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St Mary's Catholic Primary School

St Mary's Catholic
Primary School

Physical Education

PE Curriculum


Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of a dynamic and creative intellectual activity - JFK

PE develops pupils’ physical competence and confidence, and their ability to use these to perform in a range of activities. PE promotes St May’s drivers – Community, Whole Child and Community as well as physical skilfulness, physical development and knowledge of the body in action. PE provides opportunities for pupils to be creative, competitive and to face up to different challenges as individuals and in groups and teams. It promotes positive attitudes towards active and healthy life styles. Pupils learn how to think in different ways to suit a wide variety of creative, competitive and challenging activities. They learn how to plan perform and evaluate actions, ideas and performances to improve their quality and effectiveness. Through this process pupils discover their aptitudes, abilities and preferences, and make choices about how to get involved in lifelong love of moving.


Physical Education is taught by the class teacher, the PE lead and sports coach as this is a sustainable approach brought about through the Sports Premium funding

Years 1 – 6 receive two hours of PE a week. The subject leader provides details of the programme of activities to be covered during each term. The school follows the New Curriculum 2014 and Chris Quigley milestones. It also considers the schemes of work provided by QCA and in particular seeks to ensure that pupils are able to carry out the activities described in the relevant core tasks. We offer half an hour of swimming per week for 1 term in each year for years 3 4 and 5 swimming at Crown Pools Street. Year 3 will attend in the Summer Term due to PE funding since 2017/2018. There is a balance between indoor and outdoor lessons as indicated below

  • Games
  • Gymnastics
  • Dance
  • Athletics
  • Swimming
  • OAA – Year 5 and 6 Residential and non-residential trips

A programme for professional training and development is planned annually, in consultation with the school sports partnership (Northgate/Copleston) and staff needs through Alison Furlong – SGO

There is also a high uptake at Sports Clubs offered before and after school as well as Challenge 5 through the Play Leader scheme at lunchtimes. With obesity becoming an increasing issue in young children and a focus on well-being, the ethos of the joys of moving are promoted at St Mary’s.


The impact reflects what we have achieved from our intent and we can see it by the vast array of activities and opportunities below which sees the three drivers ‘Community, Whole Child and Communication’ in full use.

Pupils have the opportunity to be involved in competition outside of PE lessons with local schools through IPSSA and SGO. St Mary’s children have a sense of fun and focus when taking part in physical activity whether it is gym, dance or school sports. Although importance is put on being prepared and skilled to take part in local events, the main focus is on the fun and self-worth that goes with this.  We have increased opportunities to participate in competitive sports in Years 1 to 4 with football, handball, dodgeball and tag rugby being offered in clubs, lessons and with other schools. There is high pupil participation in school clubs and at local clubs and therefore improved levels of fitness and skills. The school has achieved a Gold Award for high levels of participation in local events. During break time and lunchtimes children are very active and enjoy organising their own team games or individual challenges and fun. We hope that we inspire a lifelong love of moving.

Threshold Concepts for PE:

Develop practical skills in order to participate, compete and lead a healthy lifestyle.

This concept involves learning a range of physical movements and sporting techniques.


NHS Physical Activity Guidelines