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Dundonald Primary

Physical Education 

Dundonald Primary School has worked hard over the past few years to ensure that PE and Sport within the school is at the centre of promoting a varied and diverse sports curriculum.

Working alongside local primary schools and with Merton School Sports Partnership (MSSP), we strive to develop and enhance the teaching and learning of PE and Sport in school as part of the curriculum and as part of the school’s extra-curricular provision.

We aim to ensure 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
  • lead healthy, active lives.

For further details of what your child will be doing in PE this term please refer to their year group’s medium term plan.

National Curriculum for PE (Physical Education)


Swimming and water safety is an important part of the PE curriculum at Dundonald Primary School. Not only is swimming a life-saving skill, a lot children enjoy swimming as a family acitivity and the ability to swim opens up a whole range of water-based activities (e.g. diving, water polo). Swimming is a very inclusive sport as it is one of the most accessible forms of exercise in terms of age, weight and physical ability.

Throughout the spring and summer term, children in Year 3 attend swimming lessons at Wimbledon Leisure Centre once a week. 

Pupils are grouped according to their ability and are taught to:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • use a range of strokes effectively (e.g. front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke)
  • perform self-rescue in different water-based situations.

Information about 'Meeting National Curriculum Requirements for Swimming and Water Safety' can be found in 'PE and Sports Premium'.


Dundonald achieved the Platinum Sport Mark Award from Merton School Sport Partnership (MSSP); we are immensely proud of this achievement.

Supporting our efforts to reaching the Platinum Award we have made use of Sports Premium funding. Details of how this funding has been used and its impact can be found in the 'PE and Sports Premium' section.

Competitive Sport

We continue to expand participation in competitive sport. We initiate and attended regular inter-school competitions in our area as well as continuing to run intra-school competitions. Throughout the year we have regular House events, where children compete against one another as a culmination of the work they have done in PE lessons.

Children can participate in a range of extra-curricular activities at school. Some of these clubs are run by staff and others are run by local sports clubs or coaches. For a list of clubs in the area please see the link below.

To ensure that more children have the opportunity to represent Dundonald this year, we are monitoring participation in events more rigorously. A and B teams will represent our school in competitions whenever possible with a trial taking place before each event. Children are able to sign up in the week leading up to the trial with success criteria clearly explained to children. Attitude, performance and sportsmanship in PE and clubs are also taken into account when selecting teams. There are also a number of inclusive events which allows those children not selected for teams to compete in borough-wide competitions throughout the year.


For further details of upcoming competitions as well as results and write ups of competitions we have participated in, please click on the link