Through providing a curriculum that is broad and balanced, physical education compliments and supplements the aims of St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School. The curriculum is designed to be enjoyable, but at the same time develop and stimulate the students; physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively. It aims to provide an equal opportunity of learning experiences in games, gymnastics, dance, athletics and outdoor education.

In order to develop positive attitudes all children should:

  1. Follow the conventions of fair play and honest competition.
  2. Persevere with and consolidate their performances.
  3. Be mindful of others in their environment.

In Physical Education, we aim to provide an opportunity to develop interests and overcome barriers through our ‘Curriculum Drivers’. These drivers are used to underpin the direction and development of our curriculum and to ensure that Physical Education is enriched and personalised in order to meet the needs, interests and ambitions of our children and families.


P.E. is taught at St. Patrick’s as an area of learning in its own right, as well as being integrated where possible with other curriculum areas. It is taught at a minimum of one PE session a week, and two sessions per week wherever possible.
The key knowledge and skills of each topic are mapped across each year group. This ensures that children develop their knowledge of games, dance, gymnastics, athletics and outdoor activity progressively. The skills in these areas are also therefore developed systematically, with the programme of study for each year group building on previous learning and preparing for subsequent years. Knowledge and skills are informed and linked to enable achievement of key stage end points, as informed by the 2014 National Curriculum.

In order to promote active and healthy lifestyles all children will:

  • Become more physically active
  • Engage in activities that develop cardiovascular health, flexibility, muscular strength and endurance.
  • Participate in well-structured lessons and schemes/units of work set by the P.E coordinator and Soccer 2000.
  • Engage in opportunities to gain knowledge and skills within a P.E.
  • Set realistic but high expectations, based on the National Curriculum.
  • Enjoy a safe environment where student success is positively reinforced.


Children are aware of the link between physical activity and good mental health and understand it’s significance as part of a healthy lifestyle.

All children will have:

  • Increased participation in physical activity;
  • Reduced levels of obesity;
  • Higher attainment in afterschool clubs;
  • A healthier lifestyle;
  • Increased opportunities to participate in a variety of sporting events;
  • Sporting vocabulary.

Please Note: Provision for PE is currently subject to change and will always be informed by the most recent government guidance. Our current risk management of PE activities is outlined in our Covid 19 risk assessment.

PE Documents