lower KS2, pupils begin to experience a wider range of activities, including hockey, swimming and outdoor adventurous activities (OAA). OAA involves the pupils using their teamwork and collaboration skills to solve practical problems within the school premises. In year 3 and upwards, pupils begin to create their own paired and grouped gymnastics displays and dance routines developing their communication and leadership skills.


PE at INA aims to create an enjoyable environment which encourages pupils to perform in both healthy competition and cooperative tasks by generating challenging opportunities for all. At Reception, pupils’ physical development is measured against the EYFS Moving and Handling criteria and within KS1 and 2, assessment moves in line with the National Curriculum strategy. INA has developed a unique assessment criterion for KS1 and 2 which is based upon the fundamental movement skills of agility, balance and coordination which is tracked termly. Through the activities detailed above, pupils are encouraged to consciously develop sporting values such as fairness and respect, alongside continually building upon their BRIDGES characteristics within lessons. 


Each year, INA hosts a primary sports day where all pupils participate in a range of sporting activities in the fantastic Cricklefield athletics stadium. This provides pupils with an opportunity to compete with their peers and set school records, as well as allowing the parents to feel part of the school community. Our fantastic secondary Sports Leaders support in the planning and organisation of this event. INA annually hosts a KS1 multi-skills event, where pupils from local schools come together to participate in a variety of sporting activities in a fun environment. During the Spring term, our pupils perform in a Spring Spectacular show, where they perform the gymnastics and dance displays they have been learning and practising within lessons to their parents and carers.


PE at INA Primary largely takes place within the school hall and on the AstroTurf. However, for enriching experiences such as sports day, multi-skills events and the annual Spring Spectacular, we also utilise both Cricklefield athletics stadium and the secondary sports hall.


We have a wealth of equipment, from gymnastic vaults and wall apparatus to differentiated skills equipment which enables all pupils to progress within lessons and master new skills.

Our pupils begin swimming lessons in year 2 and continue to do this for one whole term every year until the end of their primary schooling at INA. This takes place at Becontree Heath Leisure Centre and is conducted by qualifies swimming instructors. Pupils develop strength in the legs, arms, core and back; use floatation aids to help with specific techniques and have been perfecting their strokes whilst swimming lengths. Pupils build their confidence through games at the end of each session and learn key water safety skills in addition to meeting the NC requirements.


Primary Sports Grant


  • For 2016-17 the school received a PE grant of £8,450
  • For 2017-18 the school received a PE grant of £17,800
  • For 2018-19 the school received a PE grant of £18,700
  • For 2019-20 the school received a PE grant of £19,600
  • For 2020-21 the school received a PE grant of £20,500


The grant funds the resources and equipment needed for PE lessons and CPD sessions for teachers of PE based on staff requested areas of development. The secondary PE specialist who is in charge of primary PE delivers CPD training to the primary teachers twice a year. This focuses largely upon safety within lessons and the aims of our PE curriculum, but also includes practical ideas for progression within lessons. Other focusses have included ideas on how to assess through a variety of activities whilst simultaneously developing fundamental movement skills.


Sports enrichments are led weekly and are led by a range of teachers. Enrichments each run for a term and the pupils learn physical skills needed for the sports, in addition to developing their personal skills such as integrity, fair play and sportsmanship.