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PE and Games at St Peter's

At St. Peter’s, we believe our golden thread of PETERS Values should weave its way through our curriculum, including our subject of Physical Ecucation.


At St Peters we believe that a high-quality physical education is a vital part of a broad and balanced curriculum which inspires all children to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. We provide opportunities for children to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as teamwork, fairness and respect.


At St Peters we are guided by, and statutorily bound to deliver the National Curriculum 2014 for P.E.

The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all 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


By the end of each key stage, children are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.



P.E. begins in the EYFS with the Understanding the World area of development. In the EYFS the children will explore the world around them making observations of what they see and asking questions about how and why things happen. The experiences the children encounter in the EYFS are the foundations on which physical education knowledge and concepts of subsequent key stages are built. In physical education this involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement through active learning where children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements. Children are also helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food. 


In Key Stage One and Two we teach P.E. as a subject twice each week. We aim to deliver one lesson building on various fundamental skills relating to physical education. Progressive planning is done following our whole school long term plan including lesson plans provided by Edsential – promoting a healthy and active school through Core Curriculum Gym, Games, Dance, Athletics 


Key Stage 1

Children develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.

Children are taught to:

  • master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities

  • participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending

  • perform dances using simple movement patterns


Key Stage 2

Children continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.

Children are taught to:

  • use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination

  • play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending

  • develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics]

  • perform dances using a range of movement patterns

  • take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team

  • compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best


Swimming and water safety

At St Peters we provide swimming instruction in 2 week blocks for year 3 and 4.  Any children not meeting the expected standard at the end of year 4, are given the opportunity to swim again in year 5 (and 6 if necessary) in the summer term.

In particular, children are taught to:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres

  • use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]

  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations


At St Peter’s we are members of Edsential which gives us access to inter school tournaments and festivals organised by them  at 3 different levels - inspire, aspire and challenge and also supports our School Games Mark Platinum award.  

Key features of enquiry and enquiry skills are identified on the medium term plans produced by Edsential. As the children move through the Key stages their enquiry skills are developed and progress as is they develop their ability to use and apply them independently. 



Our Physical Education Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to ensure progression. 

Our teachers measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • Achievement in weekly PE lessons

  • Participation in competitive school sport

  • Personal health and wellbeing

  • Attitudes and behaviour towards learning

  • A knowledge check at the beginning of each unit to see what the children already know

  • Start lessons with a recap of key knowledge and understanding from the previous session

  • Provide opportunities each lesson to use the key vocabulary

  • Assess children at the end of the unit against key knowledge and learning


The leadership team check that this impact is being secured through monitoring the subject on a regular and frequent basis. The method of monitoring supports the ongoing development of the curriculum. This includes:

  • Staff subject knowledge, which is audited each year to ensure knowledge is secure, and additional support provided if necessary

  • A ‘pupil voice’, which is conducted at the beginning and end of each year to allow children to contribute to their curriculum content

  • Bi-termly monitoring of work against the medium-term plans, so that inconsistencies can be addressed

  • Tracking of content against the long-term plan of the school, to ensure the full breadth of the curriculum is met.

The impact of this is to ensure that children at St Peters are equipped with skills and knowledge, which will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and aims to maximise their children’ engagement with and motivation to study physical education as future adults.

At St. Peter’s the Physical Education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It provides opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. A range of events and activities are planned each term to encourage pupils to compete in sport and other activities, building character and helping to embed values such as fairness and respect.


In addition to weekly PE and Games sessions, pupils are encouraged to take part in a wider range of extra curricular sporting activities offered throughout the school year for all age groups. 

Due to classes being vertically grouped, we run the PE Curriculum on a 2 year cycle: