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St Benedicts's Primary School



At St Benedict’s Primary School our starting point is always the children.

We aim for our children to be; successful learners, responsible and rights respecting citizens and confident individuals.

Our vision is to ensure that PE plays an important role in the development of our children where a high quality physical education curriculum inspires pupils to compete, succeed and excel.

We are a Rights Respecting School and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is at the heart of everything we do. 

Global goal three for good health and wellbeing and the following articles underline our intentions for the design of our PE curriculum;

Article 3 "The best interests of the child must be a top priority in all our actions."

Article 29 "Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full.”

We provide a curriculum that offers a range of opportunities for pupils to improve their mental health and wellbeing, promotes physical participation, enables pupils to fulfil their physical and emotional potential and allows pupils to become physically confident supporting their health and fitness.

We aim to provide this through;

  • building self-confidence and esteem
  • learning to cooperate as a team
  • displaying leadership skills
  • motivating and enthusing children to be actively involved
  • being proud of our achievements
  • providing quality opportunities for children outside of school time
  • ensuring a safe and stimulating environment
  • promoting fair play and respect. 

We intend for our pupils to develop a lifelong love of physical activity and competitive sport. We aim to help ensure a positive and healthy physical and mental outlook in the future and help our pupils to develop essential skills like leadership and teamwork.


Our PE curriculum uses the 2014 National Curriculum as our learning framework. Our long term planning covers the subject content for Key stage one and two and has cross curricular links with our topic themed lessons. Our topics use the ‘Imaginative Learning Projects’ from the Cornerstones Programme.

The EYFS follows the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum where specific outcomes are linked to physical education within the National Curriculum and are essential for pupils to transition smoothly. Pupils are taught a range of skills through a variety of topic based themes; particularly in physical development through moving and handling and health and self-care and expressive arts and design through exploring media and materials and being imaginative.

In Key stage one the PE curriculum is on the development of the fundamental skills that are then built upon in Key stage two and applied to specific sports. 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.

Key stage 1

Pupils should 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.

Pupils should be 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 should 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 should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.

Pupils should be 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.

Class teachers are provided with a wealth of resources to support their subject knowledge that is required to teach and deliver high quality teaching and learning opportunities. Technical glossaries, skills posters and videos are all available to staff. In addition to this, staff are also supported by professional coaches who work alongside the PE leader to plan sequences of lessons that are linked to year group themes and meet objectives for various units. Lessons are planned progressively, each lesson is an opportunity for pupils to practise existing skills and build on or develop new or advanced skills.

All PE at St Benedict’s Primary School is inclusive, lessons are differentiated to ensure that all pupils can participate at their level; but are also challenged at every opportunity.

Formative assessments are recorded during PE lessons to identify achievements and where challenge or support is required for future lessons.

St Benedict’s Primary School provides a number of after school clubs throughout the week to all pupils. These clubs are delivered by professional coaches and cover a series of National Curriculum skills.

Other skills on developing pupils’ awareness of positive mental health and knowledge on keeping ourselves healthy will also be taught through PSHE, health weeks and science topics.

Pupils at St Benedict’s Primary School will compete in sport through various sports days and weeks throughout the year.


All PE units cover a range of skills that are progressive through year groups (see PE progression document) to ensure learners develop detailed knowledge and skills across the full breadth of the PE curriculum through engaging and age appropriate curriculum content. The strong cross curricular themes make learning memorable, allows pupils to make connections, use language across lessons and use and apply skills and knowledge; inevitably creating a high level of engagement and understanding.

 Attainment and progress can be measured for all pupils so that lessons are tailored to support the needs of pupils and close gaps.

As each unit is progressive through each year group, skills are revised and built upon each year. For example, in reception pupils will begin to learn to roll, travel, stretch, balance and jump in a variety of ways in gymnastics. By the end of Key Stage One, pupils will move onto copying, exploring and remembering actions to link these actions and make sequences. Pupils will need to hold shapes whilst balancing, use equipment safely and move with increasing control. Pupils will begin to perform sequences of their own and with increasing control.  At the end of Lower Key Stage Two pupils will progress to create a sequence of actions to fit a theme that includes a huge range of actions. Pupils will need to move with clarity, fluency and expression and develop strength, technique and flexibility throughout their performances. Pupils will perform sequences to others whilst applying skills and techniques with control and accuracy.

The impact of the wealth of resources available to staff including display resources and technical vocabulary will help staff to deliver lessons. The support of professional coaches to mentor teachers will develop the skills and knowledge required to plan and teach high quality PE lessons.

Staff and pupil discussions will demonstrate how staff are given many opportunities to develop their own practice and improve their skills and knowledge. Pupils will indicate how much they are engaged during PE lessons, what skills they have learnt and use a range of PE technical vocabulary. Pupils will showcase what they have learnt through whole class/ school assemblies; particularly through dance units to share their achievements.

A ‘Super skills’ programme will be used for each unit of PE to identify what the pupils know at the start and at the end of each unit to demonstrate the progress that they have made.

Pupils will learn a variety of further skills and knowledge during after school clubs and demonstrate these in lessons or through other physical activities.

P.E is taught as a basis for lifelong learning, our children will have access to a wide range of activities, which are taught well so that they can compete and succeed. Our pupils will go on to have confident physically active lives inspired from their education on the benefits of positive health and wellbeing. Our pupils will be healthy and happy.

P.E Curriculum Overview

P.E Progression
Progression Grid - EYFS
Progression Grid - Athletics
Progression Grid - Dance
Progression Grid - Games
Progression Grid - Gymnastics

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