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St Mary's Catholic Primary School

Physical Education

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.