St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Physical Education (PE)


Here at St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School we fully adhere to the aims of the National Curriculum and are committed to providing a high-quality physical education curriculum for all our pupils. Our PE curriculum encourages all pupils to see the awe and wonder of the subject. It inspires our pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport while also helping them to embed the values of fairness and respect. They have the opportunity to develop their skills and enjoyment to become physically confident in a way which supports both their physical health and their well-being. This will help equip and encourage them to make healthy lifestyle choices beyond their primary education.


At St. Joseph’s PE is delivered with the pupils’ development and enjoyment at its core.

We adopt a knowledge and skills approach to the delivery of our PE curriculum. The National Curriculum’s programme of study forms the basis of the knowledge taught and a separate progression in skills document is used to ensure that the appropriate skills are taught within each ear group and across the key stages.

In Key Stages 1 and 2, pupils receive 2 hours of high-quality PE lessons every week. Experienced practitioners deliver these sessions to ensure all pupils acquire the knowledge and skills needed for them to make at least good progress. This enables our pupils to develop a sense of achievement, enjoyment and passion for sport, health and fitness.

In Early Years and Foundation Stage (EYFS) the pupils in Nursery and Reception are provided with an unlimited opportunity for outdoor play experiences and 30 minutes and 1 hour of directed PE respectively.

Our PE curriculum map outlines the focuses for each year group that will be covered each term and in each year group. These are shown on the PE curriculum overview and also on the individual class curriculum maps.

We create weekly lesson plans that detail the knowledge and skills to be taught during each session. These plans reflect age related expectations and the progression within a session and across the unit. This ensures that the appropriate skills are covered and developed throughout the year and across the key stages.

In a typical PE lesson our pupils are provided with time to:

  • review and consolidate previous knowledge
  • discuss objectives, key vocabulary and success criteria
  • identify and develop (build on) their PE knowledge and key skills
  • take part in independent and collaborative activities and performances
  • self-evaluate and review their learning and that of others

Pupils in Years 3, 4 and 5 attend swimming lessons for alternative terms of the year so they can develop and build on their prior learning in this area.

In the Summer Term the whole school takes part in a Healthy Eating and Fitness Week, where our pupils have the opportunity to experience a range of sporting activities, take part in healthy eating workshops and link their learning in a variety of ways in other subjects, e.g. Science and PSHE.

Our pupils are also provided with many off-site and out of school opportunities to develop their knowledge, skills and cultural capital. This is done through:

  • Annual Sports Day
  • Inter-school football leagues
  • Sports festivals
  • Sportshall competitions
  • Multi-skills competitions
  • Nutritional talks and workshops
  • Early morning and after school sports clubs


PE is taught to promote and nurture a basis for lifelong learning, where pupils have access to a wide range of activities in the belief that if taught well and the children are allowed to succeed, they will continue to have a physically active life. A high-quality and broad physical education curriculum inspires all children to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. Children make secure links across the skills to help them learn more, know more and remember more. At St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, 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 fairness and respect.

During PE sessions pupils are observed and assessed by the PE instructor and the Class Teacher to track how they are accessing and exhibiting the skills being taught for each session. This helps to inform next steps for individual pupils and the planning of subsequent lessons.

Every week, two pupils are selected by their Class Teachers to receive PE Stars certificates for demonstrating sporting excellence, enthusiasm or fairness and respect. Each week the pupils are given these certificates during our whole school Good News Assemblies and their names are displayed on the PE Stars board in the Heart of the School.

All sports competition winners and entrants, including those during the school’s annual Sports Day, are celebrated during whole school assemblies. We also promote sporting excellence through honoring any pupils which take part or achieve accreditation from out of school clubs and competitions. This helps all pupils recognise achievement and success which in turn adds to their cultural capital.

PE Knowledge and Skills Progression - link to come

PE Curriculum Overview

PE Skills Progression