Hatherleigh Community Primary School Caring about learning and learning to care


Physical Education and School Sport play a prominent role in the life of Hatherleigh Primary School.

We follow the aims of the National Curriculum ensuring that children develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities, are physically active for sustained periods of time, engage in competitive sports and activities and ultimately lead healthy, active lives.

We address these aims in 5 different ways


  • High quality PE lessons.

Each class teacher delivers high quality PE lessons.  A number of classes also receive lessons lead by a sport specialist from agencies outside of school.  In this way we are able to provide quality expertise while at the same time keeping the class teacher at the heart of class provision. All year groups, save 5 and 6, go swimming once a week for a term (1/2 term for Chestnuts and Hawthorns).  Interventions, such as Funfit, are run to address the needs of  specific children.  

  • Daily Physical Activity

Playtimes are very active with children free to play games of their choosing , often with a very active element involved.  A number of meal time assistants take the role of play leaders while equipment is provided to encourage active play.  Some of the older children are responsible for facilitating some of these games through caring for the equipment and organising impromptu games when required.

  • After school clubs

We offer a range of active after school clubs from traditional sports such as football, netball, hockey and cross-country to more skills based clubs such as multiskills to lifestyle based activities such as gardening and adventure club.  We are always looking for ways to offer more clubs to the children and engage more children in physical activity. We also have close links to community clubs in Hatherleigh and Okehampton and sign post children to clubs they may wish to pursue out of school.

  • Competitive Activities

The school takes part in a number of competitive events with schools from across the area with the aim that every child should have the opportunity to represent the school at least once.  Whilst we endeavour to be competitive, the focus of these events is to foster the core values of teamwork, respect, discipline, sportsmanship and enjoyment.

  • Outdoor Activities

Being in a rural setting the outdoor environment is very important to the school life.  Each class has access to the field and woodland area and these are used regularly, often regardless of the weather.  The wider setting of Hatherleigh also plays a part with trips to the moor and the River Lew.  The Year 4, 5 and 6 residentials all comprise outdoor activities with a good progression provided across each visit.  Every July the whole school walk across the fields to a neighbouring village for a picnic.  This event demonstrates to the children the adventures to be had just outside their front doors. 

PE Progression of Skills, Knowledge and Understanding


Year 5 Girls football tournament

Year 5/6 football match


Oaks' Sports Day at the Cricket Club

As part of Oaks' Geography unit on South America, the children enjoyed a dance session with Jess , creating a Rio Carnival style dance. They wore their headdresses that they made in DT.

Click the link below to watch their dance. 

Oaks' Rio Carnival style dance

2020 - 2021

27.5.21 Hatherleigh World Cup. Our football tournament was slightly different this year with children competing in class groups for their countries, Argentina, Portugal, Brazil and Italy.

The sun shone this afternoon for Poplars' dance session with Jess Squire.

Cricket workshops with Ann Marie and Nial from Hatherleigh Cricket Club.

OCRA came and organised a cross country event for key stage 2 classes. Year 3 and 4 ran 1 mile and year 5 and 6 ran 1 and 1/2 miles. The course was incredibly muddy but most children crossed the finishing line with a smile.

Poplars had a rather muddy but from visit from OCRA for the Quad kids virtual competition.

Hawthorns enjoyed a multi skills session with OCRA.


Sport Relief. The whole school enjoyed half hour skipping sessions and then some children demonstrated skills in assembly.

Creative Thursday rotation 6

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The children have been enjoying another energetic session of dance.

Creative Thursday.

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A different dance style.

Poplars attended the dance and movement event at Okehampton College.

Jumping like a superhero and landing safely

At Hatherleigh School we offer a wide range of sporting activities as part of P.E lessons and after school clubs.

21.7.19 Well done to the children who took part in the OCRA 13 run in Okehampton this morning. Several classes have been starting the day with a 10 minute run this term so it was great to see that the children were keen to complete the OCRA 13 challenge. All children received their medal for completing the 2.5 km run with Jake being the first child to cross the line, 2nd person overall. We are very impressed with all of you. Keep up the running over the holiday.

18.7.19 Sports Day 2019. Remarkable performances from all the children today. Results. First with 683 points was Red Team. Second with 677 points was Blue team. The other 2 teams were very close behind. Thank you to everyone for making this a great day and PTFA for refreshments making a £280.60 profit.

5.6.19 Dartmoor Cup. All four teams played really well and one of our teams won their group so came away with the trophy.

Year 5 Cricket festival.

Year 3 have a 10 minute run, at least once a week, between lessons. Quite a few can now keep going for the full 10 minutes.

Summer Term. Dance sessions for Year 5 and 6 with Jess Squire.

Year 5 dance session with Jess Squire.

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Running Club really enjoy going off-site for their run.

Poplars, Willows and Chestnuts have all enjoyed football sessions with Plymouth Argyle coaches.

Year 1 Multi skills at Okehampton College.