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Physical Education

At Tannery Drift First School we value the importance of a healthy lifestyle and therefore strive to engage all pupils in their physical education. We were delighted to be one of the Hertfordshire schools selected to pioneer the Daily Mile in May 2016, and we have now incorporated this into our school curriculum. We are proud to share our many sporting achievements, including our recent School Games Platinum Level Kitemark 2021 - 2023 accreditation.

School Games Award – Platinum Badge

PE teaching consistently ensures that all our pupils have a positive, confident and committed attitude towards their physical education. Through carefully planned teaching sessions, that follow the National Curriculum, we enable children to make excellent progress in their physical development and experience a range of sports to fuel their enthusiasm. Children are encouraged to uphold good sportsmanship at all times, whether they are representing themselves, their team or the school.

In the Early Years, we:

  • Build children’s strength, stamina, balance and co-ordination.
  • Develop a range of large and small movements which can be controlled.
  • Instil confidence in children’s own physical abilities.
  • Promote independence through decision and choice to keep them healthy and safe.

In Key Stage 1 and 2, we:

  • Deliver twice weekly high-quality sessions to support improvements in children’s physical literacy, social, emotional, and physical wellbeing.
  • Create positive experiences by ensuring that physical activity and competition is designed to reflect the motivation, competence and confidence of all children.
  • Create positive experiences that support the character development of targeted young people.
  • Incorporate our school values; Teamwork, Passion, Respect, Self- Belief, Honesty, and Determination into each lesson.

We have a good-sized hall equipped with climbing frames, ropes, agility apparatus and benches. We also have a very well-resourced PE storage area with an extensive range of equipment for teaching sessions, outdoor playground games, gymnastics and dance. 

Three boys play a game of football on the school field, one of the boys is about to make a back pass to his team mate.

Tannery Drift is delighted to be part of the School Sports Partnership, and with their support we are able to organise for professional agencies to teach curriculum programmes in cricket, golf and tag rugby as well as extracurricular sessions in tennis and football. We also have regular opportunities to compete in North Herts Cross country championships, summer athletics, Schoolympics, KS1and KS2 multi-skills festivals, speed stacking festivals and inter-school games tournaments. As well as curriculum support the partnership also offers professional development for staff through training courses and subject leader cluster meetings.



At Tannery Drift we offer a wide range of A group of Year 4 children stand ready for a climbing activity, they are wearing safety harnesses and helmets.clubs throughout the year that promote perseverance, cooperation and good sportsmanship, as well as fun! These include Tennis, Football, Netball, Speed stacking, Athletics, Rounders, Dance and ‘Active’ club. 

We look for opportunities for children to develop their confidence and resilience with lots of outdoor activities, for example, in Year 4 all children attend a residential trip at PGL Caythorpe Court. Children get the chance to challenge themselves with new activities, including abseiling, kayaking, and zip wiring. 


School Games teamwork badge, icon on a green background

School Games passion badge, icon on a pink background

School Games respect badge, icon on a grey background

Teamwork – Treat everyone equally, support each other and work together to have fun and achieve. Celebrate each other’s success. Be a good friend and a positive team player in school, sport and life. Passion – Giving it 100%, putting your heart and soul into whatever you are doing and never giving up. Care about what you do and the people around you, and approach each opportunity with enthusiasm and positivity. Respect – Treating others politely and with understanding. Accepting life’s ‘ups and downs’ with grace. Respect every day, in everything you do and for everyone around you.

School Games self belief badge, icon on a black background

School Games honesty badge, icon on a blue background

School Games determination badge, icon on an orange background

Self belief – You’ve got to believe to achieve. Have the self belief and confidence to succeed and reach your personal best. Honesty – With others and with yourself. Have the courage to do the right thing. Be truthful and promote fairness in every situation. Determination – Keep going no matter what. Determination is about the journey you go on to push yourself and achieve your dreams. Have the mental strength and the self-discipline to overcome obstacles, commit to your goals and keep working every day to become the very best you can be. Don’t hold back!