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St Mary’s C of E Primary School

‘Learning for Life’

Physical Education (PE)


At St Mary’s, we recognise the importance Physical Education (PE) plays in the curriculum and are committed to providing all children with opportunities to engage fully in PE. We strive to create a culture that inspires children to enjoy PE, encourage each other and achieve their full potential. We provide a safe and supportive environment, that is also challenging and inclusive, to engage all pupils and allow them to flourish in a range of physical activities. We believe PE is essential in supporting children’s physical, emotional, social and moral development. Therefore, children are encouraged to develop a positive growth mindset as well as understanding the importance of determination and resilience.

Children participate in competitive sport against both themselves and others. We encourage them to implement the school’s values of Kindness, Courage and Trust to all sporting and physical activities as well as ensuring they understand the principles of fairness, sportsmanship and respect – values we hope to embed for future life.

At St Mary’s, we also understand that swimming is an important life skill. We aspire for all children to leave Primary School having met at least the minimum requirements set out in the National Curriculum.


At St Mary’s, we follow the ‘Sport 4 Kids’ (S4K) planning. The S4K Key Stage 1 PE curriculum is aimed at progressing from the core skills learned during the Early Years curriculum. The PE Games programme includes the following 6-week schemes of work:

Team Games

Athletic Activities (Run, Jump and Throw)

Ball Skills (Throw, Catch, Pass, Deliver; Hands or Feet)

Bat and Ball Skills (Hand/Eye Co-ordination)

Gymnastics and Dance

Each games programme focuses on fundamental movement skills and multi-skills.

At KS2, the children follow the 6-week PE programmes including:

Invasion Games                              Football, Rugby, Netball, Hockey and Basketball
Striking and Fielding                    Cricket and Rounders
Net and Wall Games                    Tennis and Badminton
Athletic Activities                          Various 
Dance                                                    Street and Classical
Gymnastics                                        Floor and Apparatus Based

The Sport4Kids KS2 PE curriculum ensures that key curriculum objectives are achieved:

  • Pupils implement and develop a broad range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement.
  • Pupils enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other.
  • They develop an understanding of how to succeed in different activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.