Physical Education

Our Vision for PE Learning at Burlington

At Burlington Infant and Nursery School, we believe that all children should develop a love of physical activity and a confidence in their ability to perform physical tasks. Children are encouraged to lead active, healthy lifestyles and are made aware of the choices needed to do this, from healthy eating, to regular exercise. Through taking part in two PE sessions a week, children become confident in a variety of areas of physical activity, including ball skills, basic and more advanced movement, and dance, allowing them to leave Burlington Infants with the knowledge and skills needed to not only develop a healthy relationship with sport but to give them a strong foundation of skills for school and beyond.


PE Curriculum Overview

In Reception, areas of PE include dance, gymnastics, ball skills and developing key skills such as balance, hand eye coordination, and control over an object. These skills are also fostered in our challenging outdoor learning area.  In Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2), we focus on the fundamental skills of PE twice a week in order to help children reap the benefits of a healthy and active life style. Sports taught during PE lessons include dance, football, rugby and gymnastics.

At Burlington Infant School, we have a good selection of PE equipment to ensure that the children have up to date and modern facilities to use.  We also provide a range of equipment for use at playtimes and lunchtimes when staff encourage children to try out different activities and develop new skills such as balancing on stilts. We have zoned outdoor areas dedicated to each physical activity. Zones include ‘Craze of the Week’ (bowling, stilts, skipping, hula hoops etc), outdoor team games, football and basketball, traditional games, sandpit, and two challenging climbing frames.

As active members of the Kingston School Sports Partnership (KSSP), we have participated in a variety of different sporting events such as football, multi-skills and our cluster swimming gala. Children are selected to represent the school based on the skills they demonstrated during PE lessons and after school clubs, as well as children who might not have got the opportunity to take part in events or sports like these before. This year, a football coach has been brought in to train a team every Friday to represent Burlington Infants at future football tournaments. The tournaments and festivals run by KSSP promote a sense of sportsmanship, enable children to develop discipline and control, and experience the thrill of competitive sports. The children are presented with medals and certificates and are honoured in a special celebration assembly at school and featured in our school’s weekly newsletter and website. In 2019-20 Burlington Infants had fantastic participation and we hope to see this continue!

Don Rae Dance brings ‘Wake Up Shake Up’ to the school at the start of the day during ''Around the World Week', and has parents and children joining in with lively dance-aerobics sessions in the playground. He has offered fantastic dance workshops with a final performance for each class based on a country they are studying during this special week.

We provide an extensive range of sports and dance clubs run by professional coaches and school staff such as dance, football, bat and ball, ballet, karate and fun fitness clubs. These after school clubs are always very successful and the level of involvement has been high. We offer a free club each term for families in need of financial assistance. For more information on after school clubs, please visit the relevant page on our website or speak to the school office.

Clubs web page

Sporting links with our local community has strengthened this year with our involvement in inter-school competitive sports tournaments, sports day, Sports Relief, Healthy Living Week and parent run workshops.  For more information on our Sports Premium funding for PE, please visit the relevant page on our website:

PE and Sports Premium web page

The PE curriculum at Burlington follows the National Curriculum.  You can find the appropriate extract of this National Curriculum for PE here: 

National Curriculum in KS1 - PE

Please note this extract covers KS1 (Years 1 and 2) and Key Stage 2 which is followed by the Junior School (Years 3 to 6).

The curriculum map below gives you a complete summary of the PE skills, knowledge and key vocabulary that we teach our children, during each term as they progress from Nursery / Reception and through to Years 1 and 2.

PE @ Burlington - Curriculum Map

Here is a summary of the key learning concepts taught from Reception to Year 2.

PE @ Burlington - Road Map

Here are some photos of our teaching and learning for PE across the school: 

News and Events

Year 2 Girls Football Festival

Well done to our Year 2 girls for their great effort in football against Coombe Hill Infants in May 2023! For most of these girls it was their first time playing football and they all had a great time, they worked well together, and played with a smile on their faces!

Healthy Living Week 2021

During ‘Healthy Living Week’, sports professionals, parents and specialist trained staff from Burlington Infants run a range of sports and fitness activities and workshops for children throughout the school. Children take part in a wide range of workshops and activities. The children are also invited to a ‘Big Breakfast’ where the staff and parents serve a healthy, sustaining breakfast on one morning.  Children of all abilities take part in Sports Day during Healthy Living Week, competing against other children in their class. Children participate in the sack race, the egg and spoon race, running and the relay race. 

Healthy Living Week 2021 was a big success. The children had lots of fun during the week, taking part in sports day, dance classes with Don Rae, tennis coaching and the PTA Wheelie Race! A big thank you to everyone who sent in donations. 

Healthy Living Week 2021 - Photos


How to Help at Home

Here are some useful websites to try out with your child at home to encourage staying active and being outdoors.

NHS Change 4 Life

PE with Joe

Premier Education Stay Active Resources

Active Learning Games