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Physical Education

Subject Leader: Mrs Nicole Pecchia

Link Governor: Mr Mark Bishop


At St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School Physical Education forms an important part of the education and all-round development of each pupil. We aim to provide a high-quality physical education curriculum which enables all children to develop the knowledge, skills and vocabulary to succeed and excel as individuals, team players, in competitive sport or in any physically-demanding activity they face.

We aim to give all children the physical literacy, emotional and thinking skills to achieve in PE, sport and life. Our curriculum will spark curiosity and enjoyment about physical activity and will encourage children to reflect on ways of achieving their own individual sporting goals and objectives. We will provide opportunities and challenge for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports a life-long active, healthy and enjoyable lifestyle. Through the enriching experiences we offer, all children will develop values and transferrable life skills such as cooperation, resilience, fairness and respect.


PE is taught across the school in EYFS, key stage one and key stage two. We teach lessons so that children:

·       Have fun and experience success in sport in a safe environment

·       Have the opportunity to participate in P.E at their own level of development,

·       Secure and build on a range of skills and understand basic rules

·       Develop good sporting attitudes and experience positive competition,

·       Have a foundation for lifelong physical activity, leaving primary school physically active.

Children participate in high-quality PE lessons twice a week covering different sports/skills each term. Teachers and sports coaches plan to ensure lessons across years show progression in the strands of PE we teach: games, dance, athletics, gymnastics and OAA.

Throughout the year, these may be delivered by sports/outdoor specialists to provide CPD for all staff. Where appropriate cross-curricular links are made ie using a topic as a focus for dance or using physical activity in English and maths. 

Children will be encouraged to be physically active for sustained periods of time. All classes participate in the daily mile, using the purpose-built track and take part in ‘Wheelies’ sessions. Active travel to and from school is also encouraged. We provide children in KS1 and KS2 with opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities that are inclusive, enjoyable and increase children’s physical activity. 

Annually, the school celebrates ‘St Mary’s Games’ to promote inter-house competition and a variety of physical activity, the week culminates with our whole-school Sports day. Children participate in a variety of competitive sports through the BANES School Sports Partnership and inclusion festivals at Oldfield School.

Children attend swimming lessons in Year 5 and continue to have swimming lessons until they can swim 25m in a recognisable stroke.

Useful Documents

The following files will give you an overview of the PE curriculum at St Mary's and our expectations of pupils in this subject area:


The children at St Mary’s will develop a love of sport, have a positive attitude towards physical activity and be encouraged to engage in life-long physical activity.

Children will have a range of experiences in fundamental movements and specific sport and understand a healthy lifestyle includes exercise and a good diet. They will have knowledge and experience of team games and competitive sport, and be motivated to always try to achieve their own personal best. They will develop social co-operation and positive attitudes to each other, they will compete with a sense of fair play and they will understand the need for rules in games.

Children will be able to swim and gain experience in life saving water skills, with a large majority being able to swim 25 metres by the end of key stage two. Children will be given equal opportunities to achieve their full potential through curricular and extra-curricular sessions.

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