Physical education at Newlyn


All of the children at Newlyn School benefit from 2 hours per week of physical education with an additional 10 minutes every day of Daily Physical Activity (DPA), helping the children to stay fit and healthy.

In Key Stage 1, the children access a range of PE including ball skills, games, gymnastics, dance and swimming. The children in Key Stage 1 are taught swimming by qualified swimming instructors at Penzance Leisure Centre and our foundation children benefit from a weekly lesson all year round.

In Key Stage 2, the children access many sports including high five, tag rugby, football, swimming, cricket, rounders, athletics, dance, gymnastics and tennis. Our older children benefit from coaching from a variety of external coaches in a number of different sports throughout the year.


The whole school has adopted the REAL PE curriculum which is a holistic approach to PE. It teaches the children the fundamental skills of Agility, Balance and Co-ordination (ABCs) through a variety of Physical, Creative, Cognitive, Personal, Social and Health Related Fitness elements both in and out of PE lessons. The children are assessed once a term and can review their progress on their own individual Progress Wheel. 


We provide a variety of after school sports clubs including Football, Rounders, Cricket, Cycling,  Surfing, Invasion Games, Rugby, Skills to Play, Cross Country and High Five. Our children compete in the Penwith Leagues for High Five, Cross Country and Rounders as well as a variety of tournaments for Rugby, Football and Cricket. This year (2019/20) the High Five team won the Plate Competition in their league whilst the Year 6 Boys Swimming Team qualified for the Cornwall School Games to represent Penwith.

Inter-house sports

Our inter-house sports have really taken off again this year (2019/20), offering a range of both competition and sporting festivals throughout the year, involving all of the children from Year 1 to Year 6. Our Year 6 leaders are responsible for promoting a good sporting attitude to their teams and contribute to the running of the events. 

Active Girls Sport
This year (2019/20) our Year 5 girls have taken part in Leadership Training and have become Active Girls Sports Leaders, helping to run our Active Girls Sports Clubs, encouraging girls to be more active. 
Balance Bikes
Using money raised from our Cycle Club Sponsored Bike Ride last year (2018/19), the school have purchased a set of its own balance bikes and helmets. All children in Foundation and Year 1 will receive Balance Bike Training to start them on the road to riding their own bike.