Herringthorpe Valley Road, Rotherham, S65 2NU

01709 361502

St Mary's Catholic Primary School

Physical Education


Curriculum Intent

At St Mary’s, we aim to provide a PE curriculum that pupils from Foundation to Year 6 not only enjoy but also allows them to experience a range of activities that help them to develop their health, fitness and wellbeing. We intend to offer a high-quality physical education curriculum that 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. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.

The national curriculum for PE aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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


Curriculum Implementation

Children are taught twice a week by teaching staff and/or a sports instructor via ‘Live And Learn’ from Foundation to Year 6. The curriculum is further enhanced by participation in numerous sporting events with other schools in the area and after school clubs.

Recently, some of our Year 6 pupils have commenced their training to be Playleaders and they offer a range of sporting activities for children to participate in at lunchtime.

As a school that understands they benefits of physical activity, we aim for children to participate in activity outside of their regular PE lessons and participate in ‘The Daily Mile’. Where appropriate, this can also involve incorporating moments within lessons whereby the children can be active.

We follow the guidelines set by the national curriculum to ensure we offer a range of PE activities that allow each child to feel challenged and offer opportunities to progress further.



As part of the EYFS statutory framework pupils are taught:

Physical development - this involves providing opportunities for our young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children are also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Moving and handling: children are given opportunities to improve their control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They should be able to move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They are also taught to handle equipment and tools effectively.

Health and self-care: children are taught the importance of good health, of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe.




Key stage 1

Pupils 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 are able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations. Pupils 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

Pupils 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.

Pupils are taught to:

  • use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
  • play competitive games, modified where appropriate (for example 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.



Each year group in Key Stage 2 will attend swimming lessons for one term, when they are in Year 4.


Curriculum Impact

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study. At St Mary’s we use summative assessment to determine children’s understanding. Each part of the PE curriculum is reviewed on a termly basis by the subject leader.

In order to support teachers in the delivery of PE, we use the Primary PE Passport scheme. This allows us to map out our long-term plan, but then also break down units and lessons to focus on knowledge and skill progression.


The school has a variety of indoor and outdoor facilities for PE, sport and outdoor education. At St Mary’s, we believe that all children can find enjoyment and satisfaction from partaking in physical activity.

We offer a wide range of sports within the curriculum , with this being supplemented by the offer of after-school sporting clubs and visits by local coaches and instructors.

Our aim in teaching Physical Education at school is to:

  • develop physical skills, habits and interests that will promote healthy lifestyles;
  • develop positive attitudes to physical endeavour including perseverance, fair play and sporting behaviour, and the ability to cope with success and failure;
  • learn how physical exercise affects the body;
  • understand the need for safe practice in physical activities and know how to achieve this.

Pupils undertake a range of physical activities throughout the year. In addition to at least two sessions of PE, pupils have opportunities to take part in after school activities to develop their skills, maintain their fitness and to enjoy sport in a social context.


In Upper Foundation Stage, pupils spend time learning basic skills involved with travelling and using equipment, and improving hand-eye co-ordination.

Within Key Stages 1 & 2, pupils move around a series of activities, changing each half term. These include games (netball, basketball, hockey, tag rugby and football), gymnastics activities, dance, athletics and bat and ball games (cricket and rounders).

For details on current extra curricular activities and sports clubs, please speak to Mrs Cahill..


 Inter-school competition


We take part in a wide range of inter-school sports. This includes a variety of partnership events and festivals for pupils in Years 1- 6.We have sent teams of pupils to represent the school.